|Directions—A Quarterly Newsletter For Our NY And FL Shipyards||Volume 2015 – Issue #3|
Derecktor – Florida: 2015: An Excellent First Quarter
Derecktor Florida has enjoyed a very strong first quarter of business in 2015. Existing long-term refit projects that carried over from 2014 include Mirage (131′ Heesen) which is undergoing significant structural modifications, a re-power and complete systems upgrade; Minderella ex-Calixe (188′ Feadship) – she is undergoing rehabilitation, systems upgrades and an up-coming full paint job; She’s a 10 ex-Mystique on which major structural and exhaust modifications were performed; Gallant Lady (172′ Feadship) completing the installation of new teak decks, a full re-paint and significant systems upgrades; and Samadhi (200′ Feadship) which had her hull re-painted while afloat. Other notable vessels cycled through the yard in the first quarter for routine maintenance or class-required survey work including La Pellegrina (164′ Couach), Inception (164′ Heesen), Te Manu (164′ Codecasa), Passion (173′ Swedeship), Lady Linda (180′ Trinity), Cracker Bay (147′ Hakvoort), Qing (147′ Cheoy Lee), and Mit-Sea-Ah (150′ Pendennis). Ongoing major projects include Mirage, Minderella, Lazy Z (168′ Oceanco) which is being re-powered and re-painted, Areti (197′ Trinity) – she is undergoing structural modifications, and Twilight (118′ Burger) – another re-power. Derecktor also lifted and blocked One More Toy (157′ Christensen) on our neighbor’s property as part of a collaboration with Taylor Lane Yacht & Ship.
Derecktor – New York: Work in Progress – a strong start to the year despite abysmal winter weather in the northeast!
- Seastreak Whaling City Express – 85′ Catamaran Ferry – USCG inspection, aluminum plate replacement, repower, paint job
- Seastreak Wall Street – 150′ Catamaran Ferry – exhaust system replacement, shell plate replacement (collision emergency repair)
- Seastreak Martha’s Vineyard – 85′ Catamaran Ferry – USCG inspection, mechanical systems overhaul, rub-rail replacement, door replacement, paint job
- Brooklyn VI – 105′ Fishing Vessel – USCG inspection, railing replacement, paint job
- Voyager – 105′ Fishing Vessel – USCG inspection, HVAC install, fresh water system Install, paint job, electronics upgrade, lighting replacement
- Little Lady II – 68′ Catamaran Ferry (Hornblower) – USCG inspection, FRP hull repairs, door replacement, paint job, rudder post & tube replacement, running gear upgrades
- Town of Hempstead Marine 5 – 28′ Aluminum Police Boat – bottom plating replacement, hull extension, addition of skegs, paint job, generator replacement
- Theresa’s Five – 68′ Azimut – Upper deck refit – complete removal of flybridge built-in furniture, addition of U-shaped built-in settee and bar, leveling of deck & new drainage system
- Independence – 112′ Burger – Full paint job, transom extension, hydraulic swim platform nearly complete, flybridge bulwarks bench and aft railing addition
- Hawksbill (ex-Carrousel) – 58′ Derecktor Yawl – HVAC system replacement, keel plating replacement, refrigeration upgrades, strip and restore all exterior brightwork, design and fabricate custom fixed bimini & dodger, winch replacement & electric upgrades
- Axios – 60′ Custom Sportfish – fabricate and install custom corner hawse pipes, cockpit mezzanine extension and new engine room entrance, teak veneer on salon bulkhead, installation of new fuel tank for generator, paint job, interior joinery upgrades.
Derecktor – Florida: Twilight Update
The 118′ Burger Twilight returned to Derecktor in early March to be re-powered. Built in 1985, this vessel originally came to Derecktor in the mid-1990’s as Silver Cloud. She has been lengthened and several refit periods over the years have seen her systems constantly upgraded, and she has been maintained to the highest standards. Most recently the vessel was in the yard for the addition of Quantum zero-speed stabilizers and hull paint.
The scope of work for the current yard period includes the removal of her original 12V92 Detroit Diesels and ZF transmissions through a hole in the starboard side, structural modifications to the engine foundations, and the installation of new Caterpillar C-32 Tier 2 main engines and ZF 350 gears.
While the majority of the work will be in the machinery space, other projects include the replacement of the stern tubes. All bottom coatings will also be removed to bare metal and new barrier coating and anti-fouling paint applied. It is a privilege for Derecktor to have been involved with the ongoing preservation and maintenance of such a classic – now 30 years old, Twilight looks to still have many years of outstanding service left in her.
Derecktor – Florida: Gallant Lady Update
The 172′ Feadship Gallant Lady has been at Derecktor since September 2014 undergoing the replacement of her teak decks and a full re-paint by Tung Luu Marine.
A significant work scope of upgrades and system maintenance has also been performed in conjunction with the vessel’s engineers and specialist subcontractors. Derecktor’s relationship with Gallant Lady’s management team dates back to the mid-1980’s with the delivery of their first four Feadships and continued until their new vessels outgrew the yard’s lifting capacity. Our new Cimolai lift has resolved the capacity problem and we look forward to being able to service the Gallant Lady fleet well into the future.
Derecktor – New York: Employee of the Quarter
Derecktor NY announces Pavel (Paul) Arnas as Employee of the Quarter.
Paul joined Derecktor in 1981 as a mechanic and quickly became an integral part of the Derecktor team. He stayed with Derecktor for nearly 20 years before leaving in 2001.
Paul rejoined the Derecktor team in 2014 and has enhanced our mechanical capabilities with his vast knowledge and problem solving skills. Paul is a familiar face to most of our long term clients and a fine example of the Derecktor perspective – he can fix anything!Congratulations Paul!
Derecktor – Florida: Employee of the Quarter
Derecktor Florida is pleased to announce Jose Romero as their Employee of the Quarter.
Jose joined Derecktor in March, 2003 and is one of our most talented welder-fabricators. A dedicated family man, Jose is a cheerful, dependable employee upon whom his co-workers rely. “Jose’s skills as a welder, and his attributes as a co-worker, make him one of our most valuable employees” said Foreman Mario Martinez. Congratulations Jose!
Derecktor – Florida: Plywood Regatta
The 19th Annual Plywood Boat regatta was held in Dania Beach on April 12th, sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. This event draws a variety of high school teams who are supplied with plywood, Ty-raps® and 3M 5200® marine sealant and set to work building canoes.
The second day of the event includes racing these canoes against each other. Derecktor has sponsored teams for the last few years and our Jack Schneider has mentored our kids to great success. This year was no different – our team, made up of members of the Nova High School Engineering Club, went to work and their Titan Thunder won first place in the Advanced Division and first place as the Fastest Boat. A lot of hard work but, ultimately, a very rewarding experience for all concerned.
The team visited the shipyard for a tour of the facilty, a visit aboat a mega-yacht and a discussion about potential careers in the marine industry in the days leading up to the event. Several students expressed interest in marine related careers.
Derecktor – Florida: Waterway Clean-Up
The MIASF’s 38th Annual Waterway Clean-Up was held on the Dania Cut-Off Canal on March 7th. A great turn out, which included students from the Nova High School Engineering Club, came together at the shipyard for a day scouring the banks of the canal for jetsam and debris. Our Galloway Shelby coordinated the event which yielded a record amount of garbage that was transported to the landfill. This annual event is a popular opportunity for members of the industry to enjoy some camaraderie and make our waters a little cleaner. Read More >
Derecktor – New York: Brooklyn Boatworks
Derecktor New York is pleased to announced that the Mamaroneck yard will be the site of Brooklyn Boatworks’ annual boat finishing, in addition to providing the non-profit group storage space for their fleet.
Brooklyn Boatworks is a non-profit, working inside New York City middle schools, that delivers a boat building program to encourage hands-on skills and positive behavior development. Each academic year the students build a small fleet of plywood Optimists and, prior to their launch celebration, their instructors assist in making them ‘harbor ready.’
This year the experienced hands and eyes of Derecktor employees will make them even more special, and the two groups look forward to years of future collaboration.
Brooklyn Boatworks has their annual benefit this May 18th in Dumbo, Brooklyn: details are here. The fleet plans to launch this June 10th in Brooklyn Bridge Park – contact Marjorie Schulman for details: Marjorie@brooklynboatworks.org