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Norman Foster 40 Signature Series Yacht
by Evan Orensten
on 20 August 2008
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Designed by renowned architect Norman Foster, built by prize-winning boat-maker Rodriquez Cantieri Navali in Italy and exclusive to YachtPlus (a fractional ownership program), the 40 Signature Series is both an unparalleled vessel and comes with a cost well below ownership. The benefits of the design and the program are many — from eliminating the hassle of maintainance and management (YachtPlus employs a staff of six) to a layout that offers 30% more indoor and outdoor space than any other yacht, it's a smart approach to luxury.

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The impressive four-tiered design stems from Norman Foster's consideration of "such issues as quality and quantity of space, outdoor terraces, light and views" and allows for both the staff acomodations as well as room for 10 guests. Features like forward-looking views from all four decks, two balconies in the master suite and spacious rooms and saloons that take into account the needs of children and families offer far more appeal than the more sleek-looking counterparts out there.

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Not that the overall profile of the 132-foot yacht is anything to complain about. The grand staircase uniting the four levels offers a stunning design element, as do the floor-to-ceiling windows which lend an unusual appearance for a boat. See more images of exteriors and interiors, as well as design illustrations, after the jump.

Weekly rates start at about €80,000 but the eight shares for the first boat have already been snatched up. Contact YachtPlus to inquire about future boats in the fleet.

via Luxury Culture

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