The 58m / 190ft high-performance sloop Ngoni received the “Best Sailing Yacht 40m+” award at the annual “International Superyacht Society Awards of Distinction” at the start of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. In addition, she was recognized with the overall award “Best Interior”.
Both awards were nominated and bestowed by industry peers and Royal Huisman considers it a great honor to receive this acknowledgement from such a distinguished committee. It is worth mentioning that the “Best Interior” was chosen from the nominees in all categories so Ngoni was selected from all yachts - sail and power - above 24 meters / 80ft which have been delivered to their owners worldwide last year.
Congratulations to Ngoni’s owner and gratitude on the part of her design and build team, who feel particularly honored by this recognition. Ngoni was designed by Ed Dubois (1952-2016) and his team. She is luxurious as well as “fast and furious”, capitalizing on the owner’s brief: “Build me a beast. Don’t build me a sheep in wolf’s clothing.” Her innovative interior was designed by Rick Baker Ltd. Their brief was also simple in the extreme: “Don’t design a traditional yacht interior.” Royal Huisman engineered and constructed the hull, deck, systems, interior accommodation, rig and sail handling at the shipyard’s facilities in the Netherlands and delivered Ngoni on schedule to her owner in Spring 2017.
Earlier this year Ngoni was rewarded with major honors at the Design & Innovation Awards: Best Naval Architecture & Best Exterior Styling Sailing Yachts. She also received the Judges’ Commendation at the World Superyacht Awards 2018.
More details about Ngoni can be found at: www.royalhuisman.com/Ngoni
Currently Royal Huisman’s team is working on nine different projects, several of which are likely to compete for an award in the coming years; both new build superyachts and projects of Huisfit (the shipyard’s dedicated department for superyacht refit, repair and renewal). Earlier this year Royal Huisman delivered the 56m / 184ft ketch Aquarius, which is nominated for next year’s awards.