Three years after experienced yacht owners decided that a seemingly unusual choice to build their custom yacht was actually the right choice, that yacht is quickly approaching delivery. Project 13800, also known as Project Moon Sand, slipped into the water at Lürssen today.
The megayacht measures 182 feet (55.5 meters), with a beam of 33’5” (10.2 meters). When the yard announced her in 2018, the yachting community reacted with surprise. Although the German shipyard has long constructed fully custom yachts, this particular LOA seemed small, compared to more recent projects. However, Peter Lürssen, managing partner of the family-run business, pointed out that Lürssen had handed over 29 yachts smaller than 295 feet (90 meters) between 2003 and 2018. Within the same span, meanwhile, it delivered 15 larger megayachts. Today, the shipyard considers Project 13800 “a first step in re-establishing the brand as a serious proposition for yachts between 55 and 75 meters,” or 180 and 246 feet, according to a statement.
Project 13800 is still different, though, with a reportedly unusual interior arrangement. Unfortunately, no information is available on what makes it unusual. Regardless, abundant entertaining, including with family, is a priority. Additionally, in collaborating with Bannenberg & Rowell, the owners chose bold uses of tones and textures. They also chose what the studio considers museum-quality furnishings.
The designers further worked with the owners for Project 13800’s styling. “The initial concept was influenced by our studies based on the classic yacht Carinthia VI,” explains Dickie Bannenberg. Carinthia VI, of course, came from the then-named Bannenberg studio and Lürssen, way back in 1973. Interestingly, Dickie Bannenberg adds that “many inspiring discussions” sprang from reviewing “every centimetre of interior and exterior space usage” with the clients.
The megayacht will see delivery by summertime.
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