Carp Diem Evolved from a conversation at the launching party for Alouette at Lake Geneva in Wisconsin . The concept was similar . Twin engines , but a bit shorter . I did all of the design in house for this project . The engines were 350 mercs with V drives . The V drives allowed the engines to be placed a bit further back in the boat , improving the balance and making more room for a spacious cockpit forward . The design evolved as the construction progressed through conversations with Bill Gage of Gage marine , who acted as a consultant for the Client . One interesting feature was a mechanical seat to enable a section of the main seating to elevate with the push of a button . —I spent months looking at everything that lifted . Forklifts , excavators , cranes , booms stair lifts —as I formulated the design in my head for something that had to fit in an 18 inch space but extend 34 inches with the push of a button .