The 190-foot (58- meter) sailing yacht Ngoni, designed by Ed Dubois (1952-2016) with interior by Rick Baker and Paul Morgan and project management by Godfrey Cray Maritime Ltd was built by Royal Huisman under the project name The Beast.
Tasked by the owner to create a contemporary yacht with incredible performance, handling, and sea keeping paired with luxury amenities, Dubois Naval Architects settled on a minimalistic approach, creating a clean, clutter-free deck and low-profile superstructure, both of which made for an elegant and efficient yacht.
Dubois designed a slender aluminum hull with plumb bow and reverse sheer, which gave the hull structural stiffness. This is important, considering the large portholes, a foldout side-boarding platform, water level gym door, a couple of submarine anchors, and retractable thrusters, as well as a 100-ton lifting keel that adjusts from 26 to 17 feet. Maximum hull speed is 17 knots.
Sadly designer, Ed Dubois passed away prior to the yacht’s launch in 2017. The following video is a fascinating time-lapse portrayal of the yacht’s build and includes an interview with the late Ed Dubois.