Ngoni is a luxury sailboat of 58 m (about 190 feet) 9.5 m wide with a draft of 8.1 m, with a slender aluminum hull and an aluminum superstructure.
The naval architecture was designed by the English firm Dubois Naval Architects of the late Ed Dubois who died at the age of 63 in March 2016 about a year before the launch of the Ngoni. According to the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, Ed Dubois was “one of the greatest yacht designers in the world”. Famous is his following thought on the designs of sailing boats:
” For me the priority, and most of the time dedicated, is to make sure that a boat is first of all beautiful to see. The fact that it goes well with sailing comes soon after, it is a consequence. It also applies to racing boats “.
Therefore Ngoni will surely be remembered in history as the last yacht designed by the famous English designer. The interiors were designed by Rich Baker and Paul Morgan, while the furnishings are designed by Francis Sultana. The realization of this luxury yacht was performed at the excellent Dutch shipyard of the Royal Huisman. This shipyard was chosen directly by the experienced sailor owner, especially for offshore racing.
The project was presented for the first time during the Monaco Yacht Show 2014 and followed the owner’s guidelines. After three years of work the boat has been completed with great satisfaction of all in the first place of the owner. “Build a beast. Do not make me a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This must be a sharp and innovative weapon, fast and furious. I want to get behind the wheel after a day of sailing and feel completely exhausted by the excitement of fast sailing “.
This was the first input that the shipowner recommended by addressing the chosen shipyard. When completed, we can say that the Royal Huisman certainly did not disappoint the expectations. In fact, Ngoni also known as The Beast name deriving from the first explicit request of the shipowner is a well-crafted elegant boat where an appropriate balance between speed, seaworthiness and long-range cruising capacity solicited by the owner has been achieved.
The hull is easy to drive and the exteriors have been built through different innovative solutions from the helm that the owner insisted on that it had to be light but stable, ready and adjustable. Royale Huisman turned to Edson International to build this custom rudder and in the end one of the most advanced double rudder steering systems currently in existence was built with a unique sensitivity in the control and management of the boat.
In addition, the boat has a lifting keel and a sail plan the most efficient that could be achieved for this type of boat with a 72-meter carbon mast and a system of electrically driven reel winches with variable speed. In the engine room a motor is installed that allows navigation without sail with a maximum speed of 17 knots. Part of the exterior of the hull is covered by an elegant aluminum superstructure with molded double curvature glass inside a starboard forward navigation area. Through a sliding glass door you then enter the salon. All the superstructure is surrounded by sliding glass automatically activated to guarantee a comfortable environment in any weather condition.
The exteriors are completed by the presence of a folding swim platform aft a spa pool in the bow and a large teak deck under which there is space to hide a large tender, a crane, a thermal pool, a locker for the sails and another for cooled waste.
The owner’s lodgings and guests are accessible via a curved staircase and follow the owner’s guidelines: “Do not design traditional yacht interiors”. They consist of two double guest cabins with private bathrooms.
A suite of owners, aft, which includes a full-beam master cabin with built-in furniture, a huge bathroom, a large study with its own bathroom and a huge gym with a large hatch in the hull to let in fresh air and natural light.
There are lodgings near the machine hall for a maximum of 9 crew members. The owner of this boat has owned other sailing yachts and actively participates in the regattas.
He won numerous trophies in important regattas including the Cowes Week and in particular won the important Commodores’Cup in 2000. He names all his yachts with an exotic name Ngoni, refers to the people of Africa precisely to an ethnic group that he lives in the southern African countries of Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia and the singular language of this people as well as the unique character of sailing boats.
The owner became a millionaire in the energy sector former oil platform diver was the founder of Heritage Oil, which then sold for $ 1.4 billion. He is also the owner of Diamond Works, a Canadian mining company. He was previously also a security consultant for various governments. Its net worth is estimated at around 700 million dollars.
During the implementation phases of the project managers including Ed Dubois, who unfortunately could not find through the sea trials, the results of what was his latest design have released the following comments:
Given their reputation for excellence, Royal Huisman has been the owner’s choice of construction site right from the start, “said Ed Dubois. “This is a compelling design that does not take for granted the combination of high performance, style and comfort. It is a design that marks a fresh and progressive turning point in our long and successful history. This is a yacht, inspired by a customer looking for the next new thing; a dream project for both designers and the shipyard “
Alice Huisman confirms:
“A great customer, a great design team and a great project. Everything about this project has our name on it: Royal Huisman is the perfect solution for every aspect of the project and the requirements to build it. “
adds Ed Dubois:
“He wanted a high-performance cruising yacht, from anywhere, that was not only extraordinarily different, but that was also beautifully built and luxuriously comfortable.”
The beast was built as it was requested.
Main specifications Length above all: 58,15 m Width: 9.54 m Draw: 5.30 m – 8.10 m (Keel lifting) External design: Dubois Naval Architects Naval Architecture Dubois Naval Architects Interior Design: Rick Baker / Paul Morgan Interior accent pieces and exotic finishes: Francis Sultana Light Design: The Light Corporation Speed of the hull (basic engines 17 knots Main sail 853 m² Blade: 687 m² Sailing code: 1097 m² Stay Sail: 289 m² Shaft height / air draft: 71.00 m / 75.00 m Displacement: 353 t Gross tonnage: 396 gt
What drives an experienced sailor owner who after having developed a working activity with excellent results at some point in his life, decides to sell his established industry to venture into the construction of a large 40 meter long (130 feet) sailing boat to be used for long cruises and for sailing competitions if not the true and authentic passion for the sea and sailing.
This owner already owns a smaller sailboat called My Song 84 feet long (25 meters) very famous among sailing enthusiasts for having won many regattas including the extraordinary Maxi Rolex Cup in the Racing-Cuising category.
The new My Song because it retains the name of other boats of the same owner including the 25-meter My Song, was built in the prestigious Finnish boatyard of Baltic Yacht. While the design of the water lines was carried out by the American study of Reichel and Pugh, the same who designed the My Song of 25 meters while the deck and interior design was taken care of by the Milanese study Nauta Design.
In practice it was chosen the best for the construction of this boat the final result could only be exceptional. In fact, it is currently one of the most beautiful sailing boats in the world and among the most technologically advanced of the moment.
Studied, not to be too heavy, its weight is about one hundred tons are nothing compared to the size and size of the boat including 41 tons are the weight of the ballast.
This was possible because for the construction of the hull was used technologically advanced composite material with a high percentage of carbon. A special engine propulsion system allows the boat to advance even without the sail system with a propeller foot that descends when the engine needs to be used and salt hiding inside the hull when it is necessary to sail in this way the resistance to the movement is the minimum possible by improving performance. This installed system is called “retractable Propulsion System” by Baltic Yacht.
The boat is equipped with a retractable keel that can go from 7 to 4 meters of draft. The My Song lifting keel, at 36.25 tons, comes from the world of racing yachts. It tapers from top to bottom, which improves hydrodynamic performance and reduces the wet surface, saving about two seconds per mile in straight speed, says Nauta Yachts project director, Martino Majno.
Regarding the structure and equipment of the sail system, the owner can choose between two basic configurations between the regatta and the cruise. The basic sail plan is composed of a 530 square meter mainsail; genoa 380 square meters; gennaker 1,300 square meters. With regatta trim the boat can sail at speeds higher than the actual wind present at that moment because these big boats manage to build apparent wind and therefore great speed even in close-hauled sailing.
With this boat we have chosen to build a simple flat and clean 8.52 meters wide deck that starts around the center of the boat and continues almost in compliance to the stern with a little intrusive tuga and where there are only the necessary things for the management of the boat. We tried to find a compromise solution to build a boat suitable for long cruises and at the same time competitive to win regattas.
“Our specialization is to combine these two things together, but we have never done it to this point. Never. The result was made possible by the extraordinary capabilities of the manufacturer says Mario Pedol of Nauta Yachts also adds the combination of performance, elegance, comfort and functionality is perhaps the most distinctive feature of My Song. Everything has been designed and built to be light even the cable supports and plant passages are made of carbon “. Even the electronics are perfectly hidden with clear control screens present only in front of the wheel of the helmsman. There are also portable instruments that are used by the crew during the regattas.
The interiors have a cozy, warm style, but at the same time, with a typically marine taste as requested by the owner, are characterized by the presence of a full beam saloon a large master cabin in the bow and behind this cabin is a second smaller bedroom that can also be used as a simple study. Then there are two other double cabins that are located aft of the salon.
The research of the materials used to avoid increasing the weight of the boat was very accurate. In particular, for the creation of floors and ceilings, the choice fell on a resin and linen composite, thus rediscovering the use of natural fibers.
“My vision of the last My Song was for a yacht that would be extremely light, fast and easy to handle: a true competitor of superyacht regattas,” says the boat owner, adding that this had to balance with a “welcoming interior” , comfortable and luxurious “.
All the objectives have been achieved and all the ship owner’s needs have been met. Launched in the summer of 2016 already in 2017 the first attestations of esteem arrived, in fact, the My Song 130 feet won two prizes in the ShowBoats Design Awards 2017. The award for the most innovative yacht and the one for the best Exterior Design and Styling .
It is certainly an important recognition for the Milanese Nauta Yacht Design studio and the study by Reichel and Pugh.
Now we just have to wait until the new My Song equals and exceeds the number of sports victories of the older homonymous even if in a different sailing class. In this regard, the shipowner has issued the following declaration. “The new boat is challenging and challenging, of course it takes time to get to know it and be carried out at its best”. Like all purebred horses born to run, then win.
Felci 65 sailing yacht is born from the needs expressed by an owner to create a unique yacht able to participate with great potential for high-altitude racing and at the same time to be perfect for comfortable and relaxing cruises.
“These are the inputs that led our new Felci 65 project,” says architect Felici, named Umberto Felci, a prominent name in the design of the “fast sails” that together with the now consolidated worldwide excellence in the construction of technologically advanced Persian yachts Marine they are about to create one of the most advanced sailboats in the world.
From the sleek design Felci 65 is an innovative fast high tech cruiser featuring Italy.In fact, it is the first time that Persico Marine is building a yacht designed entirely by an Italian.Two Italian excellences that have been found to make this yacht really special.The 20 meters long boat is the result of a compromise between resistance and stability of shapes for a certain displacement to 18.5 tonnes.
The hull is very fashioned to achieve the best performance,with lifting kell in stainless steel with the draft ranging from 2.75 to 4.4 meters.
The bridge is characterized by maximum ergonomics. The shaft is in high modulus carbon, along with almost all sail equipment. The interior is bright thanks to the low profile windows in the deck. To ensure maximum privacy on a cruise, when you do not compete, the cabin and guest cabin are separate from those reserved for the crew.
The owners of this boat issued the following statements: “We started off with a white sheet of paper, so we could really develop something special, which could bring technologically and aesthetically innovative elements tothe cruiser racer “I am very excited about our new project,” says Marcello Persico, Persico Marine’s CEO, as the perfect DNA expression of Persico Marine.We have been working for several months with Felci to get the highest level of performance, along with the unmatched elegance and comfort on board.Years of yacht construction, this is the first boat we have built with an Italian designer and we are absolutely confident that our Italian collaboration has created a super-sexy sailing boat.Our goal is to blend the racing experience with the luxury elegance of the Yacht that’s what gives the Persico Marine team the greatest motivation. “
“Bring a light, fast, comfortable and elegant boat to life – this is the concept that drives us in our project.Combining these input functions is one of the things we do best.With the new Felci 65, I can confidently say that we have been able to create an exclusive yacht for lovers of competitive sailing yachts “says Felci Yacht Design Umberto Felci.