Vixen Sword Shines Again
Derecktor Shipyards has a history spanning nearly 70 years, and a name that has become synonymous with superior craftsmanship, technology and beauty. They have been recognized through the years as builders of luxury sailing and motor yachts along with high-speed ferries and innovative workboats constructed from steel, aluminum, wood, fiberglass and advanced composites. Today they operate three impressive facilities across the Eastern Seaboard of the United States in Florida, New York and Maine. These facilities are manned by hundreds of craftsmen and shipwrights helping to not only build new vessels but also maintain and refit old ones.
Recently a yacht owner brought their beloved Sunseeker 63 Predator to the capable hands of Derecktor at their Mamaroneck, New York shipyard for a detailed refit. This sleekly designed motoryacht’s original gelcoat was showing its age, so it was decided to fully refinish its topsides while also undergoing other mechanical and cosmetic updates. The owner of Vixen Sword specified a metallic silver paint for the topcoat, and Derecktor Shipyards was happy to accept the challenge. Metallic finishes are generally considered to be more difficult to apply, as there must be an even flow and coating thickness in order to maintain a uniform finish. Although Derecktor had experience using Alexseal on past refits, repairs and color matching, this would be their first full system application with Alexseal. “Alastair Smith was very helpful during the process. Tips, support and any additional materials were always just one phone call away,” New York Shipyard General Manager Micah Tucker said of his Alexseal representative.
Tucker continued by explaining that the quality of the finished surface and overall value of Alexseal’s products was the determining factor when deciding to use Alexseal for this project. The Sunseeker 63 was stripped down, and the Alexseal system of primers and fairing compounds were used to perfect the surface of the hull and topsides before application of the metallic silver topcoat. The result of Vixen Sword’s finish is a testament to years of research and development in Alexseal’s products and the impressive abilities of Derecktor’s highly skilled team. After such a great experience with Alexseal’s support team and the products, we’re excited at the opportunity to become the coatings system of choice at Derecktor’s world-class facilities.