Derecktor – Florida: 2015 was an outstanding year
Derecktor Florida saw excellent results in 2015 with an increase in business in every sphere. General maintenance services saw an uptick with a total of 125 large vessels being lifted during the year as compared with 106 in 2014. The refit business also showed resiliency marked by the completion of the Dorothea 3 and Carson refits – both these vessels were made ready for extensive circum-navigation cruising and reports indicate successful refits and satisfied customers. Captain John Crupi (D3) had this to say “All is well on D3, we just crossed 3,000 miles since leaving and are at home in the Pacific side of Panama. I just wanted to check in and let you know how happy we are with the boat and how well she’s performing. She looks and runs better than new!” Captain Jim Rosenberg of Carson said “We had an outstanding trip down with very cooperative weather. No issues to speak of and we are about to receive guests in a few days. Thank you again for all of your help and tireless efforts. I honestly don’t know what we would have done without you!”
Derecktor has a full schedule through May and is anticipating a busy spring season. Existing large refit work continues with the Mirage and Anodyne projects, and periodic maintenance and 5/10 year survey work provides a good balance of business. We feel confident that our industry remains healthy and we are optimistic that the refit segment is strong.
Derecktor – New York: Work in Progress – Derecktor continues to impress
- Nepenthe – 41’ Frers Dawn – New custom Derecktor fabricated teak decks have been prepared and installed on this beautiful classic Frers designed Sloop. Finishing work on the deck as well as various cosmetic and outfitting upgrades to the lifelines, house sides and teak accents are underway.
- Liberty II – National Parks Service Landing Craft – New void hatches and gaskets will replace original corroded and leaking steel hatches. New aft access platforms will allow easy access to the Harbormaster drive units, which are currently undergoing a complete overhaul. Metal repair work on damaged fendering system and body work on one engine box has been completed. Fresh topsides paint in NPS Green been applied, and new zincs and bottom paint will ensure the landing craft is ready to re-enter service for the National Parks Service.
- Abigail/Joel Miller – 65’ Crewboats – Service on main engines and generators, as well as repairs to the fendering system have been completed. Bottom plate replacement on the Abigail Miller and new bottom paint, topsides touchups and USCG Inspections on both vessels will ensure these hardworking boats remain in service for years to come.
- Vixen Sword – 63’ Sunseeker Predator – Full Topsides and interior prep for paint is underway for metallic silver paint that is sure to refresh this classic Sunseeker’s sleek appearance. Mechanical and canvas work is underway to repair a non-operational sunroof, as well as new trim tabs, cushions, and synthetic teak decking to complete this owner’s winter refit.
- Lucy – 49’ Lord Nelson Tug Yacht – This beautiful vessel will undergo a winter refit for a new Owner including a new paint job. Various other upgrades are in the works and will help make this vessel one of the prettiest at the docks this spring. Stay tuned for future updates.
- Seastreak Ocean State – 65’ High Speed Ferry – Short haul for USCG Inspection; Derecktor, NY is proud to help keep the Seastreak fleet up and running.
- MTG – 90’ Pershing – Grounding Repairs including extensive laminate repairs to the hull bottom, integral tanks, and internal structure are underway. Significant interior joinery work has been required to access hull and fuel tank internals. A complete rework of several mechanical systems and interior finishes will be required when repair work is complete.
Derecktor – New York: Trinidad Masson RIP
The Derecktor family is saddened to announce the passing of Trinidad Masson on December 6, 2015, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 85. He was born in Pinar DeRio, Cuba on June 15, 1930 to Alfred & Juana Maria Masson. One of several Masson family members who worked for Derecktor, Trinidad served as the principal crane operator at the Mamaroneck shipyard for over 50 years where he was known and respected by legions of customers and co-workers. A calm and steady hand, Trinidad witnessed and contributed to each of the Derecktor shipyards’ many accomplishments during his career and he was one of Bob Derecktor’s most trusted and valued employees. His passing leaves a void of experience and knowledge that is impossible to replicate and his successors have big shoes to fill. Trinidad is survived by his beloved wife Ida, with whom he was about to celebrate 60 years of marriage. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind a daughter, Irma Montane, son-in-law Jose Montane, and grand children Michael & Kristin Montane, along with nine surviving siblings. On behalf of all Derecktor team members, past and present, we offer the family our sincerest sympathy in this time of loss. Trinidad will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Derecktor – Florida: Customer Appreciation
On Friday, November 6th Derecktor Florida hosted their third annual Customer and Vendor Appreciation Breakfast at the shipyard. This well attended and enjoyable event was highlighted by an announcement of the delivery of Derecktor’s new Cimolai 200T mobile boat hoist, and the decision to name this machine “Gary Hays” in honor of our recently deceased metal shop foreman and respected co-worker. Gary’s widow Lenora Hays was present to witness this honor, and to accept the “Employee of the Year” award in Gary’s name.
While Gary’s passing is a huge loss to us all, the new machine will serve as a constant reminder of all his contributions to the company, and his sunny and positive disposition.
Derecktor Shipyards: Marketing Efforts – MYS, Pinmar Golf, FLIBS, Workboat, Hybrid Expo and Refit Show
The Derecktor marketing team have been hard at work representing both shipyards at several events through the latter part of 2015. We had a four-person presence at the Monaco Yacht Show in September followed by our participation, for the first time, at Pinmar Golf in Palma. This event, in its 27th year, is an outstanding charity fundraiser which closes the Mediterranean season in fine style. November means the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and Derecktor Florida exhibited and supported this event as we do each year, renewing aquaintances with customers and vendors at the World’s Largest In-water Yacht Show.
New Orleans welcomes the International Workboat Show in December and Derecktor New York exhibited there, focusing mainly on commercial new build opportunities.
January saw a Derecktor New York exhibit and presentation, in partnership with BAE, at the Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo meeting with potential clients for hybrid technology. Finally, Derecktor exhibited and presented at the first ever Refit Exhibition & Conference in Fort Lauderdale.
Derecktor – New York: Derecktor signs second Hybrid Series research vessel
Derecktor Shipyards of Mamaroneck, New York is proud to announce their next project utilizing cutting edge hybrid technology, combined with the quality construction upon which Derecktor’s reputation is built. Following on the highly successful application of hybrid electric propulsion on the 65′ Research Catamaran Spirit of the Sound for The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut, The City University of New York (CUNY), in collaboration with the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRI@JB) is contracting with Derecktor to build the second vessel in the Derecktor Hybrid Series. The vessel will be built to USCG sub-chapter T regulations and will be operated out of Jamaica Bay, New York. She will be used for research and educational purposes and will benefit from the silent operation of the hybrid system for highly sensitive research applications.
Researchers will be focused on environmentally responsible operation with minimal impact on the local waters. This goal will be accomplished in part by limiting use of sea water for cooling equipment and will instead use keel coolers to minimize the waste-water discharge from the vessel. This, in addition to the reduced emissions of the BAE HybriDrive® system, will create one of the most forward thinking and environmentally friendly vessels in operation today.
Derecktor – Florida: Employee of the 3rd Quarter
Derecktor Florida is pleased to announce Angelo Cruz as our Employee of the 3rd Quarter. Originally from Cuba, Angel joined the Derecktor team as a painter in 1981 and has been employed full-time for thirty-five years. “Respected by his co-workers, Angel is the proudest American that I know” said James Brewer – Business Development, “his work ethic, attention to detail, and respect for the customer and the company make him an invaluable member of the team”.
We are proud to congratulate Angel as our Employee of the 3rd Quarter (2015).
Derecktor – Florida: Employee of the 4th Quarter
Derecktor Florida is pleased to announce Mario Martinez as our Employee of the 4th Quarter. Originally from Honduras, Mario joined the Derecktor team in 2003 after a long career as a boat-builder at Broward Marine. His skills as both a technician and a manager make him invaluable and he is responsible for both the fabrication and pipe-fitting teams.
“Mario’s departments continue to be highly productive, safe and harmonious and he is respected by both his co-workers and his customers alike” said Ken Imondi – General Manager, “we can always rely on him to put the customer first while managing his resources in the best interests of the company.” It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Mario as our employee of the 4th Quarter (2015).
Derecktor – Florida: Anodyne Project
Derecktor Florida is pleased to have been chosen as the home shipyard for the Anodyne project. This 106’ Inace-built vessel has been stripped to bare steel and is to be lengthened and completely re-built with a new superstructure. When completed in mid-2017 to an uncompromising specification the vessel will essentially be a new-build and will represent the very best that the Fort Lauderdale area has to offer. The project is a collaboration between the owner’s experienced team, the shipyard and a host of local specialist subcontractors. We look forward to following the progress of this ambitious and exciting project.
Derecktor – Florida: Rod Sendall RIP
The Derecktor family is shocked and saddened to announce the sudden passing of our co-worker and friend Rod Sendall on January 21st.
Originally from New Zealand, Rod came to the USA at the helm of his home-built ferro-cement sailboat. He had made a home with Derecktor in 2005 and was a talented and innovative self-taught engineer who could always be relied upon for creative solutions to the shipyard’s maintenance problems – he could fix anything! Rod leaves behind his beloved wife Lynette and an extended family in Australia and New Zealand. He will be missed tremendously by all who knew him.
Derecktor – Florida: Out with the Old – In with the New: Update
Derecktor Florida has taken delivery of their new 220 ton capacity mobile boat hoist from Cimolai Technology in Italy to replace its two aging 150ton and 60ton Marine Travelifts. The custom-designed new equipment, now fully operational, will utilize the existing piers without modification. This lift is intended to provide cost-effective lifting options to our customers with vessels under 100 feet in length.
Shown below adjacent to our Cimolai 900 ton lift, the new equipment means that Derecktor now operates two of the most modern and sophisticated lifts in America. The company continues to provide an array of in-house shipyard skills, including pipe-fitting, custom welding and fabrication, protective coatings and heavy mechanical services to a growing fleet of mega- and superyachts that call South Florida home. The yard also maintains collaborative relationships with a host of specialist contractors that form part of the largest concentration of marine-related businesses anywhere in the world.
Fort Lauderdale continues to grow in importance as a major hub for supply, maintenance, repair and refitting services to the world’s mega-yacht community.