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January 2004

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Angelo Colombo


At the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2003 the historic German shipyard Lürssen presented its new 192' motor yacht "Capri", launched last August. Lürssen, named after its founder Friedrich Lürssen, started building ships and boats way back in 1875 with a very precise aim: to make its mark in the nautical world with vessels that offered the very best in terms of quality and performance.

This philosophy led to numerous designs for which the yard gained international recognition and picked up a great number of firsts: the first motor yacht, built in 1886; the first diesel engine vessel; the first remote controlled craft and the first minesweeper for the German Navy. These are just a few of the many collected by the Bremen yard over more than a century of history in which it has built both military vessels for sea rescue operations and ships for the transport of goods and passengers. Lürssen's long and valuable experience in building special-use vessels led to the development of techniques that are always in the avant-garde. A current example is the highly sophisticated machinery used for working each component of the hull and superstructure. The resulting precision of each individual piece means structures that are not subject to anomalous torsion even under very intense mechanical stress.

The design and development department works constantly to produce each single component of the ships built by the yard, always seeking new technological achievements. Lürssen has developed a very sophisticated integrated production and fitting out system, used both for military vessels and for superyachts like the "Capri". The high production standards developed over a long history (during which Lürssen has built no less than 13.000 vessels) led in 1994 to the granting of ISO 9001:2000 quality certification.

Having talked about the shipyard, albeit briefly, let's go aboard the "Capri" whose external layout and interior were designed by Glade Johnson. Johnson is an American designer with over 30 years' experience and numerous important designs to his credit, all in the world of both sail and motor superyachts. Together the yard and Glade Johnson have created a highly personal yacht, developed on five decks and with numerous avant-garde technical solutions. The works were supervised by the owner's skipper and by broker Robert Moran of Moran Yacht & Ship.


Overall length: 58.55m
Length on waterline: 49.73m
Beam 11.43m
Draft: 3.50m
Materials: steel hull and aluminium superstructure
Displacement: 1.226.000 Kg
Maximum speed: 16.1 knots - Range at 12 knots: 8.500 miles
Engines: 2 x 1.957 HP Caterpillars
Fuel tank: 150.000 litres
Water tank: 28.000 litres.

For futher information contact Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co.KG; Zum Alten Speicher 11; 28759 Bremen-Vegesack, Germany; phone +494216604166; fax +494216604170; e-mail; sito

The "Capri" is a yacht with particularly large volumes in which all the owner's requirements could be fulfilled while maintaining elegant, streamlined forms. In order to obtain warm, welcoming interiors the designer followed classic taste with modern additions. The owner's cabin on the main deck runs the whole width of the boat and has a large space for the bathroom and toilet. On the same deck there is the owner's office, with a room set aside as a library, and the VIP cabin with two double beds. Farther aft is the main saloon with a dining area for formal meals. On the same level there is also a service area that includes the galley. The deck below houses four cabins of similar size, all with double beds and plenty of room for relaxation as expressly requested by the owner. Forward on the same deck, the crew's quarters can accommodate the skipper and up to 14 hands. The garage for the tenders is at the stern, with two hydraulic hatches so the boats can be launched and hauled aboard with extreme ease. There is also plenty of space for jet skis, kayaks, bicycles and other leisure equipment for time ashore and water sports. The upper deck is mainly for relaxation and for the pleasure of sailing in a privileged position: the whole area forward is surrounded by enormous windows so the spectacle offered by the sea can be experienced under conditions of absolute comfort. On this deck there is a saloon running the whole width of the boat with numerous accessories such as 62" plasma screen, computer, entertainment room, stereo system and a special room for listening to music or for use as a private office. On the same deck there is an open air saloon aft with sofas, independent stereo system and tables that can be joined together to create a single table seating up to 16. This area is completely protected by the extension of the sundeck and can therefore be used in all weather conditions. The first upper deck also houses the bridge, a true example of modern architecture, with its array of electronic apparatus for management and control of all the on-board systems. Here we see proof of the yard's experience in the creation of integrated systems for on-board plant management, experience gained through numerous vessels created for the military sector (the many firsts mentioned above). All this makes the "Capri" a particularly modern yacht on which no corner or system is not monitored while under way, so the crew, with the skipper's supervision, can always intervene promptly. The list of on-board systems and accessories is a long one, but we shall look at just a few of those that are connected with safety. For example, many provisions have been made to protect children: there are special areas on board structured in such a way as to ensure that they come to no harm. Then there are audio/video systems in every cabin, linked to a centralised unit that permits their use as satellite TV or DVD, as control panels for listening to music or for viewing information transmitted online by the main computer. There are also another 10 plasma screens at various points on board with professional sound systems that can be used in the same way as those in the cabins. The topmost deck is the sundeck where the lifesaving gear is stored, completely integrated into the structure so as not to spoil the overall look of the yacht in any way. There is also a large Jacuzzi that can be filled with heated water from a special tank. On board the "Capri" there is an entire deck, the Tank Deck, where all the services are situated: laundry, refrigerated pantry rooms, garage for an extra tender, a 1.750 bottle capacity wine cellar with controlled temperature and humidity, plus various systems and service rooms that provide absolutely safe access to the engine room and to the systems even in adverse weather conditions. The owner of the "Capri" signed a contract with the boatyard in 2000, specifying among other things that he wanted a yacht that was completely custom built and big enough to offer him all the space he needed. Lürssen met these requirements by building a pleasure craft that is without doubt original and can accommodate the owner and his guests in maximum comfort, offering standards of safety and reliability appropriate to a vessel of this kind, designed to sail everywhere and under all conditions.