Abeking & Rasmussen (A&R)
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Abeking & Rasmussen (A&R)

Abeking & Rasmussen (A&R)

Abeking & Rasmussen (A&R) is a multifaceted shipyard that is still a family business and consistently invests in cutting-edge technology to improve performance and sustainability.

Each yacht that leaves the yard is designed to represent the owner's style and philosophy while being functional and dependable without sacrificing aesthetics. Owners may realize their yachting ambitions thanks to this unrivaled level of customization.

Since 2010, Abeking & Rasmussen has delivered 11 superyachts, making it Germany's second-busiest shipyard.

Technical Innovation

Abeking & Rasmussen established a reputation for technical innovation, pioneering lighter materials for hull construction and developing better sound-damping systems. The yachting division flourished under Rasmussen's grandson, Hermann Schaedla, who ran the yard for five decades, beginning in 1959. The yard produced a total of 99 Concordia sailing boats.

A&R has simultaneously masqueraded as the most experienced German shipyard in the military sector for more than 90 years, having built more than 360 units as a partner of many global militaries building mine-resistant naval ships and patrol boats up to 80 meters in length, auxiliary vessels, and submarine components.

Deep Vee hulls

A&R was one of the first companies to create cutting-edge Deep Vee hulls for seaworthy patrol boats. The wide variety of designs for navies and coastguard boats can reach speeds of more than 40 knots. Initially designed for the Turkish and Saudi Arabian coast guards, the Deep Vee hull is regarded standard for most fast patrol boats. The German Coastguard has received a set of three 66m patrol boats from A&R. (Bundesgrenzschutz).


Due to its unique seakeeping and maneuvering capabilities in rough seas. SWATH vessels may be utilized for various missions, including offshore, Coastguard, research, and surveillance.

It is a twin-hull ship concept with a hull cross-section area at the sea's surface as small as possible. Even in heavy seas and at high speeds, minimizing the ship's volume near the sea's surface area, where wave energy is concentrated, enhances a vessel's stability. Most of the displacement required to keep the ship afloat is located below the waves, where the waves less influence it.

Wave excitation decreases exponentially as depth increases. Therefore a submerged submarine is generally unaffected by wave activity. Creating a ship that sits atop twin submarines is similar in principle to put the bulk of a ship's displacement under the waves.


A monotube hull version of SWATH technology has also been produced.


Thus, A&R has posed as the most experienced German shipyard in both the military and yachting sectors, where technological advancements have a rippling impact on both divisions.
Swath, for example, was a military technology that was applied to yachts, establishing a niche and providing the yard an advantage.