Where The Highlander meets The Big Blue

Derecktor Florida has become refit central for iconic megayachts and world cruisers.

The Highlander

The 150-foot Feadship The Highlander, originally built for Malcolm Forbes in 1986, has a new owner and is undergoing a major refit at the Derecktor facility in Florida.

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 Highlande_r's iconic green), installing a Z-lift stern platform and upgrading the air conditioning.

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