The ACY sport-fisher C’est La Vie features a hull constructed on a permanent steel jig to ensure absolute accuracy. C’est La Vie was handcrafted from the keel up. In order to house a pair of MTU Series 4000 engines, typically found in much larger vessels, a special aluminum engine bed was fitted over the keel, stringers and chine, running the length of the engine room. The C'est La Vie power package incorporates V-drive propulsion with a reduced shaft angle, allowing the boat to push through the water more efficiently and back down quickly on fish without dropping the stern. The boat is also equipped with independent rudder control, allowing for greater maneuverability.
C’est La Vie features an expansive teak mezzanine with a drop-down TV and overhead light boxes that pull down to reveal air conditioning vents to keep guests cool on the water. The navigation and audio-video system was installed by IMS American, providing total automation of all components throughout the vessel, linked remotely by iPad control via a Savant automated control system. An integrated video system allows for around-the-clock monitoring of the engine and pump rooms. Stern-facing underwater cameras allow the bait spread to be viewed on the mezzanine TV.
The biggest challenge faced in building the 90-foot C’est La Vie was fitting high-profile engines in a low-profile sport-fisherman and devising the proper combination of horsepower, shaft angle and running gear to achieve the same speed and performance as ACY's 65 and 70-footers. After a few adjustments during sea trials, they were able to achieve a top speed of 48 knots.
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