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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Lürssen has announced the successful launch and unveiling of project JAG. She was launched on 22 June 2021 in the traditional fashion: down the slipway! She is built for a very experienced repeat client, who upgraded from his former 96m Lürssen yacht.JAG’s build was supervised by Moran Yacht & Ship, who have a long-standing relationship with the client. For them, as well as for the long-time captain Kyle Fultz, it is the third Lürssen yacht for the same owner, whom they have supported with their vast combined experience.Exterior designer Nuvolari-Lenard has given JAG very harmonious proportions, and with a length of 122m (including bow sprit) and a beam of 17.80m she boasts extraordinary volumes, accommodating all of the owner’s requirements whilst still maintaining sleek and elegant lines. Her interior, designed by Reymond Langton, is a beautiful, bespoke homage to the owner’s lifestyle when on board his yacht.Lürssen is a German shipyard with headquarters in Bremen-Vegesack and shipbuilding facilities in Lemwerder, Berne and Bremen-Aumund. Founded in 1875, Lürssen is one of the world's leading builders of custom luxury superyachts and has launched many of the largest yachts in the global fleet, including Octopus, Rising Sun, and Azzam.Credits: Lürssen/Klaus Jordan
June 22, 2021
Leoni Design Workshop (LDWO) have shown their newest design concept. The 49m Etere has an aluminium hull and superstructure. The superyacht will have five spacious decks. Because of the close to nature concept Etere features the full height windows in the main saloon and in the dining room. She can accommodate ten guests in five cabins and will be operated by a crew of nine. The large master suite also has a private terrace.She also features an aft deck beach lounge, with integrated sofas. There are two configurations available. The first offers a lounge area on the main deck aft, and an interior beach club area. The second one has an open beach club and an open-planned lounge space and an infinity pool.Etere will have a top speed of 19 knots and a cruising speed of 17.5 knots. She will have a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 10 knots.Credits: LDWO
June 22, 2021
Gulf Craft delivers another Majesty 100, named Konfeta. Wholly manufactured at the in-house design and production facility of Gulf Craft, the Majesty 100 will set off for the Turquoise Coast in Turkey and will cruise further on to the Mediterranean Sea following her summer berthing in Turkey.Hull 10 of the Majesty 100 was designed to the specifications of the owner and stands out for her exquisite exterior and interior design offering ample onboard space as well as a sky lounge on the upper deck.With folding balconies on both sides of the cockpit, the Majesty 100’s interior features include floor-to-ceiling glazing in the main deck saloon and five spacious staterooms that can accommodate ten guests and five crew members. Her raised wheelhouse has 270-degree vertical glass panels, a design-first by Gulf Craft, which offers the captain unobstructed views of the seascapes.“Every superyacht manufactured at Gulf Craft is the result of precision design and engineering, and careful attention to detail. The Majesty 100 has been one of our most sought-after models and raises the bar in terms of performance as well as exterior and interior features. With the new delivery, we are honored to take Gulf Craft’s flag to more exotic destinations,” says Mohammed Alshaali, Gulf Craft Chairman.Gulf Craft CEO Talal Nasralla added: “Since the Majesty 100 was launched at the 2017 Dubai International Boat Show, she has become one of Gulf Craft’s best-selling superyachts.”Made of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP), making her lightweight at 199 Gross Tons, the 31.7m Majesty 100 is powered by twin MAN 1,900 horsepower engines reaching a top speed of 20 knots. Since the company’s inception in 1982, Gulf Craft has grown to become one of the top seven shipyards in the world: once a builder of small fishing boats in modest premises, a genuine passion for the sealed Gulf Craft, they then established their credentials as a leader of innovation and technology in the yachting industry. With five brands in the product portfolio, ranging from 31 to 175 feet, Gulf Craft manufactures yachts and boats that appeal to a wide audience such as touring passenger vessels, Silvercraft family day boats, Oryx Sport Cruisers, Nomad Explorer Yachts, and the flagship Majesty Yachts.Credits: Gulf Craft
June 22, 2021
This weekend Baltic Yachts in Pietarsaari, Finland launched the sailing yacht Perseverance. This yacht is an advanced composite 117 Custom Classic sloop from the board of renowned Dutch designers Dykstra Naval Architects.She has distinctive pilot cutter-style features, including a straight stem, bowsprit, counter stern and deep bulwarks, but a very modern approach to emissions and the environment.With an electric propulsion system powered by a lithium ion battery bank this global cruising yacht will be able to operate in ‘silent’ mode for long periods.Her ‘light and contemporary’ interior was made by Dutch design studio, deVosdeVries. The yacht is designed with an owner’s suite forward and three double guest cabins.Perseverance will now be prepared for sea trials in readiness for delivery to her owner. Baltic Yachts was founded in 1973 with a clear objective to build better yachts that are lighter, stiffer, and faster. With more than 550 yachts launched, that objective has been continuously met.Credits: Baltic Yachts
June 21, 2021
On Wednesday, Azimut Yachts launched the second unit of the 38m Azimut Grande Trideck. The model has an extra deck in addition to the three traditional ones, completing a visual effect of cascading terraces from the top of the sundeck down to the sea. This all-new feature brings with it a full height beach area and transforms the cockpit into a private patio, which invites the environment in through cut-outs in the fashion plates. Dynamic exterior lines were designed by Alberto Mancini. The elegant interior has been designed by Achille Salvagni, who brought his famous air of wellbeing onboard the Trideck – with a less formal twist. The yacht’s hull is the second generation of the D2P (Displacement to Planing) hull, which was developed for smooth sailing and class-leading fuel economy by Pierluigi Ausonio of Studio Plana in collaboration with the Azimut|Benetti R&D Department. Other factors which contribute to her superb seakeeping include the extensive use of carbon fiber to laminate the upper parts of the yacht, as well as stabilizer fins from CMC Marine, which are integrated efficiently thanks to their proprietary Argo software.Grande Trideck has a dual-motor option, with a pair of MTUs of 2400 or 2600 hp each. The first model under test, with an engine of 2600 hp, recorded a maximum speed of 24 knots, a range of 700 miles at 19 knots and, at a cruising speed of 12 knots, an autonomy of over 1700 miles.The new unit will cruise the Mediterranean seas, between Italy, Greece and Turkey.Azimut Benetti Group is a leading builder of luxury yachts from 11.8 to more than 36 metres in length. The Group owns the following brands: Azimut Yachts, Benetti Yachts, Yachtique, Lusben, Marina di Varazze and Royal Yacht Club Moscow.Credits: Azimut Yachts
June 21, 2021