Luhrs may not be the most overtly self-promoting company, but it qualifies as one of the most progressive boat builders when it comes to processes, management style and marketing.
For example, some 20 years ago, Luhrs became the first marine company to employ “just-in-time” manufacturing principles. This saves the company money by eliminating the need to warehouse (and fund) lots of inventory before each boat being built needs it. Luhrs also took a page from the Japanese auto manufacturers’ manual by including as standard equipment every option the majority of buyers ordered. Over the years, this progressive management style has served Luhrs and its customers well, providing everything a buyer wants at a more-than-competitive price. In other words, Luhrs offers lots of bang for your buck.
The new Luhrs 41 Open targets avid anglers first and foremost. You’ll find in-
||| |—|—| | Specifications| | LOA| 44ft. 6in.| | BEAM| 15ft. 9in.| | DRAFT| 3ft. 6in.| | DEADRISE| 18 deg.| | WEIGHT| 32,000 lb (dry)| | FUEL| 600 gal.| | MAX POWER| (2) 645-hp| | MSRP| $636,477| | www.luhrs.com| deck storage for eight rods along with four rod holders in the gunwales. Luhrs provides a transom-mounted 50-gallon livewell. Other close-at-hand fishing features include fresh- and raw-water washdowns, a transom door, high-capacity scuppers and a molded rigging-and-tackle prep station. I’m glad to see that Luhrs mounts emergency boarding steps on the transom, so you can climb back aboard should you find yourself suddenly in the water.
Against comparably sized production boats, Luhrs offers some of the most elegant interiors on the market. Belowdecks, the forward stateroom houses a queen-sized island berth on centerline. You’ll appreciate the indirect lighting throughout as well as hidden air-conditioning vents, Corian counters, hardwood flooring in the galley, loads of storage and all the requisite galley appliances built-in. Luhrs’ selections of rich fabrics and the quality of its joinerwork also are top-notch.
Luhrs looks for lifelong customers, and to that end, they want your boat to last problem free until you’re ready to trade up. That’s why each hull has a vinylester resin barrier coat to prevent osmotic blistering, a solid fiberglass running surface, Baltek coring in the hull sides and deck and a one-piece deck. With all that, Luhrs can provide you with a five-year transferable hull warranty.