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Ngoni emerges from Royal Huisman ahead of imminent launch

The 58 metre Royal Huisman sailing yacht Ngoni has seen the light of day for the first time. These pictures show the sloop leaving the yard's Vollenhove facility yesterday (March 29). She has since been shipped to the Holland Jachtbouw yard in Zandaam where she will be masted and launched before the end of the month.

Previously known as The Beast, Ngoni was designed by Dubois Naval Architects — making her one of the last projects from the legendary British studio. When complete, she will take her place among the world's largest sailing yachts.

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 superyacht 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 71 metre carbon fibre Rondal mast that will carry a square head mainsail by North Sails. 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.

Speaking last year, Alice Huisman said: “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.”

Other sailing yachts currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 56 metre Project Aquarius and the 81 metre flagship Project 400.

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