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My name is Luc Vanthoor and through Aqua Libra Yachtcharter I have been working closely with the Linssen family since 2011. Our base in the marina "De Spaanjerd" in Kinrooi is just a stone's throw away from the Linssen yard in Maasbracht. All Linssen Yachts models in our fleet are available for hire. That way you can "experience" the boat of your dreams with us and go on an extensive river trial. This is why we are unique ! Our team will be happy to advise you on all aspects of owning, maintaining and cruising a motor yacht. Welcome on board!

Together with you, we set the course!

Based on our many years of experience in just about every aspect of water sports, we can help you in all areas. Whether it is about a boating course, the practical exam for your boating licence, renting your dream yacht, the purchase, an eventual sale, the maintenance of your ship ... Together with you, we will chart the course...

Welcome aboard to the family...

People sometimes say that when you buy a Linssen, you become part of the family. These are certainly not empty words! If you follow us on facebook or other social media, you will notice that we are a big family. We have members from all over the world. So you are never alone, there is always someone around to help you. Would you like to meet our family? You can come and visit us, I will be happy to receive you.

Freedom lies in being bold.

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Linssen Yachts builds steel motor yachts from 9-16 meters (30 - 50 feet) in its 45.000 square metre shipyard in Maasbracht, Holland. From the first sketch, development, prototyping and complete production. Everything is done in-house.

In a unique series production , Linssen Yachts builds four yacht series: the versatile Grand Sturdy series, the sporting SL series, the unique Variotop® series and finally the Variodeck series. The Linssen Grand Sturdy series and the Linssen SL series are in various lengths available and you can choose between AC (with aft cabin) or Sedan (with Open Cockpit). The Variotop® series is a very unique high end series. It is the only yacht that has the Linssen Variotop®. The One Touch cabriolet system that combines outside and inside steering position in to one steering saloon.

Finally the Grand Sturdy 500 Sedan Variodeck, wich is the largest Open Cockpit yacht that Linssen builds. Full of unique features that make this yacht the ultimate traveller.

The Grand Sturdy series

No other steel displacement motor cruiser in the world can match the Linssen Grand Sturdy®. The unique combination of classic styling, high-tech performance and all-round design excellence has made her the reigning queen of the waterways.

The Linssen SL series

Passion, endurance, and refinement: the SL is the mark of a Linssen that has been developed for the most discerning enthusiasts of sporting lifestyle. SL is an acronym for Sport Luxury. As fitting with the sporting philosophy, the main character lines of the yacht have been accentuated. The exterior design is hallmarked by details that are unique to the SL series.

The Variotop series

The Linssen Variotop® series is the only motoryacht series that has the unique Linssen Variotop®. A cabrio roof, that combines an internal steering position and external steering position in one Variotop-steering saloon.

The Variodeck series

The Linssen Variodeck series is the yacht series with the Grand Sturdy 500 Sedan Variodeck. The biggest open cockpit yacht from Linssen Yachts. With 15,50 x 4,65 meters, she is the ultimate traveller to go through the European waterways.

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Linssen just introduced its new Sturdy 40.0 Sedan Intero, an upgraded version of its 40 Sedan that was named the European Power Boat of the Year in the displacement category at the Düsseldorf show three years ago.

The new Sturdy 40.0 has larger windows, a redesigned engine room, an improved helm station (with a sliding door to the port side deck), and Linssen’s “softchine prestressed” hull. Powered by the standard single 110-hp Volvo, the boat still travels at a displacement speed of 8 knots, but it also delivers a range of 500 nm.

From its yard in Maasbracht, The Netherlands, Linssen makes steel-hulled displacement yachts with recognizable silhouettes. The 40.0 is a straightforward cruiser with a low profile that is meant to cruise Europe’s coastline and interior waterways, but it would be equally at home on the Intracoastal Waterway or the Great Loop. With only 8’ 7” of air draft, it would easily slide under most bridges along the way.

The 40.0 is a two-cabin, one-head cruiser with a large, light-filled salon and an open cockpit that’s protected overhead by a long overhang from the coach roof. The wide master cabin forward has a walkaround double bed, with large hanging lockers and lots of storage. Portholes and deck hatches let in natural light and air.

The single head, with separate shower, can be accessed from the master or from the hallway. The second cabin is a bit aft with two twin beds.

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The main deck, from the cockpit to the helm, is all on one level, and sliding doors aft and a large sun roof overhead, plus the enlarged side windows, admit a lot of light and fresh air.

The cockpit has a lounge and a table; it can enclosed to become an extension of the salon. An L-shaped lounge is on the port side of the salon, next to the cockpit; the helm, with a two-person bench seat, is forward, and the fully-equipped galley is to starboard. A bow thruster is standard equipment.

In its new version, the interior of the Linssen 40 emphasizes light-colored material. The wenge sole has white caulking, and the furniture has a light cherry finish and leather upholstery.

Specs.: LOA: 42’1”; Beam: 14’1”; Draft: 3’9”; Disp.: 36,376 lbs.; Fuel: 198 gals.; Water: 116 gals.; Power: 1×110-hp Volvo D3.  See the video below and read more at:

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History of Linssen Yachts

Established by Jac. Linssen Sr., Linssen Yachts originally embarked on its shipbuilding journey as a small business in 1949 in the small Dutch town of Maasbracht, The Netherlands. What started as a humble venture operating out of a converted blacksmith shop has undergone a monumental transformation over the years to become one of the most respected names in the pleasure boating and yachting industry globally. Linssen Yachts began their celebrated journey with the construction of cruiser type steel motor yachts in the early years but quickly gained notoriety and a firm foothold in the market due to their innovative concepts and craftsmanship.

Throughout its illustrious history, Linssen Yachts has been unwaveringly committed to their founding principle of providing top-tier, first-class luxury yachts. Responsible for a portfolio of hundreds of model variants in the 7 to 15-meter category, they have consistently showcased their unique ability to masterfully blend traditional designs with cutting-edge technology. Linssen Yachts takes immense pride in its reputable 'Made in Maasbracht' label, a testament to the unrivalled quality and craftsmanship poured into every yacht produced.

Currently, Linssen Yachts still operates from their original headquarters in Maasbracht, The Netherlands, where all design, manufacturing and testing activities are carried out. Today, their keen attention to detail, passion for precision and an unwavering commitment to quality continue to remain at the heart of their processes. This pioneering spirit has allowed Linssen Yachts to consistently introduce industry-leading innovations that have shaped the luxury yachting landscape, consequently earning them the status of a trailblazer in the production of steel motor yachts. This prestigious brand shows no signs of slowing down, evident in their ceaseless evolution and relentless pursuit of excellence at sea.

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Linssen GS500 review: Inshore cruising favourite faces offshore test

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  • As a tool for refined inland progress the GS500 is an absolute gem Credit: Paul Wyeth
  • The GS500 is whisper-quiet on the move Credit: Paul Wyeth
  • The steering is wonderfully light and the wheel itself a delight to handle Credit: Paul Wyeth
  • The flush-mounted screens are very hard to read from the helm seat Credit: Paul Wyeth
  • Huge saloon windows soak the comfortable interior in natural light Credit: Paul Wyeth
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The Linssen GS500 AC Variotop makes a trip to the UK for a test outside of its inland waterway comfort zone

There is a common perception that Linssen yachts are only suitable for navigating inland waterways. That certainly is not the case with the Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop (catchy name, huh?) lying before me on a hammerhead pontoon in East Cowes Marina .

The boat made the journey over to the Isle of Wight via the North Sea and swept along the English south coast to where it sits now; catching the evening sun, light dancing off its polished stainless steel. This is hull number one of the new GS500, the flagship of the range and, though it may not look like it, an all-new design.

Most of the work has been done below the waterline; above it the boat doesn’t look radically different to the 500s that have been coming out of the Maasbracht shipyard since 1996.


The hi-lo bathing platform is fitted as standard

Every tweak to the hull shape has been done due to a borderline obsessive attitude towards refinement and efficiency. New sterngear includes free-hanging propellers and rudders and P-brackets that are integrated into the hull construction to ensure the cleanest possible water flow for improved prop efficiency and less noise and vibration.

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The engines are aligned closer to the keel again to facilitate better water flow and minimise cavitation. This forensic pursuit of refinement is crucial when designing a boat this quiet because every other noise is amplified, hence why the prop shafts are cocooned in seven layers of insulation and water-lubricated by an Aquadrive.

The engineroom is equally well insulated. The net result is church mouse decibel levels from the twin 5-cylinder Volvo Penta D3 150hp engines as we glide gently away from the pontoon and make a U-turn on the Medina. Nothing is hurried aboard a Linssen, especially not on one that weighs 30 tonnes plus fluids, a Williams 325 and cruising stores.


The GS500 is whisper-quiet on the move

I aim the bow downstream and noiselessly ease the throttles to 1,300rpm and a 6-knot trickle towards the Solent. The huge steering wheel spins effortlessly beneath my hands and the bow obeys obediently, nosing from port to starboard in a slow, controlled sweep.

The dashboard is a traditional mélange of leather and walnut punctuated by a pair of flush mounted Raymarine Hybrid Touch MFDs. They’re a stretch from the helm bench but Linssen has sensibly mounted the panel of soft keys on the flat area to the right of the wheel so that you can control both screens without having to lean forward.

It is a supremely comfortable driving position, which lends itself to the long lazy journeys that a Linssen owner must relish. You sit high, peering through a three-part windscreen over a long foredeck with excellent sight lines forward and back.

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The layout of the raised deck means the driving position is also part of the socialising space thanks to a squishy sofa to port where guests can keep the skipper and navigator company. A nifty panel slides out from beneath the helm seat so that there is a place to rest drinks without the need for a bulky fixed table.

Wind the top down

It’s unfortunate that the Solent is as placid as the rivers that feed it for this test, meaning it isn’t possible to grasp how the GS500 would handle the rolling swell of a deep sea passage or even a short chop. The fact that it got here from the Netherlands under its own steam is testament to its ability and with a fuel capacity of 2,370 litres it has the range for serious cruising.

At 5.5 knots the range is nearly 5,000 miles with a 20% reserve and even at the more realistic cruising speed of 8.3 knots it will cover just shy of 900 miles.


The steering is wonderfully light and the wheel itself a delight to handle

There’s a nagging feeling, though, that if you were caught out in really rough conditions things could get quite uncomfortable. The boat would get through it I’m sure and the stabilisers would take the edge off but shifting a boat this big and heavy out of troughs with just 300hp is going to test the skill and determination of any skipper.

As we enter the Beaulieu River we peel back the Variotop roof to allow natural light and a cooling breeze to fill the main deck. Developed and engineered by Linssen, this roof is one of the GS500’s finest features, transforming the beautifully insulated wheelhouse into an open-air mezzanine where you can absorb your surroundings in glorious exposure to the elements. The mechanism is a work of art, pulling the canvas as tight as a drum to ensure the roof is totally weatherproof when closed.

Passing Gins Farm on the lower reaches of Beaulieu River with the roof open it’s hard to think of a finer way to travel in this environment. The oh-so comfortable helm bench has a trick up its sleeve too: at the push of a button it doesn’t just raise up but ascends high enough for you to sit almost completely clear of the windscreen – it’s quite something.


The flush-mounted screens are very hard to read from the helm seat

We reach the slipway at Buckler’s Hard and perform another U-turn. The engines aren’t enormous but there is good bite from the propellers which, when combined with the 7.5kW bow and stern thrusters (so powerful they need to be run off the generator), you can make the boat pirouette with minimal effort.

Moving around the GS500 is more akin to navigating a building than a boat because everything is so substantial and heavy duty. The teak-lined decks are a dream to negotiate and wide enough for two people to pass each other safely. There is a lack of dedicated fender storage, though, something you really notice when the fenders are this big.

Below, the feeling of solidity remains as does the building analogy with standard fit central heating, including radiators and towel rails in the bathrooms, double glazing and a galley equipped to domestic levels, aside from a full-height fridge/freezer.


Huge saloon windows soak the comfortable interior in natural light

If part of what you use a boat for is as a floating apartment then the big Linssen is ideal thanks to its bright, single-level living space that incorporates the galley, dinette and a more relaxed lounging space aft, opposite the must-have coffee machine.

The point is, though, even if you are on the move you can use this area of the boat. At speed on a planing boat the last place you want to be is below decks, but here, with the excellent view and sedate progress, you’d be as happy sitting down here with a book and a drink as you would be in the aft cockpit.

Some customisation of the interior is possible but there are boundaries. Linssen offers 35 different décor combinations, including six different colour palettes and seven interior trim packages, so there should be an option to suit most tastes.

Home comforts

The accommodation layout has been drawing people to Linssens for decades and they have not attempted to fix what isn’t broken. On the GS500, guests are split between a comfortable ensuite VIP double and a slightly more basic twin cabin on the port side, while at the other end of the boat is the full-beam master suite accessed via a dedicated corridor flanked by storage.


The master cabin features a huge island double bed

It has a huge 2m x 1.8m island berth, a dressing table, breakfast dinette and ensuite bathroom and with so much distance between it and the guest cabins, the owner will never be disturbed by those at the other end of the boat moving around during the night.

This is a boat built with liveaboards in mind and that has a positive influence on everything from the amount of interior storage to the superb modular engineroom layout. A powered hatch in the saloon lifts up to reveal a spotless machinery space with the hilariously petite D3s mounted with acres of space around them.

Everything is accessible and easy to inspect or replace. The systems are grouped into individual modules so everything from the climate control module (heating and air-con) to the fuel module (tanks and filters) is easy to find and in the same locale.


Our test boat was fitted with twin 150hp Volvo Penta D3s

The installation throughout is exemplary and a particularly useful touch is an option that automatically closes certain seacocks when the engines are switched off so important ones aren’t accidentally left open when the boat is unattended for long periods.

Our verdict

The GS500 starts at over €1.1 million even before you add tax, but this standard of engineering and built-in redundancy comes at a price. Some big-ticket items are fitted as standard, too, like teak decking, central heating and the double-glazed windows. Really, all that needs adding are the thrusters, navigation equipment, stabilisers and potentially a hydraulic bathing platform and/or passerelle.

Even in our reasonably short jaunt across the Solent it is evident that the Grand Sturdy 500 is a marvellous boat to live with. Yes it lacks useable outdoor space and the dowdy looks and rope necklace don’t set the heart racing, but it is steeped in charm and simply a lovely thing to spend time on.


As a tool for refined inland progress the GS500 is an absolute gem

To get the best from this boat you need to have time on your hands, it isn’t for those that can only use it at weekends as you aren’t going to get that far unless you cruise overnight. It’s designed to be used for weeks on end at a leisurely place where you can revel in its home-from-home comfort and waft quietly between destinations, forgetting the pressures of time restrictions and weather windows.

Our test may not have shattered the common theory that Linssens are best suited to inland work but whispering off down the Medina, with another jaunt across the North Sea and Holland in its sights, the Grand Sturdy 500’s offshore capability clearly passes muster.



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Linssen Factory Experience

The Linssen boatyard complex of over 45,000 m2 in area. Spread over two locations (Maasbracht and Echt), all production is in-house. This is a particularly impressive process, which cannot be properly explained on paper. You really have to see it to appreciate it. If you are interested in a Linssen yacht and are visiting the boatyard, one of our staff will be pleased to show you our production line. You will be amazed by the huge variety of yachts and the possible interior versions. Linssen Yachts has approximately 30-35 yachts in production at any given time.

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Product development

It starts with the design stage in which the designer is not just looking at the aesthetics but from the outset is considering the construction aspect and what is technically feasible and what is not. Next follows the engineering in which construction, technology and design are coordinated by means of advanced 3D CAD/CAM computer programs. Retaining, further developing and perfecting tried and tested technologies. Selecting, testing and integrating new technologies. Two basic principles which are the thread that runs through our company policy. At Linssen Yachts, product development is based on long-term strategies and clear objectives. So it’s hardly surprising that over the years, Linssen has set significant trends time and again. Linssen Yachts in Maasbracht has a motivated team of qualified experts working at their drawing boards and computer screens. Their combined knowledge of all aspects of the complex trade of yacht building and water sports is a driving factor behind the success of the Linssen brand. The result: Innovative yachts from which skippers often derive decades of pleasure.

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Linssen Steel Assembly. Top quality starts with the basics.

When we talk about quality, hull construction is also a determining factor. Over the years Linssen has accumulated a lot of know-how in this area. At Linssen Yachts hull construction is therefore a highly professional process. It starts with the design stage in which the designer is not just looking at the aesthetics but is considering from the outset the construction aspect and what is and what is not technically feasible. The engineering then follows in which construction, technology and design are coordinated by means of special computer programs. All the details are fully worked out digitally before the data is sent to the hull construction department. There, all the components are cut out with great precision by CNC laser cutters and coded.

Shot blasting

Once the steel hull has been constructed it should be completely blast cleaned. This is the only correct method for blasting all the critical points -- for example, weld seams, grinding seams, angles, indentations and edges – and ultimately obtaining a completely clean, grease-free and fresh hull!

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The Linssen spray booths have been positioned so that freshly blast cleaned hulls can be transported under cover to the spray booth. One spectacular detail of Linssen Yachts‘ new preservation halls is the underfloor heating system. An unimaginably long heating circuit has been laid involving a total of almost 3 km of heating lines in a mirror-smooth concrete floor 20 cm thick! The secret behind the Linssen Yachts application has always been the fact that throughout the entire coating process, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the hulls are kept warmer than the ambient air to prevent condensation from forming. Whenever coats of paint are applied to a hull which is colder than the ambient air the inevitable formation of condensation is likely to cause problems.

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Our interior construction department has been based in Echt, only a few kilometres from the boatyard in Maasbracht. There, a complete interior is produced for each individual yacht. Thanks to a sophisticated process, the various interior and exterior parts ‘run’ through the new halls and are finally transported to Maasbracht as ready-made modules.

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The unique yacht of your dreams built in series!

LOGICAM® is a flow production system in which the yachts currently under construction – after the steel assembly and preservation stages – progress through the production hall to the next phase of construction in cycles lasting a certain number of days. To put it simply, the discipline doesn’t go to the boat, the boat goes to the discipline. LOGICAM® is a groundbreaking Linssen innovation, which not only relates to the efficient construction process but also definitely produces consistent product quality and a high standard of finish. Any optional components chosen by the owner are not improvised on the spot but are integrated into the basic design at the development stage. With this system, Linssen Yachts has developed production technology which is unique in the yacht building industry.

Engine room / Modules

Convenience and transparency are of great importance in terms of the installation of the technical equipment in the engine room. And we’re not just talking about the engine. This is where many components, pumps and installations do their work inconspicuously but reliably to ensure that each instrument, each electrical wall socket, each tap and each heating unit can operate faultlessly in each compartment. Here too, modular construction forms the basis of the overall concept. The easy-to-understand structure of all the systems makes maintenance a simple and efficient process. This not only makes it possible for service engineers to work in accordance with standard procedures, it also means that the owner doesn't have to be a fully qualified engineer to carry out simple routine checks. The FIS® (Floor Integrated System®) is a revolutionary Linssen innovation which ensures that the – prefabricated – cable trees and pipes can be installed and maintained safely and conveniently while remaining easily accessible. 

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Installing the interiors

Having arrived from the interior module factory, the interior modules are installed on the Logicam production lines. The first step is to lay the floors and fit the walls. The forward cabin, including toilet and shower and (in the case of 40 ft yachts and above) the guest cabin, are then installed. The next step in the production process is to install the aft cabin with toilet and (where fitted) shower (or the open cockpit) and this is finally followed by the centre section - the saloon, pantry and dinette.

All the cabling, pipes and drains that run under the floors through the FIS system emerge 'through' the floors, walls and ceilings in the right place to the outside to be actually connected up at a later stage in the finishing process. The last step is to give the complete interior several coats of lacquer, to provide the cherrywood with optimum protection.

The finishing process

The interior is now complete and the finishing phase begins. Most of the technical systems, i.e. equipment including the heating system, batteries, fuses, instruments, etc., are housed in the engine room, but some are also installed under the floors and behind the walls. Connecting all these components wherever they are in the boat is part of the finishing process. They include the drain from the toilet and shower, the water supply for the pantry, electricity to all the power sockets and lighting system and much more besides. The helmsman's position is also fitted out at this point. The cable harness with the labelled wiring for all the instruments is ready to be installed. All the navigation instruments, displays, switches, meters and handles are connected up.

The windows, having been made to exact dimensions outside the yacht, are mounted in the rebates. After being thoroughly inspected at the last workstation, the yacht is reported to be complete and is transported outside for the launch.

Commissioning, final check and test sailing

Our Travellift lowers your new Linssen into the water, after which the official commissioning process takes place. The engine or engines are adjusted and calibrated; the navigation equipment, depth gauge, GPS, etc. are adjusted and all the technical components are checked during a test sailing.

Your yacht is given a final thorough check before you come on board. The yacht is inspected in minute detail and everything is tested again. It is then thoroughly washed on the outside and the interior thoroughly cleaned and your dream yacht is ready to be handed over.

This handover of a new or pre-owned Linssen yacht always takes a full day, so that every detail can be explained, every question answered and every test completed – you can rely on us for that! We’ll never just thrust the keys of your new yacht into your hand without providing you with comprehensive information!

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Friedrich Lürßen

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4th generation

Friedrich & Peter Lürßen

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2nd generation

Otto & Frieda Lürßen

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1st Generation

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Friedrich Lürßen founds the company

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.

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Reputation in racing rowboats

Lürssen initially only builds racing rowboats for Bremen oarsmen, but orders are increasingly coming in from all over Germany. The word spreads that Lürssen boats are not only beautifully designed, but also outstanding in precise workmanship and quality – and thanks to their lightweight construction, they are very fast and place well in regattas.

World’s first motorboat – a Lürssen

Lürssen builds the world’s first motorboat. The 6-meter REMS is commissioned by the inventor and engine manufacturer Gottlieb Daimler, who needs a boat to put his new engine through its paces. Friedrich Lürßen, always open to new ideas, designs and builds it without delay. The Daimler engine that powers it has a displacement of 0.462 litres, weighs 60 kilograms, and has an output 1.5 hp at 700 rpm.

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Lürssen expands to the shoreline

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.

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DONNERWETTER – remarkably fast

With a slimline forecastle and low water and air resistance, the successful racing speedboat DONNERWETTER, developed by Otto Lürßen, reaches a speed of nearly 35 knots with a 40-hp engine. This is a remarkable achievement for the time.

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2nd Generation

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Otto Lürßen

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Frieda Lürßen

Otto Lürßen becomes a partner

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 methods. This approach, handed down over the decades, remains to this day the essence of Lürssen’s unique quality and innovative spirit.

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Lürssen-Daimler world champion

The LÜRSSEN-DAIMLER with a 102-hp engine is the sensation of the racing season. In the Mediterranean near Monaco, she 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. A further speedboat, the SAURER-LÜRSSEN, a joint project with Swiss engine manufacturer Adolf Saurer, sets another unofficial world record in the Prix de Monte Carlo with an average speed of 32 knots.

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50th anniversary and 10,000th ship

Two milestones in one year: Lürssen builds its 10,000th vessel, a 14-meter wooden motor yacht, a sister ship of the ONKEL FIDI II. In addition, the company celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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OHEKA II with MAYBACH engines sets a world record

Lürssen sets another new standard. With OHEKA II, equipped with three Maybach engines that propel her to a top speed of 34 knots, Lürssen builds the world’s fastest commuter yacht. Later the same year, the company builds the world’s longest motor yacht: the 36-meter AAR IV.

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Frieda Lürßen takes charge

The abrupt death of 52-year-old Otto Lürßen, who directed the company in a spirit of open-mindedness and passion for innovation, is a bitter loss for the shipyard and the entire industry. His wife, Frieda Lürßen, the strong-willed daughter of a captain of a large cruise ship, fills the gap and takes over at the helm of the Lürssen yard.

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Gert Lürßen joins the company

The third generation takes on more responsibility at Lürssen: Gert Lürßen comes on board – bringing along the passion for motorboats he inherited from his father. In 1939, he sets an impressive world speed record on the lower reaches of the Weser River in a Lürssen diesel-powered speedboat, achieving a speed of exactly 68.2 km/h.

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3rd Generation

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Gert Lürßen

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Fritz-Otto Lürßen

New beginning: Gert and Fritz-Otto Lürßen

Business is difficult in the wake of the war. Everyone has to start from scratch and the Lürssen shipyard is no exception. During this time of change, the brothers Gert and Fritz-Otto Lürßen agree on the division of shares in company, which they hold from then on jointly with their mother Frieda Lürßen.

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Third generation takes the helm

Frieda Lürßen, who has led the company with greater perseverance and technical expertise, hands over responsibility for the firm to her sons Gert and Fritz-Otto. That same year the 55-meter yacht PEGASUS II is delivered, like her predecessor, to a London shipowner.

CARINTHIA VI redefines yacht design

Her exterior design sets new worldwide standards: the yacht CARINTHIA VI is designed by Jon Bannenberg – his first major yacht project. To this day, the 71-meter vessel remains contemporary in styling, and she can be seen as the precursor of today’s Lürssen yachts.

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Lürssen celebrates a century in business. Highlights include an exhibition illustrating the company’s varied history. Friedrich and Peter Lürßen, sons of owners Gert and Fritz-Otto Lürßen, receive their first shares in the firm.

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4th Generation

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Peter Lürßen

Friedrich Lürßen joins the company

At the age of 27, Friedrich Lürßen joins the 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. He soon assumes a senior position.

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All production shifts to Lemwerder

A company on the move: in the winter of 1985/86, the last production facilities in Bremen Vegesack are torn down. The transfer of shipbuilding work to Lemwerder, which has been increasing since 1980, is completed.

Peter Lürßen joins the company

After studying shipbuilding and industrial engineering in Germany and business administration in the United States as well as gathering considerable professional experience, Peter Lürßen comes on board. In previous positions, he had spent a year as a construction inspector at different Japanese shipyards, and already familiarized himself with various Lürssen departments.

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New shipyard acquired

With the takeover of the Kröger Werft, with docks on the Kiel Canal near Rendsburg, Lürssen gains a long-established shipyard that goes on to specialize in building yachts of between 60 and 110 meters in length. Yacht refits and conversions are also undertaken at this location.

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New yacht division established

With Lürssen shipyards operating at 90 percent capacity with navy contracts, the company decides to split production 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.

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Limitless pushes the limits

The 97-meter megayacht LIMITLESS, designed by the highly regarded designer Jon Bannenberg, is handed over to her owner.

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Jubilee: 125 years since founding

One-and-a-quarter centuries after its founding by Friedrich Lürßen, the company celebrates an important anniversary. The small boatbuilding company on the Weser River has grown into a large shipyard that builds military vessels as well as modern megayachts.

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Acquisition of Neue Jadewerft

Lürssen purchases the Neue Jadewerft shipyard in Wilhelmshaven on the German North Sea coast. It is specialized in naval vessels and also in maintenance, repair and conversion work on ships up to 150 meters in length.

Norderwerft shipyard acquired

The Norderwerft shipyard in Hamburg becomes part of the Lürssen Group in October 2012. Its main business is repair and maintenance of commercial shipping vessels as well as ship maintenance for the German Navy.

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Acquisition of Peene Werft

In May 2013, Lürssen purchases Peene Werft shipyard in Wolgast, Germany. The facility provides newbuild and repair services for naval vessels as well as yachtbuilding.

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The longest yacht in the world

Lürssen delivers the world’s longest yacht, AZZAM, at 180.65 meters. She not only sets a record for length and speed exceeding 30 knots, but also for her building time of less than three years.

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The biggest yacht in the world

DILBAR, the largest motor yacht the ever in terms of gross tonnage, leaves Lürssen shipyards. At 156 meters and loaded with highly sophisticated technology, she is one of the most complex and challenging yachts ever built. The 15,917-ton vessel features luxury entertainment and recreation spaces never before seen on a yacht. The impressive project was completed in just 52 months.

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The Hamburg shipyard Blohm+Voss becomes part of the Lürssen Group in 2016. Capacities will be expanded as a result. The yacht refit activities are concentrated at the Hamburg site.

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