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.