Royal Huisman presents the 58m high-performance sloop NGONI aka The Beast - designed by the late Ed Dubois.

The design is new in every sense of the word and will embody the past experience of both designer and yard, whilst encouraging advances in all the disciplines required to design and build a yacht of such stature.

“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.”

Owner of the yacht

The result is a dramatic sheer line and sculpted bow that offers innovative lines combined with seaworthiness, while a molded glass superstructure and crisp stern shape add further to the look of what is an inherently progressive design. The slender, easily driven hull form will be refined with extensive tank testing due to start in September at the Wolfson Unit in Southampton, UK, using a large 6m model.

Photos by Royal Huisman (Ngoni on the move)

Ed Dubois said:

“The bigger the model, the more accurate the results, because you can scale everything except the viscosity of water. Our aim is to reduce the wetted surface to minimize drag, while still retaining good stability. The hull lines will be finalized by November following the results of the tank tests.”

CFD analysis of a high-span lifting keel and the configuration of the carbon fiber rudder arrangement is also under way. A 72m/233ft mast by Rondal (like the hatches and reel winches), high-aspect sail plan and a powerful square-top mainsail – “the most efficient sail plan we can devise for this size of yacht” – will add the final measure of horsepower that will be tamed by twin helm stations, notable for Royal Huisman’s ability to engineer these without power assistance.

On deck, wide teak planking with off-white seams will downplay a hidden crane, tender garage, and large swim spa forward, whilst at the aft a sunbed connects to a beach deck with articulated swim platform.


NGONI’s Interior design is by Rick Baker and Paul Morgan with signature furniture pieces by Francis Sultana. The eclectic yet relaxing accommodations comprises a master ‘apartment’ that includes a gym (with a large viewing hatch in the hull to admit fresh air and natural light), sauna and study/library as well two guest staterooms and large open main deck salon with attached outdoor seating (the owner’s gym and study can also be converted into additional accommodations).

Accent pieces and exotic finishes will be created in the workshop of London-based Rick Baker Ltd. Having been involved in some of the most high-profile projects on the planet, The Light Corporation has been asked to artfully shed light on the project.

Photos by Hans Westerink (model ship)

Video by Cloudshots

Comments on the project

“Given their reputation for excellence, Royal Huisman was the owner’s choice of shipyard from the very start,” says Ed Dubois. “This is a thought-provoking design that does not take for granted the marriage of high performance, style and comfort. She’s a design that marks a fresh and progressive turning point in our long and successful history. This is some yacht, inspired by a client looking for the next new, new thing; a dream project for both designer and shipyard.”

Alice Huisman confirms:

“A great client, a great design team, and a great project. Everything about this project has our name on it: Royal Huisman is the perfect fit for every aspect of the project and the requirements to build it.”

“The owner is a highly experienced yachtsman and offshore racing sailor,” says Ed Dubois. “He wanted a high-performance, go-anywhere cruising yacht that not only looks excitingly different but is also beautifully built and luxuriously comfortable.”

NGONI was launched in April 2017.

Main Specifications

Length over all:58.00 m
Beam:9.54 m
Draft:5.30 m - 8.10 m (Lifting Keel)
Exterior Design:Dubois Naval Architects
Naval ArchitectureDubois Naval Architects
Interior Design:Rick Baker / Paul Morgan
Interior accent pieces and exotic finishes:Francis Sultana
Light Design:The Light Corporation
Hull Speed (Basic Engines16 knots
Main Sail853 m²
Blade:687 m²
Code Sail:1097 m²
Stay Sail:289 m²
Mast Height:71.00 m

Deck & Interior Layout

NGONI 58m Dubois Royal Huisman Sloop The Beast