Design and Construction
Boaters with a sense of history will surely ask how this boat differs from its predecessors. The running surface has been completely redesigned. Likewise, the liner and deck are all new with the deck receiving much more crown for greater cabin headroom. The generator has been moved from under the cockpit to inside the engine room, and the sharp corners on the windshield have been traded for a more rounded look. Speaking of windshields, Albemarle's enclosure curtains are all track to track now rather than those annoying old lift-dots. You'll also immediately notice that you get almost twice the electronics installation space, and the company has graduated to a Palm Beach-style helm pod. Overall, I got a sense of a more modern boat.
Belowdecks, an oblique settee to starboard and straight settee to port accommodate two couples comfortably and three if you're good friends. The back of the straight settee lifts and connects to the overhead with webbing to create a single Pullman-style berth to augment the sleeping arrangements for four in straight berths.
Certainly, the price listed below (as tested) may seem a tad high for a 31-footer. However, when you consider twin inboard, electronically controlled diesels, a tower, an enclosure, a companion chair, outriggers, a 5-kW generator, air conditioning, a stereo, a TV/DVD combo, coaming pads, an anchor windlass, bottom paint and an oil changer, the price seems much more balanced.