First in-build pictures of Royal Huisman 58m Ngoni
by Chris Jefferies
Dutch yard Royal Huisman has revealed the first in-build pictures of the 58m sailing superyacht previously known as The Beast.
Designed by Dubois Naval Architects, the new sloop will be delivered in spring 2017 and named Ngoni. As these pictures show, the fin keel has been installed and the interior joinery is reaching an advanced stage.
The yard was given a clear brief from the client, which inspired the project name: “Build me a beast. Don’t build me a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This has to be an edgy and innovative weapon, fast and furious. I want to get off the wheel after a day of sailing feeling completely knackered from the excitement of hands-on fast sailing.”
The result is an ocean-going cruiser that balances innovative features with on-board luxury. Interior styling will be courtesy of Rick Baker and Paul Morgan, with accommodation split between two guest staterooms and a master apartment. This palatial suite comes with its own gym, study and steam room.
The exterior is comprised of an aluminium hull, dramatically inflected sheerline, plumb bow and sculpted superstructure. Ngoni has been designed to achieve a maximum hull speed of 17.5 knots.
Other key features include a 71m carbon fibre Rondal mast that will carry a square head mainsail by North Sails of New Zealand. A lifting keel will allow her draught to be reduced from 8.1 metres to 5.3 metres.
To ensure minimal wind disturbance to the leading edge of her headsail, the flush deck furlers in the bow have been wind tunnel tested. Ngoni will also be fitted with a tender garage, crane and spa pool.
Alice Huisman, managing director at Royal Huisman, added: “With her distinctive modern looks and high performance, Ngoni sends a clear message that she is no ordinary custom yacht, built by no ordinary custom shipyard.”