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Old 08-17-2005, 02:29 PM
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One of my buddies has been trying to sell me his boat, its called a Performer. It's a 24 foot express and looks very similar to an Albemarle, I think they were made out of Norfolk, VA a while ago, but are no longer in business. Its powered by a inboard V8 with a Mercruiser outdrive.

Does anybody have any information on this boat? Weight, performance, deadrise, etc.......I can't find much on the web about them. It'll be a while before I do anything, but any info would be appreciated.

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Old 08-17-2005, 02:40 PM
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I believe the boats were actually made outside of Richmond VA in the Petersburg area. I fished offshore on a freinds boat and really liked it. The deadrise is 24 degrees i believe. Boat i fished had twin outboards. Great ride and well made heavy boat. Still see them on the bay frequently. The one I fished was an express model. I think they made a CC in that length also. We ran it hard in heavy seas several trips with no worries.
i have fished 24 Albemarles offshore and the Performer handled rougher water better.
I have been on a 23 Regulator also but it was hard to compare b/c the Regulator cruised slower with a single outboard. Similar ride though.
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Old 08-17-2005, 10:36 PM
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Matt,

I saw one a couple of years ago and posted pics of it on here when "Capt. Dan" was looking at Albe's.

It was "for sale" at Norview Marina in Deltaville, VA and it was a BEAUTY (in GREAT shape!) VERY much like an Albe or Carolina Classic in "looks".

I chatted once with the guy that ended up buying it and he LOVED it - only had some minor problem (cosmetic) that he was gonna' fix up.

As far as I know, the boat is still kept at Norview - in the high and dry.

I'm going down there Saturday and will see if I can get the owner's name for you, although I am not sure if the guys at the marina will give out that info? If I CAN get it, I'll PM you with the info and you can call and chat with the guy.

As was mentioned, I think the Performers WERE built in the Richmond area some years ago, but the one at Norview is the ONLY one I've ever seen?

I have some pics of it SOMEwhere around here, but it was on supports when it was for sale and I couldn't get inside of it.

I'll post something on THIS thread Saturday evening after I talk to Norview!

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Old 08-17-2005, 10:36 PM
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Matt,

Performer's were made in Richmond off Hopkins road and the company was run by Nat Turbeville. The hull is the old Seabird hull out of Florida and Nat had hired the owner/builder from Seabird to run the operation. His name was Laval. They were well made boats and as already stated had 24 degrees of deadrise, weight was approx 4500.00 lbs and they made the cuddy model with inboard/outboard as bracketed outboards and made center console with outboards. They sold new in the mid to late 80's and early 90's for 25-35k. speed with 350 i/o was about 40-42mph and with twin 200's upper 40's to 50.

They went out of business in mid 90's because they lost their dealer network and just could not generate enough sales out of the back door to keep them afloat. they also made a 32' express.

They are decent boats but they are a little more tender than Albemarle and the Albe is a better headsea boat.

These days you can buy them anywhere from 12k to 20k depending on power. I've got a friend that has one with twin 150's and he has been fairly well pleased with his. there are a lot of them here in Virginia since they were made here.
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I see (right after I posted) "Tailwalker" has the scoop on them - GREAT info!

The one in Deltaville is a cuddy, as I remember, an I/O.

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Old 08-18-2005, 09:50 AM
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Fantastic boats. I moved to Virginia from florida back in 95. A friend of mine named Bill Throckmorton owned a 24 footer with a blue hull.It had a 350 IO and he wanted more horsepower so on one of my trips back to Florida I towed it down and had a 454 IO installed, (prices much cheaper in florida). It is one well buit boat. A 24 degree deep vee,great entry,and rock solid. I rode on the boat several times and fished on it in the bay in some nasty slop.It handles rough water superbly. I cant say nough for them.
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There used to be an offshore race called the Rudy Run. Regge Fountian would always be in this race with some sweet new 30 to 40 foot Fountain and he would always win. However Mr. Turbeville of Performer always entered a specical 24 foot perfomer. Same boat you are looking at but the cockpit was all motor. Two motors offset. It completely filled the cockpit. I believe this boat came in 2nd a couple of times, beating other offshore racers.

You could get this boat with a balsa core or a composit core. They appeared to be incredible boats.
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Old 08-18-2005, 02:46 PM
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Thanks all for the input. If I end up pulling the trigger I'll let you know and post some pics. I just got married on Friday so funds are a little tight at the moment, but we'll see. From everybodies comments it seems like this boat would be exactly what I need for chasing dolphin around the NC coast.

My buddy just rebuilt the engine and then started fishing exclusively with one of his friends on a 25 foot CC and he hasn't had a chance to use it. Anybody have any info on the reliability of mercruiser I/O's?

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Old 08-18-2005, 04:47 PM
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Mercruser I/O's are great drives. The only problem I've had on mine in 16 yrs and a zillion hours is the oil seal in the upper unit wears a grove in the shaft to the lower unit and will leak a small amount of oil down the shaft. Keep clean oil in it and it will last for a long long time.
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I would not normally comment on a boat like this, but since this builder is long out of business, I can't resist putting in a SeaCat plug here since I know the Performer all to well. One of my fishing buddies has a 24 Performer express with twin volvo IOs. Even on unremarkable moderate seas I keep wishing we were fishing my boat. A day of fishing the Performer and I'm so tired from doing deep knee bends (to prevent back injury from the bone jaring ride) while I carefully watch the seas to be sure my knees were bent before hitting the next wave. On a similar day on my SeaCat I could have been sitting down on top of my leaning post not needing to pay much attention to the seas and watching the pretty sun rise.
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Old 08-18-2005, 07:12 PM
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The also made a 40 ft cigarette with triples motors in 1983.The hull won the miami -new york race at 118.96 mph average speed.
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Old 08-18-2005, 07:45 PM
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I used to fish on one and a fishing acquaintance still is using one. These boats are GREAT when running to the Gulfstream and pretty decent trolling. They are awful on the drift as they flop from chine to chine like all true deep V's do. Only way to make it tolerable was to put a sea anchor/bucket off the bow.I thought the boat was built quite well.
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