Derecktor of Florida began construction of a new 820 metric ton (900 short ton) mobile boat hoist in July. The new lift will accommodate vessels nearly 200 feet in length at the yard in Dania Beach, Fla., near Port Everglades.
“We have had a 500-ton marine elevator since 1967,” said James Brewer, business development at Derecktor. “It’s no longer adequate for today’s larger yachts.”
Previously able to accommodate three megayachts with a rail system, the new hoist will permit up to eight megayachts to be in the yard at a time, Brewer said.
“We have pulled 100 tons of steel from the previous rail system to make space for the new hoist,” Brewer said. “Yachts will be lifted by straps and we can drive them to where they need to be.
Fabricated by Cimolai Technology in Italy, the lift will be the largest mobile unit of its type in Florida and the second largest in the United States. Colonna’s Shipyard in Virginia has a 1,000-metric-ton Marine Travel Lift, but is primarily used for commercial applications, Brewer said. Derecktor’s new lift is the eighth machine made by Cimolai.
“A build team is coming with the pieces on two shipments,” Brewer said. “It will take a month to build, using three 200-ton and one 100-ton cranes.”
The hoist is scheduled to be operational by Sept. 15.
Derecktor is also benefiting from the dredging of the Dania Cut-Off canal, which will increase the canal’s depth to 17 feet.
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