Go big or go home
Published on November 10th, 2022
The California coastline is not a mecca for superyachts, but occasionally the staff at Scuttlebutt HQ get distracted by tall masts. Recently that included Mirabella V – the world’s largest single-masted yacht.
We dig big stuff and boat yards that can handle it, so we applaud the legendary Derecktor Shipyards in the USA for receiving the prestigious Golden Compass Award during the 2022 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for their significant contributions to the superyacht industry.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for this award,” said Paul Derecktor. “My father started this company in 1947 with a small team of dedicated workers. Today, we have a much larger and diverse team who are equally dedicated to providing superior workmanship. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished over the years and excited for the company’s future.”
Under the direction of Paul Derecktor, the company made a name for itself on the global stage in 1987 when Stars & Stripes reclaimed the America’s Cup in dramatic fashion. Then again in 2010 with the launch of the 278.8-foot Cakewalk, the largest yacht ever built in the U.S.
In 2012, Derecktor introduced the world’s tallest mobile boat hoist at its Dania Beach (Florida) yard, a 900-ton machine capable of hauling yachts up to 197 feet in length.
As yachts continue to increase in size, Derecktor in 2021 unveiled the world’s largest mobile boat hoist, but this time at its brand-new shipyard at the Port of Fort Pierce (Florida). With a 1,500-ton capacity, the massive lift can safely haul boats up to 246 feet out of the water for service or refit.
Most recently, the 1,500-ton machine at Derecktor Ft. Pierce hauled Coral Ocean, a 239.4-foot superyacht launched in 1994 by Lürssen Yachts. Weighing nearly 1,300 tons, the boat is the largest yacht ever to be hauled using strap lift technology anywhere in the world.
Go big or go home!