Deryck Fullwood has joined South Florida Yacht Support (SFYS) in Fort Lauderdale as manager to assist operations, project management and ISM/ISPS and MLC compliance services.
Fullwood brings more than 10 years of experience as a first officer and captain on yachts and four years as technical yacht manager and designated person ashore for both Yachtzoo, USA, and Superyacht Management LLC.
SFYS’s owner and managing director, Capt. Ryan Godbeer, said the two were childhood friends in South Africa.
“We brought Deryck on because of his extensive industry knowledge, customer advocacy and professionalism,” Capt. Godbeer said.
Capt. Godbeer created the company in 2016 to pull together his two decades of experience in yachting, about eight of those as captain.
“Our support service focuses on preventative maintenance and all-round care, from below the waterline to the engine room, exterior to interior,” Capt. Godbeer said. “Small issues very quickly become larger, far more expensive ones quickly in South Florida. Having multiple qualified and insured captains, SFYS can also provide captain and crew services for repositioning or deliveries and owner’s trips at competitive rates.”
The company incorporated a marine air conditioning division lead by Pierre Desforges last year. Desforges is Dometic-certified in chilled water systems.
“Pierre is meticulous in the quality of his work,” Capt. Godbeer said. “SFYS recently completed an entire replacement air conditioning system on a 120-foot custom motor yacht by Louisbourg in Lauderdale Marine Center. This project was a complete refit including replacement chillers, air handlers, pumps, chilled water lines and raw water plumbing, insulation and ducting. No job is out of our scope.”
For more information, visit www.southfloridayachtsupport.com.