Taking shape: the remarkable Project Phi

Jun 30, 2020

Project Phi was first announced in the summer of 2018 and, with design engineering well advanced, construction of the aluminium hull began at Royal Huisman’s Vollenhove yard in mid-February 2019.

Among a long list of exceptional features of this project are the fuel-efficient hull lines based on the patented Fast-Displacement XL® concept by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, who are responsible to maximise the yacht’s length of over 55m / 180ft while remaining within the sub-500GT category. Phi is optimised for a maximum speed of 22 knots in combination with high fuel efficiency at cruising speed, and will be gyro-stabilised for added comfort.

At the 4th of October 2019, the narrow and fuel-efficient hull of Project Phi was rolled out of her construction hall for the scheduled turning. Four cranes performed the seamless manoeuvre placing Phi upright under a grey sky, after which she was rolled back inside to proceed with construction and outfitting.

The fast displacement, sub-500GT motor yacht PHI has been transferred in February this year to the largest shipbuilding hall at Royal Huisman, which provides the room needed for her assembly and further outfitting.

Phi is scheduled for delivery in 2021 and once launched will be supported by a matching 36m / 118ft shadow vessel built by Alia Yachts (also naval architecture by Van Oossanen and designed by Cor D. Rover).

Basic data Project Phi

Type:                                    motor yacht / Fast Displacement XL® by Van Oossanen

Exterior design:                    Cor D. Rover

Interior design:                    Lawson Robb

Naval architecture:             Van Oossanen Naval Architects

Contract management:       Arcon Yachts

Project management /

Owner’s representative     Guy Booth and Kirill Ivanenko

Builder:                                Royal Huisman

Length overall:                   Over 55m / 180ft

Accommodation:               2 owners, 10 guests and 11 crew

Speed:                                  Approximately 22 knots

Construction:                     Aluminium

Classification:                    American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) – MCA

Gross tonnage:                  Below 500 GT

Year of delivery:                2021