The interior design is minimalistic with the focus on stark whites and blacks, but there is a softer note in the staterooms. The saloon is one big wide open space and teak decks on the outside areas are continued inside. Combine this with those full-height windows and it can become quite hard to distinguish the outside from the inside. The large dining table can accommodate the full number of guests and there is plenty of relaxing seating.
A central spiral stairway links the three guest decks, with the upper lounge featuring its own bar. Down below, there are four guest cabins, two doubles and two twins with Pullman bunks in the twins to expand the sleeping arrangements. The décor down here is more remeniscent of a hotel room rather than shipboard cabins, but curved wood introduces some interesting design features and the mood is relaxing. Subtle lighting can be varied to change the ambience and there is a notable lack of direct lighting throughout the accommodation.
The owner's suite on the main deck forward is the star of the show, with panoramic windows and private balconies on each side. The bathroom features a large oval bath and there are large closets – every luxurious need is catered for.
The outer display
There is open deck space everywhere you look. Both the lower and upper lounges have a large open deck at their rear and right at the top under the arch mast there is a sunbed and sitting area. The views from here are dramatic. The wide stairs that rise up from the transom are a striking design feature and they continue forward, leading down from the bridge to the foredeck. This foredeck is a working area and an interesting feature is an underdeck chilled garbage locker, so smells are contained.
Ocean Emerald has two garages, one in the normal space under the transom where access is via a transom door and one just forward of this aft garage where access is via a side door on the port side. The aft garage houses the Arimar crew tender and two jet skis, launched by hydraulic crane. The other space houses a five-metre RIB tender launched on a retractable roller slipway.
The engine compartment features twin Caterpillar 1044 KW diesels, almost hidden in the array of auxiliary systems. The main engines drive through conventional shaft and propeller systems and there are two Caterpillar 76 KW generators to meet the electrical load requirements.
With the total of close to 3000 horsepower installed, Ocean Emerald has a cruising speed of 15 knots with 18 tonnes of fuel, giving a range of 600 miles. Allen Bradley fin stabilisers are fitted to steady the yacht in a seaway and these also feature a zero speed capability to ensure comfort at anchor.
The hull and superstructure are aluminium, with the hull in the form of curved displacement shape with a hard chine just below the waterline. The hull has a skeg to improve directional stability and to offer some propeller protection, and a bulbous bow for improved efficiiency. Above the waterline, the raked bow is flattened into a shape that does not look very sea-kindly, but which will be amply effective in moderate seas.
Ocean Emerald seems to break every rule in the conventional design book. If you accept that this is a yacht that is only going to operate in fine or moderate sea conditions then it works surprisingly well and there is a lot of logic in the design, which should yield its owners and guests plenty of fun in the sun.