Royal Hui­sman Ngo­ni

The de­si­gn of­fe­red by Du­bois Na­val Ar­chi­tec­ts for “Ngo­ni” is mu­ch mo­re than an au­da­cious de­si­gn. It is a real­ly in­no­va­ti­ve con­cept any way you look at it. A pier­cing glan­ce in­to the dream of the la­te la­men­ted Ed Du­bois.

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Fin­ding a 58 me­tre long ya­cht whi­ch mir­rors su­ch a clo­se and ra­di­cal vi­sion of bo­th the ow­ner’s and pro­ject de­si­gner’s in­ten­ts is rea­li­sti­cal­ly dif­fi­cult . We’re tal­king about “Ngo­ni” a jewel of a ya­cht built by Royal Hui­sman. The ya­cht’s lay­out ex­pres­ses an ag­gres­si­ve tra­ce as wan­ted ex­pres­sly by the ow­ner, it had to be a “bea­st of the se­ven seas ”. A Hi­ghly per­for­ming wind pier­cing, sleek hull whe­re ele­gan­ce, tech­no­lo­gic in­no­va­tion we­re to not on­ly re­pre­sent the pro­ject’s fun­da­men­tal in­gre­dien­ts, but al­so had to be im­me­dia­te­ly per­cei­va­ble by any ob­ser­ver. In ad­di­tion to this the ya­cht had to pos­sess, sea-kee­ping qua­li­ties, good ma­noeu­vra­bi­li­ty in re­stric­ted wa­ters and be re­spon­si­ve to the helm wi­thout being stiff. And that’s not all be­cau­se the ow­ner is a di­scer­ning ya­ch­tsman who has ex­pe­rien­ced Fast­net and Syd­ney-ho­bart sai­ling ra­ces and lo­ves to steer whi­ch is why he in­si­sted on ha­ving a sen­si­ti­ve, light, hi­ghly re­spon­ding helm ca­pa­ble of de­li­ve­ring , in spi­te of the ya­cht’s si­ze the sa­me feel of a small sai­ling boat al­so when de­ploy­ing a squa­re top 853 squa­re me­tre main­sail! “This pro­ject is eve­ry de­si­gner’s dream” is what Ed Du­bois had said so­me ti­me ear­lier. Ho­we­ver he ma­na­ged to de­ve­lop a con­cept but ne­ver fi­ni­shed.the hull li­nes are sleek and trim, wi­th so­me char-

ac­te­ri­stic de­tails li­ke a ver­ti­cal bow and a con­vex stern whi­ch fol­lo­ws th­rou­gh in li­ne wi­th the aft por­tion of the deck thus en­han­cing wa­ter flow whi­le stif­fe­ning struc­tu­re. The se­cond ele­ment de­ser­ves mo­re in dep­th scru­ti­ny, be­cau­se it is not in­stal­led pu­re­ly on ae­sthe­ti­cal or func­tio­nal grounds, but it’s tech­ni­cal­ly con­nec­ted to the ya­cht’s per­for­man­ce. The 75 me­tre ma­st is mo­re li­ke an ar­row on a bow re­pre­sen­ted by the hull as it stands up to great pres­su­re whi­le being re­la­ti­ve­ly low and ba­re wi­thout a su­per­struc­tu­re whi­ch is mea­ning­ful in terms of ri­gi­di­ty and one whi­ch pre­sen­ts se­ve­ral ope­nings on the deck.to stif­fen the who­le deck a 35 mm alu­mi­nium pla­te has been in­stal­led all the way round. But this was still not good enou­gh, so Du­bois be­gan to ima­gi­ne an in­ver­ted si­lhouet­te, whi­ch is con­cep­tual­ly ve­ry si­mi­lar to the struc­tu­re of a brid­ge whe­re the con­vex pla­ne is so to com­pen­sa­te and stand up to enor­mous pres­su­re crea­ted by pas­sing traf­fic abo­ve it. This so­lu­tion in­crea­sed hull stiff­ness by 12% wi­thout ad­ding any weight. The stair­ca­se lea­ding aft in­crea­ses li­vea­bi­li­ty to the coc­k­pit area and fa­ci­li­ta­tes ac­cess to the enor­mous ba­thing plat­form in the stern. In prac­ti­cal terms the deck is clut­ter free, he­re again this was not a me­re ae­sthe­ti­cal exer­ci­se but one to en­han­ce ae­ro­dy­na­mic ef­fi­cien­cy (sails ef­fi­cien­cy edn.) A ‘hi­ghly mi­ni­ma­li­st’ ap­proa­ch was adop­ted in the lay­out of the deck gear wi­th an em­pha­sis on kee­ping things rea­di­ly avai­la­ble and sim­ple, so as to ma­noeu­vre ea­si­ly whi­le ma­xi­mi­sing re­lia­bi­li­ty and re­du­cing com­ple­xi­ties. The po­si­tio­ning of the helm con­trols sta­tions are in­stal­led aft of the area re­ser­ved to guests the­re­by gua­ran­teeing great vi­si­bi­li­ty to the helm­sman. A car­bon Bi­mi­ni can be ea­si­ly in­stal­led abo­ve the wheels to de­li­ver sha­de when nee­ded. The im­po­sing 75 me­tre Ron­dal ma­st is al­so in car­bon. It is to da­te one of the lar­ge­st ever built. A squa­re top Nor­th Sails

main­sail is nor­mal­ly de­ployed.to sa­ve weight the pro­ject team op­ted for car­bon rig­ging. “Ngo­ni” has top­ped 17.5 kno­ts un­der sails whi­le the hi­gh aspect ra­tio of the helm and rud­ders, thanks to de­tai­led eva­lua­tion of the for­ces in play kept ma­nual stee­ring ea­sy. Mu­ch of the su­per­struc­tu­re has been rea­li­sed in dou­ble gla­zed cur­ved glass. The glass co­ve­red shell re­veals se­ve­ral so­fas to port be­low decks, a di­ning ta­ble to star­board and wind di­rec­tion, true wind/ap­pa­rent wind speed gau­ges are in­stal­led di­rec­tly fa­cing, on en­try. Gla­zed sli­ding doors lead to and from the coc­k­pit wi­th no bar­rier bet­ween the two areas. Rick Ba­ker and Paul Mor­gan are ca­re­ful to meet the ow­ner’s re­que­st whi­ch is not to slip in­to ‘ya­cht tra­di­tio­na­li­sm’. In fact the ge­ne­ral im­prin­ting chal­len­ges tra­di­tion ina­smu­ch as fluid si­nuous li­nes and vi­brant co­lours are clear­ly vi­si­ble. The area de­di­ca­ted to the ow­ners and guests can be ac­ces­sed via a cur­ved stair­ca­se di­rec­tly from the en­tran­ce/com­pa­nio­n­way. The in­te­rior lay­out com­pri­ses two dou­ble gue­st ca­bins wi­th ba­th­rooms en-sui­te. The ow­ner’s night quar­ters are si­tua­ted in the stern. They’re ma­de up of a full beam ca­bin, an enor­mous ba­th­room, a lar­ge stu­dy wi­th ba­th­room and a gym whi­ch be­ne­fi­ts from an ope­ning in the hull.the crew’s ac­com­mo­da­tion is in the bow area and com­plies to Lar­ge Com­mer­cial Ya­cht Co­de (LY3). Com­for­ta­ble bunks can ac­com­mo­da­te up to ni­ne in six ca­bins.the en­gi­ne room can al­so be ac­ces­sed from this area. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion www.roya­lhui­sman.com

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