U.S. builder Derecktor Shipyards has finalised an order with Cimolai Technology for the world’s largest mobile boat hoist (MBH). The massive 1,500-ton mobile boat hoist is expected to arrive from Italy by fall 2020 and be put into service shortly afterwards.


Aerial view of Derecktor Ft. Pierce

Vessel hauling will be accomplished through the 1,500 MBH and planned drydocks, giving the yard a tremendous flexibility in the range of yachts it can handle. The MBH, with its unrivalled capacity, combined with the physical advantages of the site, will make it possible to fully handle the international mega sail fleet. Drydocks, the first of which could possibly go into operation before the MBH, are projected to accommodate vessels up to 5,000 tons, meaning the majoriy of the world’s largest yachts can be serviced.

MBH will be fully utilized including direct deep-water access from the Atlantic Ocean through Fort Pierce Inlet, no overhead obstructions and a maintained depth 8 metres through the channel and Turning Basin. The facility itself features a concrete apron of more than 8 acres, providing ample work and storage area, as well as more than 1,000 linear feet of deep-water dockage.



Justin Beard, marketing manager at Derecktor Ft. Pierce said:
The 1,500 MBH is an impressive machine in terms of size and capability. At 85 feet in height, it will be nearly as tall as the South Causeway and will give us the ability to haul vessels up to 250 feet in length, depending on displacement…Knowing the MBH will be here gives everyone – employees, customers and the residents of St. Lucie County something definite to look forward to.

Founded in 1947, Derecktor Shipyards has since become one of the of the U.S. construction, repair and refit of yachts, commercial and military vessels. Today, four Derecktor facilities span the East coast of the U.S. from Maine to South Florida, offering vessel owners and operators everything from marina space to megayacht construction. 

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