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Location: Bayville, NJ, United States

Saturday, February 16, 2008

What A Boat

Yesterday was our fist chance to survey the redesigned Albemarle 268XF. What a treat.
Althought she is only 4 years old with low hours (235) on her Merc 496 Mag, she shows like a new boat.
No cheap nylon fittings or plastic crap interior trim. Stainless, Bronze and Teak rule the day.

At only 26 feet you would expect little comfort and from other manufacturers you would get it!
Not so from Albemarle, This boat has a wide open fishing deck, raised helm area a comfortable cabin with a small galley and dinette that converts to a huge berth and a real stand up head. The layout harkens back to the days before the walk around craze. The most worthless design of a fishing boat I have never seen.
Jack shaft from the big Merc engine to a Bravo III is agreat design, it keeps all the engine weight amid ships and low in the bilge. Outboard fuel tanks keep her balanced.

Wiring, Plumbing, fit and finish are top notch

A surveyors dream,
Thanks Albemarle