Cakewalk, Largest Yacht Ever Built in the U.S.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Photo courtesy Jim Raycroft

On August 8, Derecktor Shipyards launched the 281-ft motor yacht Cakewalk, the largest yacht (by volume) ever built in the U.S.  The six deck, 2,998 gross ton vessel floated off Derecktor’s new 4000 ton dry-dock into the waters of Bridgeport harbor, after several years and many thousands of skilled labor hours.

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.”

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.

Specifications:
Length, o.a.    281 ft
Length, w.l.    248 ft
Beam    46.9 ft
Draught    13.1 ft
Gross tonnage    2995
Propulsion    2x 16V400M71 @ 2465BKW (3306HP)@200 RPM MTU
Propeller    2x 5 Blade Rolls Royce Single Pitch
Speed    17 knots / 15 knots
Fuel capacity    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
 

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