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55m Lürssen superyacht Project 13800 hits the water

30 April 2021By Miranda Blazeby

German yard Lürssen has launched the 55m custom superyacht Project 13800 designed by Bannenberg & Rowell.

The yacht hit the water for the first time on April 29 and is due for delivery this summer, exactly three years after the yacht was commissioned by the owner.

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Described as “truly bespoke”, the yacht features “distinctive lines”  influenced by the 1973 Lürssen superyacht Carinthia VI, which was also designed by Bannenberg & Rowell.

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

“We are excited to see 13800 emerge from her shed,” said Dickie Bannenberg. “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. We really look forward to seeing her completed over the coming months, including a spectacular interior.”

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.”