The 60m (197ft) Linda Lou was delivered to her American owners by Lürssen Yachts in September 2006. Originally, Linda Lou was to be a 50m semi-displacement yacht with a very low draught and suited for coastal waters. But when the owner saw Capri at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in 2003, he opted for the larger Lürssen.
Espen Oeino drew a new design, starting with the dimensions of Capri but eliminating the walk-around on the bridge deck for more interior space and adding an adequate bathing platform. Then Francois Zuretti was asked to create a more classic design for the interior.
Linda Lou is built in full accordance with the rules of Lloyds Register and the MCA code of practice. The owners’ representative Ingo Pfotenhauer assembled a team that initiated and supervised the project and who collectively enhanced the design and finish.
The main deck offers a large hallway with an impressive staircase and which separates the owners’ area from the main salon. The main salon aft is flushed with natural light due to the large windows. The room itself features a lot of curves; corners are always round and even parts of the ceiling mirror the shape of major furniture items.
A extravagant backlit bar in marble separates the salon from the dining area. To give the owners and guests the best possible service, galley and pantry are located on the same deck on the port side adjacent to the dining area.
Going forward from the hallway, a corridor, which hosts a very special wine cabinet, leads into the owners’ private accommodation. Before entering the owners’ suite there is a separate owners’ study which leads into the full beam owners’ suite consisting of a sleeping and a lounging area. For late night TV viewing, a plasma screen is hidden behind a mirror. A sitting area with a second plasma screen completes the suite.
The master suite offers separate his and hers bathrooms and dressing rooms. Extensive use of marble provides a very luxurious feeling in this special area.
To create warm and comfortable spaces, the design blends elegant classical details with contemporary elements. Francois Zuretti has used rare veneers such as madrona on the main deck and lace wood on the upper deck. They are mainly high gloss but also matt varnished, accented with detailed wood inlays.
The upper salon offers the guests a bar as well as different seating areas. The aft part can be transformed into a dancing area. Like in the main salon, there is hardly a straight line anywhere and the aft sliding glass doors bulge outwards in a complete semicircle. The aft deck outside offers another seating area. A particular feature here is that this saloon is “Full Beam” and features spectacular large windows.
Forward on the upper deck one finds the generous fully integrated bridge equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Nine large vertical windows arranged in a semi-circle form the shape of the wheelhouse and allow for optimal visibility. A large elevated sofa offers a viewing position for guests.
The roomy captain’s cabin is adjacent to the bridge. A gymnasium with enclosed bath is between the salon and captains cabin and can be transformed into a further guest cabin if needed.
The inside area of the top deck has an observation lounge, a bar as well as a spacious internal dining area. Some of the windows on the side of this salon can be opened, as can the aft sliding doors which recede fully into the structure.
The very large sundeck aft has multiple uses. It can be used for dining and entertaining, but can also handle a helicopter if needed.
Forward of the observation lounge, the top deck provides for a wind-protected area with a Jacuzzi and a sunbathing area.
Four equally sized spacious guest cabins are located on the lower deck. Each cabin is designed and decorated individually and has extra large vertical portholes. Much space has been given to these cabins to create comfortable areas for relaxation.
Powered by two Caterpillar engines of 1,440 kW each, she reaches a top speed of 15,5 knots and has a range of 5.000 nm. Advanced sound and vibration features guarantee an extremely quiet running yacht.
From the engine room, a watertight door gives access to the huge tender garage which has large lift-up doors on either side. One tender on each side as well as a large selection of sports equipment are stowed here.
As is normal on a yacht of this size, the crew has a separate stair case. Forward on the lower deck, there is accommodation for 15 crew members. The very large crew mess is on the bottom deck with an equally large and fully-equipped laundry, as well as extensive storage, including walk-in freezers, cool room and dry storage.
Specifications of MY Linda LouLenght overall: 60.00m (196.10ft) Lenght waterline: 51.77m (169.9ft) Beam: 11.47m (37.6ft) Draught: 3.50m (11.6ft) Shipyard: Lürssen Yachts Year: 2006 Exterior designer: Espen Oeino Interior designer: Francois Zuretti Construction: Steel hull and aluminium superstructure Displacement: 1.070 t Main engines: 2 x 1957 HP / 1440 kW Caterpillar 3512 B Propellers: Schaffran, 2 x fixed pitch propeller, 5 blades Speed: 15,5 knots max Range: 5.000 nm at 12 knots Generator sets: 2 x Caterpillar C18, each 350 kVa (301 kW)
1 x Caterpillar C9, 220 kVa (189 kW) Emergency Generator: 1 x Caterpillar 3056 DIT, 105 kVA Gear-boxes: Reintjes, WAF 742, Reduction: 3.925:1 Steering gears: Rolls-Royce, 2 x SR562 electro hydraulic Bow thruster: Jastram, 40 F BU 3038 - 200 kW Fuel capicity: 150.000 l Water capicity 28.000 l Water-makers HEM 30/3200 duplex, 2 x 12.000 l/day Stabilizers: Quantum 1800-P1, 2 fins, zero speed Air conditioning: Christoffers: single ducted system Class: Lloyd's LR +100A1, SSC Yacht Mono +G6, LMC, UMS / MCA Berths: Owner & Guests: 6 cabins for 12
Crew: 8 cabins for 15 Tender: 2 x Novurania 660 DL