After training as a boat builder in 1875, Friedrich Lürssen started a boat-building workshop near Bremen, Germany, constructing row boats for oarsmen. With originality and high quality, the yard thrives and even takes orders from his father’s shipyard. Thanks to them being lightweight and fast, the yard developed a solid reputation all over Germany. By 1886, Lürssen built the world’s first motor boat, the 6m REMS, which was commissioned by the inventor and manufacturer Gottlieb Daimler who needed a boat for his engine.
In 1904, the yard moved to Bremen and for the first time had direct access to the water. By 1907, Friedrich’s son Otto joined the company as a partner and engineer and the yard was able to greatly improve upon its methods of building. In 1911, the yard had built a 102hp racing boat (the Lürssen Daimler) that went on to win the Prix de la Cote d’Azur and the Grand Prix Des Nations later in that same year. The yard had also created an additional speedboat that year, the Saurer-Lurssen, that set an unofficial world record in the Prix de Monte Carlo with an average speed of 32 knots.
By 1927, the yard set a new standard with OHEKA II that was reached a top speed of 34 knots and was equipped with three Maybach engines – she was the world’s fastest commuter yacht; later that year, the yard constructed the world’s largest motor yacht at the time with the 36m AAR IV.
The sudden death of Otto was a shock to the shipyard and family, which led to his wife, Frieda, leading the yard in his absence. By 1938, the 3rd generation of Lürssen joined the company when Gert and Fritz Lurssen came aboard. During the war, things became difficult for the yard, and the two brothers agreed on dividing the shares of the company. They persevered and by 1962, the two sons took the helm from their mother. That same year, they launched the 55m PEGASUS II to a London shipowner. In 1970, Jon Bannenberg designed CARINTHIA IV – his first major yacht project, and to this day, the 71m yacht is still considered a contemporary design. In 1975, the yard celebrated its 100th anniversary. The family continued to grow and eventually, both Friedrich and Peter Lurssen joined the company, and in 1985, all the work shifted over to Lemwerder. Two years later, the yard acquired the Kroger Werft shipyard with docks on the Kiel Canal; the yard began to specialize in building yachts up to 110 meters, and refits as well as yacht conversions began to take place there as well.
The yard continued to push the envelope with large custom builds, when they launched the 97 meter LIMITLESS in 1997 and three years later, the yard celebrated its jubilee anniversary of 125 years. Four years later, the yard expanded yet again with the purchase of the Neue Jadewerft shipyard in Wilhelmshaven on the German North Sea coast, which specialized in naval vessels and maintenance, repair and conversion work on vessels up to 150 meters in length. In 2012, the yard grew again with the purchase of the Norderwerft shipyard in Hamburg where the main source of work lies in commercial shipbuilding and maintenance for the German Navy. A year later, the yard expanded again with the purchase of Peene Werft, where they provide new build construction as well as repair services.
By 2015, the yard had launched the largest yacht in the world, AZZAM, at 180.65 meters. She broke several records for length and speed, at 30 knots+, and her build time, which was less than three years. The following year, the renowned shipyard set yet another record with the launch of DILBAR – the largest yacht in the world by gross tonnage. The company continues to push boundaries today and is known as one of the most reputable and notable shipyards in the world.
Today, Lürssen Yachts is one of the most globally recognized builders of custom luxury superyachts, mega yachts, naval ships, and other unique vessels. For over 125 years, the 4th generation family-run manufacturer has built some of the most famous yachts in the world, including Paul Allen’s Octopus, David Geffen’s Rising Sun, and Azzam, the largest private yacht in the world at 180 meters in length.
Based in Germany, Lürssen has designed and constructed thousands of ships, boats, and large yachts. Lürssen has a staff of over 100 engineers and naval architects that allow the shipyard to offer three types of services: 1) construction of naval vessels and unique vessels such as patrol boats; 2) construction of custom superyachts and mega yachts starting from 40 meters in length to over 150 meters; 3) yacht repair, maintenance, yacht management, yacht crew training, and other related logistical services.
Lürssen’s reputation of detailed craftsmanship has positioned its vessels as one of the most sought-after yachts for sale and charter on the market. Find Lürssen yachts for sale on the World’s Most Trusted MLS for Yachts and Boats for Sale.