Mogambo by Nobiskrug with Reymond Langton Design

73.51 m of good taste, technology and engineering, the result of a synergy between high-level players like the German shipyard Nobiskrug, London-based Reymond Langton Design and the Owner’s fantastic team. After its delivery in spring 2012, by September Mogambo was already the star of the Monaco Yacht Show.


Its name is a homage to Grace Kelly, who became famous in the film of the same name, and to the colonial charms of 1950s Africa, to Kenya and its rhythms and contrasts. These were described to great effect by Karen Blixen in her novel Out of Africa: “In the day-time you felt that you had got high up; near to the sun, but the early mornings and evenings were limpid and restful, and the nights were cold.” The yacht conveys all this through interiors with a virile flavour and dark tones broken by bright chromatic details, like the earth and dark colours with flashes of the colours of the forest. On the external decks, the spaces, fragile tones, natural teak and glimmers of light filtered through large awnings form an interplay that creates a variety of atmospheres strangely similar to those of the desert. Mogambo undoubtedly charms and fires the imagination, but this is just one of its many faces, a pleasing poetic vein that runs alongside its physical features as a ship designed in accordance with the best technological, engineering and architectural concepts. At sea, the ship’s sleekness of line is striking and, together with the hydrodynamics of the hull and the lightness of the fibreglass in the non-structural parts of the superstructure, it optimises the efficiency of the two MTU 1,760 kW engines, which allow a speed of 17.5 knots, a highly respectable speed for a 73.51 m yacht. A further distinctive element in technical and engineering terms is the engine room which is impressively large thanks to its two-deck arrangement and location in the centre of the vessel, making it particularly practical for work on the engines and instrumentation. Another unusual feature is the distribution of the spaces based on their uses. This is the result of a logistics study similar to those performed on cruise ships, allowing the two parallel worlds of the guests and crew to coexist without overlapping on the 5 principal decks, and allowing the crew to operate on the lowest service decks. On one hand there is the Owner’s mega suite, the guest accommodation, the salons, a dining table seating 12, huge open-air spaces, and equipment for wellness and relaxation at the highest level. On the other, there are accommodation and relaxation areas for the 19 crew members, with a lift and staircase connecting to the various work areas, dedicated access routes to goods and rooms for their storage and management. All of this is protected by a good acoustic insulation system and expressed through a discreet, elegant minimalism while at the same time offering comfort and fun, pervaded with perceptible yet intangible hints of Africa. As in some Kenyan villas, large floor-to-ceiling windows provide a great deal of natural light, offering panoramic views as far as the eye can see, while the furniture is arranged symmetrically, softened by pieces with curved lines and an African sensibility. In the staircases and lobby, the artificial light becomes a point of design, and throughout the rest of the yacht it is diffused indirectly, accentuating the chromatic sensuality of the interiors. Colour is tastefully managed by Reymond Langton Design in its brightest shades, expressed through panels, sculptures and decor, while bouquets in flame shades light up the near-black brown of the ebonised walnut of the walls, floors and furniture. Artistic shapes are integrated into the furniture and works of art such as the emotional abstract paintings by London-based Ben Lowe, commissioned especially for Mogambo.


An immense, sensual main bridge

As you go on board, the external size of the main bridge, including the side gangways, is striking, being even larger than the agreeable interiors. Each piece of furniture is placed so as to leave considerable free space, from the 4 maxi sofas and the sun deck featuring the colour gradations of sand, to the essential lines and high-tech references of the dining table and small tables. It’s a sun-worshipping ensemble focused on comfort that accepts no compromises on elegance.

In the main salon, the atmosphere changes and, more than in any other part of the ship, it gives a sense of Africa. Rays of light beam in through the large windows behind the two living areas that face one another, yet the dark woods of the floor, the furniture and part of the walls create a masculine, almost nocturnal mood, which is accentuated in the bar and the dining room, where a large lit panel creates a contrast with its colours. It’s a piece of art in worked glass, designed by Reymond Langton together with the client and showing stylised movements of sand that can be interpreted as dunes in the desert or the ocean floor. The Owner’s suite is almost as large as the interiors that precede it and has a living area with a wall that can be opened to form a balcony. Its elegance is gently modulated by the sculptures custom made by Crystal Caviar, the soft forms of the sofa / dormeuse and the single block of the small table. Lighting columns flank the bed, part of a system of lighting incorporated into the architecture, such as the ceiling and other parts. The ebonised walnut remains the star of the show, enhanced with inlays in the double doors produced by Metrica Interior, which also feature handles clad in three shades of metal made by Based Upon: a London team that makes unique pieces for Mulberry, Dior and Nobu, and which has produced numerous details on Mogambo. The bathroom has a clean design where glass, mirrors and contrasts of white on dark gradations of granite form an interplay, in which the Dornbracht tap fittings are a perfect fit. [...]

Mogambo Technical Specifications

LOA73,51 m / 241’17’’ ft
Beam (max) 12,58 m / 41’27’’ ft
Draught (loaded)3,65 m / 11’98’’ ft
ConstructionSteel and GRP
Gross Tonnage1682 tons
Main engines2 x MTU 16V 4000 M60
Gearbox2 x ZF 7661
Propellers / alternative propulsion2 x PIENING 5 bladed fixed pitch
Speed (maximum/cruise)17.5 kn / 14.5 kn
Range at cruising speed4,500 Nautical miles
Stabilizers4 x zero speed stabilizers
Bow / stern thruster(s)Electrically driven: 200 kW
WatermakersIDROMAR, 2 x 20 t per day
Cabins1 Owner / 1 VIP / 2 double / 2 convertible twin cabins
Number guests12
Crew cabins1 double / 5 single / 6 twin bunked cabins
Crew members19
Tenders1°— Novurania Chase 38;
1°— Novurania Launch 750
Class and LY2 complianceGL, ✠ 100 A5 Motor Yacht, ✠ MC Aut LY2
Naval architectNobiskrug
Exterior stylist and Interior designerReymond Langton Design
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