Friedrich Lurssen started the company in 1875 at the age of 24. He initially wanted to join his father's boatyard but his father encouraged Friedrich to set up on his own as it would be challenging for one company to feed two families.
Within 11 years he built the very first motor boat, Rems, with Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in 1886. Named after a tributary of the river Neckar in Germany, the boat was powered by an 1,5 PS gasoline engine.
Otto Lurssen, the son of Friedrich Lurssen, evolved the Lurssen Werft further to an innovative manufacturer of racing boats like the Daimler II (reached a top speed of 35 knots on the Weser), Maybach-Donnerwetter (35 knots) or the Saurer-Lurssen from 1911 that reached a maximum speed of 32 knots. The Saurer-Lurssen won the "Grand Prix de Monte Carlo" off the coast of Monaco.
Friedrich Lurssen (who manages the yard in the 4th generation together with Peter Lurssen) says: "The history of the shipyard is still closely linked to our own family history and that of many of our staff. The family and staff's genuine identification with the shipyard business and an informal company structure with tight employee loyalty have always been supporting pillars of our success. In addition to technical expertise and practical skills, high levels of flexibility and strength of innovation among our workforce have been the decisive drivers of growth in our shipyard business as a specialty supplier of high-technology ship construction since the beginning."
Gert and Fritz-Otto, the third generation of Lurssen family members, became involved in the late 1930s and remained in place after the war years. That period saw the shipyard continue producing powerboats for private clients and the German navy alike. The naval craft included patrol boats, anti-mine vessels, frigates, and corvettes. They remain important contracts for Lurssen.
Many people think of megayachts as thoroughly modern marvels, but the 55m Pegasus II (now Platinum), for example, was delivered in 1962. This side of business has grown tremendously under the guidance of Friedrich and Peter Lurssen, who took over in the late 1980's. Presently 25 of the 100 largest yachts were built by Lurssen. Azzam, the third year running largest yacht of the world, was also constructed by the shipyard. She took over Abramovich's Eclipse in 2013. Lurssen is also responsible for the year's most secretive and largest vessel-the 156m Project Omar, reportedly built for the Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov. As for the other megayachts, their names are well-known: Al Said, Topaz, Al Salamah, Rising Sun, Octopus, Golden Odyssey (formerly known as project Tatiana), Katara...
According to a source close to the story, an 88m project at Lurssen would cost close to 130 million euro depending on interior design. Quatroelle was reportedly sold to a new owner under a year after its delivery at a profit which shows just how popular and desired the Lurssen Yachts have become.
As much as the yachts gain fame for their LOAs, it's important to focus on the people who have made them possible. Lurssen employs more than 1,000 people just at its Bremen facility. Over the years with their help, Lurssen has launched more than 13,000 yachts and ships.
Peter Lurssen, CEO of Lurssen Yachts, said: "As a family company it makes us proud and happy to be able to look back, in a turbulent industry, on 140 years of successful shipbuilding history on the River Weser. At the same time, our company anniversary motivates us as a family business to continue manufacturing unique ships for the global market together with our employees and to successfully live up to our great-grandfather's motto to impress through performance and quality."
Yachts for sale
Yachts for charter
An exceptionally spacious 61 m luxury motor yacht, Lady Kathryn V was built by famous German shipyard Lurssen and delivered in 2011. The yacht with a defining racing-red stripe along her hull has the exterior design by the renowned Espen Øino. Her classical and elegant interiors were created by Adam Lay Studio to a unique nautical theme: stripes in blue and whites, complemented by rich woods, give her a classic look and feel.Most impressive areas on Lady Kathryn V include the sunbathing area, enabling views far out to the sea from the sunpads. There’s even a private golf driving range. Additionally, she features a full gym and a water toy box. Lady Kathryn V has two sea kayaks, two stand up paddleboards, two jet ski’s, two seabobs, inflatable tubes, water skis, wakeboards, and two 23′ tenders.With a beam of 11.4 m and a draft of 3.6 m, she has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. She is powered by Caterpillar engines of 1980 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 15.5 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots. Lady Kathryn V's maximum range is estimated at 7000 nautical miles.The motor yacht can accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins including a forward owner's suite complete with a sea terrace, with a crew of 14 members.
July 8, 2020
Aquila is a 85.6 m luxury motor yacht. Launched by Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 2010, she has recently undergone an extensive 12-month refit program. Aquila is designed by Tim Heywood with the traditional interior by Elizabeth Dalton of Dalton Designs. Now her original interiors were replaced by a new design courtesy of Redman Whitely Dixon. Tony Dixon, director at Redman Whitely Dixon, commented: We selected a mix of dark wood finishes, pale leather panels with nickel trim and many new special surface materials all interplaying together to offer subtle style variations throughout the interior.The interior was remodeled to ensure a smooth flow between each area, the installation has been carried out by German interior specialists Metrica.She is currently the largest private yacht ever constructed in the United States by volume and in 2016 she became the largest yacht ever refitted in the UK. The refit consisted of a complete revitalization of all five deck levels. Aquila was definitely reborn after such massive recondition at Falmouth-based shipyard Pendennis. The project team refurbished all of the social spaces, overhauling the technical systems, and renewing the interior of over 750 square metres.The yacht, owned by Charles and Diane Gallagher, has a beam of 14.3 m and a draft of 4.2 m. has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. This adds up to a gross tonnage of 2998 tons. She is powered by MTU engines of 3306 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 18 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots. During the refit, her four generators were completely rebuilt and other upgrades included new radar equipment, AV and IT systems, air conditioning, fresh air handling systems.The motor yacht, which can accommodate 14 guests in 7 cabins, how has got a brand new glass chandelier by Susan Young. With more than 850 pieces of hand-blown glass, this masterpiece centerpieces cascades 11.2 metres through four of Aquila’s five decks.Other improvements include a reconfiguration of the owner's suite together with a 60m2 private deck area and repositioning of the Jacuzzi to the forward deck. Their guests can also enjoy a movie on a 98-inch widescreen cinema store into a floating box to prevent sound and vibration emissions.For this expensive refit, Aquila has already won the Neptune for Best Refit at the World Superyacht Awards in 2017.
July 8, 2020
Cosmos I is a 33.5 m luxury motor yacht, built by Italian shipyard Overmarine in 2004 and refitted in 2018. She has been just recently sold by Parsifal Yachting with the buyer, represented by Ocean Independence.With a beam of 7.12 m and a draft of 1.3 m, she has a GRP hull and GRP superstructure. This adds up to a gross tonnage of 181 tons. She is powered by MTU engines of 2775 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 38 knots and a cruising speed of 32 knots. Cosmos I's maximum range is estimated at 400 nautical miles. The motor yacht offers flexible accommodation for 11 guests in 4 cabins, including a full-beam master suite, VIP suite, twin with a Pullman berth, and a four-berth cabin. The vessel’s interior design was created by Ruth Copsey and her exterior design was made by Stefano Righini.Cosmos I has many outstanding features, including a cockpit sunbed that transforms into a Jacuzzi and an opening hardtop sunroof. There is also a games room on the lower deck, which makes the superyacht perfect for kids.Cosmos I was asking €2,050,000 with VAT paid.
July 8, 2020
Italian shipyard Cantiere delle Marche an Ancona has launched its newest semi-custom yacht design named EXP42 concept. This is already the second launch of the Ancona-based shipyard during the summer, after the recent one of its latest 42-metre full-custom motor yacht Crowbridge in the middle of June.With the goal of providing a balance between comfort and reliability in mind, the EXP42 is able to venture through roughest weather to remote locations. The new concept perfectly summarizes all features and characteristics of the series she belongs to.Vasco Buonpensiere, CdM’s Sales and Marketing Director said:An explorer yacht isn’t about its shape, it’s about its reliability, its range, its storage capacity, and its ability to face any weather condition in comfort and safety. We build cool explorer yachts, period. With an explorer yacht and a contemporary design, you have the best of the two worlds: you can cruise around the world comfortably/safely and in style. On the contrary, with a white yacht dressed like an explorer yacht (like many we see, lately), you just have a white yacht and your cruising lifestyle doesn’t change at all...The yacht was designed by Francesco Paszkowski and will feature a steel hull and light aluminium superstructure. The interior layout can be highly customized according to the owner’s needs. There ate a few options including a six guest cabins version (GA_1), including four VIP cabins on the main deck and two guest suites from the lower deck.There is a tender and Jet Skis garage on the main deck, which can be converted into a gym.
July 7, 2020
Tankoa Yachts has revealed the smallest superyacht in the fleet, but the boat still appears mighty. The 45m yacht can hold up with other mega yachts coming with incredible interiors to match.The cruiser under the name T450 was designed by Rome-based Giorgio M.Cassetta and has a steel hull with aluminum superstructure. The near-vertical bow and sleek exterior lines give her an elegant look, however, her most impressive features are on board.Giuseppe Mazza, Tankoa sales manager commented:Building on the extraordinary success of our 50-metre platform with Bintador and Vertige already delivered and two more in build, the T450 confirms Tankoa’s drive to build yachts below 500GT that are designed with a big boat mentality and quality.This new 45-metre model has been designed to provide maximum flexibility, and in terms of interior and exterior space, it feels like a much larger vessel.T450 offers accommodation for a total of 12 guests, which is unusual for a vessel of her size, in six staterooms, including a VIP suite on the main deck, an owner’s stateroom, and four ensuite cabins on the lower deck.Owners can decide to place a pool on the sundeck with its sunbeds and its shaded dining area, forward bar, and sofas with a day head. The bridge decks on the other side offer al fresco dining and an impressive outside sky lounge, with another outside social area on the foredeck.Cassetta said in a press release:The yacht packs some amazing real estate and amenities while presenting an elegant styling that is intentionally free of any useless decoration. The interior design enjoys ample uninterrupted spaces, warmed by the usage of marine materials and earthy hues. The construction criteria and rich specification will make the T450 a truly unique offer in this size range.
July 7, 2020