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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Brokerage company Yachting Partners International has announced the sale of iconic 37.3-metre Vitters sailing superyacht Ghost. She was listed for sale asking EUR 7,950,000.Ghost has been described as one of the most significant yachts of recent years. She is a winner of a World Superyacht Award, Showboats Award and International Superyacht Society Award at the time of her launch.The vessel was built to a design by Luca Brenta & Co. Yacht Design, featuring a carbon fibre hull and superstructure for exceptional performance under all conditions. Lissoni Associati’s interior design solution invites 6 guests to find accommodation across 3 cabins, served by a crew of 6.Powered by 491HP CAT 3196 diesel engine, and with 110 tonnes of displacement, she demonstrated speeds of 28 knots in 38 knots of wind.Matt Albert, Senior Broker at YPI, who represented the Buyer in collaboration with Emmanuel Pertuisot of Windward Islands Yachting and Travel, commented: The sale of this iconic yacht continues a strong sales performance for YPI throughout 2019. We would like to thank the Owners and Captain for presenting the vessel in outstanding condition both today and throughout their 13 years of Ownership.
November 22, 2019
26-metre Ferretti yacht Gio 2 owned by Yorgen Fenech is currently listed for sale asking €4 million. Maltese businessman is currently under arrest in connection with the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, reports Times Malta.Photo: ReutersMr Fenech is the son of late businessman George Fenech. His family runs Tumas Group, one of the most powerful business groups in Malta. The business comprises gaming, hospitality and leisure management and property development and runs the Hilton Malta, Portomaso Casino, Portomaso Business Tower, as well as the Dolmen Resort Hotel.After his father’s death, Mr Fenech headed the Tumas Group along with energy generating company Electrogas. However, he has recently resigned from both positions, according to documents made public on Wednesday. He is also believed to own of a Dubai-registered company 17 Black, involved in Panama Papers investigations.Yorgen Fenech was arrested on Wednesday morning aboard his yacht, after she was intercepted and searched, BBC reports. The arrest took place in connection with investigation on the murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who had been killed by a car bomb two years ago. Yorgen Fenech remained a «person of interest» in the case, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told the local pressAs to the 26-metre Gio 2, she was designed by Zuccon International Project and launched in 2018. Built of GRP hull and superstructure, she features a beam 6.3 metres and a draft of 2 metres. She can sleep up to 8 guests taken care of by a crew of 3.She is powered by MAN engines of 1800 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed of 27 knots. Gio 2's maximum range is estimated at 330 nautical miles.
November 22, 2019
Part of the Ferretti Group, Italian sports yachts builder Pershing has announced the launch of its new TØ Project range of high-performance vessels.Along with the builder’s famous X range, the TØ project range and is aimed at the 25- to 40-metre market segment. The TØ project will be emerge from the collaboration between the Ferretti Group's Product Strategy Committee led by engineer Piero Ferrari, the group’s Engineering Department, and yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni. Noteworthy, the latter has been working with Pershing since the very first model.Pershing has been designing, producing and selling open, coupé and sport-fly luxury motor yachts for over 30 years. The yard promises to highlight the new range with very distinctive design, liveability and comfort of both indoor and outdoor spaces, navigation comfort, advanced technologies and high level of performance.The first yacht from the new TØ range will be officially presented at the Boot Düsseldorf 2020 show.
November 21, 2019
Dutch shipyard Icon Yachts has shared timelapse video of the 68.2-metre explorer superyacht Project Ragnar nearing completion in Harlingen. The vessel that had been initially built as an icebreaker called Sanaborg, entered Icon' shed in July 2017 for an extreme make-over.Built in 2012 with a steel hull, Sanaborgis is undergoing dramatic refit with interior and exterior styling by British design studio RWD. Final outfitting works are now underway on the vessel, with her delivery to take place later this year.The vessel’s owner is excited about her new style that was inspired by medieval war craftsmanship, combined with modern sleek lines and British heritage. She will be one of the few explorer superyachts with a certified ICE Class A1 super hull. Project Ragnar is LY3 classed with arctic explorer capabilities, full ice breaking functionality with its unique ICE class PC5 rated electric driven ice pods, giving the vessel its range of 6,000 nautical miles meaning she can go to the most remote areas of the planet.The yacht will offer accommodation for up to 16 guests across 8 cabins, including two owner’s suites. During the conversion, several tanks need to be removed and converted into superyacht spa area complete with massage room and snow room. Project Ragnar also has a ski storage for ski gear, a boot room, 1 swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. What is more, the 68-metre conversion project is set to be one of the best-equipped explorer superyachts on the water. At her aft toy storage areas, Ragnar will have options for a Luxury Ripsaw EV2, Eurocopter EC145 helicopter, two 8-metre tenders, a sea explorer submarine, two laser sailing boats on board and much more.Icon Yachts is particularly famous in the yachting world for their refit and conversion projects. Recently, the yard has converted a martime school vessel into a superyacht and relaunched the 1914 vintage yacht Tirrenia II and 60-metre CRN Ramble on Rose after refits.Photos via Icon Yachts
November 21, 2019
IYC brokerage has announced the sale of the 47.5-metre Bilgin superyacht Lilium. The vessel’s premiere took place during Cannes Yachting Festival and Monaco Yacht Show 2019. The vessel asking €24,500,000 at the time of her sale, is now renamed Snow 5.Snow 5 was launched in Turkey earlier this year as the second yacht in Bilgin's 47.5-metre series, after her sistership Starburst III (ex. Nerissa). Built of steel and aluminium, Snow 5 is a four-deck full displacement yacht of 494 GT. She features exterior design by Unique Yacht Design and interiors by H2 Yacht Design.Snow 5 was initially named after the beautiful white flower since her interior has light colours. Besides bright colours in the living areas, the yacht’s main difference from her sistership Nerissa is certainly her galley. The layout changed in order to make it easy for the crew to move around without coming across with the guests. There is a pantry located between the galley and the living room. The vessel offers accommodation for 10 guests across a master suite and four spacious guest cabins. The master suite comes with in-house designed headboard, a skylight elevated above the bed and a balcony overlooking the water. Marble-decorated bathrooms of each cabin meanwhile add luxury feeling to the area.Two key guest spaces are the main saloon and the sky lounge surrounding a stunning art-like staircase. The latter reflects light from the sundeck Jacuzzi connecting all decks of the yacht. The sundeck also embraces a seating area with a large fold down television, a bar, sun loungers and a cabana. There are also a formal dining for twelve, skylounge with a large al fresco dining table and sheltered outdoor movie area to be found on-board.Conceived as a world traveller, Snow 5 boasts a maximum speed of 16 knots with a range of approx. 5000 nautical miles on cruising mode, thanks to twin MTU 12V 2000 diesel engines. Meanwhile, Bilgin Yachts is currently constructing three units of the 80-metre Bilgin 263 series. The first hull of Bilgin 263 is expected for launch later this year, with to others to make their debuts in 2020 and 2022.
November 21, 2019