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AQUILA Yacht – Stunning $150M Superyacht

AQUILA yacht is a beautiful 85.6-meter (280.11 ft) yacht built by Derecktor and launched in 2010.

She can welcome up to twelve guests in seven cabins as well as an additional twenty-six crew members.  

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The American design firm Dalton Design worked on the original interior of AQUILA (then CAKEWALK yacht) before she was launched in 2010.

After being sold in 2014, the new owner of AQUILA chose to have the yacht refitted, completely gutting the interior and replacing it with new furnishings. 

The new interior design of AQUILA was developed by Redman Whiteley Dixon (RWD) and Susan Young Interiors, perfectly marrying the concepts of naval and interior design.

The refit took more than twelve months, and a total of 1,000 workers were involved in the process.

Her interior perfectly combines luxury with style by including dark, wooden elements as well as light marble and silver details.

A contrast is created between the classic design of the common spaces with dark features and the more neutral, black-and-white staterooms.

Strategic pops of color complement this luxurious interior design and make her stand out.

The yacht has space for twelve guests in seven staterooms, including a spacious owner’s suite, four VIP cabins, a twin cabin as well as an additional bunk cabin. Twenty-six crew members find space below the deck in staff accommodation. 

AQUILA has a beautiful spa area with a massage room and a dedicated hair salon, as well as a fully equipped gym.

There is also a cinema room with an 85-inch screen (2.15 meters) and plenty of indoor dining or entertaining space for hosting events.

One of the most notable features of AQUILA is her 11.2-meter (36.7 ft) chandelier that stretches across all four levels of the yacht’s interior. 

The owner’s suite includes a 60 square meter (645 square foot) private deck with beautiful views over the bow of the yacht.

There are separate his and hers ensuite bathrooms and a connected study that allows for work to be completed even when the yacht is underway.


At a length of 85.6 meters (280.11 ft), AQUILA has a 14.3-meter (46.11 ft) beam and a 4.2-meter (13.10 ft) draft.

She weighs a total of 2998 tons and is powered by Diesel MTU engines allowing her to reach top speeds of 18 knots and an average cruising speed of 15 knots.

The AQUILA yacht has been nominated for numerous awards and has won several, including The ShowBoats Design Awards 2010 for tender design, The World Superyacht Awards 2017 for best-refitted yacht, and the International Superyacht Society Awards 2017 for best refit.

AQUILA was constructed by Derecktor shipyards in 2010, making her the largest private superyacht built in the United States since the 1900s.

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The exterior of the AQUILA yacht (then CAKEWALK) was initially designed by the award-winning superyacht designer Tim Heywood in 2010.

After the yacht was sold to the owner in 2014, AQUILA underwent an extensive refit that targeted both her interior and exterior. 

She was sent to the British shipyard Pendennis for renovation and repairs, including an upgrade of the communications system and an overhaul of the yacht’s superstructure.

A large jacuzzi was added to the forward sundeck, and several new tenders were purchased. 

The AQUILA yacht now features an infinity-style swimming pool, four spacious decks, a day bar, and even a dedicated party space complete with a DJ booth and a light show.

The yacht carries an array of water toys and equipment, making her perfect for extended charter trips. 

Her large beach club and below-deck storage areas have space for diving equipment, kayaks, sea bobs, waterskis, wakeboards, jet skis, and inflatable water toys.

For land excursions she carries mountain bikes and even scooters, allowing her guests to be flexible when exploring new places.

Her three tenders can comfortably carry passengers from and to land and make up for the lack of a helipad on board ALQUILA. 

The largest onboard tender measures 11.7 meters (37.1 ft) and has an impressive maximum speed of 50 knots.

Having been awarded The ShowBoats Design Awards for tender design in 2010, this is one of ALQUILA’s most prominent features.

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The AQUILA yacht is worth US $150 million, with annual running costs lying around US $10 to 15 million annually.

The yacht was originally named CAKEWALK but was renamed AQUILA by her current owner. She appears to be available for charter for US $1 million per week, excluding expenses.

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The couple has four children and regularly takes the AQUILA yacht on extended trips around the world. 

The family owns the NBA team Denver Nuggets, and Kroenke is a major shareholder in the London football club Arsenal.

Stan Kroenke is rumored to be the owner of the 2011 yacht Seanna, which measures 65 meters (213 ft).

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85.6m, (281') - Sleeps 12 Guests

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At 281ft (85.6m) and comprising six spacious decks, superyacht AQUILA is an imposing and impressive sight on water. The magnificent motor yacht AQUILA is equipped with all the luxury amenities required for 5-star charter vacations for up to 12 guests, cruising the Mediterranean, or Caribbean.

AQUILA Sun Deck Jacuzzi

This award-winning  private crewed charter yacht, with exterior design by Tim Heywood, was praised for her technical innovation and design when she launched in 2010 as the largest US-built motor yacht for a century. In 2016, AQUILA underwent a major refit to incorporate state of the art facilities and the latest in navigational and recreational gear.

This included redesigning the sun deck with DJ booth, AV system, smoke machine and lights for all night dancing. The finely tuned speakers at 3m intervals to ensure sound consistency.

The beach club was also expanded and now boasts a fully equipped gym, along with an array of watertoys. For family movie nights, the acoustically perfect cinema screens the latest releases, or for complete indulgence to unwind during your charter, the on board masseuse in one of the two spa areas can provide therapeutic and aesthetic treatments.

Each of the deck spaces have been reconfigured to allow for an al fresco lifestyle, with multiple dining options, sunbathing and socialising: the bridge deck with its sunbathing areas forward, sundeck with lounge areas and the main aft deck is devoted to relaxation with a jacuzzi, sun beds and two dining spaces. 

AQUILA’S beautiful interior design is by Florida-based interior designer Liz Dalton. Some of the highlights include a spiral wrought iron staircase with cherry wood handrail linking every floor from the lobby to the sun deck (there is also an elevator), a magnificent library with fireplace and grand piano, and on the main deck, the superb nearly 170m² saloon with separate private dining room, designed as a rotunda.

Much of the beautiful glass work throughout AQUILA was created by Preciosa of the Czech Republic including the 11.2m waterfall chandelier, with over 800 hand blown glass pieces and 500 polished stainless fittings, which cascades down four levels from the sun deck down to the lower deck creating shards of light across the white marble floor. 

The “London bar” has a real gentleman’s club feel, and its bespoke bar is covered in compressed and glazed Tabaco leaves trimmed with cracked duck egg.

For guests keen on keeping fit, AQUILA boasts a well-equipped gym with the latest machines and workout gear. There’s a cinema on the main deck with state-of-the-art projection and music and movies on demand, plus a massage/beauty salon on the owners’ deck and a separate spa room for guests.


Mega yacht AQUILA offers accommodation in eight lavish suites for up to 12 guests, comprising five double, three twin and one convertible.

There is an entire deck dedicated to the owner’s stateroom and additional facilities – a seven-room suite including generous lounge areas aft deck and dining for up to 14 guests.

The gym is opposite a yoga studio that doubles as a beauty salon and massage room. Forward of the two bathrooms and dressing rooms is a full-beam sitting room and study while all the way forward, facing windows that sweep 180 degrees, is the owners’ bedroom with a canopied king-size bed. There is also a private sundeck area which folds out from the master cabin for intimate moments hovering above the water.

The six spacious guest rooms are located on the main deck. Each guest room has been designed in classic style with its own colour scheme, but they all feature plenty of storage and abundant natural light through oversized windows. 


Guests aboard AQUILA will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the incredible array of toys housed in AQUILA’S massive garage, nicknamed “The Boathouse”.

For support craft, there’s a 10m Limited Edition AquaRiva Centos, an 11.3m custom-built Vikal Limousine for jaunts to shore, arriving in style, and for towing and watersports there are a 10.4m Scorpion RIB and 5.5m Nautica RIB.

AQUILA is an approved RYA water sports training centre for personal watercraft, and these include three Yamaha FX Cruiser HO Waverunners, two Jetsurfs, sea kayaks, two SeaBobs, waterskis, kneeboards, wakeboards, tows and snorkelling gear.

For pleasant beach barbecues, the crew can set up the complete marquee and chairs, grill and games for special occasions or just to watch the sun set on a picturesque stretch of sand.

This exceptional charter yacht is helmed by two Captains who lead a crew of 28, all well known for their skill, professionalism and knowledge of secret anchorages that will make every charter aboard AQUILA a monumental, memorable experience.

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Derecktor motor yacht AQUILA is one of the world’s largest yachts. She ranked 63rd. She is one of the 20 largest private luxury yacht charter vessels.   To date, she is the largest private yacht. In specific, built in the United States.  As one of the world’s largest yachts, she was first named CAKEWALK.  Her new owner decided being “big” wasn’t enough.  She completed a year-long major refit at the British refit shipyard Pendennis.  The 85.6-meter Motoryacht AQUILA (ex yacht Cakewalk ) is back. Furthermore, in the Mediterranean. Repositioning to the Caribbean for winter charters is in the plans.

Much of the refit work on Derecktor yacht AQUILA centered around her interior.  The well-known designers at Redman Whiteley Dixon and Susan Young Interiors created the new design, with the team from Metrica handling the actual interior installation.  About 750 square meters of blank space created the new interior.  Work included a new cinema room added to the main deck, a reconfiguration of the master suite, and new materials and finishing surfaces throughout the yacht. The designers introduced a  selection of dark wood finishes, as well as pale leather panels with nickel trim.  The result is a blending of subtle styles throughout the interior.

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Worthy of note is the installation of a custom-made chandelier, designed by the team at Susan Young Interiors, that stretches 11.2 meters over the height of four interior decks.  The work of art features 850 individual hand-blown glass pieces and is absolutely stunning.


There were some exterior renovations as well.  The sundeck Jacuzzi is now forward in of the deck. This frees 60 square meters. In specific, space converted into a private deck area for the master stateroom.  Technology upgrades include new radar, as well as new audiovisual and IT equipment.

Motoryacht AQUILA also received a complete paint job.


Up to a maximum of 12 guests can enjoy the remodeled cabins.  Most yachts relegate guest quarters to lower decks.  All guest accommodations on Aquila are on the main deck.  There are an astounding 8 cabins available during a charter.  To demonstrate, a master and 4 staterooms with king-sized beds.  Further, 2 staterooms with two double beds. Lastly, 1 staff/supernumerary cabin with twin bunk beds. Every stateroom is spacious and extremely comfortable, with large windows that offer stunning views and allow natural light to pour in.


In conclusion, book motor yacht AQUILA ( x- Cakewalk ) for your own private luxury yacht charter vacation today. Contact your yacht charter brokers at 1-800 Yacht Charters at 305-720-7245. If you prefer, complete our online inquiry form at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now/ .

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The remarkable rebirth of aquila.

The 85.6 metre superyacht Aquila has completed a 12-month overhaul at Pendennis . As well as being the largest yacht built in the USA , she is now the largest yacht to be refitted in the UK to date.

Adrian Tinkler, fleet technical manager at Burgess who provided yacht management, hailed this project as a “remarkable rebirth”, adding: “Thanks to efficient planning and collaboration between the many hundreds of people involved at each stage of the design, specification and execution phases, the team delivered on time.”

One of the top 200 largest yachts in the world , Aquila will now join the Burgess fleet of yachts for charter .

Aquila's rearranged exterior spaces

Launched by the Derecktor shipyard in 2010 under her original name  Cakewalk , Aquila was due for her five-year service when she arrived in Falmouth last year, but Pendennis was given a much broader remit for this project.

While her dark blue hull finish and Tim Heywood exterior design were maintained, there were many external changes including the addition of a private deck area measuring 60 square metres and the repositioning of the superyacht spa pool to the forward sun deck.

Aquila's completely updated social spaces

As part of the extensive refit on Aquila , her original Liz Dalton interiors were stripped out and replaced by a new design courtesy of Redman Whitely Dixon .

“To facilitate the extent of design and technical changes required, the interiors on Aquila needed to be stripped back to bulkheads across most areas,” Tinkler added.

Her internal spaces were reformulated to improve the flow between each area, with the installation carried out by Germany-based interior specialists Metrica.

Tony Dixon, director at Redman Whitely Dixon, explained his styling approach: “We selected a mix of dark wood finishes, pale leather panels with nickel trim and many new special surface materials all interplaying together to offer subtle style variations throughout the interior.”

Aquila's reconfigured owner’s suite

It was not just the social areas that were given an overhaul, however, with Pendennis overseeing work on a grand total of 750 square metres of internal spaces.

Most significant of these is the owner’s suite, and although pictures of this private area have not yet been released, the yard explains that it has been completely reconfigured as part of the Aquila refit.

The patterning of the parquet wood floor mirrors the ceiling detail in the owner’s saloon, while bespoke furniture and meticulous atmospheric lighting design compliment the look.

Aquila's modernised technical systems

The technical aspect of any refit is crucial, and Aquila is no exception, with Pendennis giving her a through overhaul. Her four generators were completely rebuilt, while other upgrades included new AV and IT systems, radar equipment, air conditioning and fresh air handling systems.

Aquila's magnificent new chandelier

A major addition that adds to Aquila ’s wow factor is a brand new glass chandelier by Susan Young. Comprising of more than 850 pieces of hand-blown glass, this magnificent centrepieces cascades 11.2 metres through four of Aquila ’s five decks.

Mike Carr, joint managing director at Pendennis, concluded: “We believe that this project has set a new benchmark for large yacht refit programmes.”

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Magic Johnson and "Aquila"

When you’re Magic Johnson, a simple European getaway just won’t do. You have to take in the continent by boat.

The NBA legend and entrepreneur is currently enjoying some time cruising around the Mediterranean onboard the Aquila , a 281-foot superyacht . And the Lakers great and his wife Cookie have invited along a star-studded group of pals, including Samuel L. Jackson and LL Cool J, to join in on the experience.

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Magic, who TMZ says likes to spend a month across the Atlantic each summer, has gone all out for his latest vacation. The Aquila is the largest boat built in the US since the 1930s, according to its Burgess charter listing . Originally developed by Derektor in 2010, the vessel sailed under the name Cakewalk until it was sold and completely refitted in 2016. The renewed, four-deck yacht has even more space from which its passengers can gaze upon cities like Corfu, Capri and Cervo, and is perfect for entertaining a one very large man and his family and friends.

The yacht has a massive owner’s suite with a massage room, salon and private deck that overlooks the bow, along with six other spacious guest suites. There’s also a cinema room, gym, two more massage rooms. When it comes time for entertaining, there’s a saloon called the London Bar, a beach club at sea level and a dedicated party deck with its own DJ booth, AV system and smoke machine. The interior’s pièce de résistance, though, is a 36-foot “waterfall” chandelier that stretches from the sun deck to the lower deck.

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Other amenities on the Aquila include a limousine tender, a deck jacuzzi, aquapark, trampoline and all the water toys you could ever want (think: jet skis, kayaks and wakeboards). The yacht, which has a 50-foot beam, is also manned by a crew of 28. It’s powered by two 3,306 hp MTU engine and has a top speed of 17 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots.

As you may have guessed, a boat like this doesn’t come cheap. The superyacht is reportedly worth over $150 million . Johnson is only chartering the vessel, but even that will set him back nearly €1 million (or about $1.2 million) a week, according to the listing. One thing is clear: No. 32 loves spending time on the Aquila . In fact, this isn’t his first time he’s rented the vessel. He also took it out on vacation back in 2019, according to TMZ . And honestly, who can blame him?

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24.99m  /  82'   nautor's swan   2002.

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Cabin Configuration

Special Features:

  • 2,000nm range
  • Sleeps 10 guests
  • Shallow draft and fast speeds for reef exploration
Primed for discerning charter guests, luxury yacht Aquila offers the height of luxury living

The 24.99m/82' 'Aquila' sail yacht built by shipyard Nautor's Swan is available for charter for up to 10 guests in 4 cabins.

For serious sailors looking to add some luxury to their vacation, sailing yacht Aquila has plenty of appeal. With luxurious living spaces, both inside and out, as well as the opportunity for some fabulous sailing whilst on charter, she's sure to please even the most discerning seafarer.

Guest Accommodation

Built in 2002, Aquila offers guest accommodation for up to 10 guests in 4 suites comprising a master suite, one double cabin and two single cabins.

Performance & Range

Aquila comfortably cruises at 8 knots with a range of up to 2,000 nautical miles. With a shallow draft of Aquila can anchor closer to coves and sheltered bays overnight.

Aquila offers you and your guests the perfect platform from which to enjoy your next luxury yacht charter. Please enquire for details of her winter and forthcoming summer cruising grounds and availability.

Sail yacht Aquila has an array of charter-focused amenities to ensure a memorable experience onboard whatever the destination.


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'Aquila' Charter Rates & Destinations

Summer Season

May - September

$25,000 p/week + expenses

High Season

$28,750 p/week + expenses

Cruising Regions

HOT SPOTS:   New England

Winter Season

October - April

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