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Recently into boat market with questins re Albe

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Location: Suffolk, VA

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:07 am    Post subject: Recently into boat market with questins re Albe Reply with quote

I've been around boats for a long time but always in entry level.

I'm interested in your thoughts regarding the applicability of an older 24 ft Albe Exp for my requirements. I have a limited budget of around $25,000.

I live in the Virginia Beach area of VA and am a diver and got hooked on Striper fishing last winter.

I'm interested in buying a boat that I can used for sport fishing, 20 + miles off VA coast and also using for offshore out of Hatteras, NC for diving roughly 25 - 30 miles out. I understand the ride will be good but what about the drift during diving entry and exit? Oh I have to get a boat that my wife and daughter can use (specifically room for a port-a-potty).

I've always admired the 24 Albe and understand its legendary ride.

I am interested in its economy with fuel reaching $3.00 plus per gallon when compared to other vessels with single OB (assuming there are reasonable comparitives). Can you give me some estimates of gph at normal cruise? I understand normal cruise is around 24 kts and WOT is just over 34 kts. Is this correct?

I own a 1998 Chevy Tahoe 4WD. I understand the Abe is a solid and heavier vessel, will the tahoe tow it ok? I'd be towing it 100 miles one way to NC.

Any advise on whether or not I'm looking at the correct boat and to the right configuration re engine and OD is appreciated.



"Albe Broke"
Suffolk, VA
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Capt. Dan

Joined: 15 Nov 2004
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Location: Arlington, VA

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Larry, welcome to the board!

You are correct that the 24' has a legendary ride, it is a real pocket battlewagon that can slug it out with much larger boats. She's not the fastest boat out there, but when it gets snotty with a tight 2-3' chop you can see all the other boats in her class and above slowing down, while the Albe just keeps cruising along at her 22-24 knot cruise. Outboard boats tend to like to run slow or fast, because all that weight is hanging off the transom it is difficult to achieve that slow, on plane speed. The Albe doesn't suffer from this weight distribution problem.

As for being a good diving boat, I might look at something else. With the 24 degree deep v she is more tendoer than some of the other options out there which might make it more difficult getting in and out of the water on a rougher day. Also, the engine box eats up some cockpit room and you will have a lot of gear.

She is an economical boat, I don't have a floscan on mine, but she probably burns 9-10 gallons an hour for about 2.5 nmpg.

I tow mine with a 2001 Suburban with the tow package and Autoride suspension. It rides real nice, but you will know it's back there. We bog down on hills, but generally can cruise at 65.

If you have any more specific questions I'd be happy to answer them.

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1998 Albe 247, 5.0 Gi currently being swapped out for a Crusader 5.7 Power-Pack SD, Volvo DP-S drive
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should be able to find a turn key 24 Alby for 25K easy. Look for one that has a fresh engine, and duo prop. No bottom paint prefered.

One thing about the older 24's is they take water in the scrubbers, this might sound bad, but they all do it. The deck is about a inch or 2 too low.
As long as its not getting into the bilge (easy to do) you should have no problems, except for wet feet.

Also as mentioned, the 24 Rolls easy, and while drifting or at anchor if it takes wave to the side it will roll wildly sometimes. The boat is designed to move in the water in seas with ease.

I cruise at about 25 kts, with a burn of about 2.2-2.5 NMPG.

A swim platform will be very, very helpful to a diver.

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tow mine back and forth to the beach frequently...100 miles each way with a Chevy Z-71..4WD. I have had the tranny rebuilt but my truck had 190K on it when that happened.

Typically I can have a 150 mile day out of VB and burn around 90 gallons of fuel, 60 out 60 back and 30 on the troll. That is typically a 12 hour day 4am to 4pm.

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