Superyacht Builders Making News

Lürssen, Benetti and Royal Huisman all have major projects underway in Europe.

Lurssen superyacht Kismet

The 312-foot Lurssen Kismet is reportedly extremely quiet underway with minimal vibrations.Courtesy Lurssen/Klaus Jordan

The superyacht business is booming in Europe, where three leading builders all recently announced progress on major projects.

At Lürssen, sea trials have been completed aboard the 312-foot Kismet (aka Project Global, shown in the photograph at right), which is now back at the yard for final fit-out ahead of her delivery to the owners this month. Lürssen says results were as-expected for everything tested, and main engines and zero-speed stabilizers were fine-tuned. The builder was particularly happy with the yacht's lack of vibration and noise at sea. More details are at

Over at Benetti, two contracts have been signed for yachts of at least 328 feet apiece. Both will be built at Benetti’s Leghorn facilities, where fourteen yachts over 164 feet long are currently under construction. Stay tuned for further information about the new superyacht projects at

Last but not least, Royal Huisman's Huisfit just welcomed the 231-foot Lürssen Skat to the shipyard for a seven-month refit. She's expected to receive a paint job, new teak decking, interior updates and machinery servicing from MTU. Follow the project at