World’s largest mobile boat hoist arrives at shipyard

The first components of Derecktor Ft Pierce’s mammoth mobile boat hoist have begun arriving on-site at the shipyard in Florida. 

Notable among the huge erector set-like parts delivered by tractor trailer from the Port of Miami were the gigantic wheels. Measuring more than eight feet tall and weighing more than 4500 kilograms each, the 32 wheels give an inkling of the enormity of the machine they will carry. 

Once assembled, the boat lift will be the world’s largest, with a capacity of 1,500 tons – the equivalent of nearly eight Boeing 747 airplanes. It will also be the heart of the shipyard’s first phase of operation. With the ability to haul vessels up to 250 feet in length from the water for service work quickly, safely and efficiently, it will offer the growing global fleet of larger megayachts benefits said to be unmatched by any U.S. shipyard. 

While the lift is assembled, work on the haul-out basin to accommodate the huge machine continues. This 220-foot long by 50-foot-wide slipway, with a water depth of 21 feet, will allow the hoist to haul all but the very largest yachts quickly, safely and efficiently, and then precisely position them on the 12-acre site. 

“This gives us the ability to save time and money for our customers who before this have had to rely on dry docks for haul-outs.” says Justin Beard, Marketing and Sales Development for Derecktor. “Large sailing yachts have generally not looked to U.S. yards for service due to the lack of suitable haul-out facilities. It opens an exciting new market to us and the industry in Florida.” 

Derecktor Ft. Pierce anticipates hauling operations to commence in May and is now scheduling haul-outs and service work. 

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One response to “World’s largest mobile boat hoist arrives at shipyard”

  1. Peter Melson says:

    Not quite sure it’s true to say this is the world’s largest boat lift. The one at BAe Systems, Barrow in Furness, can lift 24,300 tonnes!