It can be nerve-wracking to take the helm of a boat you've never run before and leave the dock in a big boat show surrounded by millions of dollars of extra-shiny yachts. Add a stiff wind and formidable current, and the possibility of a disaster never leaves your mind. Fortunately, this Albemarle handles close-quarter maneuvering with precision, staying where you put it and moving in a very controlled fashion rather than lurching at the slightest clutch adjustment.
It may seem strange, but Albemarle owners just love a head sea. Their boats cut cleanly into waves, throw spray down and out to the sides and keep on moving forward unfazed, in flawless deep-V fashion. The 325 reacts like a deep-V in a head sea as well as in a beam-sea drift. Working the cockpit in beam seas presents no problem at all, but you'll notice the seas up on the flybridge. However, put the throttles forward and the boat once again becomes as stable as a dock. In a following sea, feel free to take your hands off the wheel. I actually ran for a full six minutes on course before needing the slightest wheel adjustment. Top speed with the twin Cummins 330B turbo diesels proved to be 36 mph at 2,900 rpm.
Albemarle boats lean dramatically into turns, and the 325 proved no exception. However, I've now been on a great number of Albemarles over the years and can promise that it's not a problem. You'll get used to it quickly, then simply appreciate how sharply the boat turns and how smoothly it rides.