Video: 123m Lürssen superyacht Al Lusail delivered
by Chris Jefferies
The 123 metre Lürssen superyacht Al Lusail has been delivered to her owner in Norway. AIS data and social media posts show that she is currently moored in Kristiansand, a popular stop-off for superyacht handovers.
This highly secretive project features in-house naval architecture and exterior styling by British studio H2 Yacht Design. The flowing lines blur the boundaries between the upper four decks and create a dynamic look.
Very little is known about Al Lusail’s March & White interiors or engine set-up, but it is understood that the project was built to Lloyd’s Registry standards with a 23 metre beam, while the full-displacement steel hull supports an aluminium superstructure and teak decks.
This is H2’s first design for Lürssen and the studio’s third superyacht design over 100 metres in the past three years. Previous H2 projects on this scale include Kleven explorer yacht Ulysses and the 125 metre Maryah. The studio’s creative director Jonny Horsfield recently revealed his top 5 rules for superyacht design.
"We wanted to question the whole idea that a hull could not be styled or touched as it was a functional item and that we could cut into it in an outrageous manner," Horsfield explained. "The whole point of these designs with central balconies is to open up the centre of the yacht to avoid that long dead corridor effect."
It is not known where Al Lusail will head next, but wherever she cruises she is sure to make a big impression — her length makes her one of the top 25 largest superyachts in the world today.
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the German yard include an unnamed 146 metre superyacht and the 139 metre Project Redwood, which is due to launch in 2019.