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Posted by on Nov 23, 2010 in Boat Reviews, Fishing, Saltwater Fishing, Sport Fishing, UK, US |

Albemarle 410 Express: Carolina Dreaming

Can Albemarle improve fishability via interior redesign?

The interior is usually the last part of the boat which a builder of hard core canyon runners, like Albemarle Sportfishing Boats, is going to worry about. It’s also the last part of the boat which hard core anglers interested in that boat are going to be concerned with. But on the 410XF, Albemarle discovered that the interior of a fishboat can be used to give your catch rate a boost.

The Albemarle 410XF remains a hard-core fishing boat, first and foremost.

The Albemarle 410XF remains a hard-core fishing boat, first and foremost.

The smart use of space is the first factor that comes into play. The 410’s new layout increases your ability to stow fishing gear, which increases your offshore options. By shifting the starboard-side head aft and orienting the dinette fore and aft instead of athwartships, Albemarle found the room to add in a lighted seven foot rod locker above the dinette Pullman berth. Combined with the rod locker under the helmdeck settee, that means you have enough dedicated rod stowage to haul a full complement of 30’s, 50’s, and 80’s. What’s the down-side? The head no longer connects directly to the enclosed forward stateroom. If you prioritize night-time peeing proximity over fishing, maybe you’ll care.

Another design change that boosts your ability to hit the fish hard is the redesigned electrical system. The panel has been moved aft to the bulkhead right at the cabin entry, so you can flip switches and check breakers quickly and easily. Lighting has all been changed to LED, so you have less maintenance and less draw on the system. And starting batteries are isolated, along with a dedicated house bank that provides a 60-amp capacity for up to six hours.

Why didn’t Albemarle redesign the cockpit? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it—any angler who’s fished on a 410XF can tell you that the 56 gallon transom kill box, 57 gallon in-deck fishbox, 36 gallon livewell, hard top and tower support rocket launchers, gunwale-mounted rodholders, tackle stowage/rigging station, and fresh and raw water washdowns all work together to provide you with prime fish-fighting territory.

Construction of the 410XF also remains the same with this redesign, and since a beefy wave-crushing attitude is one of the attributes of an Albemarle that sets it apart from the competition, we hope that’ll never change. The hull is solid hand-laid glass, hullsides are cored, resins are vinylester, and stringers are XL marine fir (which have a lifetime guarantee) fully encapsulated in fiberglass. Net result: the boat weighs in at a beefy 32,000 pounds. Combined with a 22.5-degree amidships deadrise and a 15-degree transom deadrise, if the ocean isn’t too rough to stand on-deck and fish, it isn’t too rough to cruise through. And that counts a lot, to a hard-core angler—whether he’s setting the lines, or heading belowdecks to grab an entire complement of 30’s, 50’s, or 80’s.

- Lenny Rudow