Yachts built on family bonds since 1875
One of the premier shipyards in Europe, Lürssen is a trusted name in yacht building. The brand is renowned for its new construction yachts that are as beautiful as they are powerful, functional and innovative.
‘To lead in terms of quality and performance, that should be my company’s reputation.’ This ambition of company founder Friedrich Lürssen in 1875 still characterises the philosophy of the Bremen-based shipyard today.
With three shipyards in North Germany, Lürssen has highly specialised shipyard equipment at its disposal which enables more than 1,800 employees to build, overhaul and repair ships. A central characteristic of the owner-operated shipbuilding company is its independence from any kind of outside influence. The quality of the products alone is the measure of all things.
The firm’s deep-rooted connection to shipbuilding is evident in every vessel launched by the renowned builder. All Lürssen yachts are custom built to owners’ specifications with an uncompromising dedication to quality and style. The individual wishes of the customers are the measure of all things, following the motto, ‘Lürssen Yachts are as individual as their owners’. The spectrum of the yachts, which are between 55 and 180 metres long and designed by leading ship designers, ranges from elegant, daring or poetical up to timeless, impressive or innovative.
In addition, customers also appreciate proverbial German precision work at the shipyard when their yachts – from whatever manufacturer – are repaired or modified. Here Lürssen always pursues an ambitious goal: the service life and performance capability of the overhauled yacht should match that of a new ship. While full-scale refits and conversions are carried out at their shipyards in Germany, Lürssen is also well equipped to perform technical upgrades onsite anywhere in the world.
As a family-run shipyard, Lürssen sees itself as having a special responsibility not only to its customers, but in equal measure to its employees as well. Therefore, the 1,800 people rely on traditional values, such as stability and loyalty and long-term perspectives.
‘Beyond that both the Lürssen family and the whole company see it as an obligation to reduce as far as possible the effects of the yachts on the environment. For this reason, we are constantly investing in energy technologies which have led to great progress in the area of sustainability. Hence all latest-generation ships are marked by improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions of soot, CO2 and noise,’ states Peter Lürssen.
The development of sustainable technologies and innovations in yacht building are firmly anchored in Lürssen’s DNA. In 1886, the founder Friedrich Lürssen constructed in cooperation with automaker Gottlieb Daimler, one of the first three motorboats in the world. The latest generation of Lürssen superyachts boasts improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions as well as a reduction in noise levels.
The fact that Lürssen is always at the forefront of innovations shows their recent announcement that they are building their first yacht with fuel cell technology for a pioneering and technology-driven client. The fuel cell is flanking the conventional generators and is a big step towards an emission-free Lürssen yacht. This innovative technology makes it possible to anchor emission-free for 15 days or cruise 1,000 miles at slow speed. Peter Lürssen states: ‘My grandfather built the world’s first motorboat in 1886, my dream is to be the first to build a yacht without a combustion engine.’
Today, 32 of the Top 100 yachts in the world have been built by Lürssen (12 of the Top 20). Many more yachts in the range of 75 to over 130 metres are currently under construction. The Lürssen founder’s dream to become one of the leading shipbuilders in the world is still present in the spirit of Lürssen and all the people who work there.