Rarely does a superyacht shipyard reveal anything about one of the largest private yachts in the world seeing construction on site. Rarely, too, does it provide a look at how that yacht went from the first pieces of hull to completion. Thankfully, neither is the case with the 525-foot (160-meter) Blue. Spend the next three minutes watching how three years of work led to Lürssen building Blue.
It starts with her keel-laying ceremony in October 2019. Quickly, not only is the entire hull in place, but also the decks start to rise one by one. Specifically, they rise in a modular-construction process. Common for super-large commercial vessels, and less common in yachting, it nonetheless allows for simultaneous assembly of sections. This saves some construction time, of course, compared to doing each deck piece by piece while in place.
Continuing with pretty cool overhead visuals of the bulbous bow, the video lets you get a good sense of scale. For instance, keep an eye on the workers who gently guide one of the massive motors, suspended via crane, down through the decks. Further craftspeople standing on the edge of the still-in-build project look tiny as the final bow pieces snugs into place.
More closeups of Lürssen building Blue include guiding a propeller shaft into position, and installing some of her satcom gear. Additionally, there’s a great blink-and-you-miss-it moment when the superyacht slips out of her build shed. The tip of her radar and com arch seems to have oh-so-close clearance.
Lürssen bid goodbye to the yacht just a few weeks ago. She’s presently in the Med, for the summer. Though the yard still cannot comment on the owner’s identity, many yacht watchers believe he’s a repeat client. In fact, they believe he’s from the Middle East.