136 137 AMERICAN CUSTOM YACHTS AMERICANCUSTOM YACHTS BUILT ON TRADITION A merican CustomYachts’name reveals just a portion of what this Stuart,Florida-based companyhas to offer: repairs,repowering and refurbishing yachts,complete painting services,and vessel storage are an important part of its businessmodel.But it isACY’s custom-built, high-performance vessels and their exceptional quali- ty that trulyestablished its name on theworld stage. American CustomYachts was founded in 1991 by DominickLaCombe,Sr.,who had acquired a solid reputation in the industrybyage 29,when hewas runningMontereyBoats,a leadingmanufacturer of sport-fishing yachts.AtACY’s inception,his résumé al- ready included supervising construction of the fastest diesel powered,sport-fishing boat in theworld,which reached speeds of 48 knots. LaCombe partneredwith a Louisiana-based family to start his newventure,which began bybuilding a AT A GLANCE AMERICAN CUSTOM YACHTS WHAT: Full-service boat- yard and custom boat builder WHERE: Stuart, Florida WEBSITE: www.american customyachts.com