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News: The 85.6m CAKEWALK Project Enters Final Phase

November 17, 2009 by Superyacht News
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The 281ft (85.6m) Motor Yacht CAKEWALK, the largest yacht to be constructed in America in three quarters of a century – and the largest U.S. yacht ever built in terms of her volume – is well along the road to her projected 2010 launch at the Derecktor Connecticut shipyard. Her steel hull and aluminum superstructure are complete; her electrical and mechanical systems are in place, as is her exceptionally heavy-duty noise reduction package. Under the close supervision of the CAKEWALK project team, Derecktor’s team experts currently installing the finely crafted custom interior millwork, cabinetry, stonework and other unique wall and floor coverings within her main-deck guest suites and private owner’s apartment.

Derecktor was selected for the CAKEWALK project due to the shipyard’s more than 60 years of experience in both recreational and commercial shipbuilding. However, it takes an international team deep in talent to create a superyacht on the scale of CAKEWALK, which only Shipyards like Derecktor can provide. The owners, an experienced yachting couple who have owned four smaller Cakewalk motor yachts, are deeply involved in the project. The brain trust they selected to collaborate with them on CAKEWALK includes the award-winning British yacht designer Tim Heywood of Tim Heywood Designs, who drew the yacht’s exterior styling and general arrangement; their longtime interior designer Liz Dalton of Dalton Designs, Inc., in Palm Beach, FL, and Dutch design firm Azure Naval Architects, which provided the naval architecture for the vessel’s 17-knot full displacement hull. Captain Bill Zinser, who skippered the couple’s three previous, highly successful charter yachts, is the owner’s representative for the new build, working closely with Derecktor’s build team.

CAKEWALK is truly a modern classic, evoking the timeless elegance of motor yachts from American yachting’s golden era while moving the needle forward in contemporary yacht design and engineering. In keeping with her dual mission as a private vessel and an exclusive luxury charter yacht, hospitality and comfort are emphasized on every deck.

Among CAKEWALK’s many outstanding characteristics are her ultra-spacious public areas, which make good use of her 46.92ft (14.30m) beam and enormous volume. Upon their arrival onboard, guests will find a warm welcome in the large salon on the main deck. Styled as an elegant library, complete with fireplace and grand piano, it will feature millwork in American cherry wood complemented by accents in different exotic woods.
The main salon also encompasses a separate formal dining salon, forward, with a spectacular chandelier designed by Dalton Designs and a circular custom-built table that can seat the yacht’s full complement of guests. Unlike most motor yachts, CAKEWALK’s six guest staterooms are located on the main deck, where their oversized windows will offer expansive views that would be impossible from a more traditional lower deck guest area. Designed to be equivalent in size and amenities, so every guest feels equally pampered, these staterooms each incorporate an en suite bath with spa tub.

While CAKEWALK’s six decks all are served by an elevator for complete guest accessibility, one of the projects’ crowning achievements is the central spiral staircase.Featuring intricate wrought ironwork against a backdrop of soaring cherry wood panels, this grand staircase creates a different ambiance at every landing. The stairway foyer on the owners’ deck, for example, features Versailles-patterned woodwork that sets the tone for the rest of this spacious private deck. The large master stateroom trimmed in limed oak, features a king-sized berth facing a semicircle of large windows, a separate sitting room, his-and hers baths and twin walk-in closets. The whole suite can be offered to very special charter guests.

Dual gyms – a fitness center and a yoga/aerobics studio – along with a large recreation salon also are located on the owners’ deck. On the aft deck, a large oval table provides an inviting al fresco dining alternative. But that is by no means the end of the options for entertainment aboard CAKEWALK. There are two more levels of enjoyment – the bridge deck with its comfortable recreation/media salon and huge aft-deck exterior balcony, and the lofty sun deck. The latter aerie is split between a sunning area with spa and an outdoor bar/observation lounge that will give guests one of the best vantage points from any yacht on the water today. While the extensive array of settings, both intimate and grand, aboard CAKEWALK will provide endless diversions and relaxation for all who cruise in her, it’s important to point out that their comfort will be truly guaranteed by what they cannot see. The well-thought-out service areas that lie behind the scenes on every deck, and the efficient electrical and mechanical systems Derecktor Shipyards has engineered and installed on every level – especially the state-of-the-art entertainment, ship’s monitoring, security and noise-suppression systems – provide a solid, commercial-grade, Lloyd’scertified foundation to this monumental project.

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