Experience - Quality - Passion

“We have just had a fabulous experience with the new owner of what we locals have called the smaller boat yard. Well, now called DERECKTOR boat yard, what a wonderful experience! Easy to work with, amazing quality on new hull paint. They even allowed us to come in and paint the KRAKEN on our Duffy I have always wanted to paint on the hull. Such a nice Zen experience. Timely and affordable competitive pricing. This new couple have taken pride in ownership and in working with clients on all your boat needs, cosmetic or mechanical. Such a big welcome to Ventura. We will be happy to bring our bigger boat to the DERECKTOR VENTURA when it needs its next haul out”…Sincerely, Roxanne and Larry Pearson    



Tom Derecktor grew up building boats.

Started by his father, Robert E. Derecktor, Derecktor has been in the shipyard business since 1947.

DERECKTOR VENTURA is the first Derecktor owned boatyard on the west coast.

This new venture is a partnership between Tom Derecktor and Leonora Valvo.

Derecktor Ventura has a team dedicated to innovating and providing premium quality maintenance and repairs to get your vessel back in the water or stored away safely.


We don’t cut corners, taking pride in the care, craftsmanship and detail we give to you and your boat. 

Have some great ideas? Come share them with us!


Electric and hybrid power conversions.

Complete driveline repair and modifications, including saildrives and bow thruster installations.

Highly-skilled professionals in engine repair, repowers and mechanical systems, including hydraulics and refrigeration.

Yanmar dealer; new Yanmar parts and engines available. On-site Yanmar mechanics, rigger and Raymarine tech/electrician.

Fabrication and welding in aluminum and stainless steel, with both manual and CNC machining.

Rigging and mast repairs.

Racing and cruising modifications.

Dockside servicing up to 100 ft, and hauling vessels up to 60 ft with a 35 ton Travelift.

Crane service available on-demand along with a 20 ton negative forklift.

Superb Awlgrip paint, racing bottoms, fiberglass and composite repairs.

Excellent woodworking and restoration skills.

In-house chandlery, convenient fuel dock and live bait available at our Marina.

Marina- We are currently full, but things change fast so contact us to be added to our waitlist.



Inventor, engineer, sailor (laser race anyone?) – 

Tom has made the journey from ship building through automotive (think Trac-Rac), underwater turbines, chair design (check out, back to his roots. 


Though he created a diverse portfolio, boatyards never left his blood. Don’t be surprised to see innovations emerge from Derecktor Ventura as he and Leonora rethink marina design, electric & hybrid power, adapting sailing to meet the needs of an aging (us too!) population. 


Tom has two daughters still enjoying winters in the northeast. One lives in New York city in social work, the other in Boston, working to launch a start-up in healthcare. 


After a 15 year run in software, Leonora has returned to her roots in hospitality and services. Though she is still actively involved with her last venture, Swoogo, Leonora is having a blast learning an entirely new industry.


Leonora grew up on power boats, but longed for the magic and excitement sailing offered. Partnering with Tom in life and business is the perfect culmination of career and adventure. Leonora has four adult children who span entertainment, marketing, asian/vegan restaurant owner (follow MintyZ on insta) and nearly graduated college senior with music aspirations.


Let’s talk about your boat!

1644 Anchors Way Drive

Ventura, CA 93001