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DERECKTOR 86M – The Next Big Thing in American Yacht Building

November 19, 2009 by Superyacht Design
DERECKTOR 86M – The Next Big Thing in American Yacht Building

The scope of the 281ft (85.6m) CAKEWALK project under way at Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has inspired an exciting new concept for a yacht of similar majestic size: the Derecktor 86M. The is 282ft (86m) superyacht design, which was announced at the 2008 Monaco Yacht Show, incorporates elegant exterior styling and an innovative general arrangement by Rainsford Mann Design Ltd., of London, based on Derecktor’s proven naval architecture and engineering platform. The Derecktor 86M combines outstanding amenities, volume and flexibility with state-of-the-art yachtbuilding efficiency. Moreover, the design of the yacht has a distinct advantage for clients who do not want to wait the typical build time for a yacht of this magnitude. Clients can still get a bespoke project, but the basic design building blocks are in place, so the project team can move on to other aspects of the design, and construction can begin much sooner.

The full-displacement, oceangoing superyacht is also designed with an advanced propulsion system employing Azipod drives. Maximum speed of the yacht is projected at 17 knots. The 86M accommodates 12 guests served by 18 to 20 crew. The yacht’s steel hull, designed and engineered by Derecktor, supports RMD’s beautifully modulated aluminum superstructure and an extended aft main deck that accommodates helicopter operations.

The 86M exterior and interior arrangements offer a wide variety of options for gracious living and entertainment. Headroom is an impressive 8.2ft (2.5m) on the main deck and upper deck. The yacht’s loose, freestanding furniture maximizes the owners’ ability to customize the project to their individual taste.

The main highlight of the yacht is the full-beam ocean lounge on the lower deck, forward of the tender garage. The ocean lounge, with its casual seating and bar area, and adjacent gym and spa are designed to take advantage of the light, air and views available when the huge hydraulic hull doors are opened on either side. Alternatively, the large lower-deck space can be converted into a full-service helo deck. A hydraulic lift can lower the helicopter from the main deck down to this protected bay, keeping it secure and salt-free during ocean passages. For crew, in addition to the large double captain’s stateroom on the bridge deck, the yacht features two additional double cabins and seven twin cabins in the spacious lower-deck crew quarters.

The guest accommodations are arranged in an innovative split layout. Four large double cabins that can be configured as doubles or twins are located on the lower deck, while two king-berth VIP suites are up on the main deck, forward of the main salon, formal dining and galley areas.

The upper deck of the yacht can be reserved solely for the owners’ use. The owners’ suite includes a large sitting room, office and a forward-facing stateroom with panoramic views through 180 degrees. Walkaround side decks lead forward to a private outdoor Jacuzzi. Aft is a spacious cinema lounge and exterior seating. A bonus feature of the yacht is the private stair that leads from the owners’ suite to the bridge deck. At Aft, the bridge deck lounge encompasses a public skylounge and a huge exterior dining deck; the lounge doors can be opened to convert this space into an indoor/outdoor entertainment area.

The yacht’s sundeck contains a sheltered house that can be designated as another skylounge or gymnasium. High atop the yacht is the crow’s nest, an open-air observation deck unique to the 86M design. The Derecktor 86M’s general arrangement is exceptionally well articulated in terms of ergonomics and efficiency.

A film of the Derecktor 86M project showcasing RMD’s exterior styling and deck layout is now available for viewing at It also features a stunning contemporary interior design concept for the project by international design firm Edése Doret. Well-known firms from the yachting and luxury industries also participated in creating the 86M film, including AirCabin Trading, AlexSeal, Bell Helicopter, Calibre Finishing, Chelsea Clocks, Dahlgren Duck, Merritt Woodwork, PI Marine, Scandinavian Teak, Seamagine and Sperry Marine.

Some information about the company:

Derecktor Shipyards was established by legendary boat builder Robert E. Derecktor in 1947, who went on to make a name for himself by building a wide range of innovative and technically demanding aluminum and steel vessels, from swift America’s Cup defenders to sturdy and 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. Current projects of the company include the construction of CAKEWALK, an 85.6-meter (281 feet) motor yacht, the largest yacht to be built in the U.S. in more than 75 years.

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