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2021 November December Marina World

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SUPERYACHT FACILITIES Hauling operations begin at newest US superyacht yard Derecktor Ft Pierce, America’s newest destination for megayacht refit and maintenance, is now open for business, offering the global fleet a muchneeded new port of call. Home to the world’s largest mobile boat hoist for hauling yachts, the yard offers the same expert service and marine industry resources as its Dania Beach facility but in the relaxed and uncrowded atmosphere of Fort Pierce, Florida. Situated 90nm north of Fort Lauderdale, Derecktor Ft Pierce is in an ideal maritime location. Specifically designed and developed with megayachts and large sailing yachts in mind, the facility has a unique US offering – efficient and safe hauling for megayachts up to 250ft (76m) and deep-keeled, tall-rigged sailing yachts. The biggest hoist The centrepiece of the facility is undeniably the mammoth 1,500- ton customised mobile boat hoist manufactured by Cimolai Technology in northern Italy. Standing 90ft (27.4m) high, the towering machine is the world’s largest for hauling yachts, and Derecktor believes it might well be the most technologically advanced, too. Derecktor’s team of strap-hauling experts collaborated with Cimolai Technology during development of the MBH 1500 to consider and accommodate for variance in overall yacht dimensions. Thus, with ease and ultimate flexibility in mind, the world’s first fully adjustable trolley system was developed. The system allows straps MY Homecoming, a 136ft (41.4m) yacht built by Horizon, was the first yacht hauled out for service at Derecktor Ft Pierce. The Cimolai Technology MBH 1500 offers efficient and safe haul-out for yachts up to 250ft (76m) long. to be placed virtually anywhere on the vessel, while the option to haul yachts using as many as 32 straps to equally balance the entire load will prove to be a safe and cost-effective solution. Special modifications were also made to maximise clearance. The upper crossbeam was built with an exaggerated bump-out for sailing yachts with tall rigs, while leg extensions allow 85ft (26m) of overhead clearance for multi-deck megayachts, and the extra wide stance boasts nearly 50ft (15m) of beam space. Combining facility and ability The new Ft Pierce destination offers the same superior service and project management Derecktor clients have come to expect, and is conveniently located near international airports, as well as south Florida’s vast subcontractor and vendor network. Situated directly inside Fort Pierce Inlet (3nm from the Atlantic Ocean), Derecktor Ft Pierce offers deep-water access (28ft/8.5m) to the Atlantic Ocean with unlimited overhead clearance and a generous turning basin with ample space for large yachts to manoeuvre. The eight-acre (3.2ha) site offers ample storage on the hard, while the state-of-the-art workshop provides plenty of space for trades, offices and land-based support services. This is paired with the legendary tradition and renowned expertise of Derecktor to give clients a unique combination of facility and ability. The MBH 1500 at Derecktor Ft Pierce flexing its muscles during load testing of the HMBS Lawrence Major, a 187ft (57m) landing craft built by Damen. – November/December 2021 29

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