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 California-based designer Steve Kozloff has unveiled a 100 meter double-masted trimaran concept named The Trident. The vessel has six decks and two dedicated helipads, one on each of the vessel's crossbeams.The mast tilts 70 degrees forward to reduce the air draft from 238 feet to 138.5 feet making it possible for The Trident to traverse below most bridges. The Trident now can have direct access to the Panama Canal, San Francisco, San Diego and other harbours. Solid Sail system is the automated setting and dropping of the sails. The boat can be pointed in any direction when raising or lowering the sails. The Solid Sail System has a 360-degree rotating mast. The captain simply rotates the mast into the wind to perform the raising and lowering of the sails.The Trident features the full beam beach club in the main hull with retractable decks, which is a unique feature for any sailing yacht, two large bow pools, two spas in the main hull, forward and aft.The interior space has multi-levels, curved walls, and a multitude of large windows providing a near panoramic view. A 210 sq. m owner’s suite is located in the bow of the central hull, the two additional master suites are found towards the bow of both side hulls. Guest cabins that can host 26 guests and crew cabins that accommodate 20 crew. The piano bar and entertainment area on the upper deck include floor to ceiling windows providing views of the surrounding seascape. A full beam garage that can handle 2 tenders, one Nemo U-Boat Worx submarine with dedicated launching systems and other water toys.The Trident can cruise at 14 knots for 6700 nautical miles with diesel power only. Her range is greatly extended with careful management of her hybrid diesel-electric systems and sail power. Under sail power only, she can make 12 knots.This comes after a 170m gigayacht concept Glory, which was revealed by Steve Kozloff in April. Credits: Steve Kozloff
June 28, 2022
The second Damen YS 53 support vessel is in-build at Damen Yachting facility in Antalya and scheduled for delivery in 2024. The first vessel from the all-new YS 53 series was sold to Anthony Hsieh and will be delivered in 2023.The 53m yacht was made by an in-house design team. Her naval architecture also was made by the shipyard specialist with the help of Damen Research Laboratory in the Netherlands. The YS 53 is strongly focussed on highly demanding performance, efficiency and comfort with a wide range of upgraded features for the yachting lifestyle. “The YS 53 exterior design starts with a familiar functionality, but there is more than meets the eye,” says Wouter Kleijpoel, the Design Manager who led the team of Damen Yachting designers who created the concept. “It’s playful, muscular and emboldening, you believe anything is possible. I think it’s an exciting design.” The vessel is equipped with a deck crane that can lift up to 15 tonnes. The huge 250 sq. m deck space is designed for storage of boats, toys, vehicles and tenders up to 16-meters.She can accommodate a number of guests, between six and 16 and a crew member with a captain. There are different layout configurations to satisfy the owner's needs. In terms of power the yacht is equipped with twin Rolls Royce MTU main engines that allows her to reach a top speed of 19 knots. Damen Yachting, a division within the Damen Shipyards Group, was created in 2019. The division combines the pedigree and heritage of Amels yachts with a growing portfolio of SeaXplorer yachts and Yacht Support vessels.Credits: Damen Yachting
June 28, 2022
Sunreef Yachts has announced the launch of a new range of 40m and 50m Explorers with internationally renowned adventurer and professional explorer, one of the most experienced hikers and adventurers in the world, Mike Horn as its ambassador. The Sunreef Explorer line is a versatile luxury vessel designed to explore new routes. Their innovative design provides a unique combination of seaworthiness, reliability and long cruising range on long voyages. With shallow draft, unrivaled capacity and huge entertainment areas, the Sunreef Explorer Line is the next generation of expedition superyachts. Fully customizable, the Sunreef Explorer Line will offer the safest circumnavigation platform with custom-designed interiors and a fleet of watersports and entertainment on board.“The definition of luxury has changed over the years. Today, real luxury is a feeling, a feeling, an experience. Our activities as a shipyard go far beyond the construction of ships. We create emotions, we create magical moments at sea and make dreams come true. Our new Explorer Line is about living in the moment,” says Francis Lapp, founder and president Sunreef Yachts.Sunreef Yachts was founded by Francis Lapp in 2002 in Gdansk, Poland, and the shipyard has been designing and manufacturing luxury sailing and power multihulls ever since. Credits: Sunreef Yachts
June 28, 2022
Waterfront Costa Smeralda reopens its doors to the international yacht owners: from 29 June to 4 September, the Molo Porto Vecchio in the village of Porto Cervo will come alive with exclusive events and luxury ateliers hosting the world's most exclusive brands.Sanlorenzo returns for the fifth consecutive year to the renowned luxury temporary store, the exclusive seafront lounge immersed in the verdant Costa Smeralda, with its own pop-up space. A minimal and elegant lounge with clean lines was designed by Art Director Piero Lissoni. Inside the boutique the chrome reproductions of the fleet’s distinctive yachts can be found. The Sanlorenzo atelier is dedicated to nautical enthusiasts and admirers of the shipyard, a place that encapsulates the brand's core values and allows those who wish to create their own custom-made yacht to draw closer to the meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail that have always distinguished the company's philosophy.The Waterfront Costa Smeralda is one of the most exclusive summer venues, a destination for art, automobiles and luxury yachts, a summer ‘passeggiata’ among pop-up stores, exhibition spaces, lounge areas and the most prestigious yachts in the Mediterranean. An exceptional showcase in which to spend a few moments of relaxation, enjoying a unique view of the sunset well into the night.Sanlorenzo was founded in 1985 in Viareggio by yacht builder Gionvanni Jannetti. In 2005, Massimo Perrotti became the majority shareholder in the shipyard. Sanlorenzo builds yachts ranging from 28.60 to 62 meters in length. Credits: Sanlorenzo
June 27, 2022
The newest 83m concept Dust was revealed by Spainished-based designer Jay Aberdoni. To create the vessel with the smooth and sleek silhouette Aberdoni was inspired by the stardust left behind by a comet. He also applied sports car aesthetics to create that notable exterior. For example, the wheelhouse features an inclined windscreen. Dust low bulwarks and large glass windows provide uninterrupted sea views. The outstanding 310 sq.m beach club with direct access to the sea, also has a fire pit, a bar, social area and place for relaxation under the sun. For active guests Dust is equipped with a garage suitable for one limousine tender, jet skis and an 8-meter tender. A glass-bottomed swimming pool aft located below the beach club. Dust can accommodate up to 16 guests across seven cabins on the main deck and owner suite on the upper deck. The interior features a neutral palette and minimalist furnishings. A spiral staircase with a curved LED screen, that connects the main deck, saloon, beach club and terrace, is located at the center of the living area. The forward-looking saloon is surrounded by sliding glass doors and provides guests direct access to the outdoor space.Credits: Jay Aberdoni
June 27, 2022