By LAWRENCE TAN
Yachtplus has launched its first
superyacht, the Ocean Emerald in La Spezia. Designed by Lord Norman Foster and
his team from Foster + Partners, the 41-meter beauty represents the first of
four superyachts that the UK-based fractional ownership super-yacht company has
lined up over the next two years.
The team from Foster + Partners applied the
same concept from their work on luxury hotels and residences in the design of
the Ocean Emerald, with an emphasis on light and space, be it the outdoor
terraces or the suites.
The five suites on board have room for 12,
with a permanent crew of seven, including Captain, chef de cuisine, engineer,
two hostesses and a deckhand.
The idea of fractional ownership is
increasingly being accepted as an astute option in these financially
challenging times. And when applied to yacht ownership, it makes the idea of
owning a yacht much more manageable.
For a 1/16 or half fraction share just shy
of €1m, fractional owners get 15 nights a year on board split between
the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. An additional €100,000 takes care
of all other charges like maintenance, management, marine and hotel operations,
crew, mooring and port charges, and transoceanic crossings. It’s a slice of the
superyacht life, minus the grief of yacht ownership.