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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A 110 metre yacht design Project Century X is a result of collaboration between Ocean Independence with exterior designers Christopher Seymour and Carl Esch.The 4,550 GT yacht offers accommodation for up to 14 guests in seven staterooms.Approximately 550 square metres of her space are dedicated to the private owner's deck, which incorporates a master suite, saloon, bar, and dining area. The superyacht will have space for a crew of 27, including a massage therapist.She also has numerous deck spaces, including four freshwater pools and a beach club. Her tender docking stations and garage will accommodate an array of tenders and water toys, while an elevator and helideck are available depending on the future owner’s request. 100 Metre Superyacht Project's power will come from a pair of 3,600kW engines for a range of 6,000 nautical miles.Credits: Ocean Independence
December 6, 2020
Let's have a look inside the new 55-mter Admiral yacht Geco. Admiral's latest superyacht is a custom design intended to be "eye-catching and unconventional" – said Gian Marco Companino Design Team.Geco features a never-seen-before style of beach club, the fore helipad made to overhang from the hull and custom Buddha bar lounge area.Guests are greeted by the striking main foyer and the glass-walled staircase. All guests areas eventually connect, including the several communal spaces or six staterooms. There is the master suite, full-beam VIP, two doubles and two twins with Pullman to choose from.The interior decor can be described as glamorous with a perfect mash-up of classic French and contemporary Italian styles. The wooden French boiseries, luxury Italian marbles and bronzed are used to complement the predominantly neutral colour palette.To make the most of the outdoors, guests can use the upper deck and its multi-functional design that allows for the space to be separated to become an indoor or outdoor lounge and dining area. The upper deck is connected to the yacht's Buddha bar lounge. A custom-made Jacuzzi hot tub and an outdoor gym area can be found up on the sundeck.Geco has a fully-stocked toy store. The superyacht has Jet skis, a Flyboard, an inflatable waterslide and climbing wall, transparent kayaks and snorkelling and diving gear. GECO also contains the super-speedy 40-knot Evo 43 tender chase boat, Khaleesi.Credits: IYC
December 6, 2020
The 43-meter Hike expedition was listed for sale by Georges Bourgoignie at Fraser and Paul Madden at Ocean Xplorer, Mike Burke represented the buyer in the deal.Hike expedition with exteriors and naval architecture from the drawing boards of Guarino & Cox, Marcato was delivered in 2006 by the Canadian yard Hike Metal Works and showcases an elegant interior by the Fort Lauderdale-based studio Gold Coast Design Studio beneath her rugged exterior.The 491 GT motor yacht can reach a top speed of 14 knots and cruise comfortably at 13 knots, has an impressive range of 8000 nautical miles at 10 knots, thanks to her twin 1,000hp Caterpillar engines.Having spent 452 days on the market as a yacht for sale, the last known asking price for motor yacht Marcato was $9,890,000,Credits: Globe Regal Yachting
December 6, 2020
Royal Huisman will build a 52-metre powerboat named Project 406. Aqua Marine is expected to complete the project, which includes Bush & Noble and Hampshire Marine as technical managers, working in close collaboration with Vripack and Royal Huisman.Shipyard says “The connected interface with Vripack and Royal Huisman and the whole team has allowed us to build a supportive communication framework and carved out a collaboration that adds value and supports our client’s’ clear vision, as this truly is a project of dreams being turned into a reality by Royal Huisman. It’s very exciting,” said Lydia Wilding, director of the Aqua Marine.“To be entrusted to participate in the building of the largest true sportfish yacht ever made, and knowing that it will be of the highest quality, makes the experience all the more exhilarating. Having started my yachting career building luxury sportfish cruisers over two decades ago, to now be an integral part of the world’s largest true sportfish yacht, is a once in a lifetime privilege. Enabling us to work alongside our exceptionally talented friends at Vripack, Aqua Marine and world-renowned shipyard Royal Huisman to build the client’s dream, shows the level of commitment and passion this client has for quality yacht design, construction and a game fishing experience never experience before seen in our industry… and likely never to be seen again,” Brett Noble, partner at Bush & Noble said.Royal Huisman’s CEO Jan Timmerman said: “It is most energising to know that our upcoming launch of the striking motor yacht Phi will be followed by this awe-inspiring sportfish yacht. In these times of Covid-19 restrictions we’ve been able to secure two new construction contracts and now have four projects under construction, together with multiple Huisfit and rebuild projects. Each and every one a unique build and therefore truly bespoke Royal Huisman projects. The Vollenhove shipyard which continues to be the ‘Home of the World’s Finest Sailing Yachts’, looks forward to becoming a ‘Home to the World’s Finest Powerboats’, as well – and Project 406 is the perfect complement,”More details about the 499 GT aluminium-hull yacht will come soon.
December 5, 2020
UP40 stands for “Utility Platform 40”, this superyacht is built on a 40 metre steel platform base for three different models according to the superstructure chosen by the owner. UP40 can be a motor yacht, crossover or sport explorer.The flexibility of the platform allows construction to begin on the hull before the owner has even decided the specific yacht configuration they would like. Delivery is scheduled for 2022.Sales manager Aldo Manna and Antonini Navi partner said: “This means that owners can personalise their superyacht when construction is already underway, and not only the interiors but also, and most importantly, the functional type. The result? Maximum flexibility of choice but shorter delivery times, because the hull design and construction have already been completed.”“It’s a complex choice requiring proven capability on the part of the engineering department, total synergy with a designer of exceptional experience and huge talent and, lastly, major investments in research and design, all of which Gruppo Antonini has in abundance,” they added.The project features a hull designed for maximum reliability and sea keeping, Designed by Fulvio de Simoni in collaboration with the in-house engineering team. The estimated range is 5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots, with a top speed of 14 knots and cruising speed of 12 knots.The interior layout has a variety of options for individual customisations, from the number and size of the cabins to the smallest décor details.
December 5, 2020