Sometimes it can be hard to determine the scale of a superyacht, especially when she is off on the horizon or in sections in build at a shipyard. In the case of this particular project underway at one of the facilities of Lürssen, however, the scale is pretty clear. Take a careful look at the bottom left of the photo. This Lürssen bow section dwarfs the person standing there.
Although the exact LOA of the megayacht is not available for publicity, some yacht watchers estimate she is upwards of 459 feet (140 meters). Some even believe she may be as large as 518 feet (158 meters). Regardless, given the apparent stage of construction, the megayacht likely will not see delivery until 2023. It may be that long before we know the stylist and/or naval architect, too.
In the meantime, this Lürssen bow section may take some by surprise, particularly if you’re accustomed to seeing full hulls first. Modular construction is a longtime practice in the commercial and military shipbuilding industries. In fact, the practice dates back decades. Lürssen has experience in both sectors, too. Generally speaking, for components that are essentially standardized, modular construction saves both costs and time.
Further noteworthy, not every megayacht at the yard is so large. This year will see Project Moon Sand handed over. She measures 182 feet (55.5 meters).