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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Hull No. 10238 was launched yesterday during a private ceremony. This yacht became the first T52 with a hybrid propulsion system that will allow it to choose a more efficient cruising mode, curbing both consumption and environmental impact. When cruising in electric diesel mode, the T52 can indeed reach a range of up to 7,600 nautical miles, and remain at anchor up to 10 hours relying on the batteries only. Her two MTU 16V2000M86 engines, however, will also allow her to reach a maximum speed of 17 knots and a range of 3,600 nautical miles in traditional navigation mode.The exterior was penned by Francesco Paszkowski Design, the interiors were also designed by FPD in cooperation with Margherita Casprini.She features a beach club that develops over three levels, the large pool, that can easily be concealed thanks to an ingenious up-down movable floor that further extends the available deck surface when the pool is not being used. She also features an al fresco lounge, which is situated on the upper deck and a 24-meter-long sundeck. “This is a very much awaited-for moment. Seeing one of our vessels touch the water is always incredibly exciting for us, but when this happens with the first one in a new line, the excitement is even greater. Hull No. 10238 is also the first model in this line to mount a hybrid propulsion system, marking a crucial step also in terms of research and development in our shipyard’s path towards sustainable yachting – a path Baglietto is pursuing with firm determination,” comments Fabio Ermetto, Baglietto’s CCO.Baglietto Spa is an Italian boat builder based in La Spezia specializing in new aluminum light alloy yachts ranging between 35m and 50m in length and steel and light aluminum alloy displacement megayachts starting at 40m.Credits: Baglietto
February 8, 2023
The biennial Swan European Regatta will take place on 19–23 July in the Airisto sea area, and the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre will provide the setting for the ashore programme. The regatta is expected to attract a fleet of more than 50 yachts and a large crowd enjoying the show, with the event weekend offering plenty of exciting activities to the visitors in the Forum Marinum area.This event is organized by the City of Turku, Turku Yacht Club, Forum Marinum Maritime Centre and Sunborn Events, jointly with Nautor Swan and its sports division, ClubSwan Racing. “I’m glad that Turku can once again host this wonderful maritime event. As the name ‘Swan’ stems from Suomen Joutsen (‘Finnish Swan’), it’s wonderful that Nautor Swan has found a home port for their competition in Turku of all places,” says Minna Arve, Mayor of Turku.The Opening ceremony on July 19th, will unfurl four days dedicated to the love for sailing in the beautiful Baltic archipelago and to fun ashore, with the owners’ dinner on July 21st, the Prize Giving on 22nd and the enchanting Parade of Swans on the final day, as a perfect treat for sailors and spectators alike.“This is the fifth time here and it is an amazing experience for us. Our home in the Baltic is Jakobstad but we feel really at home in Turku and it’s electrifying to see all these sails unfold in the beautiful setting of the Finnish coast. As the Finnish say: “It's sailing in a forest!” says Giovanni Pomati, Nautor Group CEO. “In these four days, there is the opportunity to come and see Swan yachts representing our entire history and live the true Spirit of Swan”.Nautor’s Swan was founded in 1966 in Pietarsaari, Finland. The builder entered the superyacht market in 1999. Since then, the yard has continued building high-performance sailing yachts in three different lines; ClubSwan, Swan Yachts and Maxi Swan Yachts. Credits: Nautor’s Swan
February 8, 2023
Hylas will present the new M49 at the upcoming 2023 Miami International Boat Show. According to the shipyard, she is a spacious, fuel-efficient, fast, and exceptionally well crafted yacht. The M49 will join her smaller sistership, the M44 as part of Hylas’s power lineup. The M49 was designed in conjunction with New Zealand firm Salthouse. The designer is an exceptionally experienced creator of Down East style vessels, with a well-proven track record of seaworthy, efficient, and stylish boats to their credit. Salthouse hull designs in particular have a strong heritage of commercial-fishing and offshore-angling vessels. The result is a luxurious yacht that provides a comfortable and confidence-inspiring ride. Supremely rugged and capable of withstanding nearly any sea.The M49 features a barbecue, multiple heads option, excellent refrigeration, a full galley with a dinette, and a hydraulic swim platform. A helm station that is best in class with excellent all-round visibility and no blind spots from stem to stern. Further features that will make this yacht stand out from her competition include: an aft galley that’s excellent for entertaining, spacious living areas, a handcrafted wooden interior, two staterooms and two heads, multiple dining tables, an optional washing machine, and twin 370-horsepower Yanmar engines that offer dependable and sporty propulsion.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: Devin Conway/Hylas Yachts
February 8, 2023
Following the purchase of Mulder’s fourth facility in Enkhuizen in February last year, a team of the Mulder craftspeople was put together to start constructing the seventh hull of the ThirtySix series, which is now well on its way.“Now having entered her typically efficient building time, she was ready to be turned on 3rd February, and the process went off without a hitch,” states the shipyard on social media. Hull seven of the series is expected to be delivered in 2024.Like her predecessors, she has the exterior design by Claydon Reeves, and naval architecture by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. She can accommodate up to ten guests across five cabins, and seven crew members in four cabins.She is equipped with twin Caterpillar engines and has a maximum speed of 17 knots and cruise at 15. Mulder Shipyard was established in 1938 by Dirk Mulder. With a Mulder still at its helm, this traditional family business can attribute its excellent reputation to the classic Super Favorite Cruisers, the later Favorite Superieur and a wide range of custom and semi custom motoryachts. Welcoming our newest edition to the Mulder series, the Mulder ThirtySix, in the Summer of 2017, adding yet another Superyacht to the Mulder fleet. Credits: Mulder
February 7, 2023
Sanlorenzo will bring a fleet of five to the Miami International Boat Show, which will be held from 15 to 19 February).SD96 (Photo by Thomas Pagani)The SD96 will be presented at the event as a testament to the unmistakable style of the semi-displacement navette, the historic yacht line of the shipyard, whose distinguishing feature is its balance between design and volume.SL96AThe range of planning yachts on offer is more extensive: SL96A and SL120A, asymmetrical, are present, alongside the more classic SL86. Last but not least, the innovative crossover SX88. SX88 (Photo by Leo Torri)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 28.60 to 62 meters in length. Credits: Sanlorenzo
February 7, 2023