During the American Superyacht Forum held this year 23rd – 26th of May in Newport, Rhode Island, a roadtrip was organised to visit the Bridgeport based Derecktor Shipyard.
Just before the excursion to Derecktor’s, about 250 key industry leaders met for three days to discuss and debate a different range of topics facing the superyacht industry today and in the future. With an incredible list of speakers, intelligent debate and unrivaled social and business networking the American Superyacht Forum is the most important event in the US superyacht calendar.
On the last day the delegates were taken by bus to Derecktor in Bridgeport, Connecticut to tour the yard and the superyacht CAKEWALK. At 85.6 meters and 2400 lightship tons, she is simply the largest yacht ever built in America. She is also, in the opinion of the experts who’ve seen her, the first U.S. built yacht to meet, and in many cases, exceed the standards of the very best European builders. Derecktor Yacht CAKEWALK will be launched this July and delivered this August.
Participants in the tour that help make tour a huge success were the CAKEWALK team, our Gold Partners: The Yacht Report Group, Frankentek Yacht Security Systems Inc., Merritt Woodwork, McKay, Awlgrip, Zepsa Industries Inc., and R&L Yacht Refinishing America Incorporated and our Silver Partners: C-Quip, Segner Yacht Interior, Teak Decking Systems, BMT Nigel Gee, Seavision by Underwater Lights USA, Sounddown, J &A Enterprises, Inc., MTU, Heinen & Hopman Engineering BV, and Interior Yacht Systems.
The ASF tour day hosted by The Yacht Report Group consisted of the touring of CAKEWALK motoryacht and, the Derecktor yard, followed by an outdoor barbeque gourmet lunch and a fascinating technical presentations featuring the build Captain Bill Zinser, Tom Derecktor, and our gold partner vendor representatives: Marc Franken of Frankentek Yacht Security Sytems Inc., Peter Brenndorfer of McKay, Michael Merritt of Merritt Woodwork, Leslie Lallande of R&L Finishing American Incorporated, Peter Zepsa of Zepsa Industries Inc., and Nick Hall of Awlgrip.