Connecticut yard finishes 281-foot yacht

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Derecktor Shipyards, of Bridgeport, Conn., last weekend launched what is believed to be the largest yacht (by volume) built in the United States - a 281-foot motoryacht called Cakewalk.

"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," president Paul Derecktor told The Triton. "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."

Cakewalk was designed by Tim Heywood Designs, with naval architecture by Azure Naval Architecture. Interior design was by Dalton Designs Inc.

"She is superb," Heywood told The Triton. "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."

The yacht will remain at Derecktor for the next few weeks, undergoing final outfitting and sea trials. She is scheduled to make her debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.

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