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2008 Albemarle 290XF

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Engine Air-Intake System

You may have noticed what Albemarle calls "gills" in the 290XF's hull sides. Obviously, these are air intakes that allow the boat's inboard diesels to breath freely. But did you notice the panel behind the gills? It hints at an eductor-type air-intake system that typifies larger craft but is seldom found on vessels as small as our test boat. The system's workings are simple and for the most part passive. Air enters the gills, passes over baffles that remove most of the water droplets, and then hits the moisture-catching, plastiform media shown under the grill in the the photo here. Moisture collects in an eductor box at the bottom of the system and drains into the bilge, while comparatively dry, salt-free air is fed to the engines. What about maintenance of the media? Albemarle says you simply remove it, clean with fresh water, let dry, and replace.—B.P.

This article originally appeared in the May 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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