THE SAILING BOAT NGONI THE BEAST OF THE SEAS

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

Sailing Superyacht Baracuda Valletta

When inside a company there is the owner who also the creator of so many innovative patents in the industry where the company is definitely working, it has a greater gear than the others. A patent in itself is not a guarantee of commercial success but it surely represents a tool that increases the ability of a company to benefit from its own inventions.

This is the case with Perini Navi, which thanks to the numerous patents invented by the owner of the Company, Ing. Fabio Perini has managed to become a Leader Company in the design and construction of automated sailing ships in a few years. Perini Navi has over time made an impressive fleet of large superyachts and is the only shipyard in the world that designs and develops and builds its own boats with unmistakable lines immediately recognizable including bridge lines with curved and long windows Flight bridges. This type of boat is the trademark of the company.

Among the great achievements of the company is surely the luxury Supermacht Baracuda Valletta a 50 meter sailing yacht launched in 2008 very beautiful where the outdoors were designed by Perini team in collaboration with renowned yacht designer Ron Holland while the interior from ‘ British architect John Pawson. The hull is made of aluminum, metallic gray with tapered golden conical and deep rudder with portholes with the unusual rectangular shape.

Baracuda Valletta can accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 rooms, including a master suite, two VIP rooms and two double cabins. It is also capable of carrying up to 8 crew members in 4 cabins, plus an additional cabin for the captain. Furnished to create elegant and comfortable environments, Baracuda Valletta could not miss the electric winding system, designed by the. Pearls, carbon fiber along with robust winches running a 1,418 square foot sail plan.

Other innovations on Baracuda are the aft platform with hydraulic drive that turns into a large submersible swimming platform of 20 cm below the water surface accessed by guests through a staircase on the deck, although we must say that at the time of the Taking this boat was an innovation while today this system is also found in other motor yachts. Another innovation is the keel that runs from 4 m (keel up) to 9.7 meters (keel down).

To complete the description of this luxury superyacht we can only report the designers of this wonderful boat. Ron Holland, speaking to Baracuda’s exteriors, says that “the development of the Baracuda project included a relatively long floating line; This incorporates hull lines with forward floating line angles to minimize sail strength in unlocked sailing conditions and intermediate ship sections. This hull form combined with a high-center center maximizes navigation stability. These features are not only designed to improve the speed and ability to wrap the sail under the sail, but also to create a comfortable yacht for everyone on board. “

According to John Pawson speaking of the interiors it says that “… the great challenge with Baracuda was to take a particular set of spatial principles and apply them to very different conditions … to create an environment that honored the priorities of light, space and proportion Which have characterized my work from the beginning. “

The main deck is conceived as an open, non-partitioned living space, with the aim of maintaining a much clearer and more burdened field of vision than conventional ships of this type. The wall was chosen not only for the subtle beauty of its color and structure, but also for the way it serves to dematerialize the volume of the central staircase. “

Boat Specifications

Manufacturer / designer: Ron Holland Yacht Design, Ron Holland, Perini Navi; Type / Year: Perini Navi / 2009;

Largo 10,52 m; Along 50,00 m; Guests 10; Suite 5;

Crew 8 + 1; Maximum speed: 14 knots; Cruising speed: 12 knots; Engines: CAT 3412E Generat

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Baracuda Valletta is available for charter