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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Benetti’s new Oasis 34M fiberglass superyacht brings the Oasis Deck® solution in a length of just 34 meters. Like her big sister, Oasis 40M, the yacht’s exterior styling is the work of UK firm RWD and the interiors are by Bonetti/Kozerski, the New York based architects specializing in residential and hôtellerie projects, chosen by the shipyard for their international and cosmopolitan approach to design that values the aesthetics of discrete luxury. The yacht has an elegant vertical bow and a sleek outline that slopes gently down to the water, broken only by the wheelhouse with its vertical windscreen and the floor-to-ceiling windows. The Oasis Deck® has five signature features: two wings that open out on either side; an incorporated infinity pool with a glass side wall, surrounded by a sunbathing and lounging area; a 270-degree view aft, uninterrupted by railings and sofas; seamless interconnection with the interior space for a mix of sun and shade, ensuring the entire main deck can be enjoyed at any time of day and, finally, a social design that frames the whole deck as one big oasis of social interaction. Oasis 34M spreads across three decks. She has a large sun deck with hard top, and multiple outdoor areas. For the interior Bonetti/Kozerski chose the neutral color palette and casual feeling. The interiors connect seamlessly with the stern terraces: two curved sliding doors open out onto the main living area and disappear out of view to create one big open space. The spacious full lounge living area is defined by sofas whose flowing contours give the decor a modern and informal personality, while the dining area is located in the skylounge on the upper deck.The owner’s suite with full-height windows occupies the entire forward section of the main deck and can be fitted with a terrace that opens out on the starboard side. The skylounge on the upper deck is home to the dining area. Served by a convenient pantry, it is linked by a dumb waiter to the galley on the main deck and opens out onto a stern terrace furnished with sofas and armchairs. Another outdoor dining area is located on the sundeck. The lower deck for guest accommodation has two VIP and two twin cabins. The wheelhouse is a high-tech helm station with vertical floor-to-ceiling glazing ensuring maximum visibility. The modern design of the console facilitates instrumentation use by the captain and conveys the beauty of cruising to guests and crew. Founded in 1873, Benetti is the oldest Italian shipyard specializing in luxury yachts. Benetti designs, builds and sells composite vessels from 29 to 44m and steel and aluminium boats from 37 to over 100m. The fleet consists of five categories: Class, Oasis, B.Yond, B.Now and Custom to meet all the needs of the market. Benetti belongs to the Azimut|Benetti Group, the largest privately owned luxury yachting group in the world.Credits: Benetti
January 27, 2022
Celebrating its 40-year anniversary in 2022, Gulf Craft opens the Experience Center, which will deliver a personalized luxury experience to its rapidly expanding international clientele. Clients will be able to touch and feel the luxurious finishings which go into every yacht such as high-quality marble, carpets, and wooden veneers, as well as place new orders and get professional advice on servicing and maintenance. Virtual reality is available for clients to explore the variety of yachts Gulf Craft has on offer.“As our global presence continues to expand at a significant pace we must adapt and change the way we do business with our international clients, which is why we are incredibly proud to be delivering a luxury experience through our new hub in Dubai’s Port Rashid. As we look to the future, we will continue to see Gulf Craft strengthen its reputation as a globally recognised manufacturer of the world’s finest vessels which can be found in marinas all over the world.” says Mohammed Hussein AlShaali, Gulf Craft’s Chairman.Today, 92 per cent of all vessels built at the company’s Umm Al Quwain shipyard are exported across the globe. The Gulf Craft Experience Center creates an additional touchpoint for existing and new clients alike, to further support the company’s rapid global expansion. The Center is designed to elevate and heighten the unique and exclusive experience of yacht customisation. A process usually reserved for later in the yacht purchasing cycle, Gulf Craft have developed a fully interactive experience that can be enjoyed by serious buyers and yacht enthusiasts alike.“We are witnessing the growth and demand of the industry, and in response to this we have made the strategic decision to expand our UAE operations to Port Rashid. The city is a hub to the world, and our new luxury Experience Centre connects the Gulf Craft brand to its international yachting community with a focus on becoming closer and delivering an exceptional experience,” says Talal Nasralla, Gulf Craft’s CEO.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 its modest premises, which was a genuine passion for Gulf Craft, they then established their credentials as a leader of innovation and technology in the yachting industry. With five brands in their 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
January 27, 2022
The 80m motor yacht Tatiana was sold with Leo Jordil from IYC representing the seller and Alex Krykanyuk from Fraser representing the buyer. Tatiana is the first 80-meter Bilgin 263 superyachts that was built by the Turkish yard. She was launched in 2020. The 1,670 GT vessel was built in accordance with the latest IMO Tier III standards and comes fitted with a special exhaust system for “100% clean air emissions," according to her builder.Tatiana's exterior design was made by Unique Yacht Design, while the interior was drawn by H2 Yacht Design.Tatiana's layout contains generous living areas, with a beach club and a huge spa. She can accommodate 16 guests across eight staterooms, including an owner's cabin on its own dedicated deck, four additional guest staterooms located on the main deck and one guest stateroom on the lower deck. The centre of the yacht is directly connected to the main saloon via a staircase and comes complete with a 9m swimming pool, as well as a wealth of amenities, including a bar, sunbeds, hammam and a massage room.In terms of performance, Tatiana's well-balanced and optimized superstructure enables her to reach a top speed of 19 knots with zero dynamic trim. Credits: Bilgin Yachts
January 27, 2022
Cantiere Delle Marche has launched the 43m full custom explorer Acala. Acala has been commissioned by an experienced yachtsman who, over the years, owned yachts built by shipyards such as Feadship, Lürssen, Blohm and Voss. He is a repeat client for CdM, his previous Acala, a Darwin 102, cruising in the Med but also sailing the expanses of the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic and reaching the wild beauty of remote destinations and the best diving spots in the world.“I am delighted and proud of this milestone launch. The trust this owner confirmed in CdM gives us the highest reason for pride. The mutual trust established between with this client and CdM team has been pivotal to the good result of the whole process that lead to the completion of such a complex project,” says Vasco Buonpensiere, CdM’s co-founder and sales & marketing director.“The work on technical specifications has been extremely detailed and it lasted almost 12 months to achieve a double result: to build a 43-meter yacht with the most detailed and comprehensive specs we have ever drawn up and to proceed with no need of major modifications as construction progressed,” continues Vasco Buonpensiere.Acala’s eye-catching lines were drawn by Viareggio-based Horacio Bozzo Design. She features a large windows on the main deck whose mullions seem not to join the superstructure that are undoubtedly Acala profile’s signature features. Her full displacement hull was made by Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec. Acala’s interior design was penned by Mexican architect Simon Hamui. Guest areas are spread over three decks and a sun deck. Acala can accommodate 12 guests across six cabins. A large lobby sits in between the main salon and guest night quarters. The full beam main deck, from amidship forward is dedicated to guests and owners. Three large VIP’s and an owner suite to starboard side are flooded by natural light from large windows. Two twin cabins are located on the lower deck.A spacious panoramic sky lounge located on the upper deck and includes the dining area. A large cockpit features dining and lounging areas, a swimming pool and lots of space to relax. A partially shaded sun deck integrated into the profile provides the social hub for Acala’s guests with an al fresco dining, bar, vast sunbathing area alongside a second swimming pool. A dumbwaiter connects the galley located on the lower deck to all deck, sun deck included, to convey food and drinks and ease the work of crew.With a total length of 43,10 meters, a beam of 8.60m, thanks to hull geometry, 62 400-liter fuel tanks, and the extremely frugal consumption of her twin Caterpillar C32 Acert engines 746kW each, Acala will have a range of above 5 000 nautical miles at 10 knots and a top speed of 14 knots. “Being chosen by experienced owners such as this gentleman who decided to have his second yacht built by us, after having owned yachts built by the most reputed Northern European brands, is the best possible prove that our commitment, dedication, technical skills and quality are second to none,” says Ennio Cecchini, CdM’s CEO. CdM's story begins in 2010. The facilities cover an overall surface of 16˙000 square meters, including 7˙000 sq. m of workshops and 1˙000 sq. m of docks. Since 2015, the shipyard has been the world’s leading builder of explorer yachts. Based in Ancona, Cantiere delle Marche builds yachts from 26m to 43m in length.Credits: CdM
January 26, 2022
Design firm Isola Corvus together with beiderbeck designs introduces a new sailing concept, the 41m Velarca 135. She is designed to fill the missing spot in the yachting industry. “Velarca 135 is our answer for the sustainable future and to the environmental goals set in Glasgow 2021,” says in the company statement.Velarca has a streamlined, motor yacht like profile featuring a very large beach club at the stern, providing a stylish lounge area and a very large swim platform, with additional space for effortless indoor-outdoor living and entertaining. For functionality and easy access Velarca 135 has a lift to the front bulkhead of the beach club which makes all decks and areas safely accessible for everyone.The generous layout has two versions. The deluxe version with the large owner’s cabin will accommodate 10 people, the charter optimized layout has cabins for 12 guests. All cabins are large and equipped with a private toilet and shower with plenty of window space. Cabins are located nearby the staircase that leads to the large dining and living room upstairs. The yacht's general arrangement and styling as well as the main technical features such as the completely new kind of rig are specifically designed to make the transition from motor yachting to a more low carbon alternative, sailing, as effortless as possible. Even though the nature of Velarca is clearly a cruising yacht, the hull shape, keel and the rudder are the latest available technology from offshore racing circuits. The yacht also comes with three different keel options depending on the intended use and the sportiest fixed keel version provides a racing yacht like performance.Velarca 135 has a completely new kind of rig with three self-tacking and hydraulically furling jibs (The “Fisherman sail” being upside down) that can be opened or reefed by using the push buttons at the cockpit. Handling the sails of this yacht doesn't therefore require a small army of deck crew but instead it has been automated as far as possible. Isola Corvus Oy (Ltd) is a Finnish newcomer in the super yacht industry. Company is founded by Sami Lehtonen and Sanna-Kaisa Koivisto, offshore racing partners, innovators and entrepreneurs. The Velarca project started, when these two sailors and explorers found out through intense market research that there is room for a specific kind of sailing yacht in the market and decided to act. The beiderbeck lmmo Lüdeling and Tim Ulrich sketched the Velarca 135 design.Credits: Isola Corvus Oy
January 26, 2022