Federal, state, and local officials joined Derecktor staff on November 13 for the Derecktor Ft. Pierce groundbreaking. The long-awaited ceremony comes shortly after receiving permits to transform the former commercial Port of Fort Pierce in Florida into a refit and service yard. The yard will handle some of the world’s largest sailing and power yachts.
UPDATE, JUNE 3, 2020: Westport employees are returning to work and resuming production, since Washington State has begun lifting stay-at-home orders. The shipyard is following state- and county-required measures for social distancing and other guidelines. Read on for our original article. While no state remains immune to the coronavirus crisis, the depths of the
A long-running refit project intending to transform essentially every corner of an existing motoryacht has resulted in lawsuits. The refit of Anodyne was expected for completion in 2017. However, it remains unfinished, currently sitting in a South Florida shipyard. Allegations of unpaid labor, bribery, and more surround the initial lawsuit and a countersuit. The refit
In yachting, people often talk about the world’s largest yachts. But the world’s largest boat lift? While it may seem strange, it holds a lot of significance. The largest-capacity mobile boat hoist is coming to the Derecktor Ft. Pierce refit yard. It will enable the new service center to haul yachts as large as 250
An expansion plan which began earlier this month is making a major impact at the Derecktor Dania yard. The piers upon which the shipyard’s 900-ton mobile hoist operates are growing in length. This will let the yard handle larger yachts, plus better utilize the hoist in general. Specifically, the piers are gaining an extra 15
UPDATE, APRIL 23, 2019: Derecktor and St. Lucie County officials formally signed their long-awaited contract on April 16 to create a refit yard in northeastern Florida. Derecktor Fort Pierce will focus on power megayachts from 150 feet (about 46 meters) and larger, as well as sailing superyachts. Paul Derecktor, president of the eponymous yard, tells