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Boat International Design & Innovation Awards 2018 Winners Announced

Boat International Design & Innovation Awards 2018 Winners Announced

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Best Exterior Styling - Sailing Yachts


Length: 58.2m

Exterior stylst: Dubois Naval Architects

Naval architect: Dubois Naval Architects

Builder:Royal Huisman

The final project from the team at Dubois Naval Architects, Ngoni’s exterior styling shows the impressive results of pushing builders and glass manufacturers to the limit in pursuit of beauty, aerodynamics, and blurring exterior and interior environments. The effort to bend glass to the designer’s will that began with the substantially larger and deeper Aglaia (now Anatta) launched in 2012 sees its zenith with Ngoni showing proportionately more glass in the deckhouse, skylights and hullsides. The profile of the boat from plumb bow to open stern is low and exciting and accented by the fact the sheer is inflected to add stiffness to the hull. The foredeck contains a large spa tub that can be sheltered by a modern version of an Arabian tent. The indoor/outdoor lounge aft of the saloon offers a perfect spot for outdoor living underway or at anchor and the stepped stern with its raised sunbed creates a useful and unique experience. Showing that size isn’t everything, finishing just two points behind was the smallest of the finalists, 32.5 metre Ribelle, whose lovely profile, glass deckhouse and waterfall transom are by Malcolm McKeon.

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