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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Sanlorenzo won the World Superyacht Awards 2022 with the superyacht Alloy. The design is a result of collaboration with the Zuccon International Project studio, for the exterior lines, and the Christian Liaigre studio for the interiors.Sanlorenzo Alloy is a 44.5-meter long fast-displacement model, entirely in aluminum, with a layout that moves away from the traditional layout of spaces to take the concept of livability on board to the max. The owner's cabin, conceived as a 147 sq. m private apartment, is organized on three interconnected levels, with an indoor and an outdoor area. A superyacht that opens up to the sea: from the sun deck, which with its 83 sq. m outdoor area offers multiple possibilities for relaxation and socializing, to the large 102 sq. m beach club that opens up on three sides.The collaboration between the Sanlorenzo team and Bernardo Zuccon, who oversaw the design of the exterior lines, made it possible to conceive, design and build a 490 GRT three-deck yacht that retains sleek, core lines but at the same time offers megayacht solutions.Sanlorenzo was founded in 1985 in Viareggio by yacht builder Gionvanni Jannetti. In 2005, Massimo Perrotti became the majority shareholder in the shipyard. Sanlorenzo builds yachts ranging from 28.6 to 62 meters in length. Credits: Sanlorenzo
May 23, 2022
The Hylas M49 is a true classic and is set to make its stateside debut this summer – an introduction that has been met with great anticipation by American boaters. She designed to meet the needs of the most experienced sailors. Ken Read, president of North Sails Group and one of the world’s most accomplished and celebrated sailors, is one of them. Here is what he talks about another model, the M44. "By helping run North's group of sailing brands, in essence I sail for a living or am around sailing 24–7", says Read. " When it's time to relax I still want to be on the water but I must say that to turn a key and crack open a cold beer – it's a pretty nice option. The M44 is perfect for a cruising couple, and maybe a kid or two. We can fit the paddle boards, and all the other toys you can think of. We often live on Hayden during local or regional regatta’s. We take her for relaxing day cruises and we annually cruise for a week all through the amazing cruising grounds of the Vineyard, Cape and Nantucket with friends and family. We really feel like we can do whatever we want with Hayden. Last summer we towed a 33’ doublehanded racer Alchemist out to Edgartown with the M44, lived on her as the mother ship, won the Around Martha’s Vineyard Race, and towed home all in a long weekend.”Ken and Melissa ReadBoth boats were designed by the New Zealander Dean Salthouse, whose family has been designing and building exceptionally seaworthy vessels in the Southern Hemisphere for 65 years.The M49 offers some key advantages over the M44. The additional cockpit space provides for a day head, pop up grills, wet bar, cockpit refrigeration and ice makers. Her length overall is a full 4 feet, 7 inches longer than the M44, clocking in at comfortably riding 48 feet, 10 inches. The accommodation has two suite cabins, including a forepeak owner’s cabin that is configured with a center line double bed with “his and hers” hanging lockers plus under-berth storage drawers. The guest cabin is aft and to port and can pull double duty as an excellent stowage space if not being used for its primary purpose. This space is readily converted from a double to a twin set up, there is even an overhead 3rd bunk option.The M49 is powered by twin Yanmar 8LV diesels that focus on sturdy performance and optimal fuel economy. These Yanmars are excellent engines for both dayboating and for longer offshore adventures.The Queen Long Marine shipyard, founder and owner of the Hylas Yachts brand since 1985, has produced sailboats for over 40 years. Located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the shipyard is equipped with reliable equipment and expert engineering, all while blending comfort and style to meet even the most stringent cruising needs. The design team features renowned naval architects such as Sparkman & Stephens, German Frers, Bill Dixon, and Dean Salthouse. The shipyard is constantly working on new design turn-out, with our most recent range innovation being thanks to collaborations with Zurn Yacht Design (US) and Hot Lab (Italy). Credits: Cameron McGeorge/Hylas Yachts
May 23, 2022
The CRN 142, a bespoke 52 meter superyacht, was launched and christened as Ciao, at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard in Ancona. The private ceremony was attended by the owner, the senior management and the employees with their families.The sale of the 52-meter superyacht was brokered by Eduardo Cury, President of Miami Yacht Access. The client is represented by Antonello Vittorio Meloni.Made entirely of aluminum, Ciao has been designed and built by CRN in close collaboration with architecture and design studio Omega Architects, who conceived the external lines. She features a distinctive taut, svelte exterior lines and near-vertical bow that exude a decidedly sporty, dynamic personality.Her interiors and the outdoor guest areas were created by architects Massari Design.She has a gross tonnage of 499, spreads across four decks and accommodates up to 10 guests in the comfort of the main-deck owner suite and four VIP cabins below.The yacht reflects the vision of a knowledgeable owner who specifically wanted comfortable spaces in the open air, setting great store by the design of the social zones. The result is a pleasure vessel with a sublime harmony and a strong connection among the large, luminous indoor and outdoor spaces, for a perceptual and functional unity between inside and out.A wealth of features will enable the owner and guests to enjoy a peerless shared cruising experience. Such as the sizable al fresco dining area on the upper deck, or the comfortable, versatile lounge areas with sun zone and spa pool on the sun deck and main deck, or the bright, roomy saloons on the main and upper decks, all smoothly designed with conviviality in mind.The 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
May 23, 2022
Little has created as much controversy amongst yacht brokers in recent years as Ian Malouf's Ahoy Club. According to the serial yacht owner, this reaction was not only expected but made the charter platform know overnight. "I couldn't have spent $10 million on an advertising campaign like this" Malouf commented.After starting Dial a Dump Industries in 1984 with a single truck, Malouf grew the business into one of the largest waste management groups in Australia. In 2019, Bingo Industries acquired the company from Malouf for $578 million. By that time however, he had escalated his life-long passion - yachting - into a full scale business venture - Ahoy Club.The Maloufs came up with the idea for Ahoy Club in 2015, at that point they had already taken the step up from a 22-meter Princess to the 54-meter Baglietto, Mischief. Ahoy's goal was to improve on the charter experience for both clients and yacht owners, which it built into its digital platform that launched in 2018.Ahoy Club's launch in 2018 was met with stiff discontent from the yacht brokerage industry, an uproar that can be heard up until today. In his first hour-long interview, Ian Malouf has described this reaction as "perfectly expected". According to the serial yacht owner, their competitors have made them instantly known, something they would have taken 10 years to do by themselves.
May 20, 2022
The fourth unit of Mangusta GranSport 33 hits the water and will be delivered to her American owner over the next few weeks. The 228GT Mangusta GranSport 33 yacht offers accommodation up to 12 guests, including a 40 sq. m master cabin at the bow of the main deck. The Mangusta GranSport line, penciled by Alberto Mancini – which also includes larger models of 45 and 54 meters in length – has been engineered by Overmarine Group.This model features the sun deck, which covers a 56 sq. m surface and has been thought out with an eye to the guests’ entertainment and relaxation, including a large lounge, a fully-equipped sunbathing area and, forward, a hot tub.The extensible aft platform is another distinctive element on this vessel. The garage, also located aft, is hidden from the view by a garage blind, and can fit a tender up to 5.65 m and two jet-skis.The Mangusta GranSport 33 is the entry level among composite fast displacement yachts. This model comes with a latest-generation propulsion system consisting of 4 Volvo Penta D13 735kW (~1000HP) engines coupled with 4 IPS pods, ensuring outstanding efficiency and extraordinary maneuverability. Thanks to this system, the Mangusta GranSport 33 can cruise at a maximum speed of 25 knots, at a cruising speed of 21 knots the yacht’s range increases to 330 nautical miles. Overmarine Group was founded in 1985 by the Balducci family. The shipyard builds open and displacement power superyachts under the Mangusta and Mangusta Oceanco brand names. Credits: Overmarine Group
May 20, 2022