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2008 Albemarle 290XF


There's a console-style livewell to port and a 43-gallon fishbox. The transom door is optional.

Second, I'd also become a fan of the 290's engineering. She offers an offshore-capable machinery space under a push-button-liftable helm. Air intakes replicate those on big-leaguers, the centerline genset's in the engine room, not in a damp, salty lazarette, and the distance between the mains exceeds shoulder-width (just a tad better than 20 inches), a significant detail for do-it-yourselfers who deal with filter elements, sea strainers, and oil changes. The absence of a centerline walkway is my only complaint—I had to stand unsteadily atop battery boxes between the inboard engine bearers to look around.

And third, the serviceable simplicity of the 290's interior had pretty much caught my fancy as well. The boat's below-decks layout is easily maintained and basic, with little more than a V-berth forward, a galley to port, and a wet head to starboard. Extra bunks over the V-berth quickly deploy from fold-away positions against the hull sides.

A rush to judgment in all three cases? Hmm, maybe. But catching three sails in four hours is likely to mess with anybody's mind. Even a wily old boat tester's.

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