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Albemarle 31 DC: 2021 Boat Buyers Guide

The 31 DC is outfitted with everything you need for a day offshore.

December 15, 2020
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Albemarle 32 DC idling along the shore
The 31 DC is built to handle purposes. Courtesy Albemarle Boats

Albemarle customers tell the company there are four main reasons for their brand loyalty: superior ride on the legendary Carolina-style hull, family-style customer service, unmatched quality and inherent fishability.

Albemarle Sportfishing Boats and Carolina Classic—each launched in Edenton, North Carolina—today comprise Albemarle, the Carolina Classic, makers of express sport-fishing boats of 25 to 41 feet.

Albemarle 31 DC

The new Albemarle 31 DC’s 24-degree deadrise, hand-laid solid fiberglass hull and one-piece construction promise a smooth, comfortable and safe ride, even when the weather sours. It’s fun too.

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The dual-console format has long been a family favorite and, whether fishing or cruising, this big DC has bow, cockpit and helm seating that welcomes a family reunion, plus angler-pleasing fishing features.

The 31 DC is powered by twin Yamaha 300s on a custom Armstrong engine bracket, and Yamaha Helm Master EX electric steering is standard.

Albemarle 32 DC helm
The hardtop with wraparound windshield and stowable side curtains protects from elements. Courtesy Albemarle Boats

The helm’s dash is designed for large, flush-mounted electronics. Bolstered helm and portside double bench seats are made by Llebroc. Forward of the helm is a tempered-glass windshield with a molded fiberglass frame and walk-through door.

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A bow anchor locker is equipped with windlass and through stem roller, amid cushioned bench seating, storable bolster cushions and table, and an insulated, in-seat dry box.

The starboard console houses a berth for two, as well as rod space and storage. Within the port console is an electric head, countertop and sink; it also provides access to air-conditioning units and other mechanical equipment.

Fishing doesn’t get short shrift on this boat. In addition to six gunwale-mounted rod holders, enough for 59 percent of dual-console survey respondents, the 31 DC has two 56-gallon cockpit fish boxes, and a 30-gallon transom baitwell/livewell that satisfies 92 percent of dual-console anglers.

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The 31 DC’s 62-square-foot cockpit is overseen by an aft-facing double seat; foldout aft and portside benches help set the stage for plenty of fishing and fun.

The combination of a hardtop windshield and side curtains protects the cockpit in inclement weather, and features molded-in outrigger pads, LED overhead and spreader lights, a pair of rod holders port and starboard, and a ski tow point.

Survey Says: On Target

  • Hot/cold cockpit shower, plus freshwater and raw-water washdowns
  • Molded cabinet with sink and storage for fishing, entertaining or both

Owners Say

  • The Carolina flair looks and rides nice
  • Great for saltwater fishing
  • Very versatile (family and fishing) boat

Brand Says

  • Everything you need for a day offshore
  • Cockpit is uncluttered and well-laid-out for multiple purposes

Reader Response

  • “Very roomy, dry ride and comfortable”

Specs

LOA: 33′8″

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Beam: 10′8″

Fuel Capacity: 275 gal.

Dry Weight: 12,500 lb. with power

Max HP: 600

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