by Lürssen with Espen Øino and Reymond Langton Design

The German shipyard Lürssen launched the 95-m Kismet in autumn last year for a client who already owned a yacht by the shipyard. The Owner’s previous yacht was the 68-metre winner of various international prizes that bears the same name as this stunning yacht of nearly 100 metres. As is often the case, the Owner did not just want a larger yacht, but also one that put Lürssen’s engineering and production capabilities to the test, and the yard surpassed itself with the new Kismet, a yacht with extensive technological content primarily focused on entertainment for the family and guests on board. The German shipyard once again worked with well known designers Espen Øino International, for the exterior, and Reymond Langton Design for the interiors on this project. These professionals have previously worked together on Lürssen designs such as the recent Ester III, a 66-metre yacht that can be admired at first hand at the next Monaco Yacht Show. The new Kismet, in the wake of the previous one, has already obtained international recognition in the category of motor yachts with a length overall of 75+ metres for the quality of her design, naval engineering and construction. As mentioned above, this yacht has been developed to allow her Owner to welcome guests and family in the utmost comfort. The Owner clearly loves to amaze guests with unusual, high-impact solutions such as a private observatory – facing the sun deck – for gazing at the summer sky, which can be done even while lying down, should people wish to do so. This deck also houses a swimming pool with a built-in hydromassage function, the aft side wall of which forms the skylight for the lift compartment, and all of this is connected aesthetically and perceptually by a waterfall. These are undoubtedly unusual solutions, but most importantly they are elements that make this magnificent yacht a pioneer when it comes to architectural concepts and a demonstration of the shipyard’s stunning engineering and construction capabilities.The sun deck is unmistakably dedicated to welcoming and entertaining guests, with a barbecue area aft of the section described above and a second helipad forward, in addition to the primary one aft on the main deck. What makes this deck clearly focused on relaxation and entertainment is the fact that the forward helipad can be transformed in seconds into a convenient area for golf practice, or if need be into another space for partying. Still on the subject of open air living areas, the main deck has a dining area with buffet tables around it and more importantly a very unusual furnishing element – a fireplace with a built-in waterfall. This area is surrounded by glass panels that allow the open air space to be transformed into a winter garden in seconds. Another key feature is a sculpture of a jaguar with eyes that light up, positioned on the bowsprit. In terms of the Owner’s private space, which occupies an area proportionate to the size of this yacht, notable features on the Owner’s deck include a sports room with a Jacuzzi and sun beds in the forward section. Lürssen is particularly proud of all the work it has put into the technological development of Kismet, notably including the cutting-edge stabilisation system of the platform. This system substantially reduces roll gently and continuously when the yacht is moving, ensuring that guests always enjoy maximum comfort even in demanding sea conditions. However, this is just one of the systems focused on comfort at sea even in unfavourable weather conditions, because numerous other solutions – albeit less obvious ones – have been developed to make voyages as pleasant as possible. Other technical elements that make Kismet a cutting-edge yacht are the outstanding noise and vibration reduction figures achieved by the shipyard thanks to structural adjustments and the care taken in the production of all the systems, including the high-pressure hydraulics, whose presence cannot be detected anywhere on the ship. Another aspect that cannot be ignored is the monitoring and reduction of energy consumption. This is achieved by developing systems capable of optimising the use of energy on board at all times using mechanisms that can recover any energy produced for specific functions that is no longer necessary and redirect it to other functions. One example is the recovery of heat produced by the generators to heat the water in the Jacuzzi and the swimming pool. The shipyard has stated that the Owner’s requests from the very beginning were focused on creating a yacht that would remain contemporary for a very long time, which obviously involved developing numerous cutting-edge solutions. The result, as the shipyard has told us, was achieved with a combination of numerous factors, including the excellent relationship between Espen Øino and Reymond Langton Design. The designers were asked to create an extremely balanced yacht capable of a superior level of hospitality, and to produce it working with Moran Yacht & Ship, which followed every design and commercial phase on the Owner’s behalf, as well as Captain Kyle Fultz who also carried out surveying activities. In terms of the interiors, Pascale Reymond of Reymond Langton Design told us:“The client started with a requirement for a design 50% larger than his previous vessel, hence the development of a 95-metre yacht that needed a very careful study of the layout. The goal of this study was to maintain the overall proportions at the same time as offering an aesthetic with uninterrupted lines connecting all the spaces.” With a length overall of 95 metres, there is undoubtedly space and plenty of it, but the designers had to manage each individual area very carefully to maintain the balance in terms of form that was requested in the initial phase. Another element that made the designers’ job demanding was the requirement for a “champagne and caviar” style throughout the vessel, meaning that it would be perceived as an ideal location for parties and entertaining friends, while remaining a family home. This theme had a substantial impact on the selection of materials for the upholstery and decor, where we find warm gold and honey colours and inserts in metal, marble and exquisite fabrics. One feature that makes Kismet’s compartmentation undeniably unusual is the height of the entertainment area, which is double the height of other areas on the ship due to its use of the aft section of both the main deck and the upper deck. This space is furnished in a modern interpretation of the Art Deco style, with staircases that link the two decks separated by two video walls. The ship has cinema, gym, spa and gaming spaces, and a large salon for relaxation with an adjoining dining area on the upper deck. Kismet’s interiors can also be experienced as cosy spaces with two fireplaces and a climate control system that is particularly effective no matter what the external temperature is. Inside, the yacht boasts the best the market has to offer when it comes to materials, high-level artwork and craftsmanship, giving the ship uncompromising comfort. In terms of the exterior lines, their designer Espen Øino had this to say: “The initial development of Kismet’s design began shortly after the launch of the previous Kismet [editor’s note: also built by Lürssen], with the contract signed in October 2008. The client’s brief was very clear from the beginning: the new yacht needed to be better than the previous one in every way, with a particular emphasis on corporate entertainment and chartering. This was not an easy task given the prize-winning quality of the previous Kismet. To develop the general plans, we discussed the project not only with the Owner but also with his captain and with project manager Robert Moran, who has worked with the Owner for many years.” The Owner followed the construction of the yacht through every phase from design to launch, including the development of the concept itself, where he was involved in decisions of every type. He commented: “My goal for the new Kismet was a yacht that many years from now will be both timeless and still ahead of its time. I wanted to balance awesome with welcoming. In essence I wanted to design Kismet with others – not me – in mind. Walt Disney once famously said ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’. When you experience Kismet, you know this to be true. And for that, Lürssen should be extremely proud.” Kismet is undoubtedly an astounding yacht with cutting-edge technical quality, where that means the capacity to create a complex object such as a 90+ metre yacht that expresses modernity and innovation, although without sacrificing safety and still less comfort on board to do so. She is undeniably a yacht destined to get people talking for a long time to come, and, as her Owner wished even before the design process began, equally destined to remain contemporary.


Angelo Colombo

Photos by Guillaume Plisson

Kismet technical specifications

LOA95,2 m / 312’3’’ ft
LWL75,50 m / 247’7’’ ft
Beam13,80 m / 45’3’’ ft
Draught3,75 m / 12’3’’ ft
Construction materialsteel / aluminium
Displacementabt. 2.428 t
Speed16,9 knots
Range at 12 knots6.000 nm
Main engines and generator setsME: 2 CAT 3516C, 2.000 kW at 1.600 rpm
AuxE: 1 x CAT C18, 570 kVA / 456 kW
2 x CAT C18 440 kVA / 352 kW
Emergency Genset1 x MAN 240 kVA / 192 kW
Propulsion / Steering 2 gear boxes Reintjes, 2 Piening fixed pitch propellers / Rolls Royce steering gears with 2 high lift rudders
Bow thrusterBrunvoll 300 kW FU-45_LRC-1375
Stern thrustersSP J82RB, 300 kW
Pump jetSchottel
Fuel capacity183,8 t
Fresh water capacity39,5 t
Fresh water makersHEM Duplex 48/6600, 2 x 25t/day
Sewage systemDVZ-Services
Stabilizers2 x Quantum zero speed
Air conditioningHeinen + Hopmann
ClassLR ✠ 100A1, SSC Yacht MONO G6 ✠ LMC UMS
Berths2 owner, 12 guests in 6 cabins, 27 crew in 15 cabins
Tenderone 29 ft Naiad, one 33 ft Hinckley,
3rd tender: Ski Boat YAMAHA AR192,
Rescue Tender: Fassmer
Designer exteriorEspen Oeino International
Designer interiorReymond Langton Design
Builder / YearLürssen – 2014
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