PRESS RELEASE FROM DERECKTOR
Derecktor hopes to be selected to create Fort Pierce Megayacht Yard.
Thank you for your support for Derecktor at the public meeting on October 2nd. A private meeting will be held with the St. Lucie County Board of Commissioners on October 30th, and soon after another public meeting will be held. The date for the public meeting is TBD - stay tuned!
September 28, Fort Pierce FL-
Derecktor Shipyards, (www.derecktor.com) the world-renowned builder and yacht yard operator, is waiting to see if Fort Pierce Fl, will be it’s new home. On October 2nd at 2pm, the St. Lucie County Board of Commissioners will hold a public meeting to discuss the selection of an developer and operator of a new shipyard devoted to the maintenance, repair and overhaul of megayachts on County owned property in the Port of Fort Pierce.
Derecktor is one of two finalists in a County process to identify and choose the best-qualified operator for the site. An advisory committee tasked with evaluating submissions and qualifications of the finalists by the Commissioners ranked Derecktor as the clearly more qualified operator and recommended they be the County’s choice.
“We are very excited about this project, and eager to hear the County’s final decision”, commented Paul Derecktor, President of Derecktor Holdings, Inc.. “We were gratified that the evaluation committee ranked us as overwhelmingly the most qualified bidder, and that our 71 years of experience building and operating shipyards was recognized as setting us apart. While we respect the other bidder, the fact is they have never built or operated a shipyard.”
The yard Derecktor envisions, outlined in their proposal to the County, would cater to yachts in the 200 plus foot and 900 plus ton range. These yachts have no purpose-built facility to accommodate them in the U.S.. Further, Derecktor plans on installing a 1400 ton mobile hoist on-site, which would allow the hauling and service of large sailing yachts, which currently are largely restricted to European yards due to a lack of acceptable stateside facilities. The yard would employ more than 200 people directly and hundreds more through subcontractors and suppliers. Derecktor has also committed to moving their company headquarters to Fort Pierce if selected, with a number of key management personnel relocating.
“The yard we hope to develop in Fort Pierce would be unique in the U.S., and be the central component in an effort to make the City and County a new destination for the world’s mega yacht fleet”, concluded Paul Derecktor. “We’re just waiting for the go-ahead”.
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Derecktor Shipyards. 71 Years. And Building.
It was 1947 when Bob Derecktor began with a simple plan and a small shop in Mamaroneck NY. His goal: build boats the equal of any in the world, and do it without compromise.
Today, the record says he and the yards he founded have done just that. Notable vessels ranging from America's Cup winners to massive mega yachts to rugged Coast Guard cutters have come from Derecktor.
Just as remarkable is the way the business has evolved. That first shop has grown to three full-service facilities ranging the length of the East Coast. And while still among the world's best builders and still a family business, today we offer customers a variety of benefits, from complex refits to destination marinas.
What has not changed is a driving determination to do it right. Which is why, when most American boatbuilders that were around 70 years ago are now memories, Derecktor is thriving. And still right on course.
Located in beautiful, secluded Riggs Cove, Derecktor Robinhood is a full-service yacht yard and marina, offering summer slips and moorings, winter storage, yacht sales, Spartan Marine Hardware, Riggs Cove Houseboat Rentals along with the popular Osprey Restaurant.
Our company Headquarters, 25 miles north of Manhattan in Mamaroneck, New York, was the original Derecktor yard, founded by Bob Derecktor in 1947. Today, the site remains our new construction base and continues to offer repair services for a wide variety of yachts and commercial craft.
South Florida’s most complete large-yacht repair facility, Derecktor Florida celebrates it's 50th year in 2017. The yard caters to many of the world's most impressive power and sailing yachts, and acts as a pole of attraction for those in need of repairs, storage or major refits.