January 16th 2013. By Diane Byrne.

Nobiskrug Mogambo: Global Cruising, Sheer Indulgence

The wild adventures of the heart and mind, as portrayed by Hollywood, inspired this megayacht.

Megayacht by Nobiskrug

There’s a growing trend for megayachts measuring upwards of 200 feet in length and more. While they can unfortunately become too big-looking, even bulky, Nobiskrug and Reymond Langton Design avoided that problem with Mogambo. Her decks are well balanced, and she actually looks somewhat sleek. The slope of her hull sides aft helps, as does the continuation of grey paint.

fantasy megayacht

Mogambo’s forward-most profile shows a few key design elements. First, note the large ports. The biggest ones are floor to ceiling, situated in the master suite. Similarly large windows are aft (not visible), in the dining area and saloon. Also note the PWCs stowed on deck, just forward of a sunpad. Most yacht buyers would keep all toys in a garage, but Mogambo’s owner had different ideas.

salon in a megayacht

Recall the large ports just mentioned—you can see just how dramatic an effect they have here in Mogambo’s saloon. Equally dramatic is the decor, with ebonized walnut flooring and sycamore wood paneling. Toward the right is the dining area, unusually not separated from the saloon. As comfortable as the saloon is, Mogambo’s owner reportedly likes to use the upper-deck lounge more.

fine dining on a mega yacht

Formal dining can be formal indeed in this setting. Note once again the floor-to-ceiling ports, which flank both sides of the room. A party of 12 can gather here. Of course, like any private mega-yacht, Mogambo also has alfresco dining options. All should certainly be put to good use whether the owner is aboard or Mogambo is entertaining charter guests.

master suite

Headroom here in the main-deck master suite and throughout the rest of the deck is impressive, just shy of eight and a half feet. Other impressive features of Mogambo’s master include a fold-down balcony off the starboard side. It’s not visible here, just a few feet aft of the seating area. Also not visible is a Pullman berth, intended for children or even a personal assistant.

nobiskrug megayacht guest suite

Two queen cabins, one of which has a Pullman, and two twin cabins below decks accommodate Mogambo’s guests. The twin berths can be pushed together to take care of couples. Extra-special guests get treated to the VIP stateroom forward of the upper-deck lounge. The 18-person crew makes for a good crew-to-guest ratio.

cinema on a megayacht

What would a mega-size megayacht be without a cinema these days? It’s located on Mogambo’s bridge deck. Because no movie night can be complete without popcorn and drinks, there’s also a pantry with direct access to the cinema. That pantry in turn has a dumbwaiter connecting to the galley on the main deck.

nobiskrug ship yard magambo

Beach clubs are omnipresent aboard large yachts these days, but Mogambo’s owner put a twist on the typical arrangement. Rather than spanning the entire transom beam, it occupies just amidships between two tender garages. The beach club still has a massage area, sauna/steam room, beauty salon, and this lounge that becomes open-air when the transom folds down.

magambo sun deck

Swimming, sunning, and shade can all be enjoyed on the sundeck, whether Mogambo is at anchor or running at 14 knots, a speed that affords a 5,000-nautical-mile range. So, too, can midnight movies be enjoyed on the sundeck. How? Nobiskrug applied a special paint to the forward bulkhead to make projections clear. Speakers overhead pump out the sound.

megayacht Nobiskrug Mogambo

The grey hull paint accentuates the strong lines that Mogambo’s design teams gave her. Naval architecture is by Nobiskrug’s in-house department, with styling by Reymond Langton Design, a sought-after London-based company. The shipyard and design firm previously collaborated on another project, Graffiti, measuring the same LOA as Mogambo.

Diane Byrne

Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.