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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A new 47,6-metre vessel from Italian shipyard’s T-Line will take part in this year’s Palm Beach International Boat Show. First known as project Baglietto 10228, the vessel has been later christened Silver Fox.This is the second hull from the company’s T-Line, the first one was reportedly delivered to an Mexican owner in 2017. With Silver Fox also first revealed in the USA, at Miami Yacht Show 2019, Michele Gavino, CEO of Baglietto, comments on the importance of US market for the company: “As a company, we see great potential for our brand in the Americas and we are honored by the compliments and admiration we have received since our grand debut during the Miami Yacht Show.” The sleek exteriors of a 9,5-metre-beam vessel were developed by Italian designer Francesco Paszkowski. Silver Fox is trademarked with a 140 m2 sundeck hosting dining and sunbathing areas and an infinity pool. The yacht also fits a side-loading superyacht tender garage, leaving the transom free for a proper beach club area, complete with gym and hammam. Featuring 350-square-metre on-board space in general, Silver Fox can accommodate up to 12 guests within 6 cabins, including a master suite on the main deck and 2 doubles and 2 twin rooms with pullman berths on the lower deck.Silver Fox’ interiors, developed by Baglietto in-house team, transmit modern and luxurious layout. Key interior materials include Italian walnut combined with touches of gold and bronze, complemented with the Canaletto nut pattern used for the floors in the living areas.Powered by two Caterpillar 3512C diesel engines with her total fuel capacity of 80,000 litres, Silver Fox will boast top speed of 16 knots and cruising speed of 12 knots at a maximum range of 4,500 nautical miles.As to other current activities of Baglietto, it is currently busy constructing five yachts under at its La Spezia facility. Among others, the builder is now working on the third hull from the T-Line planned for delivery in 2020 and a 550-metre hull designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design.To check out the list of the largest yachts to be seen at Palm Beach International Boat Show 2019, click here.
March 21, 2019
At the beginning of 2019, Arcadia Yachts is one of the most active shipyards. Now it has ten units under construction. Worldwide premiere of the first Sherpa XL is scheduled on September 2019 at the Cannes Yachting Festival. Now she is taking shape on the shipyard rapidly and is entirely on schedule. To date, the shipyard has completed all carpentry work on the new Sherpa XL, as well as finishing the work to connect the hull and deck. Last Arcadia A105 was also presented at Cannes 2018.The main idea of Arcadia based on placing the owner at the heart of the project, creating the spaces that surround him exactly to begin design of how he intends to use the yacht, not starting from the shape of the hull. The new Sherpa XL yacht makes the best use of the areas on board. 24-metres vessel and especially of the beam, which is nearly 7 metres, offering an incredible 220 square metres of interior and exterior living space. The total union between interiors and exteriors, which highlights the relationship with the sea and the surrounding environment, is definitely the sky lounge (34 m2), where the up&down windows allow guests to enjoy the sea breeze by simply touching a button.The concept of the Sherpa XL yacht, developed in collaboration with the Hot Lab design company goes around the layout of the decks. The bow decks are split to develop a central flight of stairs with small differences in height. This particular layout provides considerable space in a relatively small height, which allows obtaining interesting results with volumes.The aft cockpit is directly connected to the stern control panel that supports the sundeck, 65 square metres in size. A transversal garage is located forward of the engine room, with a side hatch that can take a tender, longer than 4m.On the upper deck, with a 35 square metre sun lounge, a bar area reflects the open-air philosophy of the Sherpa XL. This area is dedicated entirely to guests and their privacy without a traditional exterior helm station.Sherpa XL was designed with a four or three cabin layout. The specific corridors and rooms for the crew provide guests with a level of privacy that is typical of larger yachts. The master suite extends into the bathroom, with no dividing partitions, which allows the owner to enjoy large, open space and full of light.The yacht can reach a top speed of over 20 knots. If the speed is kept at 10 knots, the vessel’s autonomy is over 1,500 miles. Sherpa XL is equipped with solar panels, which sufficient to power all on board systems except for the air conditioning and equipped with standard engines twin Volvo Penta IPS 1050hp. Another interesting project of Arcadia Yacht is FOR. TH. of 47-meters long.@Photos by Arcadia Yachts
March 21, 2019
German yacht builder Lurssen has launched its superyacht project Fiji 16 months after her launch announcement. The 95-metre yacht with a 14-metre beam has been christened Madsummer and scheduled for delivery to a repeat owner in summer 2019.The project was supervised by the owner’s captain and brokerage company Moran Yacht & Ship during the construction period of nearly 2,5 years.The yacht’s exterior concept developed by British designer Harrison Eidsgaard focuses on maintenance of sleek and elegant lines within impressive volumes. The vessel's main trademarks are 12-metre swimming pool and Jacuzzi laid at the aft deck and protected with glass bulwarks. That contributes to clean and uncluttered appearance of hull surfaces. Other decks are connected through exterior staircases and centerline openings.Spacious beach club and spa zone with a sea terrace on the lower deck are on the list of Madsummer’s special features. The bow is equipped with a helipad, while the sun deck aft features hidden crane in the bulwark, aimed to handle an aeroboat. As to the upper deck, it is trademarked with walkable skylight and an integrated fireplace.At the same time, interiors designed by Italy-based Studio Laura Sessa represent contemporary modern style. Laura Sessa comments: “For this interior design yacht project, I invested inner artistic creativity due to my long relationship with the Owner. I playfully created spaces full of customised details and colours from the sea, emanating harmony and elegance.”Madsummer will offer on-board accommodation for 20 guests within 10 suites.This yacht is the third in the recent series of the vessels of over 90-metres LOA recently launched by Lurssen, along with impressive 136-metre Flying FOX and 111-meter Project TIS.
March 21, 2019
Polish multihull Sunreef Yachts has announced that it has sold the first model of its 80 Sunreef Power catamaran range in September 2018. But only now has revealed the first interior renderings of the 24-metre motor yacht. A model due to be presented at 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival and delivered later this year. Unveiled in May 2018, this in-house designed model is expected for long cruises and features “bold, contemporary hull styling”.Sunreef Yachts has been setting the trends in the catamaran industry for years. The shipyard introduced the yachting world innovate solutions including the world’s first flybridge on a luxury catamaran, the first double deck power catamaran with oceanic range, the first double deck sailing catamaran and one of latest power projects 150 Sunreef Power.The catamaran makes full use of the 12.1 beam with amazing amounts of space for sunning and lounging and a flybridge big enough to accommodate a spa pool, wet bar and plenty area of seating. The main deck saloon layout is flexible, with the option to include a different size dining area and a variety of seating. There is also the possibility to have a bar and open galley on the main deck.The model’s layout is open to customisation. One of the most spectacular features on board the 80 Sunreef Power is the master suite which can be set up in the bow section of the main deck. With a double bed facing the bow terrace, a bathroom with a walk-in shower, dressing and desk, the suite is bathed in sun from the skylight glazing. The same space can also be used to install a large lounge and access to the foredeck. Accommodation is for up for 12 guests and four crew members in luxurious cabins.The massive garage combined with an aft platform allows the 80 Sunreef Power to take tender, water toys and jet-ski anywhere she goes. The engine room can be fitted with either twin 575hp engines or twin 1,200hp engines.@Photo by Sunreef Yachts
March 21, 2019
Dutch yacht builder Oceanco has recently launched its latest 90-metre masterpiece christened DreAMBoat. Social media chatter was quick to point out that the yacht was built for US billionaire and owner of the Atlanta Falcons NFL team.The yacht of aluminium superstructure on a steel hull features a 14,2-metre beam. Her impressive interior volume of 2,950 GT allows accommodation for 23 guests on-board, along with up to 33 crew members. DreAMBoat is also trademarked with generous overhangs from the superstructure and cut outs in the bulwarks lending her classic and strong appearance.The vessel’s exterior features numerous large windows offering panoramic views. Swimming pool aft at the main deck, a partially closed sundeck with Jacuzzi and plenty of seating and entertainment zones and a private Besides the golden dining room, the interior features bespoke surfaces and limestone floors. DreAMBoat is decorated with several materials including natural wood, semi-precious stone, leather and mother-of-pearl designed by Terence Disdale. Her propulsion package consists of two MTU 4,828 HP engines, with the speed information not revealed yet.Oceanco project manager Roderick Gort commented at launch: “Launching DreAMBoatis an important milestone in the construction process of delivering ‘the Owners Perfect Yacht’. We are looking forward to delivering DreAMBoat after her sea trials this spring, and welcoming her to the Oceanco family.”Valued at $4.7 billion by Forbes, Arthur Blank is most famous for co-founding Home Depot in the 1970s, which grew into one of the largest hardware store chains. In 2001 he bought the Atlanta Falcons for $545 million, which are now valued by Forbes at near $2.1 billion.The superyacht’s delivery is scheduled to summer 2019. She is set to become one of three gigayachts recently acquired by American Sports team owners, with 109-metre Oceanco Bravo Eugenia delivered to Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones and 93-metre Feadship Lady S rumoured to belong to Washington Redskins' Dan Snyder.
March 21, 2019