Derecktor Launch 85 m Motor Yacht Cakewalk The Largest in USA History

The Tim Heywood designed superyacht Cakewalk at 85.6 meters (281 ft) has ...

Derecktor Launch 85 m Motor Yacht Cakewalk The Largest in USA History

August 10, 2010

Written by Mike Smith

The Tim Heywood designed superyacht Cakewalk at 85.6 meters (281 ft) has now been launched by Derecktor Shipyards in the USA – making her the largest private yacht launched to date in America.  Motor Yacht Cakewalk is an important luxury yacht launch in many ways being a milestone achievement for Derecktor and their new flagship M/Y Cakewalk is sure to draw much yachting news attention in yacht industry circles during 2010.

From Derecktor Yachts about the Launch of Yacht CAKEWALK:
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.

The Derecktor Built and Tim Heywood Designed Superyacht Cakewalk newly launched in 2010. Photo credit Jim Raycroft

The Derecktor Built and Tim Heywood Designed Superyacht Cakewalk newly launched in 2010. Photo credit Jim Raycroft

When the stunning six deck, 2998 gross ton vessel floated off Derecktor’s new 4000 ton dry-dock into the waters of Bridgeport harbour, it was the culmination of an effort never before seen in American yacht building. Several years and many, many thousands of skilled labour hours, along with tireless work from the owners’ team and Derecktor’s project group were needed to make the original vision a remarkable reality.

“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.”

Superyacht 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 with 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.

Derecktor Launch 85 m Motor Yacht Cakewalk The Largest in USA History

“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 yacht 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 Cakewalk 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 yacht 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.”

More luxury yacht news of Cakewalk and photography will be brought to you as it comes to hand.

The CAKEWALK Yacht 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 2950
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
Ra nge 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
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

The Derecktor Cakewalk Yacht 2010

A Large High Res Image of The Derecktor Cakewalk Yacht 2010

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.

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