Built in aluminium and launched in March 2017 by Dutch yard Royal Huisman in Zaandam, Ngoni was designed by Dubois Naval Architects — making her one of the last projects from the legendary British studio.
The yard was given a clear brief from the client: “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 is courtesy of Rick Baker and Paul Morgan, with accommodation split between a double, twin and a master apartment. This palatial suite comes with its own superyacht gym, study and steam room.
Sliding doors separate the cockpit from the saloon, which is decorated in a masculine style using deep red and charcoal tones in a variety of materials and textures, including resin and wood. On the port side, there is an inviting curved sofa placed in the unusual position of facing outwards to take in the views. Armchairs, a coffee table and a concealed television screen add to this cosy and inviting space while to starboard the formal dining area and bar offer comfort and elegance for a relaxing evening of entertainment.
The exterior is comprised of an aluminium hull, dramatically inflected sheerline, plumb bow and sculpted superstructure. Other key features include a lifting keel that 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 has also been fitted with a tender garage, davit crane and spa pool.
Power is provided by a single MTU 8V 2000 M72 diesel engine delivering 966hp. Cruising at 12 knots, she can reach a maximum range of 4,000 nautical miles.
Lying in Barcelona, Ngoni is asking €45,000,000.
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