Member News November 29, 2018

The St. Lucie County Commission chose Derecktor Shipyard of Dania Beach to operate a mega-yacht repair center at the Port of Fort Pierce. Two bidders were scored on experience, finances, project concept, and business and marketing plans. The commission could score the bidders’ proposal components with a 1 or a 2, and the bidder who received the lowest total score would receive the contract, according to the county’s bid process. The commission gave Derecktor top marks for experience and business, marketing and project concept plans. Derecktor received 30 points compared with 45 points for the other bidder.

MarineMax recently lent the skills of members of its Houston-based service team to NASA for a project that will help astronauts someday explore reaches of space beyond the moon, including Mars. The space agency needed to prepare an Orion crew module for transport from Houston to Sandusky, Ohio, where it will be part of a flight test. To do that, the nearly 35,000-pound vehicle, which accounts for a large portion of the multibillion-dollar Orion project budget, had to be shrink wrapped. The Houston location is adjacent to NASA’s Johnson Space Center and has plenty of experience wrapping up large recreational boats and yachts for cross-country trips. According to a statement on the company’s website, it’s a service the company’s team performs on a regular basis for the purpose of safely transporting and storing boats.

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