Why Yes, that is a Mirage

The Derecktor yard in Florida is doing a refit with an 8-foot hull extension.

Heesen Mirage at Derecktor for refit
Heesen Mirage at Derecktor for refit
Workers at Derecktor are partway through a refit of Mirage.Courtesy Derecktor

The Derecktor shipyard in Florida is working on a refit of the 131-foot Heesen Mirage, a jet boat built in 1992.

Work will include adding an 8-foot hull extension with a Transformer swim step, new structural glass elements in the superstructure and a new Seakeeper gyroscopic stabilizer system. The main MTU engines will be replaced, the Kamewa water jets are being overhauled and multiple other systems are being torn out to make way for newer technology.

An interior refit also will be done, along with a full exterior paint job.

“The vessel was originally conceived as a lightweight, high-speed jet boat, and every effort is being made to maintain performance without sacrificing the quality and comfort of the original construction,” Derecktor stated in a news release.

Follow the project at www.derecktor.com.