What determines a megayacht being crowned Queen of the Show? In the case of CRN’s Emerald Star, which received that designation last week from the organizers of the Yacht & Brokerage Show, it comes down to a few things.
For one, the yacht was making her stateside debut, having made her world debut at the Monaco Yacht Show last September. Valued at about $30 million, she also features some innovative thinking for her size range, 43 meters (141 feet), and for being a semicustom yacht. In fact, this first launch in CRN’s new 43 series boasts items you’d definitely never expect to see, such as a private balcony off the owner’s suite and an aft “beach” formed when the transom folds down to be parallel to the water. Just inside the beach is another surprise: a fully outfitted gym, complete with a head so that no one needs to traipse back up and in through the saloon to freshen up. (Future 43s promise some surprises of their own: One yacht under construction has the area outfitted as a kids’ playroom, while another has it as a sitting room, to better enjoy the seaside ambiance.)
I’ll have a feature-length article about the yacht in the May issue of Power & Motoryacht, but in the meantime, to better understand what sets Emerald Star apart, check out this video.