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Derecktor Launches CAKEWALK Largest Yacht Ever Built in the United States

Remember the date.  August 8th 2010 was not just another summer Sunday for the United States yachting industry. Instead, at 10:30 a.m. a genuinely momentous event took place.  For that moment marked the launch by Derecktor Shipyards of the 85.6 meter (281 ft) motor yacht CAKEWALK, the largest yacht (by volume) ever built in the United States.  When the stunning six deck, 2998 gross ton vessel floated off Derecktors new 4000 ton dry-dock into the waters of Bridgeport harbor, it was the culmination of an effort never before seen in American yacht building. Several years and many, many thousands of skilled labor hours, along with tireless work from the owners’ team and Derecktors project group were needed to make the original vision a remarkable reality.

Profile of the newly launched Cakewalk produced by Derecktor Shipyards in the US

“Needless to say, as with any project of this scale and sophistication, there were some growing pains along the way, but we think the result speaks for herself” said an obviously pleased Paul Derecktor, President of the Derecktor group of shipyards.” For the first time, an American yard has shown it can equal or better the work of the best European yards. My brother Tom and I, along with everyone at Derecktor are very proud and we thank all the people who made this possible, in particular of course, the Owner and his team.”

Amazing how tall the new Derecktor yacht is compared to a normal boat.  Puts it in perspective

CAKEWALK was designed by Tim Heywood Designs with Naval Architecture by Azure Naval Architecture. Interior design was by Dalton Designs, Inc. Literally dozens of subcontractors from engineering firms to security specialists participated in the project. “We certainly could not have done it without them” commented Gavin Higgins, VP of Business Development at Derecktor. “Some of the world’s most experienced and skilled specialists put their expertise into this job.  You cannot successfully build a yacht of this size and complexity without having that sort of talent available.” Reactions from those involved in the project are a mix of pride, satisfaction and in some cases awe at what has been accomplished.  “She is superb” said Designer Tim Heywood. “The workmanship throughout is absolutely first-class, as good as you will find on any yacht in the world. I could not be more pleased for the owner and all involved”. Bill Zinser, Build Captain on CAKEWALK and leader of the owners’ team, seemed as proud (and relieved) as a new parent, “She is what we knew she could be all along. It makes all the hard work, all the long days, worth it. We have great owners and we worked with a great group at Derecktor. We can’t wait to show her off to the world.” Notably, CAKEWALK was christened for the owners by Carmen Golinski, the Interior Manager on board, indicative of the closeness of the owners and crew.

The yacht will remain at Derecktor for the next few weeks undergoing final outfitting and sea trials. She is scheduled to make her much-awaited debut at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. “Fittingly, this is Americas leading yacht show and she will be it’s leading lady” quipped Kathy Kennedy, Derecktor’s marketing director.

Industry praise for the, blue hulled CAKEWALK had been rolling in even prior to launch.  Jonathan Beckett of Burgess commented some months ago that, “I am extremely impressed by the apparent quality of CAKEWALK.  The attention to detail – from both the technical and aesthetics points of view – I am very impressed indeed.  I believe CAKEWALK will surprise the north European yacht builders!”

Now that she has been launched we believe CAKEWALK will impress and surprise the world!

CAKEWALK General Specifications:

LOA                                281.00 ft.                          85.60     meters
LWL                                248.07 ft.                          75.08     meters
Beam                               046.92 ft.                          14.30     meters
Draught                            013.10 ft.                          04.00     meters
Gross Tonnage                 2995
Propulsion                        2X16V400M71 @ 2465BKW (3306HP)@200 RPM MTU
Propeller                          2X5 Blade Rolls Royce Single Pitch
Speed                              17 knots / 15 knots
Fuel capacity                    370,000 ltrs / 97,000 gal 
Range                              5000NM @15 Knots         
Power Generation            2X MTU 2000 series V12 M-40B @660EKW
2X MTU @60 550 Series @ 350 EK
Emergency Pack              1X MTU S60 400 Series  @275 KW
Stabilizers                        4X Quantam Zero Speed
Bowthruster Jastrom        400 KW
Windlasses                      Steen
Interior Design                 Elizabeth Dalton, Dalton Designs, Inc.
Exterior Design                Tim Heywood Designs
Naval Architecture           Azure Naval Archititects
Engineering Design           BMT Nigel Gee and Associates, Gibbs and Cox
Tenders                           Riva, Vikal, Intrepid, Zodiac
Classification                    Lloyds Maltese Cross 100A1SSC yacht (P) mono G6
Construction                    Steel Hull, Aluminum Superstructure
Builder                            Derecktor 

Derecktor Shipyards was established by legendary boat builder Robert E. Derecktor in 1947 and went on make a name for itself by building a wide range of innovative and technically demanding vessels, from swift America’s Cup defenders to reliable commercial workboats. Today, under the guidance of Bob’s sons, Paul and Tom Derecktor, Derecktor Shipyards operates three impressive facilities: Derecktor New York in Mamaroneck, NY; Derecktor Connecticut in Bridgeport, CT and Derecktor Florida in Dania, FL. Derecktor is known as an international leader in custom yacht and commercial construction in addition to providing full service, repair and refit capabilities at each of its yards.

For more information, contact Derecktor New York at 914-698-5020; Derecktor Connecticut at 203-336-0108 and Derecktor Florida at 954-920-5756. www.derecktor.com

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