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55m Lürssen superyacht Project 13800 set for Monaco Yacht Show debut

19 July 2021By Miranda Blazeby

The 55m Lürssen superyacht  Project 13800 is set to make its world debut at the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show following delivery this summer. 

It comes after the yacht began sea trials in June after hitting the water for the first time on April 29 this year, exactly three years after it was commissioned by the owner. 

Speaking about the announcement, sales director Michael Breman said: "We are hopeful that the revamped show concept of the Monaco Yacht Show will be a success and that we will have the opportunity to engage with many new build customers.”

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Designed by Bannenberg & Rowell, Project 13800 is described as “truly bespoke”, with “distinctive lines”  influenced by the 1973 Lürssen superyacht Carinthia VI, also designed by Bannenberg & Rowell.

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The interior meanwhile features a “fearless use of colours and textures” combined with “museum-quality interior furniture pieces”.

“Every centimetre of interior and exterior space usage has to be presented, discussed and agreed with the owners, and this has led to many inspiring discussions," said Dickie Bannenberg. "We really look forward to seeing her completed over the coming months, including a spectacular interior.”

Image courtesy of Klaus Jordan. Top image: Superyachtblog/Steffen Mayer

Known for building the largest yachts in the world, Lürssen is using the yacht to re-establish the yard in the 55-75 metre size bracket.

Speaking during the first episode of Lürssen's talkshow Lürssen Live, shipyard managing partner Peter Lürssen spoke about the challenges of building a smaller yacht.

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"On a 100 metre+ boat, it’s a question of the enormity of the workload and coordinating sometimes close to 1000 people working on a boat," he said. "On a boat of this size, the question is more of how to squeeze all of the systems in and that has been a challenge."

A rendering of the finished project

However he added that "it's exciting to build a yacht of this size" and "we want to show prospective clients, brokers, designers that we are able to build these and that we would like to build these."

Lürssen added: “We are very grateful for the client’s trust in us to build his dream of a bespoke 55-metre yacht.

“The owner’s representative team has fantastic experience with that size of yacht and it has been a very fruitful collaboration so far.”