The Lord Foster designed 41m Ocean Emerald has been launched at Porto Lotti Marina near La Spezia in Italy on 25th April.

The $24 million yacht is the first in a series of four identical super yachts being built for the YachtPlus fractional ownership programme.

Ocean Emerald is a startling departure in design from the more traditional motor yacht at least on the outside.

The dramatic grey superstructure arches from the bow all the way aft.

The extra deck space this creates on a 41 metre boat is impressive with 2495 square feet being devoted to outside space and a further 2790 square feet available for guest and crew accommodation.

The master suite set well forward benefits from stunning forward facing views and two separate bathrooms. Light wood effect deckheads, faux leather and marble veneer give the impression of luxury.

Accommodation for ten more guests is on the lower deck in four similarly decorated cabins.

All furnishings and fittings are provided by the Italian manufacturer Cassina and kitchen and galley equipment by Schiffini.

Ocean Emerald will be the first of four identical Foster + Partners designed super-yachts to be launched by the company over the next two years.

The second yacht, Ocean Pearl will enter service in the autumn 2009 and the third, Ocean Sapphire in the early part of 2010.

The fourth yacht, as yet unnamed, is scheduled to launch in the latter part of 2010.

A one-eighth purchase on one of the four yachts will cost €1.87m, which will entitle the owners 30 nights a year onboard.

Alternatively, those wishing to only purchase a half fraction – a 1/16th share – will pay €975K for 15 nights a year onboard.

All arrangements from bookings to transport, private jet, helicopter transfers and onboard requests will be taken care of, thereby further enhancing the ultimate experience in hospitality, service and luxury.

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