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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The American actor and film producer Pierce Brosnan, 65 and his wife Keely Shaye Smith, 54 were spotted on the superyacht Carla D'or during the Cannes Film Festival. Carla D'or is a 20-metre motor yacht, built by Princess Yachts in 2003. The yacht was sold in 2016 for €305,000. Yacht charter price for Carla D'or is approximately €3,000/day.The German model, television personality Heidi Klum, 44 and Tokio Hotel guitarist and her new boyfriend Tom Kaulitz, 28 were spotted on the 21-metre yacht Black Star, which is from Prestige Yachts 680S series. While sailing in Cannes, they even got their pizza delivered on the Italian-built Lomac tender straight to the yacht. Charter price of Black Star yacht is starting from €4,500/day.
May 21, 2018
Abeking & Rasmussen’s superyacht Aviva is a winner at this year´s World Superyacht Awards which took place on May 19, in Florence. The judges dedicated the famous Neptune Statue in the form of a Judges´ Special Award for this very special yacht.“Aviva is the result of highest workmanship and best communication between the owner and his team during the short building period of less than three years. Together with Toby Silverton and Reymond Langton Design we are very proud to win this important award.” said Till von Krause – Sales Director Yacht.The extraordinary cooperation with Reymond Langton Design already created several award-winning superyachts.Aviva had already convinced also the judges of the Boat International Design & Innovation Award with her special lifestyle feature: a full-size padel tennis court (20m x 10m x 6.65m) inside, stretching over two decks. “It is not only a lifestyle change for the owner but also to crew as this is also the largest gym of any yacht. The crew is encouraged to play with the owner and guests, and when the court is not in use for padel the net can be removed and the crew plays football and use other exercise equipment in the space, it is after all a sports hall.” confirms Reymond Langton Design.With this giant sports ground Abeking & Rasmussen has managed to live up a new trend. More and more customers are attaching great importance on travel around the world while practicing their favorite sports. This yacht harmonizes all needs in a perfect way.
May 21, 2018
Celebrating the best names in film and showcasing award-wining superyachts, the 71st edition of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival is set to be the pinnacle of glamour on the 2018 A-list calendar. Superyachts and the Cannes Film Festival go hand in glove. Entertain friends or clients on board your own luxury yacht, with your own venue and accommodation right at the 'front door' to this prestigious event. Cannes is ideal for meeting clients and a corporate charter at the event is not only the ultimate statement but also makes an ideal platform for experiencing the buzz of parties, fine dining and above all, the Cannes allure.It is one of the premier yachting events on the glamourous French Riviera and marks the start of the busy Mediterranean summer season. Previewing new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world, it is recognised as one of the most prestigious and publicised film festivals in the world. The invitation-only festival is held annually in May at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrés, where the movie industry's elite step from their motor yachts onto the red carpets that line the quays. The newest and largest yachts act as platforms to host parties with the world's best known entertainers.Top megayachts attended Cannes Film Festival 2018 :1. Eclipse - 162-metre yacht built by Blohm+Voss in 2010 and owned by a Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich with net worth of $11,6 bln.2. Dilbar - 156-metre yacht built by Lurssen in 2016 and owned by a Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov with net worth of $12,7 bln.4. Jubilee - 110-metre yacht built by Oceanco in 2017 and owned by a Qatar Royal Family.5. Quantum Blue - 104-metre yacht built by Lurssen in 2014 and owned by a Russian billionaire Sergey Galitsky with net worth of $3,8 bln.6. Madame Gu - 99-metre yacht built by Feadship in 2013 and owned by a Russian billionaire Andrei Skoch with net worth of $4,9 bln.7. Faith - 96-metre yacht built by Feadship in 2016 and owned by a Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll with net worth of $2,7 bln.Some models were also spotted on the superyacht Faith : 8. Tatoosh - 92-metre yacht built by Nobiskrug in 2001 and owned by an American billionaire Paul Allen with net worth of $19,9 bln. An enormous cruise ship is prepared to throw an opulent 'Casablanca-themed party' this year.
May 18, 2018
Solandge is a 85-metre yacht launched by Lurssen in June, 2013. She was premiered at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show and won the Monaco Yacht Show Award for Best Exterior Design. In 2014 the yacht was available for charter starting from $1,000,000. Then, in 2015 Solandge was listed for sale through Burgess for €175,000,000. Again, attending the Monaco Yacht Show in 2015 and represented by Burgess there, in 2016 the central agency changed to Moran Yacht & Ship with a €600,000 price reduction and the yacht attended the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show. Solandge was sold in 2017 for €155,000,000 through Moran Yacht & Ship and became available for charter through the same broker agency, starting from €1,000,000. Photo by Francesco ViezzoliAll the data is an excerpt from the Timeline platform. Subscribe for €99/month now and get the latest information about carefully indexed 4700+ yachts in database.
May 18, 2018
On the waves and on the track, Riva continues to write the history of the nautical world, leaving a never-ending wake of emotions. The latest masterpiece is the magnificent new Riva 110’ Dolcevita, which debuted at the Yacht Club de Monaco on the occasion of the Grand Prix Historique.Riva 110’ Dolcevita immediately captivates the gaze, which sweeps along of the hull characterised by a combination of aesthetic rigour and sportiness, with a design enhanced by shaped glass windows and chrome inserts. Of particular impact is the expansive hull glazing with integrated portholes and, on the deck, the floor-to-ceiling windows that extend the entire length of the saloon, made of glass panes framed by a steel structure: a true crystal palace on the sea. This majestic flybridge, over 33.5 metres in length, is the result of a collaboration between Officina Italiana Design, the studio founded by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta that exclusively designs the entire Riva fleet, the Ferretti Group’s Strategic Product Committee, chaired by Piero Ferrari, and the Engineering Department. “‘Dolcevita’ indicates a period and a style that could only be associated with a yacht of unrivalled beauty, one whose appeal will resonate in the yachting world for decades to come,” commented Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group CEO. “We chose Monte Carlo for its debut, because this is one of the most ‘Dolcevita’ locations in the world, and the Grand Prix Historique, which is an event where legends meet. ‘Dolcevita’ conjures up a dream world that the Riva 110’, in all its splendour, personifies to perfection. It pays tribute to a wonderfully carefree period of history, brought back to life in a magnificent vessel that is the perfect synthesis of the traditional and the modern.”From 11th to 13th May, yacht owners and vintage car enthusiasts, fascinated by the impressive combination of four-wheeled legends and the new masterpiece of the sea, had a chance to admire the new flagship of the Riva fleet presented in its world premiere – and already a big commercial success – at the Yacht Club de Monaco, featuring a number of extremely rare and gorgeous specimens of Ferrari Classic and a memorable event inspired by the “Dolce Vita” theme.
May 17, 2018