PHI is on its way: the largest of all fast yachts

Royal Huisman, an example of excellence among Dutch shipyards for over a century, shifts from sailboats to motor yachts and presents the first 58-meter fast displacement yacht in aluminium. With sinuous, low, futuristic lines, created by the Dutch design firm Cor D. Rover

PHI by Royal Huisman
PHI by Royal Huisman
PHI by Royal Huisman

Innovative, low lines and an original cobalt blue color for the 58-meter PHI, the first motorized megayacht constructed by Royal Huisman. Developed and built to stay below 500GT (gross tonnage), PHI is the largest motor yacht in the fast displacement category.

The lines and the typology offer food for thought: the Dutch shipyard founded in 1884 has 137 years of history and an exceptional heritage passed down from father to son, known all over the world for exceptional craftsmanship and experience in the field of ‘total custom’ creations. Royal Huisman, in fact, has built some of the most beautiful sailing vessels in the history of yachting, with lengths ranging from 30 to over 90 meters: from the classic lines of Atena to the more contemporary styling of Ngoni, known as the ‘Beast’ for its exceptional performance. In 2017 the last member of the Huisman family, Alice, who ran the shipyard for 35 years, yielded her quota to the majority shareholder Royal Doeksen, a holding company founded in 1908.

PHI by Royal Huisman
PHI by Royal Huisman
PHI by Royal Huisman
PHI by Royal Huisman
PHI by Royal Huisman
PHI by Royal Huisman
PHI by Royal Huisman
PHI by Royal Huisman
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PHI by Royal Huisman

PHI represents a new direction for the shipyard, responding to market trends and the desires of yachtsmen who love this historic brand. “PHI and Project 406, a 52-meter Sportfish (the largest of its kind), are examples of how a shipyard can get out of its comfort zone, to challenges met with great enthusiasm,” says Jan Timmerman, CEO of Royal Huisman.

The slim, sinuous lines have been created by the yacht designer Cor D. Rover, who has handled the general concept, the exterior design and the interior layout together with the yachtsman, interpreting his desired during many discussions. “The owner wanted a yacht with a history rooted in all the aspects of yachting, and with particular interiors. After many meetings and studies, we discovered what lies behind the PHI symbol (the 21st letter of the Greek alphabet, the symbol used in electrical engineering and physics, also referring to lumens): it is everything we have around us, in nature and in mathematics.”

PHI by Royal Huisman
PHI by Royal Huisman

PHI is the result of a perfect combination of lines and forms that keep three themes in mind: the galaxy, the surface of the ocean, and the undersea world.
The naval architecture is by the renowned Dutch firm Van Oossanen Naval Architects, while the interior design and styling are by the London-based Lawson Robb.
PHI will be delivered to its owner by the end of 2021, and will also have a 36-meter shadow vessel by the same design team, built by Alia Yachts.

Photo © Tom van Oossanen, Charl van Rooy