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