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Old 07-14-2019, 06:40 AM
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I have always liked these boats but never owned one. Two design questions have been bothering me though. I think they apply to the 20 and 23, not sure about the others.

1. The console looks to not be closed in the back where you stand. It appears to be open at floor level and I would assume that is far more likely to have water enter the inside of the console where wires are run. Why is it open and does anyone have issues with this design? I also don't like seeing exposed screws attaching the console to the deck but that's not really a question.

2. They are advertised as self-bailing but I've read some comments about the cockpit draining to a sump that is pumped out. That is not self-bailing in my mind and I don't see how it's different than just draining to the bilge to be handled by the bilge pump. Do the storage compartments drain to the cockpit or directly overboard or do they also drain to this sump to be pumped out?

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The console back has an opening for your toes.
Old 07-17-2019, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
I have always liked these boats but never owned one. Two design questions have been bothering me though. I think they apply to the 20 and 23, not sure about the others.

1. The console looks to not be closed in the back where you stand. It appears to be open at floor level and I would assume that is far more likely to have water enter the inside of the console where wires are run. Why is it open and does anyone have issues with this design? I also don't like seeing exposed screws attaching the console to the deck but that's not really a question.

2. They are advertised as self-bailing but I've read some comments about the cockpit draining to a sump that is pumped out. That is not self-bailing in my mind and I don't see how it's different than just draining to the bilge to be handled by the bilge pump. Do the storage compartments drain to the cockpit or directly overboard or do they also drain to this sump to be pumped out?
I have owned an Albury 20 since 2007 and can try to answer your questions, however if you are really interested call Jeff at Albury and he will be more than happy to answer any question you have about these boats. First I must say this is the best boat I ave ever owned and I have owned quite a few over the years and probalby one of the best 20' on the market . Far and away the best built. After 12 years of continuous use, there is not one stress crack anywhere on the boat and the gel coat looks almost as good as new. Now to your questions.

1. The console has a removable bi-fold door on the rear of the console with a cut-out for your feet so you are not stubbing your toes. The only way you are going to get water into that area is if you sink or intentionally squirt water in there with the door off while cleaning your boat. As for the screws, they have never bothered me. They ensure a very tight bond and are a high quality stainless not cheap Chinese junk and therefore after 12 years are as rust-free as new ones.

2. You are correct in that there is a sump with a bilge pump, however you can pull the internal plug and any collected water runs outs when running, or if stopped water only comes in to the level of the sump. Not sure if that is considered self bailing but I have never ever had a problem with water on the deck. Additionally the 20' is an extremely dry boat and you have to try real hard to take any water over the bow or over the stern and into the cockpit.

Feel free to ask any more questions or PM me if you would like to chat about the boat. If you're in the Stuart area I would be happy to take you for a spin.









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Thanks Oceanlovur, I will give them a call if I get serious about it one day. I would want to modify the console though.
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Beautiful boat!!.
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Just getting back from Abacos and rented a 23 Albury for the week. The console is nice and I wouldn't change anything. If you open the console door, it is a very nice foot rest and I kept it open the entire week for this reason. Didn't get a drop of water in the console and agree with the other poster that you shouldn't ever get water in the console.

I don't consider the boat self bailing based on what most people consider self bailing. I understand the pull the plug option and had a Whaler where you could do this and I don't consider it self bailing. I'm not wild about the lower freeboard by the engine and we got some water in the stern of the boat when the seas were bigger and we were drift fishing. Nothing that concerned me and the bilge kicked right on, but I would prefer a higher freeboard or a closed transom. For this reason, we'll probably pass on a 23 Albury and are looking at a 27 Albury instead. The quality is impressive.
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The bottoms , beam width, freeboard and deck height show some simularities to the dimensiones of some pangas, or am I way off? I’ve only seen pictures, and I am not knocking this hull in any way
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One of the most solid boats built. Absolute tanks.
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Albury doesn’t make anything but the hull. The console, leaning post, and ttop are all from Birdsall Marine and can be bought directly from them if you want.

The console has so many screws I assume bc the ttop is secured only into the console and the screws are needed for support.

The console door could certainly be modified to go all the way down. You could get something from boat outfitters to do that.

I have an Albury 20. It’s by far the best riding 20 foot boat or even similar sized boat I’ve ever ridden in. It will not pound. It just won’t. I love it.

We’ve put 127 hours on it in about five months.



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The console is identical to the older 23’ Seacraft’s
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Originally Posted by Bullshipper View Post
The bottoms , beam width, freeboard and deck height show some simularities to the dimensiones of some pangas, or am I way off? I’ve only seen pictures, and I am not knocking this hull in any way
These Albury hulls are not like any other mono hull. The design with the extreme sharp entry to the rounded bottom and variable deadrise is something that you have to take a ride in for comparison. I have been in a few Pangas and they ride good in certain seas....but overall I can't say enough good things about the 23 and 27 Albury. I do not know much about the 20' and 33'. They do so many things well and almost ride like a cat upon re-entry. The hulls do not pound, cut through a nasty sea, efficient and over all built like a tank. All the weight is below the water line.

In 07 I went to the Ft. Laud show to buy another 23' Regulator. I had one and was extremely pleased with her. So..I was sold...just had to work out the price. I was doing some research and came upon these Albury's. So I went and checked them out first. In my head I thought the boat would be a 90% version of the Regulator..size wise and built not the same.. I crawled through the boat like a jack azz...checked every screw, underside of every hatch, wiring and just overall feel and came away thoroughly impressed. These Alburys were built just as good as the Regulator...but I hadn't gone for a ride. So I took a gamble and trusted the owner Jeff Lichterman. I thought anyways, It's my wifes boat and if its not everything we wanted would could sell it. Let me tell you...The Albury did everything the Regulator did but better. She had more room, felt larger, more efficient, didnt rock side to side when trolling, very stable somewhat buoyant, and just felt good crashing through a wave and didnt shake in this gulf chop..SOLID. The only thing the Regulator was better at was a 3-4' head sea at about 5-7 mph faster.

Bottom line these boats are the real deal. I like that they dont have all that extra stuff that breaks, simplistic in design with that classic timeless look and built for a life time. I wish I still had my 23.
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The new 23s are self bailing. Mine was a 2015 and it had scuppers that bail out the side. Console was never wet and the door wasn't an issue. I loved the boat
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Originally Posted by dnh2 View Post
Albury doesn’t make anything but the hull. The console, leaning post, and ttop are all from Birdsall Marine and can be bought directly from them if you want.
I may be wrong but I believe i recall seeing consoles for a 23 or 27 being built at Albury a few years ago.
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Originally Posted by Bullshipper View Post
The bottoms , beam width, freeboard and deck height show some simularities to the dimensiones of some pangas, or am I way off? I’ve only seen pictures, and I am not knocking this hull in any way
Here is a better profile picture. Not sure there is any real similarity to pangas!



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Never understood if this style of hull rides so well then why aren't they being copied?
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I'd hope they are well built. By the time you add a ttop and a few options and a trailer, the 20 footer would be nearly 80k. Pretty spendy for a 20ft boat.
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Originally Posted by hammer79 View Post
Never understood if this style of hull rides so well then why aren't they being copied?
The 20 is 19° deadrise and it's only 7'3" beam. You don't see many typical 20ft CC's with that narrow beam. Most are 8ft+. I'd imagine that helps the ride a decent bit.
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Originally Posted by Elgreco809 View Post
I'd hope they are well built. By the time you add a ttop and a few options and a trailer, the 20 footer would be nearly 80k. Pretty spendy for a 20ft boat.
$80K is about what it would cost to replace my current 21' flats boat so I have no issue with that. My issue is I would really want the 23 and can't store one that big at my house.
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Never understood if this style of hull rides so well then why aren't they being copied?
I'll let one of the owners chime in but my understanding is that you don't try to run it fast like the 24 degree CCs launching off of swells. It is more stable at rest & anchored than a Deep V which why I like them.
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I always wondered why these were so pricey, but thanks for the great testimonials....

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