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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UK-based design studio D-iD has presented their latest superyacht concept Theia. The 77m yacht has five decks with a lot of social spaces on board. Theia features extensive glass surfaces so the guest can enjoy natural light and feel connection with the surrounding nature. She can accommodate 12 guests and 18 crew members. The master cabin is located on the owner’s deck and has two wardrobes and two bathrooms. Also a large office, saloon and private outdoor areas can be found at the same deck.The main deck has a saloon, a dining room and two VIP cabins. At the low deck there are two guest cabins and one twin, a spa with a hot tub, hammam and gym. In terms of performances she has a range of 5,000 nautical miles at 12.5 knots and a top speed of 16.5 knots.Credits: D-iD
August 4, 2021
Ferretti Group is getting ready for the upcoming autumn season, when it will be presenting masterpieces and new models at boat shows from Cannes to Fort Lauderdale and from Genoa to Monaco. Ferretti Group will be presenting two sensational premieres at the Genoa Boat Show: the Diable 68’, the Riva flagship created at the Sarnico shipyard and launched a few days ago on Lake Iseo, and the Pershing 6X.Diable 68’ Exhibited alongside these two high points, and available for visits on board by customers and enthusiasts, will be some of Ferretti Group’s most successful models, including the Ferretti Yachts 500 and Ferretti Yachts 670 flybridge yachts, the refined Custom Line 106’ in the planing series, and the 48WallytenderX, the outboard version of Wally’s innovative tender that made its European debut last May at the Venice Boat Show.Pershing 6XThe Ferretti Group, led by Chief Executive Officer Alberto Galassi, is now one of the world’s leaders in the construction and sale of luxury yachts and pleasure vessels with a unique portfolio of brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN, Custom Line and Wally.Credits: Ferretti Group
August 4, 2021
The first unit of the 23.5m yacht Wajer 77 series has been launched in the crystal blue Mediterranean waters of the Côte d'Azur. After the spectacular unveiling moment in the middle of the sea, the fleet continued on "Route 77" to the famous beaches of Pampelonne, where owners were invited to raise their glasses in honor of the successful launch with more than 17 orders."Yesterday’s spectacular launch of the Wajer 77 was in front of 45 of her siblings. The ultimate family feeling!" according to the shipyard's Facebook page. The 23.5m yacht can accommodate nine people. All cabins have ensuite bathrooms, while thick doors, special sealings and a hovering interior reduce sound. The new Wajer’s vessel was designed in collaboration with Van Oossanen Naval Architects and Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design.Powered by triple 900 hp Volvo Penta IPS engines, the Wajer 77 has a top speed of 37 knots. Wajer Yachts was founded in 1992 by Dorus Wajer on the lakes near Amsterdam. The first Wajer built was the Captain’s Launch 7m Classic. Now the model range includes the Wajer 38, Wajer 38S, Wajer 38 L, Wajer 55, Wajer 38 S, Wajer 38 HT and the newest Wajer 77. Credits: Wajer Yachts
August 4, 2021
Columbus Yachts presents the two new models of the Atlantique line from 37 to 55 meters. These projects embody Hot Lab’s “Architecture for Voyagers” design philosophy that prompted the immediate sale of the line progenitor: Columbus Atlantique 43 meters.The design is a combination of stylistic, planning and functional elements. The hull silhouette of the entire line recalls the sailing yachts of bygone days and the stern area, with its large panoramic swimming pool, is just 50 cm above water level.Atlantique 55 is the line’s flagship. With steel hull and aluminum superstructure, the yacht has a tonnage of 900 GT and a layout spread over four decks. The convivial area on the main deck aft has been designed to achieve maximum comfort thanks to the three levels of the cockpit sloping down to the sea and comprising: the large swimming pool, the living area with C-shaped sofa and coffee table and the bar area near the entrance to the main hall. The main deck is available in two layouts both with the owner cabin forward: the first version has a gym with a private balcony, whereas the second one has a fifth VIP cabin and a private balcony in the owner cabin. Below deck there are four double cabins with en-suite. The 13-member staff are accommodated in seven cabins. The second pool is on the sun deck, while tenders and jet skis are stowed in the forward garage.Atlantique 37 is compact (under 300GT) and combines sporty lines with refined interiors. Below deck, the layout includes four double cabins with en-suite, while the owner cabin is on the main deck forward. There are two dining areas, one outdoor on the main deck and the other one on the upper deck to cater for up to ten people.The first garage for the 4.45m tender is located on the right side while the forward hangar is to house a second 3.25m tender and the rescue boat.Thanks to 2 MAN 1400 hp engines, this superyacht can reach a maximum speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots.Palumbo Superyachts took root in 2008, when the Columbus Yachts brand was established, and in 2011 it launched its first 54 metre superyacht, emblematically christened Prima (“the First”). Currently, Palumbo Superyachts comprises a representative office in Monaco and a logistics network of five shipyards in the Mediterranean (Ancona, Malta, Marseille, Naples, and Savona); it also operates ISA Yachts, Columbus Yachts, Mondomarine and Palumbo SY Refit.Credits: Palumbo Superyachts
August 3, 2021
The ‘pocket explorer’ Veronika was delivered by Bering Yachts after just 18 months of construction. The 23.99m B77 has been conceived as the perfect long-range voyager with enough power, supplies and entertainment for a family of intrepid travelers.Designed in-house by Bering, this steel-hulled yacht blends a classic exterior with the most up-to-date specifications. The three-decked Veronika can accommodate six guests and up to four crew, although she can also be sailed shorthanded. Veronika is equipped with twin Cummins Inc. QSM 11 diesel engines. She can reach a top speed of 11 knots and cruise at 8 knots. With a massive 170 GT of volume, she outperforms most other yacht brands below 24 meters. Veronika is now on her way to Australia, where she will explore the untouched nature.Bering Yachts is located in Antalya, Turkey. Its shipyard designs and builds semi-custom steel expedition yachts and luxury steel trawler yachts ranging in size from 50 to 145 feet. Credits: Bering Yachts
August 3, 2021