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fishhead



Joined: 04 Aug 2005
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Location: Maryland

PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:04 pm    Post subject: New Member wants advice. Reply with quote

I own a 24 ft. Grady White center console with a single 250 outboard. I am interested in moving up to a heavier, drier and more seaworthy vessel. I am trying to find a decent Alby or CC in the 25 to 28 foot range. I have no experience with either boat other than people I know that have them. I am looking for something that I can fish with in the slop that leaves me in the bay with my Grady. Please advise as to any experiences with either brand. Also I would prefer to have something towable so I am trying to stay under a 9' beam. Thanks. Joe
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Joined: 07 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we moved up this year from a 24 Grady Explorer to a 28 Albemarle. Email me with your specific questions.

Kevin
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fishhead



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there a huge difference in ride and seakeeping. Can you fish on days now that you couldnt before. I dont know if I want another center with twin outboards and 30+ feet or something nicer and heavy such as the Albemarle.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Albemarle outperforms the Grady in a Head Sea, no pounding. The Albemarle is probably one of the best inlet boats that I've ever been in. The Grady was a better drifting boat. The Albemarle tends to roll on the drift.
Put it this way I was running in a 4 foot steep head sea chop with the Albemarle at 22+ knots and it was very comfortable. The Grady probably would only be able to do about 12-14 knots.
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Persistence



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A 24 Alby or a 25 Classic will fit this bill. The 25 Classic is a big 25 (more like the 26 Alby).

The 24 is easily trailerable with a 3/4 ton (a 1/2 ton will do it, but recommend the 3/4), will run in the slop and gives a nice ride. They are not speed demons but can keep 22-24 knots in most of the slop...especially in any sort of beam, quartering sea. Head seas - it eats em' up but you have to be mindful of the throttle as in any boat if it gets big. I have 1300 hours on my 247 - in all sorts of conditions even sustained NE 26-28 knots 20 miles out of Hatteras...yeah, that was fun.

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