As proclaimed for the first time in August 2016, after just two years of work, the new sailor Egoist of the prolific designer Philippe Briand , a well-known French naval architect who lives in London, should be launched next summer. With Egoist, Philippe Briand, is aimed at that part of experienced sailors and with large financial resources at any time of the day decide to unplug to go along with his partner to live in perfect solitude the wonders of the sea without however renounce the pleasure of the comfort of a luxury maxi yacht. The famous designer about the project declares:
“ The beauty of the project is that it is designed for short cruises and is comfortable for a couple. This is why there is only one large suite inside the hull and it is possible to build Egoist in just two years “
Usually a sailing and motor superyacht usually needs a large number of crew members to navigate.
While Egoist is a 30-meter (100 feet) boat built of carbon fiber with only one big cabin at the bow of the mast, it represents a real innovation in the world of sailing boats because it has been designed to sail unmanned so that only the experienced owner sailor in solitude can handle the navigation.
Moreover, despite the project being a cruise boat, Egoist also offers the opportunity to have fun competing in sailing competitions through the collaboration of a small number of experienced sailors as a crew.
In fact, Egoist is easily convertible into a three-sail regatta boat, and is designed to accommodate two crew members through a double cabin that is located aft but could be used differently if the owner chooses to sail alone . The interiors are spacious and absolutely original in addition to the forward master cabin with bathroom the project involves the construction of a large living room with adjoining kitchen along with a double cabin aft.
Another peculiarity of this project is that the owner can decide to leave the imprint of his style on every interior detail. Egoist must model itself to the personal tastes of the owner and nobody else. “It must be the boat they have always dreamed of owning and not the projects or needs of someone else must meet the needs of its owner,” comments Briand.
Aesthetically, the boat is presented with the classic streamlined lines filiform with an aerodynamic deckhouse a clean deck with a central cockpit, all made in a modern way. The characteristics of Briand and his team are to design yachts and naval architecture using new technologies, both for sailboats and motor yachts. That is why over the years Briand and his team have won numerous international design awards and have collaborated with some of the world’s most esteemed sailing yacht builders.
Even the sailing equipment with only three sails, must respond to the pleasure of the owner and remains freely customizable. “The thought behind this project is to satisfy the needs of an experienced sailor with competitor skills and experience”, explains Philippe Briand, adding “The concept of selfish is to become a self-indulgent fantasy by the owner”.
We just have to wait for the launch of this new daysailer and the related water tests that could certainly represent a new future for cruising sailboats.
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.
The support boats or “shadow boats” are usually long boats between 20 and 36 meters designed to offer additional spaces when the mega yacht is not enough.
They are boats that are used by ship owners who already have large yachts but do not have enough space to always meet their needs.
They are boats that usually when used in cruising serve or to reach places where it is not possible to moor with a larger ship or for the overnight stay of the crew, but also of guests or to make room to contain cars and other services.
In addition to satisfying other shipowners’ extravaganzas such as helicopter platforms, saunas and more, they can also be equipped to follow regattas.
To satisfy a request of this type, Perini Navi presented the projects for two new boats, one of which concerns a 25-meter cabin designed to be the support boat for large yachts. This boat is called Eco Tender while the other project announced concerns the construction of a 42-meter sailing yacht called S / Y “Evolution”.
The two projects have been presented together because both offer innovative technological and functional solutions such as the choice of hybrid engines that go well on both small and large boats including sailing boats. In fact, both boats will mount a complicated system of hybrid hybrid propulsion, ideal for sailing in absolute serenity and safety.
“We have accepted the challenge of creating these two new boats with great enthusiasm, commented Lamberto Tacoli, President and CEO of Perini Navi – We are working on new projects with the aim of further strengthening our offer while keeping intact the essential values of Perini Ships: tradition, quality and innovation “.
Going into the specific design of the Eco Tender, the owner asked to create a smaller twin, with all the characteristics of his Perini flagship . With very flexible interior spaces that can accommodate guests including children.
To meet these needs, Perini home designer Franco Romani and his team have designed a 25-meter aluminum boat that is a mix between a tender and a chase boat.
The interiors as they have been requested provide additional accommodation with elegant contemporary style for family and guests.
Obviously the boat is fully equipped including the presence of two drones on board able to go ahead, to explore hidden areas or even for leisure to take some pictures and videos during the holidays.
With the sailboat Oceanis Yacht 62 the French shipyard of Bénéteau changes route proposing a large sailboat of 62 feet approximately 19 meters with the same comfort both on the interior and the deck offered only by the current luxury motor yachts. To do this, he asked for the collaboration of a well-known Italian motorboat designer to redesign comfort elements that were used only on motorboats until recently.
The approach used is the industrial one, to contain expenses and to offer a standard luxury boat accessible to an ever-larger market. The first effort that the company had to face was the choice of materials that allow superior finishes and exclusive fittings with a sober and elegant style but always looking for maximum comfort.
Precisely this boat comes from the collaboration between Racoupeau Yacht Design who designed the hull while the Italian architect Pierangelo Andreani designed the deck and the interior. Pierangelo Andreani from Pininfarina is known for having always developed and designed with excellent results, including in other sectors including cars and motorcycles. It is certainly a boat where the cruise aspect prevails over the competitive one of the regattas, even if the navigation characteristics are of the highest level.
New features have been introduced to make the boat more livable globally, not only for navigation but also to stay still. Great attention has been placed on the liveability of the external spaces which is unusual for a sailboat, where the greatest commitment is always to have a very clean deck. The purely sailing aspect tends to lose its main value, even if it remains a very important element in the purchase of this boat.
We are trying to involve passionate owners also of motor boats that find the use of sailing useful and ecologically important. The transfer of motor boat enthusiasts to sailboats is a very important topic for shipyards for the acquisition of new customers.
Oceanis Yacht 62 represents for Bénéteau a new way of living life on a sailboat so it does not resemble anyone, it is the first model of a series that the company intends to achieve. The elements introduced typical of a motor yacht are evident in the hull starting from the square stern designed to make room for a three meter tender garage.
A platform, which is activated by a remote control or directly at the helm, is lowered to dive into the water, discovering two side ladders that come directly from the cockpit to this “beach” that facilitates entry and return from the water both the guests and the tender possibly used to visit places inaccessible for large ships or for beach where it is not possible to moor.
On this system used Gianguido Girotti, product manager for the sail of Bénéteau declares:
“The 62 solves the access to the sea better than other boats thanks to the double staircase on the transom. Not only that, with a slope inclined 45 °, the transition is easy and safe. In the garage we can stow the tender and with the folding platform that inclines in the water over the horizontal plane, wing and launch the tender will be a breeze “.
At the stern a large bench serves to rest the helmsman and to cover an outdoor kitchen with a grill and sink a consolidated trend in motor yachts. The Oceanis Yacht 62 is a fairly agile and easily manoeuvrable boat, despite its size and weight, even by one person. The four winches (winches) are located right next to the double helm station.
Between the two control stations at the top of the cockpit there is an easily opening hatch that leads directly into the garage. If the tender arrives with some freshly caught fish or only the supermarket shopping, or something else, you are essentially in the boat.
The large cockpit has been divided so that the maneuvering area is distinct from that of the guests.
The peculiarity is the presence of two separate extendable and collapsible tables placed one in front of the other in the two sides of the large cockpit both served by two large side horseshoe sofas with a central passage always free to greatly facilitate the movements from bow to stern the disappearance of the tables creates two large sunbathing areas in addition to that already present on the deckhouse and on the bow.
Another element taken from motor boats is the possibility of installing awnings. With all the awnings mounted, the large cockpit, and the many spaces dedicated to relaxation are covered, there is the possibility of not installing them all so that a part of the cockpit remains sunny.
Another feature is the wide use of natural light to illuminate the interior through the side windows all around the hull partly disguised by a black stripe. Even the deckhouse, is completely surrounded by portholes with a black stripe that makes the eye slimmer. The high-performance hull designed by Racoupeau completes the external characteristics of the hull.
The basic sail plan has a total area of 182 square meters is essential and technologically advanced perfectly centered consisting of a mainsail and genoa, respectively main sail and the bow. All The sail system can easily with a weak wind condition make the boat reach almost the same speed of the wind. While with a strong wind, the helm guide remains soft and precise, making the Oceanis Yacht 62 a safe and balanced boat.
Navigation without sailing is assured with the presence of a single Yanmar 160 hp diesel engine with controls on the double stations so that the helmsman can move to the most convenient part for maneuvering and steering the boat.
With a speed set at 8.5 knots, it consumes about 3 gallons per hour at 2,000 rpm, while if the lower cruising speed is set at 6 knots at 1,400 rpm, consumption is reduced to just over a gallon. at now. Considering that the tank includes 264 gallons of fuel in three different tanks this boat even without sail can get far.
The decidedly urban interiors can have two configurations. The first includes 4 cabins and two bathrooms with three double beds in the bow and one aft with castle beds. The second, which is also the most sought after, has three double cabins and three bathrooms with separate showers. Both configurations provide a sailor cabin with separate bathroom at the bow.
Access to the undercover cabins is via a slightly inclined staircase with wide steps and with two handy and safe railings especially when the boat suffers from inevitable heels.
The peculiarity is that the internal area is set around a spacious square well illuminated by skylight and side windows where there is a living area with sofas and central table for ten people with a linear kitchen complete to starboard along the entire length of the wall of the square.
The kitchen includes a cell reserved for wines with temperatures a very comfortable fridge with opening in the cockpit and front, a sink, a plate, stove other spaces, food galley and more.
Inside this square there is also space for a desk that can be used as desired for the correspondence or you can reinstall all control and navigation control systems so you can manage the boat under deck or simply use it for plan the cruise or as a computer support with the hope of not using it for work.
The owner’s cabin is accessed through a side door so as to preserve a great intimacy designed in such a way that, even if the door remains open, the guests present in the square can not peek inside the cabin. The cabin has a great height and is complete with all furniture with cabinets of various sizes with bookcase sofa and more with huge spaces and views of the sea to look like a luxury room with a panoramic five-star hotel. In fact, on the double bed you climb from the side as at home or in a particular hotel room unusual for a sailboat and through the side windows lying on the bed you can see the sea while fresh air comes from the two opening portholes of the ceiling. On the left side of the cabin there is a bathroom equipped with a washing machine and a separate shower.
In front of the owner’s cabin, the guest cabin was identical to that of the owner with a single difference that access to the bathroom is shared by two doors, one of which is directly in the central or square hall previously described. Precisely it is immediately to the left of the staircase going down that connects the square to the cockpit on deck.
While further towards the stern there is the second cabin of the smaller guests, but which is still habitable with a double bed illuminated by natural light through three present and fresh portholes for an additional opening existing at the top behind the bed towards the stern. Also this cabin has a separate shower room.
Behind the ladder that is easily lifted is the engine room and another room, where there is a generator of 11.5 kW.
At the end of the works for the construction of this boat the designers have released the following declarations:
“The challenge was to get a high average speed for a guaranteed stability reserve in average times, I designed the Oceanis Yacht 62 thinking about performance, safety and impeccable maneuverability: maximum floatation length, perfectly adapted sail area, center of gravity as low as possible and all the maneuvers from the cockpit. After I thought of all that our experience of super-yacht could bring to this first Bénéteau yacht: get ready to leave the universe of the traditional sailboat to enter dimension of the pure art of living “.
“A strong personality and a beautiful soul, I followed the idea of a horizontal line that drew everything else in. I admit that Bénéteau’s project was complex … Very ambitious! To gather the attributes of a one-off on a series yacht Combine style, elegance and the art of living with total ease of navigation on a performing hull. The emotion contained in the first sketches remains intact. This first yacht will open, I’m sure, a new chapter in your life of owner. “.
The base price of Oceanis Yacht 62 ‘is about 650,000 euros excluding taxes then varies depending on the options requested. Price for which the owners will have, in addition to the boat, a series of services that the French shipyard makes available to guide in the choice and to allow you to customize in all your boat that they intend to buy, with access to the shipyard where they can talk directly with builders and also do sea trials.
In short, a flagship of exceptional luxury at a low price to use for holidays with friends or with the whole family for a day or a month there is no difference.
Length f.t. m 19.07; Hull length 18.12 m; Width m 5.33
Draft m 2.30 / 2.90; Displacement 24.170 kg
Water 1060 lt; Fuel 1,000 lt
Surface area 182 square meters; 198 sqm performance sailing surface