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Designer Brings CURB APPEAL to Luxury Yachts

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Motoryacht Enigma underway, headed to the right, with waves kicking up around the yacht

Superyacht ENIGMA, unique and gorgeous rounded windows (among MANY other incredible features)

 

As every real estate agent knows – if you can’t get prospective buyers to “love” the exterior of a house, your probably won’t convince them to take a look inside.  That initial “wow” factor, known as “Curb Appeal” is critical in enticing buyers to explore, and appreciate, the entire property, inside and out.  

 
The same principle holds true for potential charterers. That first look at the exterior styling of a yacht either piques their interest, or they continue to walk the boat show docks until something clicks.
 
Perhaps no yacht designer understands this principle better than Espen Øino.  Like Gianni Versace and luxury clothing, the name Espen Øino is synonymous with contemporary naval architecture.
 

Øino (sometimes written as Espen Oeino) has created some of the modern legends in the charter marketplace, including  Lürssen yacht charter vessels 78m yacht TV (ex-MadSummer), 70m yacht MARTHA ANN, and 60m yacht SOLEMATES.

The prolific designer began his career at the Martin Francis Design Studio, where he became project manager of the legendary Eco project, now known as the iconic ENIGMA.

In 1994, after eight years working as a consulting engineer and naval architect for Martin Francis, Espen set up his own design company: Espen Øino International (EOI). The Monaco-based studio is today one of the leading designers of large custom yachts.

Espen and his team of naval architects have a client base stretching from Asia and the Far East to the USA and Central America. Recent projects to splash down are Viareggio Superyachts vessels 62m yacht CANDYSCAPE II and 62m yacht RoMa.

Current projects from the man described as “creator of some of the world’s most famous and outstanding yachts” include several high-profile Lürssen vessels, as well as two very large yachts under construction at the Fincantieri Yard in La Spezia, Italy.

Mediterranean yacht charter fans may not know Espen’s name, but chances are the yacht that first caught their eye for its elegant lines was designed by this industry icon.

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Lurssen Motor Yacht Lady Kathryn V Set to Launch

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Lurssen motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V launch

The Lürssen shipyard is preparing to launch motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V, previously known as Project Coco. The fifth in a line of luxury Mediterranean yacht charter vessels of the same name, motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V is the successor of a 164′  Wesport.

The  first photos of the superyacht, taken this week by photographer Claus Schaefe for Boat International, show the vessel after leaving the shed – ready to launch at the shipbuilder’s Bardenfleth facility. Espen Oeino International is credited with her exterior lines, while Adam Lay Studio gets the nod for the interior.

 

Built in steel with an aluminium superstructure, Lürssen motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V is an evolution of the Linda Lou series begun in 2006. At 61 meters in overall length, she is slightly longer than her predecessors. Significant build evolutions are evident, such as her bridge deck.  There is no full-beam section to this deck, giving the yacht a sleeker, more classic appearance. Another noted difference is the addition of a crow’s nest above the sundeck, affording a panoramic view of the sea.

The Adam Lay interior features accommodations for 12 charter guests.  The master suite is situated on the main deck, with a VIP stateroom on the bridge deck, and four double cabins positioned on the lower deck.

Other yachts built by this esteemed builder and available for charter include motor yacht KISMET, motor yacht
SOLEMATES,  motor yacht TV, and motor yacht MARTHA ANN.

After he owner takes delivery this Summer, the Lürssen yacht charter vessel will be immediately available for hire in the Mediterranean,  followed by her first winter season in the sunny, tropical Caribbean.

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Yacht Charter | German Builder Holds Record for World’s Largest Yachts

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A quick look at the top ten world’s largest yachts puts to bed any doubt which shipyard can lay claim to the most superyachts on the seas. 
Of the ten largest yachts in service today, Germany’s Lürssen Yachts has built 5 of them, including 3 of the top 5.
With the recent launch of the world’s largest yacht, motor yacht AZZAM, Lürssen also lays claim to the top spot.  Lürssen Yachts launched the 180 meter yacht AZZAM in early 2013, wrestling the top spot away from the Roman Abramovich owned motor yacht ECLIPSE, a 162.50 meter Blohm & Voss GmbH vessel launched in 2010.
Aerial photo of AZZAM, the largest yacht in the world, Lurssen

Founded by Friedrich Lurssen in 1875, Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. remains a family-run yard, now in its fourth generation of private ownership.  With headquarters in Bremen-Vegesack, Lurssen Yachts is renown for building some of the world’s finest luxury yachts between 33 and 200 metres, and can also lay claim to building the world’s first motor yacht in 1886.  Lürssen operates 5 yards in northern Germany and employs more than 1000 craftsmen and 200 engineers.

The company lends its name to some of the charter industry’s largest yachts, including:
Motor yacht TV  (ex motor yacht MAD SUMMER ex GEKKE ZOMMER)
208ft yacht POLAR STAR
2009-built yacht ARKLEY
60 meter yacht SOLEMATES

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Yacht Kismet II Announced As Lurssen Yacht Charter Kismet Sold

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Moran Yacht & Ship has announced the sale of the 68 meter motor yacht KISMET, a staple in the French yacht charter marketplace. Lürssen yacht Kismet was built in 2007, and features the charter-friendly layout of Espen Oeino International.

yacht charter mediterranean lurssen yacht kismet espen oeino rent private yacht
The Mediterranean yacht charter superyacht boasts an Art Deco inspired interior by Reymond Langton Design, which includes black granite floors, mirrored ceilings, spiral staircase, and glass elevator. Talk about opulence. All baths feature Baccarat crystal and Sardinelli fixtures and fittings, and the sinks have gold leaf scrolling.
Accommodations are offered for 12 guests in 1 master stateroom, a VIP cabin, and 4 double guest cabins.
Motoryacht Kismet, will be replaced in the charter market by the new 94 meter (308 foot) Lürssen yacht Kismet II, scheduled to be available in 2014.
Other Lürssen yachts available for hire include:
Motor yacht TV (ex motor yacht Mad Summer) 
Motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V
Motor yacht MARTHA ANN
Motor yacht SOLEMATES
Motor yacht ACE
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