Bespoke behemoth

Lürssen has successfully launched Project 13800, a one-of-a-kind, 55-metre motor yacht designed by Bannenberg and Rowell.

Photography by Klaus Jordan

07 May 2021


Her delivery is planned for summer 2021 – exactly three years after the owner signed the contract with Lürssen, confident the shipyard could meet his strong demands for a truly bespoke yacht with an unique layout.

The designer, Bannenberg and Rowell, gave Project 13800 her very distinctive lines. A fearless use of colours and textures as well as museum-quality interior furniture pieces underline the approach of tremendous attention to detail, not only in the interior spaces but also in the technical areas.

The experienced owners had a clear idea of their lifestyle requirements. Dickie Bannenberg commented, “We’re excited to see 13800 emerge from her shed.”

“The initial concept was influenced by our studies based on the classic yacht Carinthia VI, designed by Bannenberg Snr and built by Lürssen in 1973.

“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.”


Lürssen is known for manufacturing some of the world‘s largest yachts but is also actively targeting projects in the 55- to 75-metre range.

Project 13800 is a first step in reestablishing the brand as a serious proposition for yachts in that size bracket.

Peter Lürssen, managing partner, noted: “We’re very grateful for the client’s trust in us to build his dream of a bespoke 55-metre yacht. The OR-team has fantastic experience with that size of yacht and it’s been a very fruitful collaboration so far.”



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