The Derecktor shipyard in Florida is undertaking a major refit of 51m Feadship superyacht Gallant Lady.
Derecktor had worked on previous Gallant Lady yachts but the boats had outgrown the yard’s facility, until the installation of a higher capacity mobile lift. The vessel is undergoing a full paint job in the hands of Derecktor staff member Tung Luu and his team, while the shipyard is also supporting the updating of many systems within the yacht. Major projects include new teak decks, mast modifications, the restoration of tank tops within the vessel and a major shore power upgrade. Derecktor said it was looking to continue expanding its market share within the 50m to 65m superyacht community.
Gallant Lady is a 51.21m motor yacht built by Feadship and delivered in 2007. At the time she was renowned as one of the most environmentally friendly yachts afloat, with her owner a founding member of ocean protection organisation the Seakeeper’s Society. Among her environmentally conscious innovations are a bio-reactive waste sewage treatment plant and the use of hi-tech lightweight materials in her construction. John Munford was responsible for the interior design, which was influenced by 18th and 19th century French and Italian antiques.
The yard was founded in 1947 by Robert Derecktor and now has bases in New York and Florida, with Robert’s son, Paul, in charge. Previously Derecktor carried out the refit of 145ft maxi sailing superyacht Mari-Cha III and also 44m Heesen superyacht At Last, which had gone by the names of Artful Dodger and Lady Joy.