by Kim Kavin
Jaws dropped at last month’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show as people took in the sheer size of the 281-foot Derecktor Cakewalk, which was the largest yacht on the docks—not to mention the largest-volume yacht ever built in the United States.
But before the newest Cakewalk became a reality her owners had several other yachts, including a 205-foot Feadship that launched in 2000. A subsequent owner named her Fortunato, and then yet another bought her in 2011 and rechristened her Faith.
Just a few weeks ago, the yacht now known as Faith emerged from the shipyard looking far less like the version of Cakewalk that she used to be—with dark woods, ornate light fixtures, and traditional furnishings—and far more like a contemporary build meant to appeal to charter clients the world over.
Faith is now part of the charter fleet at Peter Insull’s, which sent the accompanying photographs courtesy of Chahan Interior Design. As you can see, her profile is still impressive in a traditional way, but her interior is entirely new. Crisp whites and ivories mingle with neutral and silver accents, transforming the yacht and bringing her right in line with modern tastes.
The grand staircase—a stylistic masterpiece that was the talk of the yachting world a decade ago—is of course still there, but has been updated to infuse more light and neutral tones. Much of what made the yacht so impressive when she was Cakewalk still remains, including the spacious guest cabins, light and bright sky lounge, and sprawling sundeck, but it all now exudes a contemporary flair that truly gives Faith her own personality.
Being one of the first to enjoy her new looks doesn’t come cheap. The lowest weekly base rate to charter Faith is $480,000 for 12 guests, and she’s not available at all for charters to U.S. residents while in U.S. waters. She will be available in the Caribbean for the winter 2012-13 season before returning to the Mediterranean for the summer of 2013.
Then again, by comparison to her brand-new namesake, she’s a steal at nearly a quarter-million bucks per week less—and, thanks to her recent refit, her onboard spaces are technically all a couple of years newer than the 2010 build that everyone was so eager to ogle in Fort Lauderdale last month.
For more information, visit Faith's page on Peter Insull's website.
Read our story about the latest Cakewalk, Walking the Walk on Cakewalk.