Large Ladies Head to Lauderdale

The 2010 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will play host to some of the world’s largest yachts.

Derecktor Shipyards will be bringing Cakewalk, the recently launched 281-footer, for her U.S. debut. Cakewalk is the largest private yacht built in the States since the 1930's, and possibly the biggest ever built in the States when measured by volume. Styled by yacht designer Tim Heywood, Cakewalk's design is meant to evoke the timeless elegance of motor yachts from America's golden era of yachting, while taking advantage of modern design, build techniques and engineering.

Lürssen yachts will bring the 247-foot Northern Star to the show. Built to go anywhere in luxury, Northern Star has a staggering 8,500 nautical mile range and is rated to operate in light ice. There is redundancy in her engineering and equipment (she has three generators, four stabilizer fins, two side-thrusters and three tenders), in case anything goes wrong when you're in remote seas. She has six decks and can carry 12 guests and a crew of 22.

Perini Navi will be brining the gorgeous Felicita West to the show, which claims to be the largest and fastest aluminum sailing yacht in the world. The vessel is designed to allow guests to sail in comfort — the flybridge can fit 12 guests comfortably for meals, cocktails or conversation. But that's not where you'll find the best view in the house — that can be found by going up the crow's nest lift, which ascends to 131 feet.

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