“Exciting,” “Radical,” “Edgy,” and “Stunning” were what people were saying when the 190-foot-long high-performance sloop Ngoni was launched last year. And after a successful season in the Med and then winning Boat International’s Design & Innovation Awards for Best Naval Architecture & Best Exterior Styling for Sailing Yachts for 2018, we can add “award winning” to the list.
But anyone who knows super yachts knows that Ngoni has an impeccable pedigree. Designed by Dubois Naval Architects and featuring an innovative interior by Rick Baker Ltd, Ngoni is both luxurious and fast under sail.
And the yacht’s minimalist design and high performance sailing characteristics are only magnified by the Dutch master yachtbuilders at Royal Huisman. As a result, Ngoni’s sleek exterior conceals a host of innovative engineering solutions designed to meet the challenges of marrying a powerful sailing rig with a slender and easily-driven hull that’s also fitted with a heavy lifting keel.
Meanwhile, 233-foot-tall mast that’s built by Rondal (like the hatches and massive winches) is fitted with a powerful square-top mainsail that designers proclaim is “the most efficient sail plan we can devise for this size of yacht.”
A look at the “tiny” helmsman at the wheel gives you an idea of how big and powerful this yacht is to sail.
While the photos of the yacht’s interior that was designed by Rick Baker and Paul Morgan with signature furniture pieces by Francis Sultana can provide a glimpse of what you can have when the sky’s the limit.
So what’s it really like to sail aboard such a large and luxurious yacht? I’ll just venture to say it must be invigorating.
Bill Springer is the Editor in Chief of Ocean Home magazine where he covers ultra-exclusive real estate, superyachts, and luxury travel. Follow him on Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.