2008 Albemarle 290XF
BOAT TEST: 2008 Albemarle 290XF
By Capt. Bill Pike
When the first sailfish hit, we were running along the eastern edge of the Gulf Stream. The day was perfect, with the wind northerly, seas averaging six feet or more, and the sun bearing down just hard enough to ease the midmorning January chill. "Right kite," yelled Albemarle company captain Jamie Brandon from the cockpit of our Albemarle 290XF (Express Fisherman).
I'd been daydreamin' some. You know how us older guys are—we fall into the occasional reverie, especially when the light's low and lays on the water just so. "Bill!" yelled Brandon again, putting some pizazz into it this time. I lunged for the rod in one of the port-side rod holders, a feisty stand-up stick with a Sealine 40 HSD reel on the business end and a hefty slug of 20-pound mono already freespooling into the ether.
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BOAT SPECIFICATIONS Boat Type: Sportfisherman Base Price: $209,995 Standard Power: 2/315-hp Yanmar 6LPA-STP diesel inboards Optional Power: 2/370-hp MerCruiser 8.1 Horizon gasoline inboards or 350-mhp Cummins MerCruiser QSD4.2-350 diesel inboards Length Overall (LOA): 30'6"
Beam: 10'9" Draft: 2'8" W i ht 12 500 lb
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