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In this exciting interactive issue of American Patriot Press, take an inside tour of ACY's latest launch, the 90′ C'EST LA VIE, and watch a video of this eye-catching dream machine reach an impressive speed of 48.3 knots. You'll also get a sneak peak at two innovative new builds under under construction. Read about the latest service and refit projects, including a video and the story behind the 1937 Purdy commuter yacht APHRODITE used by President Roosevelt during WWII, which is sure to take you back in time.
You'll also experience the latest in cutting-edge installations by affiliated companies Bausch-American Towers, IMS American and American Canvas and Interiors, as well as valuable information on the latest marine products and services from our marketing partners: Awlgrip, Classic Marine, Eco Strip, Furuno, Icom, KVH, Marine Exhaust Systems, Sea Hawk and Seakeeper. Every page is loaded with valuable information and tips on what works best on your boat. Enjoy!
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When the recently-restored 1937 Purdy commuter boat APHRODITE was relocated to its new winter home in Palm Beach, American Custom Yachts was asked to perform the finishing touches with a full repaint, varnish and new gold-leaf name application. This was quite an honor, considering the boat's illustrious history.
APHRODITE was built by the Purdy Boat Company for Wall Street financier, John Hay "Jock" Whitney, who became the executive producer of one of Hollywood's most memorable movies – Gone with the Wind. The 74′ commuter boat's guests over the years read like a "Who's Who" in the world of government, business and entertainment with such luminaries as Fred Astaire, Sir Laurence Olivier, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Henry Ford II and Nelson Rockefeller joining Whitney for summer jaunts down Long Island Sound. Download the latest issue of ACY's newsletter to read the full story.
More than just a boatyard, American Custom Yachts' 63-acre marine facility accommodates the construction of ACY's world-famous custom sportfishermen and provides a full range of marine services on site, including yacht repair, repowering and refitting, complete painting services and storage for over 300 vessels. Our reputation is built on long-lasting relationships with our customers and business associates. Our customers know they can come to us anytime with any problem, just like family. Whatever your marine service needs are, big or small, let us know. We'll treat you right at home.
Affiliated companies Bausch-American Towers, IMS American and American Canvas and Interiors operate on site, as well as Detroit Diesel, transmission experts ZF Marine and a host of associated marine specialists. ACY is the one-stop shop for all your marine service needs.
ACY is conveniently located at mile marker 46 on the Okeechobee Waterway with easy access from the Intracoastal Waterway, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico via Lake Okeechobee. We are also just minutes from I-95 and the Florida Turnpike.
American Custom Yachts is pleased to announce the appointment of Dominick LaCombe, Jr. as ACY general manager and John Adams as the yard's new service manager.
Dominick LaCombe, Jr. grew up learning the boat building trade from his father, Dominick LaCombe, Sr., president of American Custom Yachts. Dom Jr. began working at the American Custom Yachts facility while still in high school, receiving valuable hands-on experience in all areas of yacht building, service and repair. His only time away from the yard was spent earning a degree in business management from the University of Florida. In 2006, he was appointed director of operations for ACY affiliate IMS American. In a few short years he built IMS into one of the leading marine electronics and audio-video installation companies in the Southeastern U.S. As general manager of ACY, Dom, Jr. brings a wealth of vessel knowledge and business management experience.
John Adams came to ACY in 1991 to open the original Florida Detroit Diesel Allison shop. He joined the ACY machine shop as an electrician/fabricator where he worked for several years. A vital member of the machine shop crew, John was involved in every aspect of vessel repowering, as well as mechanical fabrication and electrical and exhaust system upgrades. Advancing to the position of project manager, John took on the responsibility of overseeing all major vessel refits at the yard. As service manager, John's vast knowledge of marine systems is a huge asset in serving our customer's needs.
Bringing extensive experience to their positions, Dom, Jr. and John are ready to discuss your next project. Give them a call today!
The winning entry has been selected for the 2013 Pettit Bottom Paint Spectacular promotion. Congratulations to the BISHOP'S IRIS, a 45′ Carver motoryacht who will receive free Pettit Hydrocoat SR for their next bottom job. A big thanks to all those who participated and received a free haul-out with their Pettit paint purchase. The response was terrific!
Pictured above (L–R): Bill Nelson (ACY service writer), John Raser (Pettit Paint) and Bob Jenkins (ACY business development).
Completing another chapter in its long history with American Custom Yachts (ACY), the 101′ Palmer Johnson EXCEL returned for its third major refit in 14 years. Click here to read the full story and view more pictures.
These incredible photos were sent by the globetrotting team of Terry and Bonnie Stansel aboard the 80′ PATRIOT midway through a two-year jaunt through the South Pacific. Click here to read the full story and view more pictures.
Diesel = $3.701
(plus 6% tax per gallon)
Gas = $4.241 per gallon