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."
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182.9-metre expedition yacht REV is equipped with state-of-the-art sampling, observation, mapping and communication equipment for conducting research that covers the entire marine ecosystem, from the coastal zone to abyssal depths, and from polar regions to the tropics.REV hit the water for the first time on August 24, 2019, at the Fincantieri/ Vard Holdings yard in Tulcea, Romania. REV has been developed in collaboration with leading superyacht designer Espen Øino. Accommodation on board is for a total of 36 guests and 54 crew members, while the maximum beam is 22 metres.Science cruises are accessed through competitive, peer-reviewed proposals. These will usually comprise one or more primary multidisciplinary research teams supported through the Large Proposal scheme by REV Ocean, with additional science undertaken by smaller teams to add value to the cruise supported by Small Proposals. Writers, reporters, photographers, artists, activists, entrepreneurs and business people may also participate in science cruises as part of REV Ocean’s outreach activities either through invitation or through submission of a Small Proposal. There may also be opportunities for training, capacity-building and for the involvement of policymakers usually from the region of operation. In addition, innovators, start-ups and applied science and engineering projects can place a small number of people on the REV Ocean vessel for testing and validating new technologies and approaches that offer solutions to ocean problems through the Open Call.The REV Ocean Science and Innovation Committee (SIC) will ensure the scientific quality and integrity of the research missions, secure the independence of the Science Program, select the best research projects for the REV Ocean science cruises and contribute to mission planning.The build is set to complete construction at German yard Lloyd Werft in April 2021 after which REV will be fully operational as the research vessel.
April 9, 2020
Gruppo Antonini shipyards has announced the launch of a new brand, Antonini Navi, in collaboration with Aldo Manna. Antonini family has planned the investment and support worth over 10 million euros.The first company in Gruppo Antonini was set up by Walter Antonini in the second half of the 1940s, in the immediate post-war period. Gruppo Antonini is an experienced and well-known manufacturer of yachts. The firm’s objective is to create yachts that reflect the personality of the owners and their way of experiencing the sea. The company uses professional equipment to manufacture aluminium and iron vessels and ensures maritime safety applying extensive technological expertise.The key goal of the project is to expand the range of marine services offered by Antonini Group under one umbrella and to include the construction of custom yachts up to 70 metres in length, refit services, after-sales and superyacht berthing.The yard aims to develop a full range of displacement and semi-displacement yachts designed by La Spezia based architect and designer Fulvio De Simoni. The group aims to focus on four main ‘areas of action’ - superyacht construction for third parties, full custom yacht production, refitting and their own range of yachts.
April 9, 2020
Previously planned from 7th to 13th of July, Swan European Regatta has been postponed till summer 2021.In the light of the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus affecting the whole world, Nautor’s Swan and Turku Yacht Club met yesterday to define the next steps of the organization.According to Giovanni Pomati, Nautor Holding CEO, “It was not an easy decision to make, but at the moment we feel this is the right thing to do. Being back in Turku after four years, breathing the essence of the passion and love our owners have for our brand, was something we were all looking forward to. Unfortunately considering the current and uncertain situation worldwide, the general mood and our aim not to jeopardize our guests’ health and safety, led us to this important decision”.As reported by Samuli Salantera, Commodore of the Yacht Club Turku “The Corona Virus situation in Finland is still under control, hopefully, it won’t change in the near future. Turku has always been the house for Swans in the Baltic and we feel the need to host this event in the best condition ever, and this is not the right time. We surely will celebrate our Spirit of Swan properly next year”.In 1966 Pekka Koskenkylä decided to start manufacturing the best sailing boats in the world, in serial production, out of new material, ﬁbre glass GRP. He named the brand after the Finnish frigate Suomen Joutsen (Swan of Finland). The ﬁrst Swan was launched on 16 July 1967.Since 1998, Leonardo Ferragamo and a group of investors have been controlling and managed Nautor’s Swan. This management has evolved the brand by continuing to push forward a whirlwind of innovations and changes that firmly place the Swan yachts at the forefront of the international sailing world. Today Nautor’s Swan is globally recognised as the producer of exquisitely crafted yachts, capable of offering the perfect balance of style and performance.
April 9, 2020
This month the 23.5-meter sailing yacht Pelagic 77 left the canopy at KM YachtBuilders in the Netherlands, where there were installed the keel and rudders. The boat has now moved to the outfitting shed. The representative of Pelagic Yachts Skip Novak and Jordi Griso also took part in the construction. Tony Castro (design) described yacht as "an evolution of the 22.5-metre Pelagic Autralis". The aluminium work is now complete and the interior is underway in the Dutch yard's joinery department. The next stage will include the mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems installed before interior outfitting takes place. Expeditionary ship Pelagic 77 is designed for expeditions in high latitudes. This implies an enhanced autonomy, ease of handling of sailing areas and simple technical systems that a crew can operate without any special assistance.Key features include a large pilothouse and a comfortable seating area, as well as a stern galley, which makes up most of the guest areas. The interior is made in bright colours and consists of six double cabins located in front of the wheelhouse, with two heads and shower cabins, divided between them.A yacht with a beam of 6.2 meters is expected to be delivered at the end of 2020.
April 8, 2020
Turkish builder, Alia Yachts, has presented its fully custom 135-foot (41.30-meter) superyacht, Rüya, designed inside and out by Sorgiovanni Designs.Rüya— which means ‘Dream’ in Turkish— is a high volume tri-deck motoryacht built in composite to Lloyd Register with a Gross Tonnage of 499 GT.Launched in July 2015, Rüya is a triumphant example of a pure custom creation. She demonstrates how a truly capacious yacht can be designed and built to grace the ocean with the timeless elegance of a far leaner vessel.Commissioned by experienced owners seeking a fully custom-built, go-anywhere superyacht, Rüya is a 499 GT Lloyd’s Register classed composite construction. Her clean, flowing lines flatter the tri-deck configuration, emphasising her length.The well-protected bridge and the open main-deck seating areas are further complemented with a fabulous 93 m² sundeck with full bar and a 10-person Jacuzzi. To fulfill the owner’s brief for a yacht that would facilitate relaxed living, the interior design is very much that of a luxe beach resort in the tropics.Exotic woods, bamboo and other natural materials create a sumptuous, tactile appeal, and a casual ambiance that belies the design discipline at work in this exceptional yacht.
April 8, 2020