|Directions—A Quarterly Newsletter For Our New York And Florida Shipyards||Volume 2013 – Issue #2|
Derecktor – Florida: A Milestone For The Big Blue
The 142′ Troy-built explorer yacht The Big Blue was one of the last vessels hauled on the yard’s marine elevator back on June 4th, 2012. She was purchased by her owners in preparation for a circumnavigation and Derecktor was contracted to complete many of the system changes necessary for such an ambitious undertaking. Since that time the crew, the shipyard and a dedicated group of sub-contractors have been hard at work, realizing the owner’s vision.
In addition to the completion of works un-finished by the builder and many upgrades to the interior and existing systems, the yard has added a helicopter landing pad and the vessel’s hull has been re-painted with a beautiful satin-finish blue.
This project has shown the value of close collaboration between the owner’s design team, crew, shipyard and sub-contractors to achieve an outcome that is in the best interests of the vessel and the owner. When work is completed The Big Blue will be a purposeful and attractive vessel, perfect for the use for which she is intended while still representing a good investment.
“Derecktor Florida is proud to be involved in this exciting project and we will be following the vessel’s travels with great interest” said Galloway Selby, the yard’s project manager.
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Derecktor – New York/Florida:
New Data Management System
Derecktor Shipyards is pleased to announce their purchase of a new data management software solution that will be utilized by both the New York and Florida yards. PierVantage™ by CorVant™
Is the marine industry’s first and only true cloud-based software solution that is built specifically for boatyards, full service marine facilities and boat builders. Given Derecktor’s mix of operations, the platform provides great functionality with none of the vulnerability inherent in a dedicated server system. The solution will provide the customer with an integrated estimate-through-invoice format with more convenient billing, while the yards will enjoy more convenient data entry, easier access and more detailed reporting. The system is in testing phase and will go live in July.
Derecktor – New York:
Ib Ladefoged Re-joins The Team
Derecktor Shipyards is pleased to announce that renowned naval architect Ib Ladefoged has re-joined the engineering team at the New York Yard. Ib was the head naval architect at John G. Alden before striking out on his own as a contract engineer for a number of renowned boat builders including Derecktor, Broward and Palmer Johnson. Most recently Ib was an integral part of the engineering team on the landmark Cakewalk project at Derecktor. He adds a new dimension to the Derecktor engineering team and we look forward to seeing more of his “elegant solutions” to complex problems.
Derecktor – Florida: The Presto Returns…
Galloway Selby and Rod Sendall traveled to Green Turtle Key in the Bahamas in June to deliver the Presto 30 back to Florida. Built at the New York yard, this sailboat is a high-performance, shallow draft hull that is equally at-ease on a long passage or gunkholing in the islands. Despite enduring mosquitoes as big as B-52’s and adverse wind conditions, our intrepid crew brought the boat safely across the Gulfstream to her dock at the Florida yard and reported the boat to be a sea-kindly and comfortable ride. The boat’s unique cat-ketch rig proved easy to control and the two-man crew was quite sufficient for a fast, safe passage. Welcome home, guys!
Derecktor – Florida: Refit-Central
The first half of 2013 has seen a succession of successful projects completed by the shipyard. The 170′ Feadship Dream completed a 10-year survey and full paint on-budget and on-schedule and Capt. Butch Vogelsang pronounced himself very satisfied with the outcome. The 178′ Benetti Starfire went through a 5-year survey with major running gear maintenance and, despite some challenges, departed on schedule. “It was a great experience” said Captain Carl Sputh.
The 180′ Amels Belle Aimee completed a major post-purchase refit under the command of well-known project manager Steve Narkawicz. A comprehensive scope of work with a demanding schedule was successfully accomplished. “Thanks, and I hope we can work together again soon” said Steve. The 180′ Amels Inception went through a full five year survey that included significant running gear work and the 146′ ISA Ellix Too completed an extended yard period to replace generators. The 170′ Feadship Battered Bull completed her 5 year survey and completed a full hull paint – Captain Len Beck is already planning his next yard period! The 150′ Christensen Elisa completed an extended mechanical refit that included full paint and the 180′ Newcastle Sovereign was in the yard for generator modifications and a new load bank.
Derecktor – Florida: 17th Annual Plywood Regatta
As part of its on-going commitment to the Marine Industry and the local community, Derecktor Florida was pleased to sponsor a team at this year’s Plywood Regatta, presented by the MIASF. This outstanding event pits teams of youngsters from a variety of backgrounds in a competition to scratch build a boat against the clock, and race each other.
Our own Jack Schneider mentored a team of eight youths who built a double-ended dory from scratch using only 3 sheets of plywood, 12 tubes of 3M 5200 and 100 Ty-raps. They then competed on the water with the other teams, finishing a commendable second in class. It was a memorable weekend of hard work and competition and a great time was had by all. This is a wonderful annual community event; building boating’s future…today!
Derecktor – Florida Welcomes Aurora B
Derecktor recently completed a full five year survey on the classic 164′ Feadship Aurora B, a vessel that first visited the yard shortly after her delivery in 1992. A significant work scope was completed and a demanding schedule was met.
Captain Matt Anderson said to GM Ken Imondi “I want to compliment your team on a job well done. Early scheduling, constant communication and a no nonsense approach from James Brewer was perfect. Even after the yard period he has followed up to ensure we are shipshape. He worked very well with us while we were at Derecktors and has continued to offer assistance and help us with our davit problems. I would also like to thank Jack Schneider for his assistance during the yard period. He was always quick to attend to our needs and was great to work with. Of course James and Jack are the people we had the most contact with but they cannot shine without good people around them. I would also like to thank the haul out crew, paint crew and anyone else that assisted in getting Aurora B launched. Thank you very much again for a quick and simple yard period.”
We look forward to the next visit of Aurora B.
Derecktor – Florida: The Highlander
Derecktor Florida has recently started work on a significant refit to the classic 150′ Feadship called The Highlander. This iconic vessel, designed by the famous John Bannenberg and delivered by De Vries Scheepsbouw in 1986, was built for the equally iconic Malcolm Forbes of Forbes Magazine.
She has been purchased by an experienced yachtsman and his wife with the intent of restoring and updating the vessel, while retaining much of the distinctive Bannenberg profile which they love.
In addition to a more contemporary stern extension, some modifications to the superstructure to better fit their intended use of the vessel and a full exterior paint job with the classic green hull for which the yacht is recognized, the interior will be completely re-furbished and all navigation systems updated. The work scope includes the addition of zero-speed stabilization and installation of a modern Z-lift stern platform. Other projects include a completely new air-conditioning plant and updates to all the hotel systems. When completed, The Highlander will re-join the world’s mega-yacht fleet, likely operating on the east coast of the USA and in the Mediterranean.
“Derecktor is proud to have been selected to assist in the restoration of this world-famous yacht” said James Brewer, Derecktor’s Sales & Marketing Manager.
Derecktor – New York: Spring Update
The New York yard has been hard at work through the Spring with commissioning and launching winter storage vessels and a variety of other work.
Engineering is started on the recently signed new construction project for The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut, and another 40×20′ steel floating dock is being constructed in the main hall.
The relationship continues with Oakliff Sailing – their Farr 47 raceboat was recently delivered by truck from Michigan and was commissioned and launched in 3 days flat!
Derecktor continues to be a first choice for vessels in need of emergency service, with their speciality fabrication and alignment skills. On-going projects include a Riva 44 which grounded, sustaining significant structural damage and the complete destruction of the underwater running gear. The vessel will be restored and back in service in 30 days from arrival to launching. Similar repairs were made to a Vicem 64 earlier in the year.
A Christensen 150 is also in the yard for emergency repairs – Derecktor is a home-away-from-home for megayachts in need of service in the Northeast.
Derecktor also welcomes the return of NY Waterways and their fleet – a new service relationship will include the replacement of generators in six of their vessels.