There's no need to travel from yard to yard to have your vessel refitted. ACY has the ability to perform a full range of vessel upgrades and refits at one convenient location. From extensive interior and exterior modifications to system upgrades, repowering, custom towers and electronics, and complete painting services, ACY has you covered with the finest craftsmen in the industry. Find out how easy it is to make your boat look and run like new again with a one-stop refit at ACY.
Scroll down to view details of a sampling of custom refits performed by The American Family of Companies. Click on any picture for a closer view.
65′ American BLUEWATER CAT
Christened over 12 years ago, the ACY65 BLUEWATER CAT returned to American for a full repower and refit under the supervision of long-time captain Duane Hoodless. The new power package includes a pair of CAT C32 Acert engines provided by Louisiana Machinery, new transmissions from ZF Marine and an upgraded 14″ exhaust system fabricated by Marine Exhaust Systems. New fuel tanks were also installed, along with new shafts and couplings. Interior modifications included the complete refinishing of all teak veneer and the addition of handcrafted Carpathian Elm burl inlays. Cabinets were modified in the galley to fit a new Gaggenau oven and in the salon and master stateroom to accommodate new Samsung LED TVs installed by IMS American. IMS also upgraded the audio-video system with the addition of a Denon AVR-3311C receiver, a Samsung Blu-ray Disc player, an iPod docking station and a KVH TracVision receiver. IMS and ACY teamed up to install new overhead speaker boxes and speakers throughout the vessel. Exterior upgrades included the installation of a new teak cockpit and covering boards, a modified teak mezzanine, a new stainless steel refrigerated fish box and a full topside paint job. The end result is a showpiece that looks and performs like the day it was launched.
71′ Diverse Products NIKITA
Work is complete on the 71′ motoryacht NIKITA, built in New Zealand by Diverse Products. The vessel has departed on a Dockwise transport ship to Europe where it will travel to various destinations along the Mediterranean Sea, then north through the British Isles, with an ultimate goal to travel back across the Atlantic to Alaska.
In preparation for its voyage, American Custom Yachts performed an extensive refit on the vessel under the supervision of project manager Eddie Smith. The refit entailed fabricating a 3-foot transom extension that incorporates a stern thruster along with watertight Freeman hatches to access the steering system. The extension created a 110-square-foot swim platform outfitted with a removable boarding ladder. Additional work included installing new hull scoops to redirect water flow, converting all of the interior lighting to LED, adding an antibacterial filter to the water system, modifying the inverter system to European power, installing new salon carpet, and performing a complete topside paint and cap rail varnish. American Canvas and Interiors gave the salon and pilothouse a makeover with newly upholstered cushions and pillows. To accommodate the vessel's ambitious long-range itinerary, IMS American installed a cutting-edge navigation system with redundant components. The pilothouse station features a Furuno NavNet 3D BlackBox multi-function display (MFD) and 12 kW UHD digital radar with a 4′ open-array antenna, along with a 15.5″ Garmin GPSMAP 7215 chartplotter. A Furuno NavNet 3D MFD was also installed in the flybridge, along with an 8″ Garmin GPSMAP 6208 chartplotter.
This challenging project took several months to complete and involved close coordination between ACY's service department and affiliated companies. The end result is a truly unique vessel fully modified to meet the needs of overseas travel.
73′ Donzi WENCH
Renamed and ready for adventure, the WENCH, a 73' Donzi enclosed-bridge sportfisherman, received an extreme makeover at ACY with the help of affiliates IMS American, Bausch-American Towers (BAT) and American Canvas and Interiors (ACI) – all under the supervision of Captain Dan Coffman. This extensive project involved refits from the tower down, including numerous interior modifications to accommodate upgraded appliances and electronics. The bridge helm was completely reconstructed to accommodate new navigation components, including a Furuno 3D black box system with a 25-kW radar, a DFF-3/3-kW digital sounder and a Class B AIS system. Additional components include twin 15″ KEP monitors, a KEP Leviathan computer outfitted with Nobeltec navigation software, a KVH TB150 TracPhone and a Garmin 5215 touchscreen back-up GPS chartplotter. The bridge refit included removing a built-in wine cooler and outfitting the cabinet with a pop-up 40″ Samsung 8000 LCD TV. The bridge staircase handrail was re-shaped to allow unobstructed viewing of the new TV. A new bridge headliner was also installed by ACI. In the salon, the existing tube TV was removed and the TV cabinet was modified to accommodate a pop-up 46″ Samsung LCD TV and extra storage. New carpet was installed, and ACI reupholstered the sofa and seating. ACY redesigned the galley to accommodate a new Gaggenau grill cook and replaced the existing dishwasher with a wine cooler. The galley counter was removed and refitted with custom slots for cutlery. Upgrades continued into the master stateroom where the cabinets were modified to fit a Sony Bravia LCD TV. IMS outfitted the WENCH with Blu-ray Disc players and Denon 1910 receivers in both the bridge and salon and JL Audio speakers throughout the boat. IMS and ACY teamed up to design a pair of unique custom bow-facing speaker boxes mounted on the deckhouse. Exterior upgrades included a custom-molded BAT buggy top to accommodate a new satellite dome and a new tower standing platform with molded spreader lights. ACY modified the cockpit covering boards, installed a new cockpit sole, upgraded the LED lights on the mezzanine and aft deck, and installed new underwater lights and a new bow thruster. The vessel also received a full transom paint and lettering.
68′ Hunt KATE EXPECTATIONS
The 68' Hunt-designed motoryacht KATE EXPECTATIONS came to ACY for a number of significant upgrades under the careful supervision of Captain Eddie Smith. Highlights included refitting the pilothouse helm to accommodate new electronics and modifying the framing and headliner in the master stateroom to accommodate a drop-down TV. ACY also added a clear-ice icemaker to the mezzanine with a custom A/C vent to keep the ice cold. The air-conditioning system was also upgraded to improve cooling in the helm and office areas. Extensive navigation and audio-video upgrades were performed throughout the vessel by IMS American. Navigation components include two 15″ KEP pilothouse glass bridge displays, a Furuno NavNet 3D system with radar, sounder and chartplotter. The pilothouse bench cabinet was modified to house the black boxes for the NavNet 3D system, as well as audio-video components. Broadband satellite communications and entertainment solutions were provided by KVH TracPhone V7 and TracVision HD7 systems. New Samsung TVs were installed in every room, controlled by Universal Remote Controls. A security system by GOST completed the package, incorporating several remotely accessible cameras viewable offsite at home or office. Final touches on the vessel included a newly-painted hull with the addition of a gold leaf stripe the length of the boat.
46′ Jarrett Bay PERSISTENCE
When it came to selecting a winning team to outfit his new 46' Jarrett Bay sportfisherman PERSISTENCE with a cutting-edge tower and electronics package, NASCAR great Jeff Burton selected industry leaders Bausch-American Towers (BAT) and IMS American. The eye-catching BAT half tower features a custom bridge rail with rod holders and a lightweight, resin-infused hard top. The custom-molded hard top is outfitted with overhead LED tri-color dome lights and low-voltage LED spreader lights, along with recessed teaser reels and molded running lights in keeping with the vessel's clean, aerodynamic lines. A state-of-the art electronics package was installed at the IMS Beaufort, NC facility. The package includes dual 15″ KEP glass bridge displays, Furuno navigation components and a Sirius satellite weather receiver. Satellite TV is provided by a KVH TracVision system and DirecTV HD receiver with an infrared remote control. Additional components include an Icom VHF radio, a Comrod 16' Rupp-ready antenna, a FLIR Navigator II night vision camera, an ACR 24-V remote-controlled searchlight and a Fusion marine stereo system with iPod dock and 6.5″ two-way speakers.
58′ Jarrett Bay WHOO DAT
The American Family of Companies combined forces to make the 58' Jarrett Bay WHOO DAT a truly unique showpiece worthy of the Jarrett Bay legacy. ACY installed a new teak cockpit deck, along with new covering boards, custom cockpit speaker boxes, a below-deck fish box and a custom live well with tuna tubes integrated into the transom. Additional upgrades included new cockpit fuel tanks and running gear, LED through-hull underwater lights, a keel-mounted transducer, interior carpet and a new salon A/C compressor. ACY also performed numerous paint blends to accommodate the many build outs. A custom tuna tower, loaded with rod holders, was added by Bausch-American Towers – complete with tri-color dome lights, LED spreader lights, a drop-down radio box and recessed teaser reels. American Canvas and Interiors contributed with a complete exterior seating makeover, recovering the bridge, mezzanine and helm seats. IMS American added the finishing touches, installing a state-of-the art navigation package with three 15″ KEP 1500-nit sunlight LCD monitors and Simrad components including NSO black box processors, a TX10s 10-kW radar with 6″ open array and a BSM-2 broadband CHIRP compatible echo-sounder. An Airmar variable frequency CHIRP transducer was also installed. The tower box features a Simrad NSE 8″ multifunction display. Satellite communications and entertainment is provided by a KVH TracPhone V3 with a rack-mounted ACU and modem and a KVH TracVision HD7 Tri-Americas satellite TV system. A Simrad WM-2 Sirius Satellite Weather and Radio Module and a Simrad NAIS-300L Class B AIS with N2K interface completes the package.
60′ Spencer CAROL LIBBY
The 60′ Spencer CAROL LIBBY came to ACY for a major refit under the guidance of Captain Josh Temple in preparation for a busy charter season in Panama. Exterior modifications included the installation of three tuna tubes and a tuna door in the transom, a new mezzanine freezer, new Bausch-American Towers rod holders on the bridge, a new windlass and OceanLED underwater lights. ACY also incorporated two custom rod storage boxes into the flybridge hard top and modified the tower box to accommodate a new electronics package by IMS American. Mechanical upgrades included the installation of a Seakeeper gyro stabilizer, along with a new generator and a new engine room sonar tube. Interior improvements included fabricating drawers under the dinette seating for additional storage, installing a new galley cook top, adding Corian rails to all counters, modifying the rod closet to fit a washer and dryer, and installing new carpet throughout. American also modified the salon audio-video cabinet to accommodate a new A/V package by IMS that included new TVs in the salon, staterooms and crew area.
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95′ Jim Smith MARLENA
IMS American and Bausch-American Towers combined their talents with the installation of a sophisticated navigation system and unique custom half tower on the 95' Jim Smith MARLENA. Offering total redundancy between the main helm and sky bridge, razor-sharp navigation images are provided by four KEP glass bridge displays on the helm and two 15″ KEP sunlight LCD monitors on the bridge. Both stations feature KEP video distribution control monitors allowing for fully-interchangeable images on any monitor. The package is driven by a KEP Leviathan computer navigation system. Furuno NavNet components include a 3D black box MFD/chartplotter, a 3D digital UHD 12-kW radar and a 25-kW sounder. Additional components by Furuno include a 25-kW black box radar and an AIS transponder with display. A Garmin GPSMAP chartplotter and a Simrad autopilot complete the navigation installation. Satellite communications are provided by a KVH TracPhone FB250. KVH also provided an all-inclusive TracVision satellite TV system with a Tri-Americas package allowing for simultaneous reception of DirecTV and GLA (Galaxy Latin America) programming. Additional components include an Icom 604 VHF radio, a KEP fish camera and Elbex closed-circuit weatherproof globe cameras in the cockpit and engine room. MARLENA's tower package includes a custom half tower with integrated arch and safety rails on three levels – all custom-painted to match the boat. A lightweight resin-infused hard top houses LED spreader and dome lights, recessed teaser reels and an inverted radio box.
72′ Knight & Carver MAKARA
ACY teamed up with Bausch-American Towers to create the perfect entertainment solution for the 72' Knight & Carver motoryacht MAKARA courtesy of a top deck extension and custom hard top. The new extension added 63 square feet of deck area with a built-in wet bar and drop-down TV. ACY cut out a three-foot piece from the aft end of the bridge overhang, built out the area by 45 inches with sister longitudinal framing and then reattached the cut piece. The combing, deck and underside were then refabricated, resurfaced, faired and painted to match the existing structure. ACY's craftsmen also created a custom wet bar molded into the existing seating and arch support and installed new stainless steel hand rails. Bausch-American Towers topped off the project with a 330-square-foot hard top outfitted with a drop-down TV.
101′ Palmer Johnson EXCEL
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. First highlighted in Volume 11 of American Patriot Press, EXCEL visited the yard in 1999 for a custom 11-foot transom extension. The vessel was renamed MOON RIVER in 2003 and returned to ACY in 2009 for a total repower, extensive interior modifications, an electronics upgrade and a full paint job.
In 2013, the boat returned again under new ownership to undergo significant interior and exterior modifications under the direction of the vessel's long-time project manager Eddie Smith. To create additional leisure space, ACY converted the salon dining area into a day cabin outfitted with a built-in couch, bookcase, a new desk and television. The pantry was eliminated, and the refrigerator was relocated to create more room in the galley. A new dining area was established forward of the galley, replacing the old library, and new carpet was installed in the day cabin and salon. Interior furnishings were reupholstered by American Canvas and Interiors (ACI) who also installed a new headliner on the upper deck. Exterior modifications included the fabrication of new top deck seating areas, new handrails with seat cushions and rail covers provided by ACI. The barbecue was relocated to accommodate the new deck layout. The final touch was restoring the vessel's original name EXCEL with new transom lettering. It was good to have her home again.
101′ Palmer Johnson MOON RIVER
Following the addition of an 11-foot transom extension in 1999, the 101′ Palmer Johnson MOON RIVER returned ten years later in 2009 for repowering and a complete makeover under the careful direction of Captain Eddie Smith. The vessel was outfitted with new Cat C32 ACERT diesel engines and new running gear. ACY completed extensive modifications and upgrades throughout the vessel, along with a major overhaul of all systems and a total repaint. The vessel received an integrated audio-video and navigation system from IMS American, providing iPod, CD, DVD and XM satellite radio throughout the boat. The media room was outfitted with a 37″ Samsung LCD TV mounted on a Motivated Design pop-up lift housed within a custom cabinet fabricated by ACY. Navigation components included a complete NavNet 3D system, a custom switching system, Simrad autopilot, a Northstar GPS, a navigation computer and dual ACR spotlights. Working in coordination with ACY's architects and carpenters, IMS created a new helm configuration and custom alarm panel. ACY's machine and carpentry shops teamed up to build a custom barbecue for the aft deck. Canvas experts American Canvas and Interiors fashioned the canvas enclosure for the bridge, floor runners and custom cushions for the helm station and sun pad.
68′ Paul Mann JICHI
The American Family of Companies created an exciting new look for the 68' Paul Mann JICHI, complementing the vessel's distinctive traditional profile. Upon completion of a full repaint and new transom lettering, the vessel was fitted with a custom full tower by Bausch-American Towers incorporating the existing hard top. American Canvas and Interiors fabricated custom tower seat cushions and a control box cover. From there, IMS American took the helm with the installation of an extensive Raymarine navigation package that included two 14″ multifunction GPS chartplotter displays, a digital sounder and a Sirius weather receiver. A 9″ repeater display was installed in the tower box. Satellite communications and entertainment are provided by a KVH TracPhone V3 with a rack-mounted antenna control unit and modem and a KVH TracVision HD7 with TriAmericas DirecTV system. VHF radio service is provided by twin rear-mounted Icom M504 VHF radios and a set of four Comrod 16' Rupp-ready VHF antennas. A new Clarion bridge stereo system with a watertight CD/tuner/multimedia interface and JL Audio M650 6.5″ speakers was also installed. The audio-video upgrades continued in the sleeping quarters with the installation of a Samsung 46″ 1080p LED HDTV and a Universal Remote controlled Sony Bravia theater system in the master stateroom, as well as a Sony Bravia 26″ 720p LCD HDTV with Samsung Blu-ray Disc player fitted in a custom cabinet box in the V-berth. The final result is a stunning transformation that truly accents the vessel's original beauty and craftsmanship.
68′ Precision SWAGGER
ACY and its affiliates teamed up to give the custom 64' Precision SWAGGER an upgrade worthy of its new name. ACY installed a new teak mezzanine and deck and modified the helm console to accommodate a new electronics package. The craftsmen at Bausch-American Towers (BAT) installed a custom full tower incorporating the vessel's existing hard top fitted with a clear2sea acrylic bridge curtain by American Canvas and Interiors. ACY and BAT lit up the boat from the top down with a tri-color tower and underwater lighting. Meanwhile, IMS American was busy installing a premier navigation and audio-video package. Navigation components include twin 17″ KEP sunlight readable LCD monitors and a complete Simrad navigation suite. Satellite entertainment and communications components include a KVH TracVision HD7 Tri-Americas system, a KVH TracPhone V7 system and a pair of Icom 504 VHF marine radios. The bridge stereo features a Fusion MS-IP700 receiver with iPod/iPhone dock and JL Audio M770A coaxial marine speakers. Completing the electronics package is a Carlisle & Finch 200-W xenon searchlight and a FLIR premium night vision camera. Audio-video components include new LED TVs in the salon and V-berth, a lift-up LED TV in the master stateroom and an Integra surround-sound system with SpeakerCraft speakers and a Sunfire subwoofer – all integrated with Sirius home satellite radio and an Apple Mac mini and Apple TV system. A Crestron Prodigy media controller operates all components from audio-video to TV lifts and window shades. Additional work on the vessel included installation of a new watermaker, a new A/C raw water supply, new through-hulls, keel repairs and new running gear.
74′ Purdy APHRODITE
When the recently-restored 1937 Purdy commuter boat APHRODITE was relocated to its new winter home in Palm Beach, American Custom Yachts (ACY) 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 and launched in May of 1937 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-foot commuter boat would transport Whitney daily from his home on Long Island, westward down Long Island Sound and along the East River to his Wall Street office. The original power package consisted of two massive Packard V12 engines adapted from aviation use, producing over 1,500 horsepower. APHRODITE was a common sight racing up and down the river at 38 knots.
APHRODITE'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. APHRODITE even served as the venue for the ninth birthday party for popular child actor of the day, Shirley Temple.
In 1942, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Whitney offered APHRODITE to the U.S. government for war service, and the vessel was commissioned as a Coast Guard auxiliary vessel used to transport President Franklin Roosevelt. She was repowered with twin 1,750-hp Packard engines which were amped up by the Coast Guard to 2,000 hp, pushing APHRODITE to a cruising speed of 54 mph with a top speed of 60 mph!
The years passed, and the boat eventually fell into disrepair. In 2000 the boat was discovered by Captain Kirk Reynolds and his employer who persuaded the owner to sell. Reynolds patched up the soggy hull and miraculously navigated APHRODITE to Maine's Brooklin Boat Yard where she was fully restored under Reynolds' supervision.
Of American's work on the vessel, APHRODITE's Reynolds said, "ACY was very competitive and their paint shed is one of the best I've seen. Their quality is fantastic. They did a wonderful paint and varnish job, and, as anybody might know about APHRODITE, she has acres of varnish. The varnish and paint are the best she's ever had."
83.5′ Sea Force IX RUMBERA
Bausch-American Towers (BAT) and IMS American teamed up to provide a state-of-the-art tower and electronics package aboard the 83.5′ sportfisherman RUMBERA. Working closely with the RUMBERA's owner and captain, BAT designed a center ladder tower package with extensive custom rail work and tower ring jump seats. The installation includes HID spreader lights and tri-color dome lights mounted on the standing platform and buggy top. A set of Rupp Marine hydraulic Power Riggers and a VEI Apollo night vision camera complete the tower package. The bridge helm layout, master-minded by IMS, features five 17″ VEI displays with the ability to shuffle navigation images between any display, courtesy of a VEI SSIR color touchscreen and Furuno radar controller. The bridge installation also includes two NavNet 3D systems and an ISIS vessel monitoring system. Custom fitted into the mezzanine, IMS crafted an aft cockpit control station, featuring a VEI monitor and hard button switching system controlling a selection of navigation images. A redundant system is mounted in the tower control box. IMS installed a 46″ Samsung B650 LCD television in a salon cabinet, along with a hard drive movie/music server and 1080p player by Kaleidescape; a Denon 3808 stereo receiver; and a Paradox Magellan wireless vessel alarm system. Audio-video components are controlled by a Universal MX3000 remote control. The master stateroom was outfitted with a Samsung 37-inch LCD TV, concealed by an automated Vutec art screen when not in use.
64′ Spencer SEA PAVER
ACY collaborated with affiliates IMS American and American Canvas and Interiors to perform an extreme makeover on the 64′ Spencer SEA PAVER under the watchful eye of Captain Ron Frick. Exterior modifications included a new teak cockpit, new covering boards, a bottom job and complete repaint. Interior upgrades included the fabrication and installation of a new galley top and new window valences – all matching the boat's existing cherry veneer. ACY also fabricated a new starboard salon loveseat and installed new bar stools with satin nickel-plated pedestals. The galley seating transformation was made complete with new upholstery by American Canvas and Interiors. Additional interior upgrades included the installation of a new washer/dryer, air conditioning system maintenance and miscellaneous varnish work. Final interior touches were provided by IMS American, who teamed up with ACY's carpenters to install a drop-down 40″ Samsung LED TV in the salon, along with a Klipsch 5.1 in-ceiling speaker system. IMS also added a Sony Blu-ray Disc player in the salon and reconfigured the A/V components in both the salon and master stateroom to play on Universal remotes. ACY and IMS continued their mastery on the bridge, refitting the helm to accommodate a new Furuno navigation package, including two 12″ NavNet 3D displays, a 25-kW NavNet 3D radar, a 2-kW echo sounder and a Class B AIS. A Fusion 12-volt marine stereo system with radio, CD player and iPod was also installed, along with Clarion bridge and cockpit speakers. A pair of Standard Horizon VHF radios completed the package.
48′ Viking SHELL SHOCK
Thanks to installations by Bausch-American Towers (BAT) and IMS American, the 48′ Viking SHELL SHOCK lights up the sea and sky. BAT created an awe-inspiring full tower with tri-color dome lights flush-mounted on the hard top, along with special features like custom pitch bait bucket holders integrated into the bow rail. IMS provided a picture-perfect installation of navigation and audio-video equipment, including multiple Furuno NavNet displays, complete tower electronics and an extensive Latham sportfish camera system. A KVH high-definition "TV at Sea" system provides entertainment throughout the vessel. And for an encore, a Sony LCD TV in the salon is mounted on a swing-out door, cleverly revealing an air-conditioned cabinet housing the audio-video components.