Albemarle Boats is a well-known brand of sportfishers, making highly regarded pleasure boats in North Carolina since the 1970’s. The original owner of the company, Mac Privott, spun off a new company in the 1980’s, Carolina Classic, but now both brands are under one roof, located in Edenton, NC.
Last summer, the company announced its move into bigger waters with the construction of Hull #1 of the new Albemarle 53 Spencer edition. The Spencer in the name is Spencer Yachts, a North Carolina based neighbor that has specialized in custom and semi-custom pleasure boats since the 1990s. This new boat represents Spencer’s first all-fiberglass production boat.
The new 53-foot boat features an impressive flybridge tower, and the Spencer influences can be seen in the boat’s bow flare, the slope of the broken sheer, the rake of the house and the flybridge overhang.
This boat has a high-visibility center console helm with plenty of seating and space for both guests and crew. The stern cockpit has 160 square feet of fishing space, a transom fishbox, and plenty of molded boxes for gear storage. Easy access to the engine compartment is designed into the curved mezzanine deck.
Down below, the saloon has two L-shaped seating areas with tables and a galley loaded with appliances and counter space. There is a three-stateroom, two-head layout below, with a master in the bow and two staterooms to port and starboard.
The boat is filled with standard equipment and options include the Seakeeper gyrostabilizers and watermakers. Though designed for serious, tournament-oriented fishermen, this boat doubles as a comfortable pleasure palace on the sea.
Hull No. 1 is spoken for, but other versions coming off the line will be priced at around $2.4 million. If you’re interested, come see us at Oyster Harbors Marine, an official Albemarle Boats dealer.