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Old 11-25-2019, 02:06 PM
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Hi , Shopping for my next boat, thinking about a Glacier bay 26 cuddy or Albemarle 265. I always had deep v boats, so a complete novice with a catamaran. I like the layout of the glacier bay and like the twin engines as well. The Albemarle is a single big block/I/O . Which would have the superior ride? mainly using for near shore bottom fishing, inshore fishing and trips to the beach.
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GB will have a superior ride and be more stable when anchored.
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For the use you described, hands down the GB.............................biased answer from a 2670 owner.
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My Father was an Albemarle Dealer and I hated running the 265. It's so deep that it never feels like it actually get's up on a plane. The bow is always high and it's the most tender boat you will ever run. It just flops from one chine to the other and running level is like a balancing act. On the other hand I've owned three Glacier Bays including one 2680 for eight years. Glacier Bays are very quirky and I suggest you sea trial one to make sure you like the way it handles. I loved my Glacier Bays.
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I like the Albemarle 268 better than the Albemarle 265. They changed the mold to correct a bit of tenderness resulting in a very sharp entry carried back sufficiently but ending with a 21* dead rise at the transom vs a 24 that the 265 has. The 268 also received a taller cap resulting in more headroom and a nicer windshield.

The 265 and the 262 are very fine rough sea boats but have to have a knowledgeable helmsman to not over steer in following seas. That was corrected with the 268. Some owners had success with spray rails lessening the chinetenderness. Once you are used to the handling of the 265 and 262, you will be fine, both are awesome, however I was just shopping for a 268 Albemarle and had trouble finding one to my liking. I settled for a 25 Carolina Classic with ride very nice.

i know nothing about the ride of the other boat mentioned, but good luck in your search.

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I have no idea what is going on with the little boxes in my reply above. But the basic point was that the 262 and 265 are awesome boats however you need to have an experienced helmsman to run in a following sea and not over steer or slip/lean from chine to chine.

This was corrected in the Albemarle 268 by a different mold and also a different (taller) cap, resulting in the same sharp entry carried aft but terminating with a 21* at the transom vs 24* with the 262 and 265. All are fine, just have their quirks.

I just spent a good 6-12 months looking for a 268 without finding one (except up in Canada and transport was a problem). I ended up with a Carolina Classic 25 straight inboard for now. However, I really like the 268 very much, and if you have an opportunity, be sure to ride one. You will perhaps like the ride as well.

Good luck in your search, I can’t say anything about the other manufacturer you mentioned, I just don’t know anything about them.

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