"We reduce weight where it makes sense to reduce weight," LaCombe says. "We never sacrifice hull strength and integrity for the sake of speed."
Of course, to achieve speeds in excess of 40 knots, a 65-foot boat has to have some serious horses under the hood. The Freedom's stallions come from Detroit by way of Jack Bivens, whom LaCombe refers to as a "genius" in marine diesel applications. For the Freedom, Bivens converted a pair of brand-new Detroit 1692s into a set of heftier 1,750-hp 1696s. He then replaced one crankshaft in backward, so both oil filters would be located inboard, and then the team at ACY installed the diesels in a highly customized, very clean V-drive configuration.