“Build me a beast. Don’t build me a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Yacht building folklore may now have one of the most quotable owner’s requests of all time. “Exciting”, “Radical”, “Edgy”, “Stunning”: these are the kind of words that greeted the 58m / 190ft high-performance sloop Ngoni during her explorations.

Designed by Dubois Naval Architects and featuring an innovative interior by Rick Baker Ltd, Ngoni is luxurious as well as “fast and furious” – the product of bold and minimalist design realised with impeccable build quality by Royal Huisman. Ngoni’s sleek and beautifully executed exterior conceals a host of innovative engineering to meet the challenges of marrying a huge, powerful and advanced rig with a slender and easily-driven hull.


Yard no.398
TypeHigh Performance Sloop
Length overall58m / 190ft
Naval architectDubois Naval Architects
Interior architectRick Baker Ltd.
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To build a slender hull with adequate structural stiffness to cope with the heavy loads imposed by the near-100 tonne keel and the enormous rig (up to 60 tonnes on the forestay alone) is challenging enough. But Ngoni’s deck and hull are also punctuated by numerous openings: giant deck cut-outs for a large tender garage, crane, flush sail lockers, spa pool and cooled waste locker, plus large rectangular portholes, a sea-level gym door, fold-out side boarding platform, two submarine anchors and retractable thrusters.


Intensive research and analysis went into the development of the advanced and extremely powerful 71m / 233ft 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.


On approaching Ngoni, the observer is immediately struck by her dramatic lines and tall rig, perfectly complemented by the sculpted low profile superstructure that centres the design with elegant understatement. The dynamic curve of the sheer line: first convex, then subtly concave and finally convex once more for the sweep over the beach deck, suggests a natural affinity with the sea.


The luxuriously appointed guest cockpit offers an intimate outdoor space for reading and relaxation, playing games or simply watching the marine world around you. The deckhouse overhang, together with electrically-powered retractable windbreakers, ensures a sheltered environment in all conditions.