Friday, June 03, 2011

Made in Connecticut

The 281-foot mega-yacht "Cakewalk" was built by Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport.

The yacht is currently for sale by it's owner for a very reasonable $215 million (but I'd be willing to bet you can talk him down to an even deuce.)

It's really good to see the shipyard emerge successfully from bankruptcy and continue to build innovative yachts right here at home in the ol' Nutmeg state!


Tessa Marquis said...

Milford's former Alderwoman Jess Blacketter is a Project Engineer at Direcktor. If you are veryvery good she might give you a tour some time.

Tessa Marquis said...

oops Derecktor

Windbag said...


I am in agreement that it is good to see manufacturing of ANY kind happening here. Manufacturing and any kind of real value into the economy we do here is exremely important. I just bought myself a pair of work boots using the "made in the US" filter.

But this thing. The language used in the youtube about "richness" is just plain obscene. This thing cost more than how many schools?

I object.

Nice boat.

I object.

West Haven Bob said...

Tessa - LOVE the pic!

Bob - know of a place to berth her? it won't fit at my mooring spot.

CT Bob said...

Yeah, the opulence of the boat is a bit excessive. But you gotta admit, it looks really cool!

lakezoarian said...

It IS gorgeous, especially because there's not a lot of toys hanging off of it such as helecopters, jet skis, etc. But that begs the question- what does the owner do to have fun? Sit around inside drink'in brandy? And with no helo pad, they'd have to actually stick around on it for a voyage instead of just dropping in for a few hours when they needed a break from the Greenwich place.

As usual, clik on name for treat.

CT Bob said...

I think the yacht has a spot for a high speed jet-boat or something that can get the owner into Monte Carlo quickly from the anchorage. A helicopter is a lot more trouble than it's worth usually. And unless they anchor 50 miles offshore, a fast boat will be quicker to get in.

I clicked on your link, and honestly I think it's a lot of hysterical nay-saying. Things aren't completely going to hell, and times are not significantly worse than during other financial crises we've faced in the last fifty years.

Yes, things are a bit tough right now. But compared to, say, the Great Depression, or the Panic of 1873, we're infinitely much better off.

Nobody had cable, or air conditioning, or the internet during those times. It sucks that so many people are feeling a squeeze right now, but every time I drive by the malls, the parking lots are still a lot fuller than they were 20 years ago.

I'm not ready to fill the basement with canned goods and stock up on large caliber ammo just yet. Mike Whitney needs to simply chill out a bit.

lakezoarian said...

I see your point about the helecopter. Although I do wonder just how much time the owners of such things actually spend there. Busy executives, and all...

Yes, the link is hysterical, I won't dispute that. It's why I used the term "treat". And it seemed to portray a different viewpoint on life than the very fortunate owner of that huge yacht.

CT Bob said...

Ah, I see. I mistook your jest. My mistake. I make a lot of them, like early today when I stepped on my wife's toe. Boy was she pissed!

Rocco J. Frank Jr. C. E. & Michael Vecchiarelli M.A. said...

Too bad you will never see one registed here. Love the flag its flying priceless!

Anonymous said...

Bob, Lauren had an internship at Derecktor in 2001. She was an engineering student at Univ. of Michigan. I was lucky enough to be a landlord in Hamden and rented her a spot. I love Derecktor Shipyards!! Dan, Lauren, Abby and Connor.