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Review: Lurssen Yachts 312' "Kismet II" Superyacht

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  1. The tender garage houses a crew gym, lower deck lounge, and a fleet of toys including a 33’ Hinckley for guest transport, a jet driven 29’ Naiad, a 33’ fishing boat., Yamaha 19’ ski boat, 3 Yamaha waverunners, 4 SEABOBS, kayaks, paddle boards, floating trampolines, and an 18’ jet powered Fassmer rescue tender in the forepeak.
  2. For this review, I walked over a mile on this boat. Or put differently, out of the 3,200 steps recorded on my pedometer, they were all spent walking the companionways and decks for the brief tour spent aboard Lurssen’s superlaunch in January 2015. I returned to the yacht a year later and recorded another mile on my walk-through including 9 flights of stairs. No wonder the crew looks so fit and trim!

    The jaguar motif is seen throughout and displayed on the walls and the light fixtures. I was glad to see that there wasn’t actual jaguar skins used although I did momentarily wonder how many animal sacrifices might have been made in one form or another. As rare as many of the fabrics may be, the jaguar is indeed an endangered species. Kismet recently cruised the Caribbean and Mr. Khan was onboard to experience transiting the Panama Canal but no reports of jaguar sightings. Although Kismet is a destination into itself, Kismet is headed to the Caribbean again then off to visit the Lurssen yard, and subsequently will no doubt revisit London where the Fulham Football Club will be honored guests aboard their owner’s beloved yacht. A masterful technological and artistic accomplishment, Kismet does Lurssen proud and raises the bar for all other teams looking to win the trophy.

    (scroll down for the 'Details' section)​

    Review by Judy Waldman
    Photos: Guillaume Plisson


    Builder/Year: Lürssen - 2014
    Designer exterior: Espen Oeino International
    Designer interior: Reymond Langton Design
    Length: 95,2 m / 312’3''
    Length in waterline: 75,50 m / 247’7’’
    Beam: 13,80 m / 45’3’’
    Draft: 3,75 m / 12’3’’
    Construction material: steel / aluminum
    Gross Tonnage: 2.928 t
    Speed: 16.9 knots
    Range at 12 knots: 6.000 nm
    Main engine: 2 CAT 3516C, 2.000 KW at 1.600 rpm
    Auxiliary Engine: 1 x CAT C18, 570 kVA / 456 kW
    Generators: 2 x CAT C18 440 kVA / 352 kW

    Emergency Genset: 1 x MAN 240 kVA / 192 kW
    Propulsion: 2 gear boxes Reintjes, 2 Piening fixed pitch propellers
    Steering: Rolls Royce steering gears with 2 high lift rudders
    Bow & Stern thrusters: Brunvoll 300 kW FU-45_LRC-1375, SP J82RB, 300 kW
    Pump jet: Schottel
    Fuel capacity: 183.8 tons
    Fresh water capacity: 39.5 tons
    Fresh water makers: HEM Duplex 48/6600
    Stabilizers: 2x Quantum zero speed
    Air conditioning: Heinen + Hopmann
    Class: LR + 100A1, SSC Yacht MONO G6 + LMC UMS
    Berths: 2 owner, 12 guests in 6 cabins, 27 crew in 15 cabins
    Tender: one 29ft Naiad, one 33ft Hinckley, one Yamaha Ski Boat 192
    Rescue Tender: Fassmer

    For more information contact:

    Lurssen Yachts
    Fr. Lurssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG
    Zum Alten Speicher 11
    28759 Bremen


    There are 3 Cat (how appropriate!) generators 2 x 352kW and 1 x 456kW, each with its own 14,000 btu air-conditioning unit. Instead of the heat from the generators being pumped overboard via seawater, the exhaust is cycled in a closed loop system to heat the onboard hot water consumers. Kismet of course has the standard hot water tanks that are electrically heated, but it is a green alternative to be able to heat the pool, Jacuzzis, and other hot water end users with the generator exhaust that would ordinarily be discharged overboard. Diesel heating the generator exhaust to 500 degrees centigrade not only negates the generator gurgle, but allows the exhaust emissions to be colorless and absent the diesel exhaust smell.
  4. In addition to the two Quantum Zero Speed stabilizers, Kismet’s balancing act is enhanced with 8 ballast tanks with a 50,000 gallon water capacity to improve her center of gravity.
  5. For the tree huggers amongst us, it is noteworthy that this mammoth ship did try to lesson its carbon pawprint. The two Heinen & Hopman HVAC stand alone systems serve the air-conditioning and heating needs of the ship and with full redundancy. The air-conditioning condensate is collected in a 5000 gallon holding tank to be recycled for use in the deckwash system. Cool way, so to speak, of utilizing discharge water. Speaking of discharge, the DVZ sewage system biologically converts the litterbox contents to almost clear water, as seen in the outbound tubes, without the use of chemicals.
  6. The mooring deck houses the fast rescue boat, cranes, additional life rafts, all things anchor gear relevant, and a viewing door port and starboard. This is a yacht where you would need binoculars if you were to lean over the bow to see what the anchor is doing.
  7. A full size linen room is easily accessed from the large area of the lower deck allocated to laundry. Dry cleaning machines, steamers, pressers, and assorted sizes of washing machines and dryers all assist the laundry specialist in keeping occupants squeaky clean.
  8. Numerous AV rooms supply the sound systems throughout the yacht including piped vibes in the engine room.
  9. Considering that in spite of dumb waiters, even the smart ones might not be able to prevent food from getting cold while traipsing from the galley to snack spot necessitating the use of convenient mini-galleys located in numerous locations. Each service pantry includes refrigerator, freezer, icemaker, micro, coffee machines, prep areas and lots of catsup.
  10. Are we there yet? Or maybe more frequently: where are we, either by lat/long or which deck? The communication ports are dispersed throughout the cabins and companionways.
  11. Kismet offers a visual and tactile experience in intriguing and mystifying ways. The collage of materials are varied yet flow together through the stream of coordinating colors. The metalwork artistry is displayed everywhere from the silver leaf dining chairs to the staircase balustrades to the ceilings and lights and even the inside of the closet doors became an artist’s canvas. The heated floor marble entry foyer has metal walls for décor that second as storage closets for table accoutrements such as placemats and candles. A bright idea.
  12. Cabin doors display a themed emblem embedded in exotic woods and are replicated in various forms inside the cabins.
  13. The main staircase has assorted leathers on the walls, handrails, and even the steps which have rounded metal vertical rises. The leather of course is sealed with a non-skid protective coating.
  14. The materials are exotic and captivating. The intertwining of the textiles is enthralling. Hand-stitching wasn’t just required for bedspreads, but wall materials, and fabrics throughout entailed thousands of hours of detailed embellishments. The assembling of the artisans created a milieu that shows they must have given from their hearts as well as their hands.
  15. The personal pampering arena amidships on the lower deck includes steam room, sauna, whirlpool, ice shower, and the previously noted hair salon and gym. The plunge pool was about the only area of this floating palace that I would give the cold shoulder.
  16. Leaving the exercising and plunging to others, I would hibernate in the feel good sanctuary with the hands-on activity while drifting away in aromatherapy and getting good vibes from chromotherapy. Om and ohm combo. Pocket doors offer privacy and sectioning off for multiple services simultaneously.
  17. The reserved seating with logos were a gift from Claus Bruns, the German company that furnished all exterior cushions and pillows.
  18. Good hang time from this flagstaff! (notice football at mast top)
  19. The thirteen foot (and four footed) stainless steel jaguar is perched on the bowsprit for home games in Jacksonville, Fl. Otherwise, the Jacksonville Jaguar and Kismet mascot hibernates in storage at Everbank Field awaiting the master’s return.
  20. And finally, we end this review with the over-the-top Chihuly style chandelier by Crystal Caviar which adorns the elevator. It best represents the myriad of materials and engineering expertise this vessel conveys.

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