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April 23, 2009

Albemarle 288 OBXF

The Albemarle 288 OBXF provides the space, amenities, family cruising comfort and fish-ability one often only comes to expect in a bigger boat.

Not only do the standard underwater lights make your boat look extra sexy at the dock, but if you ever happen to fish for bait at night, they really come in handy!

Design and Construction
Albemarle's laminate schedule includes a skin coat of vinylester resins to prevent osmotic blistering. A solid fiberglass running surface, deck and superstructure make for a reliable, ironclad hull.

We could easily flush-mount a pair of 12-inch navigation displays in the helm without disturbing the VesselView LCD readout panel. I imagine that Albemarle has plans to power this outboard boat with inboards or perhaps Volvo IPS at some time in the future since it has a mammoth compartment amidships. Without engines there, you'll never run short of enough storage space to accommodate half of your worldly possessions.

Belowdecks, you'll find a standard layout with a small galley to port with a sink, refrigerator and microwave; a V-berth with a dinette-table insert; and  a head to starboard. As usual, Albemarle doesn't skimp on the fine woods, Corian counters or entertainment system. However, were it my boat, I'd probably mount the TV screen on the forward bulkhead in the anchor-locker hatch cover so that you could watch it both from the dinette and while reclining in bed. As it stands now, it's on the aft bulkhead.

Certainly, this boat offers the amenities and space of a larger boat. It fishes exceptionally well and won't break the bank to run. And it's one of the few Albemarles powered with outboards! That's just what we need in today's economic climate.

LOA......34 ft.
BEAM......9 ft. 6 in.
DRAFT......2 ft.
DEADRISE......24 deg.
WEIGHT......9,500 lb.
FUEL......228 gal.
MAX POWER......Twin 300 hp OB
MSRP......$216,995

Albemarle Boats / Edenton, North Carolina / 252-482-7600 / www.albemarleboats.com