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NGONI Royal Huisman 58m luxury sailing yacht combines innovative engineering with a powerful and advanced sailplan and an unparalleled sleek hull design. Created and conceived on the drawing boards of Dubois with Rick Baker interior styling all started with a clear briefing requested by the owner:

“Build me a beast. Don’t build me a sheep in wolf’s clothing. This has to be an edgy and innovative weapon; fast and furious.”
The result is exciting, radical, edgy and stunning - simply Royal Huisman NGONI superyacht.

Initially, Dubois drew the slender sloop with a plumb bow, sculpted aerodynamic superstructure and elegant beach deck, dominated by a towering sloop rig. But the owner requested to push this dramatic concept even further. The hull profile was then finessed in order that the reverse sheer transformed to concave sheer aft of the superstructure enhancing the cockpit visibility resulting in the design what makes NGONI so beautiful today.

But S/Y NGONI is not just a pretty face characterized by its visual appearance. The experienced yacht owner insisted on attributes like performance, handling and seakeeping capabilities without compromises to luxurious amenities and volume. 

NGONI is the ultimate sailing experience. Intensive research and analysis went into the development of the advanced and extremely powerful carbon rig and foils. The 853m2 / 9,182ft2 square top mainsail is notable not just for its load-reducing halyard lock, but for the innovation allowing the square-top and its supporting diagonal batten to detach automatically and furl neatly into the styled performance boom with minimal intervention from the crew. While hoisting, the diagonal batten attaches automatically, too. With weight-optimization in mind, continuous carbon shrouds from deck to masthead and internal D-Tang connections have been used. The rig has been developed by Royal Huisman's sister company Ronda, North Sails, Carbo-Link teaming up with Dubois Naval Architects and the Royal Huisman shipyard. NGONI superyacht has an extreme style-to-order boom with almost 4m aft extension of the boom, designed and crafted to follow the profile of the stern. The carbon mast measures 75m and is one of the world's three largest one-piece spars ever built. The sail management is provided by Harken winches and deck hardware, complemented by Rondal reel winches with electrically-driven variable speed feeders.

NGONI's owner insisted on easy maneuverability, responsive and adjustable steering which was met by a high aspect-ratio rudder and a manual system without power assistance. S/Y NGONI comes with the largest single carbon rudders ever produced. The elegantly curved helm stations feature a lot of carbon used for wheels which are partially slotted into the deck to achieve the perfect combination of wheel size for best control and height. For the helmsman excellent visibility is ensured all the way to the bow and practical free-standing carbon bimini can be set up to provide shade when required.

The characterizing reverse sheer that visually sets NGONI apart from other similar sized yachts, also delivered 12% more strength and load resistance than conventional sheer using same materials. The importance of this factor to the entire project cannot be overstated, given the challenge of constructing a strong, slender hull with numerous openings, yet rigid enough to take the heavy loads of a huge sloop rig (for example, up to 60 tons only on the forestay)

The hull and deck of sailing yacht NGONI were large projects. From large rectangular portholes, to a sea-level gym door, fold-out side boarding platform, two submarine anchors and retractable bow thrusters all had to be fitted without affecting the beautiful exterior lines. On deck huge cut-outs for the flush sail lockers, large tender garage, crane, carbon fiber spa-pool and cooled waste locker had to be hidden. The absence of a conventional pulpit, anchor gear or furlers on the deck above lends to the lean purposeful aspect of the bow. The hull of superyacht NGONI comes in a metallic coating called "Claire de Lune" (Moonlight) and below the hill, the lifting keel in T-shape puts impressive 96ton of weight on the scales. The tender garage houses a Williams 565 diesel jet-tender and a smaller 15hp Bombard Commando C3 RIB.

Another eye-catching feature is NGONI's distinguishing hydraulic boarding platform and hydraulic side gangway. In addition to that the bathing platform also hides a hydraulically operated carbon gangway with impressive self-leveling steps and platform ensuring safe and easy boarding of this superyacht. The characterizing stern of NGONI superyacht scores with its grand curving stairs descending elegantly to sea level beneath integrated sun lounging area having a direct access to the owner's stateroom below. A diving board can be fitted between aft sunbed and helm station.

Inside luxury sailing yacht NGONI offers plenty of natural light provided by four large skylights, lounging area, dining table and navigation station. From all areas, panoramic sea views are provided thanks to generous use of glazing combined with the sleek low profile superstructure in the striking black color. A 75" LED-TV is hidden in the cockpit counter and pops up on request and the sliding glass doors seamlessly connect the aft cockpit with saloon on one level without changing the deck height. Should the conditions on sea be rough, practical electric sliding glass windbreakers will provide protection.

The owner's brief for the interior to Rick Baker was: "Don't design a traditional yacht interior. The scheme should have flowing curves interspersed with organic detailing and unique materials. The interior was to have a masculine feel, which was to be broken up with punches of vibrant color."
The selection of materials evolved as the designs came to fruition, with the client finally settling on some bespoke veneers, and distinctive marble and onyx from Italy. The result is an outstanding example of design originality that delights the eye in both concept and detail yet still provides warm and inviting spaces for the owners and their guests. Rick Baker added: “The use of vivid resins, combined with sculpted metal surfaces, was to give an overall fluid feel throughout, however, each area was to retain its own design identity."

The full beam owner's stateroom located aft is accessed via the beautiful curving staircase leading from the deckhouse to the guest lobby area or via stairs leading to the stern. The owner's suite is equipped with a large ensuite bathroom and comprises an adjacent gym and office. The bright guest cabins amidships, one double and one twin bed cabin, have large portholes and own ensuites with high-quality veneers, marbles and resin finishes. NGONI luxury sailing yacht has been fitted with latest audio-visual entertainment systems which have been tested a full year prior to delivery. To name only a few features, there is broadband IP-TV on board in addition to VSAT as well as a Kaleidescape movie server with 48TB and vault for 320 disks providing access to large movie and audio libraries. 

NGONI's crew of 9 members is accommodated in 6 comfortable cabins forward comprising own ensuite facilities. Direct access to the control and engine rooms is provided and Royal Huisman designed the beating heart of NGONI superyacht with a strong focus to reduce noise and vibration to unheard levels. Powered by a 966hp MTU 8V 2000 M72 engine an impressive range of 4.000 nautical miles can be achieved at 12 knots of cruising speed allowing NGONI to cross the Atlantic even on engines if required. 


Naval architect Dubois Naval Architects
Exterior stylist Dubois Naval Architects
Interior design Rick Baker Ltd.
Lighting design The Light Corporation
Project management Godfrey Cray Maritime Ltd
and Captain Iain Cook
Builder Royal Huisman
Year of delivery 2017
Length 58.15m / 190.3ft
Length Waterline 51.20m / 167.9 ft
Beam 9.54m / 31.3 ft
Draft (keel up) 5.30m / 17.4 ft
Draft (keel down) 8.10m / 26.2 ft
Displacement 353 tons / 778,231 lbs
Gross tonnage 396 GT
Hull speed 17 knots
Full air-draft 75m / 247ft

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