BY Nick Walton on 31 Mar 2023

Following the recent launch of the brand’s Project Luminance, German shipyard Lürssen Yachts has unveiled Project 1601, a new 90-metre displacement motoryacht.

It’s a busy time for Bremen’s Lürssen Yachts. Only days after the launch of Project Luminance, a 145-metre yacht built for Ukrainian businessman Rinat Akhmetov, the company is preparing sea trials for its newest build, the 90-metre Project 1601.

With exterior lines by Monaco’s Espen Oeino design studio and interiors by Hamburg’s Dölker & Voges, with Cornelsen & Partner acting as owner’s representative, Project 1601 presents a contemporary, bold profile, one with straight lines, angular corners, and a military-esque persona that makes it almost frigate-like in its defiance, an effect accentuated by a dove-grey exterior colour scheme. This shouldn’t come as a surprise: the German shipyard designs naval vessels in addition to its yacht projects.


The new Project 1601 vessel boasts a beam of 14.7 metres and is constructed from steel, with an aluminium superstructure and teak decking. While details are in short supply before the official launch, the vessel, which bears a striking resemblance to Skat, also produced by Lürssen Yachts in 2002, will soon enter sea trials in preparation for its delivery in the spring.

The company will also deliver the 122-metre Project Jag in 2023, with the 142-metre Project Alibaba hot on its heels.

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