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– By Matt Clement – 

Last time we checked, shiny skyscrapers belonged in city centers and modern art in art galleries. Not anymore. Meet the Ocean Emerald – a floating marvel.

There’s no two ways about it – she’s a stunner. Even if you think you’ve seen it all when it comes to super yachts, even if you frequent yacht shows and spend large amounts of time in yacht marinas, Ocean Emerald will stop you in your tracks and make you marvel at the limitless human creativity. It’s tempting to simply tell you “just look at those pictures”, and by all means – do; they are as much a pleasure to look at as is any quality piece of contemporary art. But there’s more to the Ocean Emerald than its stunning exteriors, than those curved lines that seem to belong to the architectonic chic of London’s skyline.

Ocean Emerald Photo 1The striking 41-meter super yacht was built by the “Aston Martin of Yachts” as Rodriguez Group; a leading luxury yacht builder based in Italy is sometimes referred to.  Though first established back in 1887, Rodriguez has no trouble keeping up with, and even setting new trends in yacht design, and what better proof than the Ocean Emerald. The yacht boasts 30% more space than other vessels in her class and to further boost its spacious character, the design features extensive floor-to-ceiling windows, providing a constant supply of natural light.

Take her for a day cruise and you can easily fit up to 50 guests on board while for overnight stays, five cabins accommodating 12 guests await – an airy master suite with two private terraces, 2 double VIP staterooms and two twin cabins with Pullman beds, all featuring interior design by the world-renowned marine architects, Sir Norman Foster & Partners and all fitted with en-suite bathrooms.
But as impressive as it is in those pictures, or even seen in real life, docked at a yacht marina, the true beauty of the Ocean Emerald can only be experienced on its deck, at a cruising speed of 14 knots. Here in South-East Asia, the best place to do that is Phuket, where the boat is the crown jewel in the catalogue of Bristol Charter.

Founded in 1959 in the French Riviera, the company expanded to Dubai in 2004 and has been operating in Phuket since 2014. Bristol’s fleet ranges from a 23 feet craft to this 135 feet long stunner and comprises state of the art Motor Boats, luxury Motor Yachts, Game Fishing Yacht and Boats, Sail Catamaran, Motor Catamaran and Traditional Arabian Dhows.

A great example of another impressive boat in Bristol’s catalogue is Shard 2 – a stylish and sexy 56-sport yacht from the reputable Princess Shipyard. She might not be a spacious super yacht like the Ocean Emerald but she makes up for it with her impressive top speeds and wide cruising range. She’s fits up to 12 passengers and is able to negotiate great distances with maximum rapidity, offering those on board a wonderful experience and delivering them to paradise destinations such as the Similians or Phi Phi island.

Shard 2 Pic 7

So what makes your heart beat faster? The astonishing Ocean Emerald or the agile Shard 2? Take a look at the pictures and decide for yourself.

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