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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Sunreef Yachts recently unveiled the first photos of their new solar-electric ship during the Cannes Yachting Festival. Featuring a dynamic and futuristic hull design, the Sunreef Supreme 70 Eco combines superyacht DNA with progressive green technology, sustainable electric propulsion all in usual comfort.The design of the Sunreef Supreme 70 Eco includes green energy generation: large flat surfaces are completely covered by the shipyard's patented solar panels, internal to the hull, with outputs up to 30kW/s. The resulting solar energy is used for home appliances on board and electric drives.On the main deck the Sunreef Supreme 70 Eco features full-height panoramic glazing that lets in plenty. Aft garage capable of accommodating an offer, a personal jet ski, diving equipment and a whole park of water toys. With the garage door open, the Sunreef Supreme 70 Eco offers a 11.4m-wide private beach.The Sunreef Supreme 70 Eco is a fully customizable catamaran with different layout options, including the option of a master suite with ocean views at main deck level. Sunreef Yachts was founded by Francis Lapp in 2002 in Gdansk, Poland, and the shipyard has been designing and manufacturing luxury sailing and power multihulls ever since. Credits: Sunreef Yachts
September 26, 2022
Sea Walk.Pedigree yachts with low engine hours and strictly private usage are rare and sought-after offers on the brokerage market today. Previously known as Lady Christina, the 62m Oceanco Sea Walk has only once changed hands since delivery and never been chartered. She was delivered in 2005 for a very experienced yachtsman, who meant to use the vessel for worldwide cruising and opted for electrical convertors to provide easy shorepower connection anywhere in the world as well as large storage areas, good sized pantries and well-appointed crew and service areas. Gently sloping exterior lines, resembling the flowing sea waves, and large windows effectively conceal the huge volumes of this 1,116GT vessel. Inside, the yacht features an art deco interior penned by Francois Zuretti. All of the wood onboard is finished in a satin varnish which shows the beauty of the timber without the intimidating gleam of high gloss.A notable twist from conventional layouts is a formal dining room that is located forward on the starboard side of the main deck that spans roughly half the hulls width. A special feature of this dining room is the large opening window which gives the feeling of an open terrace restaurant. The forward part of the main deck is occupied by the wheelhouse, ship office, captains cabin and a bunk cabin suitable for children or additional staff.The owner’s suite takes up the whole upper deck. It includes a bedroom with superb views through a semi-circle of windows, an impressive dressing room, a spectacular split-level ensuite bathroom and a skylounge opening to a private exterior deck. The headroom in the owner’s suite reaches 2.3m.The four guest cabins are located on the lower deck aft and have silk panelled walls and attractive marble bathrooms with bathtubs (double cabins) or showers (twins). The fabrics, marbles and joinery details slightly differ from cabin to cabin for a touch of personalization. All cabins have fully updated entertainment systems and controls.In 2014 Sea Walk underwent an extensive refit, during which Azure Yacht Design and H2 Design studios collaborated on extension of her main deck aft to add a large jacuzzi and create a corridor from the lower deck guest lobby to the beach club. In the redesigned layout you can pass through a watertight door into the tenders garages and beyond to the stern platform without crossing the main saloon dressed for swim. The beach club incorporates a fully tiled steam room with fibre optic ‘twinkling star’ ceiling, and a shower.Though never been chartered, Sea Walk is built to MCA standards and can easily acquire compliance should her next owner decide to operate her commercially.Sea Walk has completed her 15 year survey in 2021.Luna B.Another remarkable Oceanco yacht that is a must-see in Monaco is the 66m Luna B, which is also available for charter.Her elegant lines and masterful engineering are complemented by sophisticated yet inviting interior from Alberto Pinto. The earthy colour palette features Macassar ebony and sycamore joinery with nickel-plated finishings. The light and airy sky lounge benefits from large floor-to-ceiling windows and there is a dedicated cinema room.The yacht sleeps 16 guests across eight cabins. Her full-beam master suite converts to two VIPs and features two dressing rooms and spacious en suites. The classical rounded transom reminds of vessels of a bygone era, but opens to reveal a contemporary beach club.A pièce de résistance on Luna B is her expansive sundeck designed around a beautiful scallop-shaped pool with swim jet and spa functions. An impressive aft sunbathing area can also be used as a helipad. The sundeck also features a seating area and wet bar, two large tables that merge into an 18-seat table, an outdoor cinema, a disco and a barbeque.Sea Pearl.Fresh from a 2022 refit by the NCA yard in Italy, which involved several key upgrades, a full repaint and a refurbishment inside and out, this 60m is a beautiful representation of Oceanco craftsmanship and Winch Design style.Expansive guest deck spaces include a large sun deck, spanning almost half the length of the yacht. It features a touch-and-go helipad and sun lounge with wet bar and BBQ aft. There is also an outdoor cinema, disco, a large glass-backed jacuzzi with sunpads forward and climate-controlled gym beneath the hardtop.On the bridge deck aft there is a semi-circular glass indoor-outdoor dining area with spectacular views. The main deck aft has a lounge that can also serve for informal dining with a buffet bar and there is internal access to the fold-down swim platform. The main saloon itself is open plan with just a partial bulkhead separating the lounge from the formal dining area forward.Sea Pearl sleeps 12 guests in six suites inlcuding a duplex owner's suite with a private observation lounge opening to a private foredeck terrace. Credits: Burgess
September 23, 2022
The 97.2-metre Lürssen superyacht Carinthia VII sold in a deal with RYacht’s Ralph de Joode representing the buyer and Fraser Yachts Antoine X. Larricq and Stuart Larsen, who represented the seller. Carinthia VII was launched by famous German yacht builder Lürssen in 2002 and is the largest used yacht sale of the year. The yacht's naval architecture was made by a German shipyard in-house, her interior layout was developed by Tim Heywood while the interior design was made by Ellerhorst and Kreuter. Since delivery, Lürssen Yacht Management has been in charge of maintenance and operations. Built in steel, the six-deck Carinthia VII is an impressive 3,643GT. Her deep blue elegant hull is considered to be one of the most successful in yacht design. Viewed from a distance, the main deck appears to have no windows because they are concealed by darkened glass with black frames which are only visible up close.Carinthia VII can welcome up to 14 guests in eight cabins. The owner and VIP suites are located on the separate deck. The other six staterooms are located on the main deck.Her notable features include a touch-and-go helipad, garage for two tenders, a sauna, a plunge pool, and a steam shower.In terms of performance, she is equipped with four 10,060 horsepower MTU diesel engines, which allow her to reach a top speed of 25 knots and cruise at 18 knots.Her last known asking price is EUR95,000,000.Credits: Yacht Harbour archive
September 23, 2022
Anthony Glasson of design studio M51 presented its newest concept, the 90m yacht Le Mans, which was inspired by the classic race cars of the 1970s. The vessel has a three-color paint scheme on the superstructure. The exterior lines are clean and contemporary, all staircases hidden within the superstructure. The interior theme is elegant, but futuristic and pairs gloss black accents with copper and stainless steel. Natural wood is designed to lighten the interior and soften bright accents.Le Mans can accommodate up to 12 guests across seven staterooms, including the full 13.8 meter beam master suite with geometric windows, an island bed and a generous lounge and vanity table, two VIPs and four twin cabins. The vessel features a touch-and-go helipad, a high-tech gym, sauna, steam room, massage room and a private cinema. A large hot tub outside and a dancefloor inside the sundeck, the al fresco table for 12 people is located on the upper deck and a counter-flow swimming pool can be found on the main deck.Le Mans will offer a range of toys to cater to gearheads, from Jet Skis and day boats to scuba gear. A custom tender is also included. Credits: M51
September 23, 2022
Heesen has announced the keel laying of YN 20750, Project Orion. The important milestone took place on September 14 at the Oss shipyard, witnessed by the ABS surveyor.The exterior was penned by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. This series boasts a striking profile with a near-vertical bow and large floor-to-ceiling windows. Italian designer Cristiano Gatto has created a contemporary interior design, making the most out of bright internal spaces, floodlit with natural light, that offer views of the surrounding seascape thanks to open bulwarks. The six-stateroom layout, with the master on the main deck forward, a full beam VIP, and two double and two twin staterooms on the lower deck, make this yacht ideal for both private and charter use. At 50 meters overall, with a shallow draft and a sub-500 GT enclosed volume, Project Orion will be powered by Heesen’s hybrid propulsion system, which delivers the ultimate luxury in yachting: silent cruising. With two MTU 12V 2000 M61 (IMO III) engines of just 600kW each, Orion at 12 knots will consume 98 liters per hour excluding hotel load, while at 10 knots in hybrid mode, consumption falls to a mere 45 liters per hour. The efficient Fast Displacement Hull Form developed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects and engineered by the shipyard’s in-house specialists. Orion sistership, YN 17850 MY Home (aka Project Nova)"Laying the keel of a new yacht is always an exciting moment, and even more so when it is built as a speculative venture. At Heesen, we are pioneers in the construction of superyachts in small series, on proven hull designs, propulsion systems and engineering, with individual interiors. The idea of advancing the build by a year or two before the customer signs up reduces delivery time, along with the costs saved in design and development. It has proved to be a winning formula,” comments Friso Visser, Heesen CCO. Project Orion is available for sale with delivery in February 2025.Heesen Yachts is a Dutch ship building company that specializes in custom-built superyachts in aluminum and steel from 30m to 70m in size. Founded in 1978, it has launched more than 170 yachts since its inception.Credits: Heesen Yachts
September 23, 2022