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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Kiel-based shipyard, Nobiskrug has launched their new 80-meter Project 790, moving its hull from their Kiel facility to their superyacht hall in Rendsburg. The yacht is scheduled to be delivered in 2019.Project 790's keel was laid back in March of this year, the 80m is being built to a design by Gregory C. Marshall. The next stage for the development of the yacht, scheduled for delivery in 2019, will be interior fittings set to take place at Nobiskrug's Rendsburg facility.Nobiskrug has recently become most famous for their 141.8-meter S/Y A, which they delivered to Russian billionaire, Andrei Melnichenko, earlier this year.
October 17, 2017
Listed for sale back by New Zealand's richest man, Graeme Hart, back in 2016, the 107-meter explorer, Ulysses has now been sold after over a year on the market. Although the final price remains unknown, the yacht was asking $195 million at the time of the sale.Hart had placed the order for the 107-meter Ulysses back in 2013, with designers at the time saying that he had chosen Kleven due to its quality standards, delivery times and price point. Later in November 2014, Hart placed the order for the 116-meter.I am very pleased with the quality of the work that has been done by Kleven, and how our organizations have worked together to bring this exciting project to life.Graeme Hart in November 2014Capable of accommodating 30 guests in 15 cabins, the H2-designed yacht carries a crew of 40. Powered by Caterpillar engines, Ulysses has a maximum speed of 16.8 knots and can cruise at 15 knots.Amongst the yacht's key features are a 21m tender, lifted by specially designed cranes onto the foredeck, an 11m x 5m swimming pool, a large jacuzzi, a sauna, a gym and a massage room. Ulysses' garage is packed with toys from motorcycles to surfboards.Ulysses therefore becomes the largest brokerage yacht sold so far in 2017, overtaking the 85-meter Lurssen, Solandge sold earlier this year at an asking price of €155 million. The sale closed in a particularly competitive landscape for brokerage megayachts, with the 110-meter Jubilee currently looking for a buyer as well as the 110-meter Ona, formerly known as Dilbar.
October 16, 2017
Built to handle most challenging waters, the 39.3-meter superyacht Safira equipped with and ice-strenghened hull is ready to venture with her future owner almost anywhere in the world and with maximum comfort, according to Camper & Nicholsons' report. She is asking $18,9 million.Built in 2013 to comply to ABS and MCA standards of safety and pollution prevention, and last refitted in 2015, Safira is a high specification vessel that boasts a 8000 nautical mile range at a speed of 8.5 knots. Her powerful engines can run on 15% biodiesel and the decks are made of eco-friendly teak, which resembles teak. Furthermore, every single element of her contemporary and sophisticated interior design is elaborated in materials with a limited environmental impact, such as reclaimed oak and forest certified sapele. Even the stonework in her guest bathrooms is made from remnants from her owner’s previous projects. Safira is designed as an ideal yacht for socializing with family and friends thanks to her vast relaxation and dining areas throughout her communal guests spaces. The superyacht offers accommodation for up to 12 guests in five en suite cabins, including a full beam master. Her amenities include everything expected for long-range luxury cruising, like a fully equipped gym and and a choice of watertoys for the younger guests.
October 16, 2017
Dutch shipyard, Amels has confirmed that it will start building a 78-meter custom yacht designed by Espen Oeino. The yacht will become the shipyard's largest by gross tonnage and the first collaboration between Amels and Oeino.Acquired in 1991 by DAMEN Shipyards, Amels was established in 1918 and underwent several changes of ownership in the 1980s, including a brief period of time when it was owned by Donald Trump. The yard's most recent breakout success came with the Limited Edition series, made up of 6 models from 55 to 83 metres with exterior by Tim Heywood. The line became one of the most successful in the 50m+ range, with over 28 yachts sold.In 2014, Amels announced that it would create a Custom Yachts division, with the idea in mind to build bespoke yachts up to 110 meters in length. The first known iteration of this becomes the 78-meter Oeino-designed yacht that it plans to deliver in 2021.Although smaller in length than Amels' flagship 83,5m Here Comes The Sun, the new yacht will have an interior volume of over 2,850GT and therefore more than its flagship launched in 2016.
October 12, 2017
Launched in September of this year, the 69-meter Feadship, Samaya has now embarked on sea trials according to new social media footage. Designed by RWD, she will become one of the 200 largest yachts in the world upon her delivery.Accommodating up to 12 guests across a master suite, a VIP cabin and four guest staterooms, Samaya carries a crew of 16. Amongst her features are a diving center with a nitrox-enriched air system, several Seabobs and relevant equipment.Samaya was launched following nearly 3 years of development, following Asia-based broker Lee Marine introducing the client to Feadship, with the project growing by five meters during this stage.From a technical standpoint, Samaya is powered by a pair of CAT 312C engines that give her a maximum range of 5,000 nautical miles and a top speed of 16,4 knots.Photos via Feadship and Rudy Wijn
October 10, 2017