The Derecktor Shipyards facility in Florida has been awash in refit business, with craftsmen doing everything from replacing generators to painting hulls to installing a helipad.
During the past six months, visiting yachts have included the 170-foot Feadship Dream, which completed a 10-year survey and received hull paint; the 178-foot Benetti Starfire, which completed a five-year survey and major running gear maintenance; the 180-foot Amels Belle Aimee, which completed a major post-purchase refit; the 180-foot Amels Inception, which completed a five-year survey; the 146-foot ISA Ellix Too, which replaced generators; the 170-foot Feadship Battered Bull, which completed a five-year survey and received hull paint; the 150-foot Christensen Elisa, which finished a mechanical refit and received hull paint; the 164-foot Feadship Aurora B, which completed a five-year survey; and the 180-foot Newcastle Sovereign, which got generator modifications and a new load bank.
As if that’s not enough, the Derecktor Florida team is continuing work on the 142-foot Troy explorer yacht The Big Blue, which is preparing for a circumnavigation. Amidst the system changes and interior upgrades, Derecktor’s team also added a helipad.
Craftsmen are also completing a refit of the 150-foot Feadship The Highlander (shown in the photo at right), which was originally built by media titan Malcolm Forbes in 1986 and was recently purchased by a new owner. Derecktor is adding a more contemporary stern extension, modifying the superstructure, refurbishing the interior, updating all navigation systems, adding zero-speed stabilizers, repainting the hull (in The Highlander’s iconic green), installing a Z-lift stern platform and upgrading the air conditioning.
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