The 55m superyacht Lürssen Moon sand, formerly known as Project 13800, arrived in London following the recent delivery of the yacht. Moon sand began sea trials in June after first hitting the water in April 2021, exactly three years after it came into service.
Designed by Bannenberg & Rowell, Moon sand is described as ‘truly bespoke’ with ‘distinctive lines’ influenced by the 1973 superyacht Lürssen Carinthia VI.
The yacht was launched in April 2021, exactly three years after it was put into service by the owner
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Known for having built the largest yachts in the world, Lürssen uses the yacht to restore the yard in the 55 to 75 meter range. Moon sand is the smallest yacht launched by the yard since 1955.
Moon sand‘S interior features an “intrepid use of colors and textures” combined with “museum quality interior furniture”.
“Every inch of indoor and outdoor space use needs to be showcased, discussed and agreed upon with the owners, and this has led to many inspiring discussions,” said Dickie Bannenberg. “We really can’t wait to see it completed over the next few months, including a spectacular interior.”
Speaking on the first episode of Lürssen’s talk show Lürssen Live, shipyard managing partner Peter Lürssen spoke about the challenges of building a smaller yacht.
“On a boat of more than 100 meters, it is a question of the enormity of the workload and of the coordination sometimes of nearly 1000 people working on a boat”, he declared. “On a boat of this size the question is more how to integrate all the systems and that has been a challenge.”
However, he added that “it is exciting to build a yacht of this size” and “we want to show potential clients, brokers, designers that we are capable of building them and that we would like to build them”.
Lürssen added: “We are very grateful for the client’s trust in us to build their dream of a bespoke 55 meter yacht.
“The owner’s representative team has a fantastic experience with this size yacht and the collaboration has been very successful so far.”