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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The 140m Ocean Victory has been recently spotted in Maldives.@lenina1234Delivered by Fincantieri in 2014, the superyacht is designed by Espen Oeino with interior spaces created by the late Alberto Pinto together with Sessa Romboli. Owned by billionaire steel magnate Viktor Rashnikov, one of the oligarchs shaping the yachting industry nowadays, Ocean Victory accommodates up to 36 guests. @hassan_xahirAs with many other yachts of this size, she is packed with alluring features such as 6 pools spread out over her 7 decks, an internal floodable dock to house her 14m tender, two helipads and a vast spa area. @hassan_xahirLast March the megayacht was involved in an anchor accident that occurred in Thailand.
March 28, 2017
Having signed the contract for a second 80-metre superyacht in November 2016, Bilgin Yachts further announces its ongoing projects.Alongside the 80 metres yacht, the Turkish shipyard is currently building two 48-metre Bilgin 156 series speculation units, currently available for purchase. The exterior styling, naval architecture and structural engineering are by Unique Yacht Design, whilst H2 Yacht Design created the general arrangement and interior design. The vessels measure in just below the 500 GT threshold and can accommodate up to 11 guests in her four guest cabins and large owner's stateroom.According to the shipyard, thanks to the advantage of working on sisterships of a new in-house developed series, the construction of the two first Bilgin 156s is going on at full-swing fast rate. The shipyard has completed 57 percent of the Bilgin 156-I’s construction so far. Basic equipment such as main engines and generators were installed while outfitting of the technical equipment is ongoing. Furniture manufacturing is also nearing completion and some installation is under way while the painting process has reached the final coating stages.The construction of the Bilgin 156-II has also reached 27 percent with her steel hull and aluminium structure completed. Her painting process has started with the first layers of fairing. The shipyard has scheduled the delivery of the first hull of the Bilgin 156 series for late spring 2017, while the second hull will be ready towards the end of 2017.
March 27, 2017
At the end of October 2016, Riva has launched the first 100’ Corsaro at its facility in La Spezia. Now the vessel has arrived to Hong Kong, where she will be handed over to her owner. The Riva 100' Corsaro is born from the collaboration between Officina Italiana Design - the studio founded by designer Mauro Micheli alongside Sergio Beretta - exclusive designer for the entire Riva fleet, the Strategic Product Committee and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department. It is the natural heir to previous models as well as the perfect combination of comfort, performance, style and safety.Riva 100' Corsaro and Ferretti Yachts 850 in Hong KongThe yacht is characterized by a sharp profile, which evokes the shape of an arrow with metallic colors in dark tones and large glass surfaces.Stefano De Vivo, Chief Commercial Officer of the Ferretti Group, said:The majesty of the 100’ Corsaro has been enormously successful on important markets such as Asia Pacific, for which we have come up with specific solutions that suit the taste of our owners in those countries. We are also very excited, because the 100’ Corsaro will be the first Riva to make its international début in Hong Kong, where we decided to be directly present with a Group’s branch office a few years ago. It will be an unforgettable event in perfect harmony with a brand which has exported Italian expertise throughout the world for more than 170 years
March 27, 2017
Heesen Yachts has announced that 55m Alida, currently under construction at the yard's facility, has been sold on the first day of the Palm Beach International Show with Barin Cardenas of the New Yachts Company responsible for the sale.Alida is a fast displacement yacht with an interior design by Bannerberg & Rowell, able to accommodate 12 guests in a full-beam master suite, one VIP cabin, two double and and two twin cabins. Performance wise she is able to provide a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots. The Dutch shipyard adds that Project Alida features a generous 110 square metres sundeck and a sky lounge that is wrapped almost entirely in glass. Recently Heesen unveiled its yet another new project, 50m Maia.
March 27, 2017
Feadship has launched the 35-metre motoryacht Letani for a client resident in the Far East. Designed to allow access to shallow waters and smaller marinas in Europe, Scandinavia, the Indian Ocean and Asia, this new Feadship has has been completed in two years after the first meeting with the client.One of the youngest Feadship owners to date celebrated the culmination of a long-held ambition. “I’ve been privileged to be on various different superyachts over the last ten years,” he told the assembled workforce at Aalsmeer yard during the christening ceremony.Every time I see a Feadship come by I had two feelings: one, ‘that’s a very special yacht’ and two, ‘I want to get off my boat and step on the Feadship’. It is very exciting that I now get to board my very own Feadship for the first time. The only bad news about this launch is that we’ll miss our visits to the shipyard… We’ve felt part of the family from the keel laying ceremony onwards and building a Feadship has been a wonderful experienceFeadship director Bas Nederpelt thanked the owners for their contribution and at this point the champagne bottle was broken on Letani’s straight bow, one ofthe features which give the yacht a top speed of over 20 knots. She has a contemporary exterior profile with elegant lines and large windows.Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and Studio Liaigre worked in close collaboration to create a warm, comfortable and liveable apartment-like interior with clean and minimal detailing. A calm atmosphere prevails with smoked eucalyptus combining with deeply smoked and washed oak flooring and randomly veneered wall panels.Letani’s layout and its functions are also designed around the owners and their family. A fine example is the special TV nook which divides the lounge and dining room. As the television is on a swivelling bracket it can also be viewed from a saloon area geared to gathering people together. The dining area has an informal French bistro ambience, with a tapered table and long banquette. Elsewhere, the various accommodations for eight in the owner’s stateroom, full-beam VIP and two convertible guest suites also exude relaxation.
March 24, 2017