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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On Saturday, the 18th of February, 49.9m superyacht has been launched at the Rossinavi facility in Pisa. 300 guests were present at the ceremony, turned around the speeches of the owner family thanking the shipyard and the team involved in the boat construction.Christened Endeavour II, the yacht features exterior design by Enrico Gobbi - Team For Design, interior style by Achille Salvagni with the naval architecture by Arrabito Naval Architects. This all-aluminium displacement yacht comprises a total volume of less than 500GT and can sleep up to 10 guests, as well as a crew of 9. Performance wise she is powered by 2 x CGT/Caterpillar C32 Acert engines providing the yacht a maximum speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots. Rossinavi has recently sold 70m motor yacht project King Shark and is currently building 63-meter Project Vector for JR Ridinger.
February 26, 2017
Italian shipyard Mondomarine has presented its latest superyacht concept in collaboration with an Italian expert on motorsailers and long range cruiser yachts Massimo Franchini.Named SM45 Project Amerigo, the yacht measures 45m and comprises three decks. The concept represents a hybrid motorsailer and features the design by Massimo Franchini and Michele Ansaloni. Mondomarine has taken on the challenge of offering a true hybrid: an “All-Sea Yacht” able to cruise without limits with maximum autonomy and minimal fuel consumption and environmental impact.The Italian shipyard has unveiled its largest superyacht concept in September 2016, which has been designed in collaboration with Giorgio Vafiadis & Associates. 70m Arte's alluring amenities include a vast beach club with fold-out transom and folding side panels and a wheel house on the sun deck covered by a glass shell. Moreover, the yacht features a a sundeck Jacuzzi and a swimming pool, situated in front of the owner's saloon.
February 26, 2017
Tankoa Yachts has launched 50m superyacht Vertige, known as S501, at its facility in Genoa. The project, sold in February 2015 to an experienced French client, is expected to be delivered in April. Francesco Paszkowski was responsible for the concept, exterior design, as well as for the interior design in collaboration with Margherita Casprini. Despite the impressive background and success track records of the entire Tankoa management, we are extremely proud that the client, his surveyor and broker, Daniel Bussani from Aquila Yachting, decided Tankoa was the most suitable shipyard to built his new yacht after investigating a number of European buildersTankoa's CEO, Euro ContentiS501 hull number one is a six cabin yacht including main deck full beam owner's suite and vip suite, 2 vip and 2 guest cabins on the lower deck, gym, home cinema, a 7 meter tender garage among other amenities as well as floor to ceiling windows and hydraulic balconies in the owner's suite and on the aft deck.The superyacht is entirely built in aluminium light alloy 5083. Performance wise S501 M/Y Vertige in its full displacement version is offering a range of 5,000 Nautical Miles at 12 knots and 16 knots top speed. Under 500 GRT mark Vertige offers such alluring amenities as a beach club/gym in the transom, upper deck TV saloon with bar, floor to ceiling windows in the main saloon with cut down bulwarks allowing to enjoy the view, upper outdoor deck with dining table for 16 guests and wrap-around sofa for up to 20 people with a foldable TV screen.In December 2016, Tankoa Yachts has joined forces with Francesco Paszkowski to create what would be its fastest yacht to date. 58m Open concept will reach a maximum speed of 30 knots.
February 22, 2017
Last week 95.2m superyacht Kismet has been seen in Miami. She was built in 2014 by Lurssen and is owned by Shadid Khan, Pakistani-American billionaire and business tycoon, who is also the owner of the Fulham FC and Jacksonville Jaguars. The yacht's interior has been designed by Reymond Langton Design and her exterior styling is by Espen Oeino. Kismet is able to accommodate up to 12 guests in 8 staterooms, including a master suite. She is also capable of carrying up to 28 crew onboard. The superyacht's luxury amenities include a large swimming pool and Jacuzzi area, movie theatre, spa, an outdoor fireplace and winter garden deck space. As for the performance, Kismet is capable of reaching a top speed of 17 knots and cruising at 14 knots. She also features at anchor stabilizers which work at zero speed, increasing onboard comfort at anchor and on rough waters. Kismet is available for charter through Moran Yacht & Ship for a €1.2 million p/w. In December 2016, Kismet has been spotted in Jacksonville, Florida. Marinetraffic.com data shows that now the superyacht is en route to Barcelona.Photos by Ron Raffety
February 22, 2017
Fincantieri and Ferretti Group announced that they have reached a cooperation agreement with the goal of developing commercial and industrial synergies between the two Italian companies. The partnership was announced during the IDEX-NAVDEX in Abu Dhabi, one of the global exhibitions dedicated to the defense and security sector. Both civil and military, international and national sectors will be part of the partnership.The agreement relates to the security and defense sector and to the recreational yachting industry. Fincantieri, the world’s largest shipbuilding group, and Ferretti Group, one of the most recognized yachting companies, share a particularly interconnected market view, especially after the foundation of FSD, Ferretti Group’s division dedicated to security and defense. We are very pleased to work together with Ferretti Group because Fincantieri, even though it is continuing – with great effort - its internationalization path, does not forget its Italian roots and is keen to network into a system with all the Italian companies that believe to be able to grow together and contribute to their international expansion . In fact, we strongly believe that this agreement – and its future activities - will have significant effects on Italy’s economy demonstrating, once again, that the entire “country system” must be the driver for Italy’s future growth Giuseppe Bono, CEO of FincantieriFerretti is a rapidly evolving and growing Group: the collaboration agreement with a global leader such as Fincantieri represents a recognition and confirmation of our strategy both in the recreational yachting industry and in the security and defense sector where Ferretti Group entered with its new division, FSD. We are certain that we will be able to develop important synergies that will bring benefits not only to both organizations, but especially to the customers, which are particularly keen on product innovation, reliability of supply and ever more demanding to receive outstanding service level. Three factors that have become the priority of our strategies and associate us with the vision of Fincantieri’s leadershipAlberto Galassi, Ferretti Group’s CEO
February 22, 2017