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CapKenA Personal Matter

Always taking its custom work seriously, Jarrett Bay brings it to a new level with this 64-foot Carolina beauty.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Photos courtesy of Jarrett Bay

Jarrett Bay 64

This Jarrett Bay 64, Builder’s Choice, is the fourth personal statement from this builder for the owner and delivered by company president Randy Ramsey and his crew of fine craftsmen.

“If I felt any better about this boat, I’d be triplets,” remarked Jarrett Bay president Randy Ramsey, his words flavored and seasoned with that most appealing and special North Carolinian cadence. “You see, this is the fourth boat we built for the Huddle family and well, when you have established that kind of relationship, it not just about the job.”

Indeed, Builder’s Choice, one of the latest to splash at the company’s sprawling 175-acre marine park right off the Intracoastal Waterway in Beaufort, North Carolina, is more than another beautiful custom build from Mr. Ramsey and his veteran crew of designers, fabricators, technicians, workers, support staff and all the others that have helped put Jarrett Bay in the rarified air of this particular sector of the industry.

With this particular boat, and given the Huddle’s involvement as their exclusive contractor in the early days of Jarrett Bay’s growth, the project was all very personal. “This was about family,” said Ramsey. “And we set out to deliver a beautiful and functional boat.”


That personal touch is quite evident inside Builder’s Choice and the attention to detail and excellent fit and finish shown by Jarrett Bay’s on-site Crystal Coast Interiors that was provided here is exceptional.

Jarrett Bay 64 interior

The main salon aboard Builder’s Choice is exactly what the owners were looking for.

No matter where one looks, the hand picked black walnut motif stands out and is in beautiful contrast with the light colored couches, each with plenty of storage space beneath, found to either side. And a beautifully crafted Release table, not only expands for additional surface area, but also opens up for extra storage below. With the Huddles, that most likely will be used for fishing related items.

The island galley is forward and to port with a dinette just opposite. The veneer work found throughout and well, the eyes don’t lie; everything matches perfectly. For weight saving, honeycombed Nomex is used with all the doors and cabinets.

Jarrett Bay rod storage closet

Given her profile as a no-nonsense, tournament boat, she has abundant rod, reel, and fish equipment storage. Here, a hallway closet shows off some of her wares.

In the living accommodations, reached via a centerline stairs from the salon and galley area, there is a three stateroom, three head layout. Surrounding both the Huddles and their guests in elegant and comfortable quarters, the staterooms also provide plenty of storage space for those times Builder’s Choice will be traveling to far-flung ports in search of the boat’s prime directive. In addition, there are full-length tackle closets on both sides of the hallway with dedicated space allotted to rods and reels and makes for a very impressive showing.


“While we always look to make our boats lighter and more efficient, we never sacrifice quality, safety, and the kind of outstanding build we have become known for,” said Ramsey. To that end and instead of a molded house, Builder’s Choice features closed cell foam throughout the entire topsides.

Jarrett Bay 64 framed

Like all of Jarrett Bay cold-molded boats, Builder’s Choice starts out with a perfectly shaped wood frame over which her fiberglass exterior will be fashioned.

As far as Jarrett Bay’s cold mold process, the boat is triple planked with significant amounts of fiberglass and extra planking in high impact areas. This same beefy technique is used in sections like the struts and rudders.

“Unlike some builders we not only glass the exterior of the hull but instead, encase its entire interior as well including the stinger system, grid, bottom and side planking,” continued Ramsey on this topic. “The end product is an encapsulated wooden hull that should last indefinitely.” And finally, to get that beautiful Atlantic Blue paint job on Builder’s Choice, Jarrett Bay uses Alexseal coatings on all its boats.


For all her beauty and obvious boat builder’s artistic quality, this is a hard-core fishing boat and one that fulfills all the needs of the Huddle family’s legacy of claiming their place in this particular, and highly competitive arena.


Ready for action of any kind, the cockpit offers captain, crew, and anglers all they would need for serious fishing.

As they usually fish with a large group of anglers, she offers 140 square feet of effective space. The teak work underfoot, and that on both upper and lower mezzanine areas, including the coamings, is exceptional. One would be hard pressed to find a line in the sole that does not demonstrate the definition of straight.

As expected, there are the requisite ice and chill boxes, storage areas, transom door and baitwell, stunning Release chair, and easy access to the engine room.


For any hands-on owner or skipper, the engine room aboard Builder’s Choice is as functional as it is a spacious. With a pair of big CAT C32’s at 1,925-hp each sharing the space with a duo of 29.5-kW CAT gensets, I found getting to all critical maintenance areas as well as all pumps, switches, hoses, systems, and just about anything else that needs tending to, to be not only easy but provides all the working space in which to swing any tool without getting a knuckle busted or an elbow bruised.

Jarrett Bay 64 engine room

A great engine room makes a great boat and aboard Builder’s Choice, hers is as good as it gets.

Also of note was finding the pump room aft, this to alleviate any noise, whether it is harmonic vibration or the actual sound of the various pumps and systems cycling off and on, enabling the owner and guests to not be disturbed when settling in for the evening. And as with the engine room space, with many of these systems under cover and in cabinets, I found everything also had easy access for not only checking but for any necessary maintenance work or clean up.


The bridge totally reflects the boat’s fishing profile and is truly worthy of admiration. With its Bausch American hardtop, this deck presents a thoughtfully planned layout and easily places the captain and any guests watching the action from up on high, right in the bite. For the skipper and co-pilot there is a pair of Release pedestal helm seats with additional seating along the starboard side. A comfortable L-shape couch is forward and to port of the helm. Freezer and refrigerated storage areas are also found here as well there being further cargo space beneath the seating.

JB 64 bridge.jpg

Well laid out with all controls and electronics within easy reach, the bridge affords maximum efficiency while Builder’s Choice is under operation.

Using the expertise of Offshore Marine Electronics, Builder’s Choice has an extensive array of Icom, Northstar, SiTex, Garmin, FLIR, Simrad, and JL Audio systems resulting in a helm design affording maximum control with ease of use.


The analogy of driving Builder’s Choice across the waters off of Palm Beach, Florida, as being like taking the wheel of a finely tuned sports car is spot on.

This boat is power personified and due to the balance between those high horsepower, twin CAT diesels and that spectacular fine entry with its sharp attack angle that transitions to abundant planning surfaces, she easily jumped out of the hole, spooled up to 2000 rpm and reached a cruise speed of 35.6 knots. When hooked up, we flirted with 41 knots. I found her to bank easily into turns at speed, track straight and true, back down with all the expected nimbleness she was designed for, and was as compliant and responsive to the most finite of helm commands during the close quarters docking maneuvers at the Sailfish Marina.

JB 64 running

With her Carolina flare showing off her perfectly balanced profile, this Jarrett Bay 64 is an awesome performer.

How do you balance the art of custom boat building with power and performance and the right amount of Carolina Flare? As with Builder’s Choice, you get Jarrett Bay to put it all together for you. It will be very personal. Just ask Randy Ramsey.


Length Overall: 64’

Beam: 18’ 6”

Draft: 5’ 10”

Waterline: 58′

Cockpit: 140 sq. ft.

Mezzanine: 65 sq. ft.

Freshwater Capacity: 275 gal.

Holding Tank Capacity: 125 gal.

Fuel Capacity: 1800 gal. plus 425 gal. auxiliary tank

Power: Twin Cat C32s @ 1925 hp each

Generators: Twin Cat 2.2t @ 29.5 kW each

RPM                             GPH                   SPEED(kt)

1000                              36                         11.9

1250                              66                         20.0

1500                              88                         24.4

1750                             124                        31.9

2000                             152                        35.6

2325                             200                        40.8




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Posted by on February 14, 2016 in Sea Trials


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Yacht Spotting & New Launches

Fourth Custom Jarrett Bay Sportfish Delivered to A Family of Anglers

64-foot Builder’s Choice is a powerful testament to fine Carolina boat building.

Builder's Choice shows off her beautiful profile and her proud Carolina flair.

Builder’s Choice shows off her beautiful profile and her proud Carolina flare.

As the company turns the corner on its 30th year of delivering 95+ builds, Jarrett Bay Boatworks announces the launch of their fourth custom sportfish for the Huddle family and their third generation of Builder’s Choice anglers. Jarrett Bay founder Randy Ramsey’s relationship with the Huddles dates back to 1989 when Jack Huddle first walked into the early company’s Williston, North Carolina boat shed and commissioned a 43’ flybridge with merely a handshake. As the Huddles began to outgrow their 43’, a 48’ express and subsequent 55’ convertible were commissioned – preparing them to once again best their last with the latest 64’.

This is an engine room that is as good as it gets.

This is an engine room that is as good as it gets.

From the beautifully contrasting toe rail to the custom Bausch American hardtop, the graceful design and precise execution make Builder’s Choice a quintessential example of Jarrett Bay’s impressive construction acumen and top quality vendor partnerships. Finished in a shimmering Atlantic Blue topcoat from Alexseal, this renowned “Carolina Flare” hull form pairs advancements such as prop tunnels and underwater exhaust with the dependability of conventional shaft propulsion. Massive Caterpillar C32s with ACERT technology propel her to a top speed of 43 knots and a cruising speed in the 34-37 knot range; ensuring she is as fast and capable as she is elegantly striking.

A look forward in the main salon reveals the fine woodwork and attention to detail Jarrett Bay Boatworks is noted for.

A look forward in the main salon reveals the fine woodwork and attention to detail Jarrett Bay Boatworks is noted for.

As the Huddle family’s boats have evolved to this latest pinnacle, so have their relationships with Jarrett Bay. Jack’s company, Trader Construction was instrumental in Jarrett Bay’s growth and real estate expansion to their 175-acre Marine Park, and he often considered Randy a brother to his sons Harris and Carl. Harris explains, “Our loyalty to Jarrett Bay started with Jack and Randy and now our family is keeping the tradition going. Randy helps us out and we help him out.” Ramsey adds, “When we say, ‘welcome to the Jarrett Bay family,’ it’s not just a figure of speech, we truly mean it. Especially after the sale, we aim to support our customers’ boating careers for life.”

The interior hallway is only a prelude to what awaits the boat's owners and guests.

The interior hallway is only a prelude to what awaits the boat’s owners and guests.

During the construction of the 64, one of the ways this close relationship was demonstrated were the multiple trips Harris made with the Jarrett Bay team to Atlantic Veneer’s mill to hand-pick the stunning black walnut accents for the interior woodwork. The entire Huddle family also helped with layout decisions and interior appointments such as the space maximizing Release Marine box table with pop-up leaves, custom walnut sunburst dinette with holly inlay, and the stalwart fighting and helm chairs. Family members also worked closely with the talented team at The Captain’s Shop on the custom bridge enclosure, as well as with the on-site team at Crystal Coast Interiors to make many of the comfortably refined interior design choices for the three stateroom, three head layout down below.

Comfort and luxurious surroundings are found in each and every stateroom.

Comfort and luxurious surroundings are found in each and every stateroom.

The yacht’s initial shakedown cruise will be an extended trip from North Carolina to south Florida for her debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on November 5-9, 2015. Huddle says, “After that, we’ll spend the winter based out of Palm Beach before venturing to Isla Mujeres Mexico for the early Winter/Spring sailfish bite, and then hopefully on to the Dominican Republic and eventually Bermuda. We also have visions of fishing the Pacific in the years to come.” An abundance of functional storage, redundant Cat generators and an auxiliary fuel tank are among the custom features that were built in from the start to help make these long range expeditions a reality for the Huddle family and their guests.

There's plenty of tackle storage aboard including this hallway closet.

There’s plenty of tackle storage aboard including this hallway closet.

Working with Jarrett Bay’s industry partners at Offshore Marine Electronics, Garmin, JL Audio, FLIR, Simrad, Northstar, Icom and SiTex, the Huddles assembled a navigation package designed to put them on the bite with laser-like precision, as well as enjoy modern entertainment and advanced monitoring amenities.

A bridge deck and helm truly worthy of an A-list tournament sportfishing yacht.

A bridge deck and helm truly worthy of an A-list tournament sportfishing yacht.

A thoughtfully planned systems and video monitor even affords guests relaxing in the climate-controlled salon a live view of the action from the bridge. For all the craftsmen at Jarrett Bay, the Builder’s Choice is a highly functioning piece of art to be supremely proud of, and even sentimental about, as she leaves the facility for the first time. Jarrett Bay new construction foreman Gary Davis jests, “Delivering a boat we’ve worked on day in and out for years is like walking your daughter down the aisle.” But as in all quality relationships, the Jarrett Bay team knows the bride will eventually return home – perhaps often – just as the Huddle family has proven to.

The business end of this Jarrett Bay 64 is bound to see lots of action.

The business end of this Jarrett Bay 64 is bound to see lots of action.

Builder’s Choice is among the first in a flurry of new construction activity contracted at Jarrett Bay during the economic recovery. Following soon after the Builder’s Choice debut in Fort Lauderdale will be a 46′ express splashing later this year, while an in-progress 84′ and 90′ convertible are each slated for completion in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
64’ Jarrett Bay Boatworks – Custom Hull 59 Specifications
Length Overall: 64’
Beam: 18’ 6”
Draft: 5’ 10”
Waterline: 58′
Cockpit: 140 sq. ft.
Mezzanine: 65 sq. ft.Freshwater Capacity: 275 gal.
Holding Tank Capacity: 125 gal.
Fuel Capacity: 1800 gal. plus 425 gal. auxiliary tank
Power: Twin Cat C32s @ 1925 hp each
Generators: Twin Cat 2.2t @ 29.5 kW each

About Jarrett Bay Boatworks

Jarrett Bay Boatworks, founded in 1986, has delivered more than 95 custom and semi-production sportfishing boats and services more than one thousand boats per year through their 175-acre Jarrett Bay Marine Park in Beaufort, North Carolina. Recognized as an ABBRA Boatyard of the Year and named the 2015 NC Manufacturer of the Year, Jarrett Bay has more than 175 employees and 135,000 sq. ft. of building space – making it one the East Coast’s largest and most respected all-inclusive boating facilities.

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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Yacht Spotting And New Launches


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CapKenFinely Tuned

Paul Spencer takes his latest custom 59-footer to a new level.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

The Spencer 59 shows off her well-balanced exterior profile.

The Spencer 59 shows off her well-balanced exterior profile. Photo: Spencer Yachts

Paul Spencer made his mark as a respected captain and fisherman on the offshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean. As with most of his ilk, his passion for all things nautical began at an early age with summer jobs in the North Carolina fishing charter business and earning his ticket by the time he was twenty years old.

Paul Spencer

Paul Spencer

Armed with a personal vision of what a sportfishing boat should be able to do, and a hands-on, experienced-based approach to design and construction, he founded Spencer Yachts in 1996 in Manns Harbor, NC. From its humble beginnings in a tin shed, the facility now boasts some 125 employees with custom builds from 37- to 87 feet in length.

Attitudes is owned by Joe Pregont, a seasoned boat owner with a passion for real wood and sportfishing boats with style and flair, and along with Capt. Jamie Van Winkle, was drawn to Spencer Yachts with an image for his own version of the company’s time-tested and sea-proven 59 footer.

“I saw Mimi, a Spencer 59 in Harbor Island in the Bahamas and really liked it,” Pregont said. “After I met Paul there, and when finished making the rounds Stateside, I decided to build my first custom boat with him. This is my second Spencer now and I can’t wait to get her out on the water. They build a boat just the way you want it and I can’t say enough about the job he did.”


As with any custom build, the needs of the individual owner must be met. And for this particular project, it began with a request to make sure the living spaces of Attitudes were big enough height wise for the Pregont family.

With its custom interior, this Spencer 59 was just what her owner was looking for.

With its custom interior, this Spencer 59’s interior layout was just what her owner was looking for. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

“Most of the boys, including my son-in-law, are on the tall side, averaging about 6’5”,” said Pregont. “So when we laid out the interior, we made sure Spencer and his people took that into consideration.” To that end, and without sacrificing that sleek and proportional Spencer profile, Attitudes has an average of 78” or more everywhere inside, from the 80” in the accommodations area to as high as 84” in the forepeak master.

The galley and dinette areas.

The galley and dinette areas. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

With some of the larger builds, there’s obviously a bit more wiggle room. However, the art aboard this boat meant that the design had to be just right. “We measured every room layout and every space, not only on Attitudes but on others to make sure it was done to the family’s specifications,” added Capt. Jamie.

With excellent fit and finish noted everywhere, the salon features tons of rod and reel storage below the portside seating area and a rod closet below. A fully found galley is forward of that and a comfortable dinette sits to starboard. For the accommodations below, it was agreed that the three-stateroom, two head layout would include an open starboard hallway bunk, measuring some 80” long and 36” wide with massive storage area below. And whether in the forepeak or guest quarters, there is more than ample space in which to keep all those necessary items for extended trips away from the dock.


Well-lit and beautifully faired and finished off, the engine room is accessed through a center line hatch forward in the cockpit and once inside, offers more than ample room to access all necessary maintenance and service areas, batteries and electrics, pumps, valves, refrigeration units, air conditioning, sea chest, and switches as well as the CAT 21.5-kW genset, encased in a hushbox and mounted athwartships and in front of the twin C-18 1,150-hp Caterpillar mains.

“By the way,” Capt. Jamie said, noting the entrance. “I had that hatch and dogging entrance door there made wide enough to slide my spare props right in, eliminating any need for boxes being on the deck when we are traveling.”

Another noteworthy design down here is the alleyway leading from the engine space to the lazarette. Not only is it an excellent storage area, with easy access to anything you may keep here, but it also eliminates the need for a deck hatch thus preventing any chance of water intrusion during a tussle with a big fish or big water.


The centerpiece of her cockpit, complete with all the necessary accessories such as mezzanine, fish boxes, live well, refrigerated and freezer compartments, is the Bluewater designed chair. “I’ve been dealing with the company for years and really like the way Tom Ackel and his crew deliver a product,” said Capt. Jamie. Made with high-grade stainless hardware and selected teak, it’s the biggest one they make and will, as the owner and his family are motivated fishing enthusiasts, definitely see a lot of action on this boat.

With plenty of room for any kind of action that should come her way, the Spencer 59's cockpit is ready.

With plenty of room for any kind of action that should come her way, the Spencer 59’s cockpit, with its Bluewater chair, is ready. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

Her coamings and transom are all teak as well. Again, this owner really likes his boat trimmed out as much as possible and to show off the aft end of Attitudes, there are about 30 coats of varnish applied to transom before being covered with clear coat after which the gold leaf name is applied and then buried in multiple layers of clear as well. “We go out of our way to keep the deep drop lead and the marlins from scratching it up,” Capt. Jamie said, a wry, knowing smile covering his face. “All this stuff is the real deal with a custom boat.”


Simplicity was key to laying out the bridge area and to that end the helm features a three-screen electronics display. Practical and kind of ‘old school’ by some standards, it offers a clean, uncomplicated seating area forward for guests while giving the skipper all the tools and view aft for when the action is hot and heavy.

A full Pipewelders tower gives both captain and guests a lofty all around view.

A full Pipewelders tower gives both captain and guests a lofty all around view. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler.

Electric reels and radios are in separate overhead compartments and I found excellent storage areas here as well. The Pipewelders tower is an outstanding piece of equipment and finished off as good as any I’ve seen anywhere. “I try not to overdo it up here,” Capt. Jamie said noting how easy it is to reach anything he would need while fishing or getting from place to place.

Van Winkle also made particular note of the electronics wiring cabinet located below the helm and easily accessed via a side hatch. And after looking around inside, I could see why. All Hooked Up Electronics owner Koby Money gave Attitudes the kind of wiring job that is second to none, affording the system-savvy skipper, or technician, unfettered access to any work that may be required.


Once the jig is set up in the Manns Harbor shop, the hull is trucked the short distance to Wanchese where the interiors, engines, painting—this is an Emron painted boat—and the rest of the finishing projects are completed.

“The Spencer foreman and I would communicate on everything I wanted done during the build,” said Capt. Jamie. “And it’s all real special dealing with Paul, his family, and everyone else at the company.”

Attitudes is a cored boat—Divinycell and Core Cell—and upgrades the tried and true method with new materials. For strength, her backbone, being the stringers, is still laminated wood as are the chines.  All that is set on coring, which is glassed over and vacuum bagged. Once the whole boat is done it is then cooked by building an oven around it, this to cure it and get rid of some post-cure issues. “She’s the second boat we’ve done this way and because of the resultant weight loss, strength and stiffness, Spencer Yachts will be doing it from now on,” said Capt. Jamie.


“I just didn’t like the harmonics of the five-bladed props,” Capt. Jamie said to me as we headed out of Pirates Cove Marina in Stuart, Florida, for some time out on the water.

Swapping them out for a pair of Veem four blade, 31” wheels, once past the manatee and no wake zone, and as we started to accelerate, his reaction was immediate. “Now that’s how things should sound,” he said. “Quiet.”

Having not been aboard with the former props, I could not judge the difference but a smooth increase in speed was quite apparent as we approached 1750 rpm with a 70% load on. Holding her there, Attitudes moved through the water at 29 knots at what I would call a slow cruise. (Not too shabby at 1500 as well with a 23-knot rate.) When the throttles were moved up to 2000 rpm, at 76% load, I noted a 34.5-knot turn of speed with this, her fast cruise. She has a definite ‘sports car’ feel with quick response to the helm as she cut tight and steady turns, and tracked straight and true.  When we brought her back to the dock, and with a sightseeing boat sticking out nearby, giving us a rather close quarters situation, Capt. Jamie slid her right in as effortlessly as if our slip was wide open.


Spencer’s particular knack for building a boat results in a sleek, well-proportioned profile all wrapped around an impressive performance package. From the front of the house on aft, to the shape and size of the windows, to the sweep of the overhang, no two Spencer boats are the same.

A view from the bridge, Spencer Yachts style.

A view from the bridge, Spencer Yachts style. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

With the 66-foot Alpha Bravo, a 74 named Flight Plan, Inappropriate, a 69-footer, and Gratitude, which measures 62 feet along with several more in the works, you’re going to be seeing a lot more Spencer Yachts on the tourney circuit in the near future. And that’s a good thing.

Spencer Yachts, Inc.
31 Beverly Drive, Wanchese, NC 27981
252-473-6567  |  252-473-6568

Performance Data

RPM                        GPH                    SPD/kt

1000                        16                        10.0
1250                        26                        17.0
1500                        40                        23.0
1750                        60                        29.0
2000                        80                        34.5
2200                        100                      37.5
2340 (WOT)            120                      39.5

As tested with 2 x 1,150-hp C18 Caterpillar diesels.

Spencer 59

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Posted by on June 7, 2015 in Sea Trials


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CapKenPurpose Built

F&S scores again with a serious 75-foot fishing machine equipped with head turning good looks and luxurious accommodations.

Story and photographs by Capt. Ken Kreisler

In the realm of big custom sport fishing boats, Blue Time is all about power, performance, and outstanding amenities.

In the realm of big custom sport fishing boats, Blue Time is all about power, performance, and outstanding amenities.

Blue Time, the latest 75-footer from prestigious Delaware-based F&S Boatworks is a single-minded, impeccably built custom boat whose function and purpose, in fact the very reason she was launched, is to be a viable player on the fishing circuit.

“When it comes to fishing, luxurious accommodations, and everything else we would need, we did as much aboard as we could do,” said Capt. Bill Wieteha. “As much as we could and more.”

A Miami native, Capt. Bill has been with Blue Time’s owner through two previous production boats. “He’s very competitive as is his circle of sail fishing friends and we were looking for a boat that could fill that need.”

In between their visits to other builders, a 72-foot F&S named Momo came into their homeport at the Cocoplums Yacht Club in Coral Gables, Florida. That visit and the ensuing getting-to-know-you-time resulted in a phone call to Jim Floyd, the company’s inspirational founding force and a respected industry personality, at F&S. Finding out a 75 jig was available, they came to terms and Blue Time was contracted to be built.


Form ever follows function is the phrase that easily comes to mind when either admiring Blue Time’s lines as she sits in the dock or even better, underway. Her design, shape, and very profile are first and foremost based on her intended purpose.

Low, sleek, and appearing as if in constant motion, she is in perfect proportion to her length and visually, whether from the landing strip foredeck, the gentle slope of the house with its familiar black brow, to the open bridge design with its massive, and fully functional, Palm Beach tower and substantial hydraulically-operated Rupp ‘riggers, and finally to her cockpit and transom, everything about Blue Time is in harmony and balance. And even up on the bow, her removable casting station and flush-mounted livewell makes sense.


Blue Time’s owner wanted the kind of creature comforts only a big boat could supply. And with Capt. Bill working closely with the F&S designers and planners, the accommodations layout delivers on all counts.

 While her exterior profile shows off her well-balanced design, Blue Time's interior is just as exciting.

While her exterior profile shows off her well-balanced design, Blue Time‘s interior is just as exciting.

Entering from the cockpit mezzanine through an actuated sliding door, and directly to starboard is a day head. “This was a necessity for us,” said Capt. Bill. “The last thing you want on a boat like this is a crew of fishermen trailing through the salon with blood, guts, and scales all over them.”

The expansive salon has C-shape seating to port with a Release-built, custom teak table featuring storage below. “They made it so we could have this space for taking meals as well,” Capt. Bill demonstrated as he showed me how easily it transforms into a dining platform. Forward is the fully found galley and opposite, a spacious dinette under which is an electrically operated rod storage drawer. Of particular note here is the distinctive overhead cutout that adds an effective and special design statement to the area. A beautiful wood console houses a 75” HD television, electrical panel, bar, and as everywhere aboard, contains extra storage spaces.

The full beam master offers comfort in luxurious surroundings.

The full beam master offers comfort in luxurious surroundings.

Blue Time has a four stateroom, five head layout with a full beam master; one that has its own 75” HD television as well. And no matter where I visited in the accommodations areas, I found superior woodwork, excellent headroom, fastidious attention to details, more than ample space for all fishing tackle and gear, including a dedicated walk-in closet forward of the galley for kites and related equipment.

Capt. Bill also made particular note of the electronics and a.v. wiring. And after looking around inside the various dedicated cabinets and closets, I could see why. All Hooked Up Electronics owner Koby Money gave Blue Time the kind of wiring job that is second to none, affording the system-savvy captain, or technician, unfettered access to any work or maintenance that may be required.


“We do a lot of live bait fishing, perhaps eighty percent of the time, so we wanted to make her, and as big as she is, complete with some innovations we feel many of the other rigs do not have,” Capt. Bill said as we reviewed the inventory list of fishing amenities.

Among other tourney equipment, Blue Time's business end features a 170 square foot teak cockpit with a pair of removable live wells to either side of her custom Release chair.

Among other tourney equipment, Blue Time‘s business end features a 170 square foot teak cockpit with a pair of removable live wells to either side of her custom Release chair.

He had the transom designed for a pair of 55-gallon live wells with the ability to run both with just one pump. The wells can also be pressurized while the boat is running to prevent any sloshing around in a big sea and injuring or killing the bait.

To either side of a state-of-the-art Release chair, with its custom reel seating back, one that Capt. Bill had designed, were a pair of above deck fiberglass wells. “I supplied those through my own company, Miami-based Offshore Bait Solutions specifically for Blue Time and, if switching over to let’s say marlin fishing, we can break them down, including all the plumbing, and store everything elsewhere in a matter of minutes.”

Other features of the 170 square foot cockpit includes the mezzanine seating area, tackle storage, three large stainless steel lined freezers, a pair of KEP networked monitors, a Freeman watertight lazarette hatch, tuna tubes in aft bait wells, and Eskimo ice maker among many other accessories.


There are eleven rocket launchers up on the aft rail of the bridge and three Release pedestal seats. And that’s just for openers. “We’re doing a lot of kite fishing right now,” Capt. Bill said. “So I had Palm Beach Towers put a center grommet here for me to just clip my line to. It’s a small thing but comes in real handy for us.”

With her busy fishing schedule, being able to transition quickly over to species-specific techniques is an important ability for the crew. There are spreaders all the way around on the tower and the entire area around the boat can be lit up at night for dipping bait. And when I climbed to the top, I found a gray painted platform underfoot to cut down on glare, all the antennas placed topside, and all the controls, wheel, and equipment set just right to allow Capt. Bill to have optimum visuals while fishing.

The island-style helm is well laid out with all Garmin screens, throttles, radios and electric teaser reels in overhead, and all switches within easy sight and reach. There is plenty of seating for guests and of course, the requisite storage areas, freezer and drink compartments beneath


Abundant room makes this engine space as special as they come for any kind of maintenance and service.

Abundant room makes this engine space as special as they come for any kind of maintenance and service.

Big boat, big engine room, big space to move around in. There’s no argument here; with a 75-foot length and 20’9” of beam, Blue Time has the kind of engine room that offers space, space, and more space. From the considerably sized 2,600-hp MTU mains, to the pair of 32-kW Cummins Onan gensets, to the M26000 Seakeeper gyro mounted in its own custom made cradle on the centerline and forward of the engines, to all of the pumps, water management and air conditioning systems, to the battery banks and electricals, FCI 1,200 gpd watermaker, and any and all critical maintenance and service areas, I found ample room to swing any kind of tool without getting into any knuckle-busting, elbow twisting, head banging, or body-contorting situation. And of course, it’s all brightly lit and faired and finished off as meticulously as is her flawless Allcraft White 2000 painted hull.


Blue Time’s build took around 20 months and as with all boats of her class, there were challenges to be met including keeping all the necessary headroom and supplying the large storage spaces aboard, especially those associated with her fishing profile.

She is built using diagonal planked Okoume plywood, three ¼” layers on the sides, three ½” on the bottom, with one extra layer of ½” on the bottom of the engine room. Next comes one complete layer of 17-ounce biaxial cloth between the second and third layers of plywood after which two complete layers of that same cloth are placed on the entire exterior of the hull. A layer of 12-ounce of Kevlar covers the bottom and another layer of 17-ounce is placed on the complete interior from the chines down. All the stringers, shear, chines, and keel are constructed of clear, vertical grain Douglas fir while the topsides, from the shear up, are of Corecell and biaxial cloth.


Running on her variable deadrise bottom with longitudinal steps, a design derived from Floyd’s SeaCraft days and one that he has adapted and evolved over the years to the sportfish sector, Blue Time is a spirited performer. A pair of M94 2,600-hp MTU diesels, turning 38 x 56 Veem Interceptor 5-blade wheels, powers her.

Blue Time turned in impressive performance numbers and offered nimble handling during all phases of my sea trial.

Blue Time turned in impressive performance numbers and offered nimble handling during all phases of my sea trial.

Being a release rather than a pressure design, the effect is a somewhat softer ride due to the aeration along the steps as pockets of air are trapped between the hull and the surface by those steps. That is transferred to the hull as it moves through the water. And while test day saw calm seas with only a slight breeze of no consequence, Capt. Bill, on his delivery run, did comment on her ability to cut through head-on and quartering waves and excellent stability with following seas.

She jumped quickly up out of the hole and settled into an impressive 37-knot cruise speed at 2000 rpm, a 40+knot turn at 2150 rpm, and flirted with almost 46 knots of speed with the throttles pinned. With the multi-keel effect of the vertical surfaces of the steps, she displayed superior directional stability and tracked straight and true during flat out speed runs.


So far, and since her launching in late December 2014, Blue Time has participated in the Sailfish 400, the Sailfish Challenge, and the upcoming Jimmy Johnson; perhaps, if their schedule allows, the Key West Tournament, some marlin fishing in the Abacos, possibly the Custom Boat Shootout, maybe a BBC or two, and a handful of others.

“That’s what we’re all about,” said Capt. Bill. With a boat like Blue Time, I couldn’t agree more.


LOA: 75.0’
Beam: 20’9”
Weight: 93,000 lbs. (dry)
Fuel: 2,800 gal.
Water: 400 gal.
Engines: 2 x 2,600-hp M94 MTU diesels

RPM                        GPH                      SPEED/kt
1500                        95                          26.1
1700                        120                        30.4
1850                        148                        33.8
2000                        160                        37.1
2150                        192                        40.1
2450 (WOT)            249                        45.8

Tested with 2 x 2,600-hp M94 MTU diesels

F&S Boatworks, 353 Summit Pointe Circle, Bear, DE 19701. 303 838-5500. http://www.f&
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Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Jarrett Bay Boatworks Delivers on a Tall Order

43 Hardtop Express Raises the Roof on Custom Sportfish Design

Jarrett Bay 43 HTX

Over the years, Randy Ramsey and his crew at Jarrett Bay Boatworks has consistently pushed the envelope in custom sportfish design with boats that are not only beautiful to look at but fulfill all the requirements of a horizon-chasing, blue water tournament boat.

Jarrett Bay Boatworks recently delivered custom hull # 53, a 43’ Hardtop Express headed to bring a little Carolina Flare® to the Northeast Canyons. After compiling an impressive boat ownership resume of production and custom craft up to 80’, the owner of Jarrett Bay’s newest launch “Gregarious” brought an extensive custom wish list to the company’s designers and craftsmen. Always up for a unique challenge Jarrett Bay accommodated the owner’s towering height by elevating the hardtop to provide a comfortable head clearance when he is standing at the interior helm station. Interior arrangements were also elongated for added comfort in the cabin.

cockpit controlWith an intent focus on the business-end of this Jarrett Bay, the owner & captain’s cockpit order definitely did not fall short on any detail. Ensuring access to the twin 600hp Cummins QSC motors and Zeus pod drives did not encroach on deck space, the 43HTX’s hydraulic cockpit decklift delivers in both form & state-of-the-art function. Making the most out of all spaces, the mezzanine not only serves as a comfort station complete with an ice maker and drink coolers, it also provides bait storage and functions as an aft helm station with pod joystick controls in a recessed compartment. Also serving double-duty is the stern fishbox that doubles as a live well. Keeping the aft deck space clear of clutter from head to toe, the electric teaser reels are flush mounted into the cabin overhang, and a low-footprint Release Marine Battle Saddle perfectly complements Jarrett Bay’s finely crafted teak cockpit accents, as well as the custom metal, CNC-cut Jarrett Bay logo drain covers.

hydraulic cockpitRaising the cockpit floor, an Alexseal® premium yacht finish adorns one of the most accessible engine room spaces for a boat of this size. In addition to the power package & pod drive system, an ISO boost unit, watermaker and Cummins Onan Generator are all positioned for convenient reach.

Look down after dusk, and you’ll find your own aquarium forming around custom underwater transom LED lights. Walk forward safely using a hidden finger rail on the cabin sides to access the custom anchor pulpit and windlass, and look back at the wide-view wrap-around windows with wipers for maximum visibility in unfavorable conditions. Look up to find FLIR technology, custom LED tower lights, pod joystick controls, teaser reel remote, and actuated storage drawers all conveniently accessible in the buggy top.

salon/helmWalking in the cabin door, you step into a dual-functioning helm and saloon space wrapped in the richness of custom book-matched cherry veneer and trim accents. Notably used by Cadillac as their interior accent wood for its perfect balance of luxury and durability, Sapele is matched with maple on the floors with a satin finish throughout. Sapele lumber runners are also used in the headliner to provide a luxurious accent, and to help make the cabin space feel even larger. Two Stidd helm chairs with a matching electronics dash wrap are the foundation for the interior driving station with pod joystick controls. Guests can keep the captain company in a Jarrett Bay signature bucket seat and sofa with dry storage underneath; or lend a hand in the well-appointed galley with hidden Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer units, a hidden microwave and maximized storage space and cabinetry.

hand-carved sinkBuilt with canyon overnighters and extended Caribbean cruising in mind, the Jarrett Bay 43 HTX comfortably sleeps four in a forward queen berth stateroom and a side-by-side bunk room beneath saloon. This unique bunk room bonus space is afforded due to the smaller footprint needed for the engine room thanks to the compact pod drives. The queen bed lifts for custom rod storage, and hanging and storage lockers are found centrally and on the outboard hull sides.

Jarrett Bay 43 HTXKeeping things custom all the way into the head, here you will find a hand-carved, high-gloss Sapele sink and matching counter top, custom wallpaper and a teak trimmed, seamless glass shower entrance.

Wrapping it all up in a shiny Alexseal Kingston Grey coated hull, a Josh Everett Nautical Designs hand-painted transom, and topped off with a custom buggy top, the “Gregarious” is ready to share the quality, passion and dedication of Jarrett Bay’s custom Carolina construction with all she may encounter.

43’ Jarrett Bay Boatworks Hardtop Express Hull 53 Specifications

Jarrett Bay 43 HTX
Length Overall:
14’ 6”

3’ 10”

Freshwater Capacity:
100 gal.

Fuel Capacity:
620 gal.

Weight Displacement (fully loaded):
35,750 lbs.

Dry Weight:
29,770 lbs.

600hp Cummins QSC8.3
with Zeus Pod Drives

Cruise Speed:
31.8 kts.

Cruise Fuel Burn:
44.6 gph

Top Speed:
36.8 kts.


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Dock Buzz

Dock Buzz

Sneak Peek: Jarrett Bay 46

Along the coastline, there’s an untamed wildness born of wind, weather, and water that has as much shaped the physical environment of North Carolina’s Outer Banks as it has those who call this most beautiful part of the country home.

Roanoke Island. Wanchese. Manteo. Oregon Inlet. Beaufort. Just some of the names of places that constantly resonate with the whisper of salt air carried across walking dunes and marshes still populated with dense spartina grass. And more often than not, there is the seductive siren’s song and challenge of pursuing big fish in the deep waters of the ever-present ocean.

It’s no wonder there is a special enclave of boat builders centered here; individuals who took up that challenge and, using their own passion, vision, and artistry, created boats that could not only handle the offshore conditions but were truly, one-of-a-kind works of their art.

Randy Ramsey, President of Jarrett Bay Boatworks. "I'm very fortunate to be doing what I do."

Randy Ramsey, President of Jarrett Bay Boatworks. “I’m very fortunate to be doing what I do.”

Randy Ramsey started Jarrett Bay Boatworks in an old tin shed in 1986. Since then, he has become the anchor occupant of a 175-acre marine industrial park with 35 acres of deepwater frontage, three travel lifts with up to 220-ton capacity, a complete indoor repair facility with over 20,000 square-feet under one roof, a climate-controlled paint facility, the Jarrett Bay Boatworks Marina, marine supply, salvage and metal fabrication, and a 45,000 square foot new construction facility. One of the truly respected builders in this sector of the industry, Ramsey will be the last to extol his virtues: “It’s all about the people around me. That’s what we stand on, are most proud of, and will always be that way.”

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The 175 acre Jarrett Bay Boatworks Industrial Park at ICW mile marker #198 is located in Beaufort, North Carolina.

The 77' Blank Check shows off her Carolina flare.

Hull #56, the 77′ Blank Check, launched in June of 2013, shows off her Carolina flare. (See the full review of this boat in the Boat & Yacht Report’s SEA TRIALS posting.)

I have had the pleasure of spending lots of time with Randy over all the years I have been a marine journalist and always look forward to sharing news from him. One of his latest projects has just begun to take shape.Jarrett Bay Boatworks recently began construction on Hull # 61, a 46’ Walk-Around Express set to deliver in 2015. The most recent build to commence, this custom sportfish will be powered by Cat C-18s with conventional propulsion. To be used as a tender and day fishing boat by her owner, an innovative transom shape has been designed to achieve bar-raising back-down performance while fighting a major bite from her expansive 122 sq. ft. cockpit.

Jarrett Bay renderings show off the new boat's profile and deck layout.

Jarrett Bay renderings show off the new boat’s profile and deck layout.

The new transom shape – being kept under lock and key for now, combined with Jarrett Bay’s proven hull design will represent the ultimate refinement of shapes and lifting surfaces optimized to enhance the boat’s exceptional power-to-weight ratio. In addition to time on the water being maximized for her new owner, they will also earn a premium in the used boat market when they are ready to move up to their next Jarrett Bay as demand for more efficient boats tops the search criteria for buyers.

Cold molded construction is how Jarrett Bay builds all its boats. Here, the new 46 hull starts to take shape.

Cold molded construction is how Jarrett Bay builds all its boats. Here, the new 46′ hull starts to take shape.

Next to peak performance, the secondary objective for this build is 360-degree fishability and visibility. The 46’ Walk-Around Express delivers beyond-ample open-view seating with twin captain’s chairs, and bench seating center-to-port and along the starboard side of the helm. Whether the action is in the cockpit or walks an angler to the bow, guests can be in the moment with a mezzanine sofa aft and Jarrett Bay’s signature bucket seats with built-in cup holders in the bow.

The proposed layout of the Jarrett Bay 46 Open Express.

The proposed layout of the Jarrett Bay 46 Open Express.

This 46’ layout offers up thoughtfully designed storage for rods, tackle & provisions in every possible space. Under the mezzanine bench and raised deck, you’ll find two ice boxes, a drink box, tackle drawers, bait trays, gaff tubes and rod storage. In the cockpit, twin 60” x 24” fish boxes parallel the fighting chair that faces the live well with two tuna tubes in the transom.

We’ll be keeping an eye out for this latest build from Jarrett Bay and hopefully, get out for a ride, and perhaps some fishing, when she splashes. In the meantime, if you need any further information on this or any of the other fine designs from a very special builder, contact Randy at


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Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Dock Buzz


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Sea Trials

Hemingway at the wheelA Combination of All
The Right Things

American Custom Yachts’ 90-foot C’est La Vie is the dream-fulfilling result of builder and owner.

                                  By Capt. Ken Kreisler

362203118_640“Hey Dom,” one of the guys on the open bridge of the 60+ foot, blue-hulled sportfish boat says as he calls out while steering his charge past the south dock of South Florida’s Sailfish Marina on Singer Island. The two companions flanking him nod in approval. Dom, standing in the cockpit of his boat, which is still tied to the dock for the moment, smiles and waves back.

“Dominic!” exclaims yet another mariner, this one at the wheel of a 39-foot, triple outboard, T-topped rig bristling with fishing gear, himself decked out with yellow skins as is his fellow angler. Again, Dom acknowledges the accolade.

Fully rigged and ready for action, C'est La Vie shows off her low profile and balanced proportions.

Fully rigged and ready for action, C’est La Vie shows off her low profile and balanced proportions.

And then one of those Downeast designs passes by with one older gentleman standing up and explaining to the three seated on the transom couch, if my reading of his body language was anywhere in the ballpark, just what kind of boat they were having a look at.

The word was obviously out. Dominic Lacombe, president of American Custom Yachts (ACY) was in town with the 90-foot C’est La Vie, the recently completed, and quite awesome, latest addition to the fleet of custom sportfish boats from the Stuart-based builder. Lacombe is a force of nature and no story about any of his boats can be told without looking at the man behind the iconic brand.


Dominic Lacombe is all smiles aboard C’est La Vie. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

“For me, it all started when I was a kid fishing the offshore canyons back of Cape May, New Jersey. In those days, if you had an 18-knot boat and you were running 70 to 80 miles offshore, well, that was pretty good,” he remembered as I sat with him on the expansive flying bridge as her captain puts the big boat through a series of exhilarating turns and maneuvers, one of which involved backing down hard and watching the ensuing water drain remarkably fast out of the huge cockpit.

“I knew back then, that big, fast boats were the kind I wanted to be involved with. The faster you got to the fishing grounds, the more time you could spend there.” Never wavering from that principle, by the time he was 29, Lacombe was running the Monterey boat company. In June of 1992, ACY was born with the initial launch of a 58- and then subsequent builds of a 63-, and a 65-footer, all named Freedom. While Lacombe told me of a previous build that had as its central focus the need for an over-the-top galley, C’est La Vie’s owner, also the owner of ACY, had a much different focus. This boat would be built around a pair of massive MTU 16V4000M93L 9,200-hp engines.

C'est La Vie heads out to sea.

C’est La Vie heads out to sea. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

As we pulled in the last of the lines that tethered us to our slip at the south dock of Palm Beach’s Sailfish Marina, someone watching from the quay as C’est La Vie’s captain began sliding the big boat out into the channel and free of the land, smiled and said, “Have a nice flight.” Within minutes of clearing the inlet, and with the calm open ocean before us, it was quite evident what that remark had meant.

I watched the bow rise a bit at first. I then heard the turbochargers kick in. And then I felt the big boat lift herself up out of the water as the engines spooled up past 1100; past 1500; and then settle in at 1750 rpm. And just like that, the 90-foot C’est La Vie, displacing some 190,000 pounds, and the latest build from Dominick Lacombe’s Stuart, Florida-based American Custom Yachts, was flirting with 39 knots and flying across the relatively calm waters off of Palm Beach Inlet. At 1950 we were just under 42 knots with a top end 2100-rpm speed of 44.6.

Located on 63 acres in Stuart, FL, the ACY facility is where C'est La Vie was designed, engineered, and built.

Located on 63 acres in Stuart, FL, the ACY facility is where C’est La Vie was designed, engineered, and built.

Constructing C’est La Vie, with her noticeably low profile for such a big vessel, required a fine and exacting blend of technology, vision, and lots of boatbuilding savvy. Having a boat of her size being able to get the kind of performance she was designed for is something else; and that is where Lacombe and his crew have dedicated their art to achieving.

“There is a period of time from when you start talking to a customer until the contract is signed. Our owners are seasoned veterans of the build process and when they finally decide on ACY, we’ve already gotten to know them very well and just how they are going to use their boat. We don’t try and tell them what they want; instead, we explain what we’ve done in the past and what will fit, and then we discuss what they are looking for,” Lacombe said. “A boatbuilder is only as good as its people; and we strive to offer the best talent in the business.”

As with all ACY custom builds, C'est La Vie began as a steel jig over which her hull began to take shape.

As with all ACY custom builds, C’est La Vie began as a steel jig over which her hull began to take shape.

C’est La Vie is a cold molded boat utilizing a steel jig and built with five layers of 12mm Acumi plywood on the bottom with Kevlar and fiberglass inside and out. From the waterline up, it’s two layers of the ply, again with Kevlar and fiberglass inside and out. To help save weight, ACY uses Divinycell composite coring in the decks and Nida-Core in the deck hatches. For the cabinetry and any nonstructural bulkheads, Tri-Cell is utilized in the cabinets and nonstructural bulkheads. And in the structural bulkhead, vacuum-bagged marine-grade plywood over balsa core is used.

Nothing has been spared to make sure she is rock-solid all around. Being able to handle the incredible weight and power of the main engines, each clocking in at 10+ tons and being able to develop the kind of torque to make your knees weak, meant that Lacombe and his crew would need to plan and build a special engine bed to handle the load.

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As expected, her engine room affords the kind of working space to make any hands-on owner or skipper be at ease while doing any maintenance or other work here. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

“The motor mount system is all aluminum,” Lacombe said as he and I stood in the cavernous engine room before all that power came to life. “And the entire space here, from chine to chine and bulkhead to bulkhead is integrated with an aluminum engine bed system allowing the motors to not only sit on the keel but on every stringer and chine as well. “ In addition, V-drives are used to lessen the shaft angle resulting in a more efficient use of all the horsepower. “Backing down is also more effective as we’re not digging in.” Lacombe and his ACY crew even had to design and fabricate special air boxes to allow the monstrous powerplants to get the maximum amount of ventilation necessary for them to do what they, and this boat, were built for.

Given her length and beam, and that she’s all custom, the interior of C’est La Vie was designed and outfitted as per the owner’s demands and planned use of the boat as being both ultimate fishing platform and uber comfortable so as to accommodate his large family.

With plenty of space to work with, C'est La Vie's salon can be configured in many ways to suit an individual owner's needs.

C’est La Vie‘s salon can be configured in many ways to suit an individual owner’s needs. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

To that end, her main salon offers wide-open spaces with all galley appliances housed in below counter drawers and cabinets. There is nothing to block the spectacular views out of those extra large windows to either side or from the salon’s aft end as well.

With all the room here, the seating arrangements and dining space can be configured in several ways, all of which work within the given dimensions. “All the furniture and cabinetry you see here is done under one roof; the same one that builds the boat,” Lacombe pointed out as we took a turn around the interior. “The fabrics, leathers, and any canvas, are all done in house by American Canvas & Interiors.”

A centerline staircase leads down to a long hallway and the six stateroom—three over to port and three on the starboard side—five head layout. As Lacombe and I open doors and drawers and closets, I notice the more-than-ample storage areas in each room. Indeed, I found so much space aboard C’est La Vie—from cockpit to engine room to flying bridge as well—that once provisioned, and but for fuel considerations, she is quite able to accommodate her crew for an extended time away from any dock.

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C’est La Vie‘s business end is all that is should be on this world class, custom sportfishing yacht. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

Of course, being a big, no-nonsense, not-for-the-faint-of-heart sport fishing machine, C’est la Vie’s flying bridge and cockpit are all business. To that end, Lacombe and his team have outfitted these areas with everything one could want in a deep water, horizon-chasing sportfisherman. The centerline helm offers plentiful room for a vast array of electronic, communication, and navigational equipment, installed by affiliate IMS American Marine Electronics. Forward seating is abundant and as well, there is space for any number of cooler and freezer options you may require for your needs. And don’t forget those 60’ Rupp, five-spreader riggers on that substantial Bausch-American tower, custom fabricated and installed by ACY. The teak-soled cockpit offers the fishing crew the kind of space and amenities that one would expect on a world-class tourney boat and as we banked on a gentle, controlled 40+ knot turn and powered our way back to the dock, I could only imagine all those trolled lines aft with cutting fish eyeing everything from the teasers to the pro-rigged goggle eye baits just waiting for a bite.


Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

If you are thinking of competing in the rarefied air of a truly custom sportfish boat, you need to make a visit to ACY’s Stuart, Florida facility an absolute must. While the cost of fulfilling your dream is something you will need to discuss with Dominic and his crew, the result of having your hands on the wheel of one of his designs is guaranteed to be priceless.

American Custom Yachts. 772.221.9100.

                                               Specs for 90’ C’est La Vie

RPM                        Speed (kn)                        GPH

500                           9.3                                      14
1000                        17.0                                    100
1150                        23.0                                    130
1350                        28.6                                    180
1550                        32.8                                    270
1750                        38.4                                    340
1950                        41.9                                    400
2100                        44.6                                    500

LOA: 90’
BOA: 22’-3”
LWL: 79’ -3”
Draft: 6’-8” (half load)
Fuel: 6185 Gallon Capacity
Water Tank: 453 Gallons

-Water Maker: Village Marine 1600GPD PW1600M 220V & Village Marine: 1200 GPD PW1200M 220V Water Maker Capacity: 2800 Gallons per day
-Bow Thruster: 12” Trac 38 HP Bow Thruster
-Transmission: ZF9050V Gear Ratio 1.967:1A with trolling valves CL70
-Driveline: Centalink Drive Coupling System
-Gensets: 2 -38 Kw Northern Lights Generator M944T
-Miller Leaman Inc. Raw Water Strainer Filter System for Engines
-Custom Built K&N Air Filtration System
-5 Blade Veems; 47-571/2 Interceptors
-5 1⁄2 Propeller Shaft with custom stainless steel stern tube with intermediate strut system.
-Steering System: Custom built high performance swept back rudders with 5” rudder posts from ACY designs that the company has been building since the early 1990’s.
-Anchor System: Maxwell 4000 VW Windless with custom-built hydraulic fold out Anchor Deployment System.

                                   ACY 90’ C’est La Vie  Equipment List
Flybridge Equipment:
2-17” KEP Monitors
1-15” KEP Monitor
1-Garmin 7215
1-Garmin GSD26 CHIRP Digital Black Box Sounder
1-Airmar R599LH 3 KW Transducer
1-Garmin 6208
2-Furuno Navnet 3D MFDBB’S
1-Furuno 25 KW Digital Radar
1-Furuno 12 KW Digital Radar
1-Furuno FA50 AIS
1-Furuno DFF1 Digital Sounder
1-Furuno B164 Transducer
1-Furuno CH300 Searchlight Sonar
2-Furuno RD-33
1-Airmar 235KHZ Transducer
1-Furuno BBWX2 Sirius Weather
1-Simrad AP50 Autopilot
1-Carlisle and Finch Nightfinder Spotilght/IR Camera
2-Icom 504 VHF

Tower Equipment:
1-Garmin 6212
1-Icom 504 VHF

TV Dome

CCTV System:
3-Engine Room Cameras
1-Pump Room Camera
2-Underwater Cameras
1- DVR for cameras

-Complete vessel has Savant A/V integration. This allows control by I-PAD in all locations inside and out.
-All locations have access to DIRECTV US, DIRECTV GLA, BLU-RAY, APPLE TV, NAVAGATIONAL Sources.
-Each State room has a full selection of audio and video sources with in ceiling speakers.
-Salon has a Sony LED 60” TV with complete Surround Sound.
-Cockpit has a 32” Sony LED that drops down from the ceiling for viewing while seated on the mezzanine.
-Cockpit has 10 -JL Audio 770 Speakers and 2- 10” JL Audio Sub-woofers.
-Flybridge has the ability to watch and listen to all sources  A/V sources.
-Flybridge has 4- JL Audio 770 Speakers.


Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Sea Trials


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