The Lurssen yacht building

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The Lurssen Yachts

The Lurssen yachtbuilding division

...from the beginning

After training as a boatbuilder, Friedrich Lürssen wants to join the boatyard of his father, Lüder Lürssen. Lüder advises his son to start a yard of his own – a single company would be insufficient to support two families. On June 27, 24-year-old Friedrich sets up a boatbuilding workshop in Aumund, near Bremen, Germany. His first vessel demonstrates his trademarks: originality and high-quality.

Friedrich Lürssen’s shipyard grows and thrives, and at one point he even begins placing orders with his father.In 1904 the Lürssen yard is expanding and now includes a site in Bremen-Vegesack. For the first time the shipyard now has direct access to the open water. Nxt in 1905 With a slimline forecastle and low water and air resistance, the successful racing speedboat "DONNERWETTER", developed by Otto ürßen, reaches a speed of nearly 35 knots with a 40-hp engine. This is a remarkable achievement for the time. Friedrich Lürssen’s only son Otto joins the firm as a partner, contributing far-reaching practical and theoretical knowledge. As a shipbuilding engineer he combines tried and trusted craftsmanship with new technical expertise, improving on past techniques.

This approach, handed down over the decades, remains to this day the essence of Lürssen’s unique quality and innovative spirit. In the Mediterranean off Monaco 1911, it wins the unofficial world championship, the Champion of the Sea. The speedboat goes on to win the Prix de la Côte d’Azur and the Grand Prix des Nations later in the same year.

The speedboat SAURER-LÜRSSEN on the photo wins the Prix de Monte Carlo, considered the unofficial world championship, in Monaco. With an average speed of 32 knots, this joint project of Lürssen and the Swiss engine manufacturer Adolf Saurer also sets an unofficial record.

The Lürssen yacht family demonstrates its ties with the element of water with their own motor yacht, measuring 17.2 meters in length. In memory of the late founder, Friedrich Lürssen, it is named Onkel and used by the family for excursions. It is also readily shown to potential customers.

In 1927 Lürssen builds the world’s fastest commuter yacht equipped with three Maybach motors that propel her to a top speed of 34 knots, Later the same year, the Lursen company builds the world’s longest and heaviest motor yacht: the 36-meter AAR IV weighs 130 metric tons.

In 1939, he sets an impressive world speed record on the lower reaches of the Weser River in a Lürssen diesel-powered speedboat. It achieves a speed of exactly 68.2 km/h.

Next, in 1971come The first major yacht project - CARINTHIA VI. To this day, the 71-meter vessel remains contemporary in styling, and she can be seen as the
precursor of today’s Lürssen yachts - Its exterior design sets new worldwide standards.

In 1977 Friedrich Lürssen joins the Lursen company. After earning a degree in business administration and experience at various jobs in international companies, he starts to work his way through all departments of the shipyard. At 90 percent capacity Lürssen shipyards operating with navy contracts, the company decides to split production in the future between naval and yacht business. From now on, the company devotes half of its production capacity to building large yachts, in the process setting up a new yachtbuilding division dedicated to this market.

Lürssen yachtbuilding division gains a long-established shipyard that goes on to specialize in building yachts of between 60 and 90 meters in length. The small boatbuilding company on the Weser river has grown into a large shipyard that builds military vessels as well as modern megayachts.Currently, the small boat building company on the Weser river has grown into a large shipyard that builds military vessels as well as modern mega yachts.