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Aquila 85.6m (280'10") | 2010 USA

Cakewalk | photo by Jeff Brown / Superyacht Media

Launched in time for the 2010 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show from Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the 85.6m superyacht Aquila (ex-Cakewalk) is a full displacement, oceangoing superyacht with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure designed and engineered by Derecktor with the assistance of Azure Naval Architects and BMT Nigel Gee.

By volume, she is the largest yacht ever built in the U.S. The elegant exterior styling is by Tim Heywood while the traditional cherry-lined interior is by Liz Dalton. The yacht, owned by Charles and Diane Gallagher, accommodates 12 guests on main deck with the owners seven-room suite above. She’s operated by 23 crew and carries three custom tenders each over 30 feet LOA.

Aquila (ex-Cakewalk) is featured in volume 25 of The Superyachts.

  • Builder: Derecktor Shipyards
  • Naval architecture: Derecktor / Azure Naval Architects
  • Exterior styling: Tim Heywood
  • Interior design: Liz Dalton

The Superyachts featured yacht


Delphine 78.57m (257'9") | 1921 USA

Delphine | photo by Bugsy Gedlek

Automobile manufacturing mogul Horace Dodge named Delphine after his daughter, and his motor yacht was a familiar sight around Detroit and Chicago in the 1920s. She was equipped with an unusual quadruple steam expansion engine designed by her owner, which gave her an impressive top speed of 15 knots. During World War II she served as the flagship of Admiral King, the Commander-in-Chief of the US Fleet.

Laid up in 1962, she was bought by the Seafarers International Union for use as a headquarters ship but fell into disrepair in the early 1990s. She was later acquired by a Singapore company which planned to convert her into a mini-cruise liner for Asian waters, but this sale fell through. Happily, she was purchased by a Belgian woman, Ineke Bruynooghe, and a thorough restoration and conversion brought both the yacht and her original steam engines back to new condition. She is now for sale. The only surviving steam-powered superyacht, Delphine is featured in The Superyachts, Volume 17.

  • Builder: Great Lakes Engineering Works
  • Designer: Henry J Gielow
  • Former names: Dauntless, USS Dauntless

The Superyachts featured yacht


Cocoa Bean 73.98m (242'8") | 2013 USA

Cocoa Bean
New Horizon was launched by Trinity Yachts on November 10, 2011

Built to ABS class in steel and aluminium with naval architecture by Trinity, she is the largest yacht launched in the USA so far in 2011. MCA classed, the interior design of Cocoa Bean is the work of Evan K Marshall, accommodating 12 guests in six staterooms, while twin 2626hp Caterpillar engines give her a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 13 knots.

  • Builder: Trinity Yachts
  • Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Trinity Yachts
  • Interior design: Evan K Marshall

Laurel 73.15m (240') | 2006 USA


Built by Delta Marine in the Pacific Northwest, Laurel has a steel hull and composite superstructure and is the second largest yacht to be built in North America since the Great Depression. Her sun deck extends fore and aft of a central observation room, the forward part being a belvedere terrace and the aft offering a gym, spa pool and sunbathing.

Laurel is a stunning yacht that showcases design efficiency. Tenders are stored on the lower deck and launched through doors to port and starboard. Aft of the boats is a diving room that opens to the large bathing platform created by opening the stern door. The master suite is positioned amidships on the main deck, flanked by private side decks, and is entered through a private lobby that opens forward to the bedroom through a sitting room/office. The forward part of the main deck is devoted to a crew mess and leisure area.

The interior features a blend of anigre and is furnished in a comfortably eclectic style. Notably, the central staircase spirals around a three-storey-high glass sculpture depicting marine life by Seattle artist Mary van Cline.

  • Builder / naval architecture: Delta Marine
  • Exterior styling / interior design: Donald Starkey

Global 67.05m (220') | 1982 USA


This vessel, described as a ‘sport utility’ vessel by the yard that converted her, owes her rugged commercial appearance to her former life as an oil rig support vessel. Global (ex-Allure Shadow) is half yacht and half toy carrier, offering six double guest cabins with balconies, a saloon/dining room, a sky lounge with panoramic views opening to a forward observation deck, an 8m-long freshwater swimming pool, cinema, games-room/library and a full gymnasium with spa area. Her huge decks can carry, among other toys, a helicopter and its full logistical needs plus a large sport fishing vessel. She also boasts that she can host an event for 200 people in a single climate-controlled room.

  • Builder: Bender Shipbuilding & Repair (1982) / Shadow Marine (2007)
  • Naval architecture / exterior styling: Lay, Pittman & Associates
  • Interior design: Shadow Marine / Kimberley Gonzales
  • Former names: Belle, HOS Belle, Point Belle, State Belle

Danah Explorer 67m (219'10") | 1981 USA

Danah Explorer

Danah Explorer has had many lives, starting out as Clipper Cap Haitien, before being converted to a Shadow Marine vessel. In 2011, she had a major hull extension, to bring her from her former length of 51.8 metres to her current length of 67 metres. Now Danah Explorer has been reimagined with a new layout. The latest refit was undertaken in order to add an additional deck dedicated to the owner’s use, which comprises the owner’s stateroom, private lounge, gym and spa. Other refit work included creating a movie theatre and upgrading all the audio visual and IT systems. Moving the helipad up also allowed the creation of a new open sun deck, providing ample entertaining spaces, and an elevator has been installed to serve all decks.

  • Builder: Candies Shipbuilders
  • Naval Architecture: Candies Shipbulders / Boris Kiriloff
  • Exterior Styling: Boris Kiriloff
  • Interior Design: Joseph Artese

Golden Shadow 66.75m (219') | 1994 USA

Golden Shadow
Golden Shadow | photo by Raphael Montigneaux

Golden Shadow, part of the aptly named ‘Golden Fleet’, acts as the overflow accommodation and support vessel for Golden Odyssey, whose Saudi Arabian owner, HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan, a keen oceanographer, makes it available for scientific purposes worldwide in support of the Living Oceans Foundation, of which he is chairman.

The yacht carries Golden Eye, an amphibious 10-seater Cessna 208 with Wipair floats, as well as many specialpurpose tenders, and offers a range of scientific laboratories and accommodation for up to 11 visiting scientists and pilots. It is often seen in the company of Golden Osprey, a 29m sport fishing vessel. Golden Shadow was built in the USA by the now-defunct San Diego builder Campbell Industries to the design of Francis & Francis, and was refitted in 2006.

  • Builder: Campbell Industries
  • Naval architecture: Campbell Industries / Francis & Francis
  • Interior design: Francis & Francis

Invictus 65.53m (215') | 2013 USA


Previously known as Project Invader, Delta Marine's Invictus is its second largest build yet. She is built with an ice strengethened steel hull and a composite superstructure which was designed by Delta Design. With such a large range and features such as a pool on the sundeck, a theatre, and a gymnasium, this boat has the capability of keeping her guests entertained on long hauls. At 65.5m, Invictus is Delta's 'made in America' superyacht that is designed for world domination. She was officially delivered on 1 July in Seattle, Washington to a North American client. The key is her remarkable volume – a prodigious 1,945GT – which leaves ample space for an innovative layout.

  • Builder: Delta Marine
  • Naval architecture & Exterior styling: Delta Design
  • Interior design: Diane Johnson

Lady M 65.00m (213'3") | 2013 USA

Lady M
Lady M | courtesy of Nuvolari Lenard

Lady M, Palmer Johnson's new 65m flagship, offers power and grace in abundance. Palmer Johnson’s flagship yacht, the 210 SportYacht Lady M, features large open decks that flow into a beach house interiors. Her sleek profile is shared by her much smaller SportYacht sisters, ranging in size from 120 up to her 210.

  • Builder: Palmer Johnson
  • Naval architecture: Palmer Johnson
  • Exterior & Interior design: Nuvolari & Lenard

SuRi 63.40m (208') | 1978 USA


After four and half months in the yard at Bay Ship & Yacht Co. in San Francisco SuRi emerged with 11 metres added to her mid-body. The sun deck benefitted from an extended al fresco dining area as well as an expanse of sunning and shade areas. The bridge and heli deck also benefited from the added length which allows for a larger lounge area.

An extended guest lounge has also been added to the existing lounge which can either be closed off in glass and fully climate controlled or opened right up for the indoor outdoor affect on those balmy south Pacific nights. Two full beam guest cabins have been installed on the mezzanine level in addition to the two existing cabins which have also been expanded. SuRi can now accommodate not only 12 guests but six guests’ staff in the guest cabins, along with 14 crew.

SuRi is featured in Refit 2013.

  • Builder: Halter Marine
  • Naval Architecture: Halter Marine / Boris Kiriloff
  • Exterior Styling: Stan Antrim
  • Interior design: Jeffrey Botwin

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