Royal Huisman superyacht Phi on sea trials

New pictures have been released of the 58.5-metre Royal Huisman superyacht Phi on sea trials. Captured as she carved through the water of the North Atlantic, the yacht looks strong and powerful, her blue hull contrasting brightly against the grey waters. Phi yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Ruben GriffioenPhi yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Ruben GriffioenPhi was launched in July to much acclaim from the yachting industry and was recently spotted in transit as she was towed through the Netherlands. Phi features exterior design from Dutch design firm Cor D. Rover, and while her colour is one of her defining features, the yacht also strikes an unusual profile, sitting long and low in the water with angular curved forms that break up her deck structure. Phi yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Ruben GriffioenInternally, the craftsmanship has been penned by Lawson Robb, though it has remained very much under wraps, with no images or renders yet released to the public. Her naval architecture came from the drawing boards of Van Oossanen Naval Architects, who created a specially developed Fast Displacement XL hull form that result in a long, sleek and under 500 GT vessel. Phi yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Ruben GriffioenGuy Booth, the owner's representative, commented, "All of us involved in the creation of Phi feel a sense of privilege to have had the opportunity to contribute to this innovative project. The cooperation between the owner’s team, the architects, the designers and everyone at Royal Huisman has been exceptional. We can be justifiably proud of what we have achieved."Phi yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Charl van RooyJan Timmerman, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Huisman, emphasises the prowess of his company, commenting, "Just take a look at our two current motor yacht projects: project 403, Phi, and project 406, and a unique 52-metre sportfish yacht that will become the largest of its kind in the world. The individual aspirations and challenges of each of these projects were seen to be well outside the comfort zone by some yards. With the benefit of expert advice, each of these owners brought their highly distinctive individual projects to Royal Huisman, where fresh opportunities for creative problem-solving and innovation were enthusiastically welcomed."Phi yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Charl van RooyTimmerman continued to testify the might of Royal Huisman, adding, "Here are two good examples of the ‘edge’ Royal Huisman has to offer. First, the expertise we have acquired from our unrivalled 55 years’ experience in aluminium construction. This enables us to maximise performance and efficiency through compact, lightweight and high strength engineering. Second, our ability to design and install complex operational systems in restricted volume hull areas provides the owner with more net space for amenities and further increases efficiency."Phi yacht on sea trialsPhoto: Charl van RooyPhi is scheduled for delivery later this year and will be supported by a 36-metre shadow vessel, which will be designed and constructed at Alia Yachts, and which will mirror the grace of her larger companion. Phi is equipped with twin MTU 12V 2000 M96L diesel engines, which propel her to a top speed of 22 knots.