The Derecktor Dania refit yard has services numerous power yachts and sailing yachts over the years. However, height restrictions in some of its slips have prevented it from catering to the ever-increasing heights of superyachts, power and sail. Therefore, renovations are getting underway to create unobstructed air clearance.
In red in the image above, a handful of slips at the western end of the shipyard are covered. The renovations will see the removal of those sheds. Although the management team isn’t revealing how long the removal will take, it does say that the priority is for the renovation to be as minimally disruptive as possible to yachts currently on site and arriving soon.
For perspective, the Derecktor Dania yard covers upwards of 17 acres and has 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) of dockage. The covered slips that soon will be completely open-air will augment the existing 23 uncovered slips on site. Consider, too, that the only real air restriction is an area of the Dania Cut Off Canal. Overhead power lines are 130 feet (39.62 meters) high. Consequently, the facility has handled sailing superyachts with an air draft of 125 feet (38 meters) without issue. Overall, yachts to 197 feet (60 meters) LOA are capable of seeking service there, since a 900-ton mobile hoist is on site. Derecktor Dania acquired it in 2012, in fact.
Derecktor says it will share the progress of the renovations on its social-media channels as well as its website. Meanwhile, both Dania Beach and the purpose-built Fort Pierce facility have projects underway. The Fort Pierce site can handle motoryachts and sailing yachts to 246 feet (75 meters). It has a lifting capacity of 1,500 tons. It had a record haul-out last year, a 1,300-ton 240-footer (73-meter).
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