Albula is a custom built shallow draft cruiser that is equally at home as a Great Circle Looper, the inside passages of Alaska or in the shoal waters of the US east coast and the Bahamas.
With her recent price reduction of $10,000, she represents a terrific value in a one of a kind liveaboard.
She is built to an extremely high standard by renowned builder Blackwell Boatworks in Manus Harbor, NC with completion by Glen Haught and Associates.
She is an extraordinary gunkholer, and she can be fished as well. Her name is the genus for the "bonefish".
Originally built as a 56 foot yacht in 1997, she is currentlyy 59' as benefits from a hull extension/swim platform addition/refit by Blackwell in 2014/15. She's enjoyed a high standard of maintenance and is in extraordinary condition both mechanically and cosmetically.
She cruises economically with her single John Deer diesel engine averaging 7.5-8.0 knots burning 1.5-2.0 gallons per hour. And with her 3' draft and Vetus bow thruster, there aren't many places she can't reach.
She has air conditioning, generator, diesel heat system, and pilot house with 360 degree visibility.
Two staterooms and a spectacular salon, galley, aft deck and massive upper foredeck with pilothouse, make Albula literally one of a kind.
If you are looking for a visually appealing, economical cruiser in a beautifully crafted custom yacht, look no further. You owe it to yourself to take a look at Albula. Call now for your private appointment to see her in Fort Myers, Florida.
As you enter from the port side door, you arrive at the spacious midships salon. Forward is a hallway to starboard that takes one forward to the owner's stateroom with double berth, then to the head with walk in shower. Further at the bow is a guest stateroom that has four single berths, hi/low with 2 each side.
Aft of the large stateroom is a well equipped galley aft with the engine housing beneath the centerline galley countertop. Aft through the doorway is a cockpit with folding table with chairs, and gate to the aft swim platform. The aft cockpit and swim platform are teak soled with a removable stainless steel swim ladder.
Both port and starboard have walkways that go forward and allow access to the bow. There is an aluminum ladder aft in the cockpit that leads to the upper deck. There is a fully enclosed pilothouse with removable windows. Forward is a large foredeck with space for storage and for housing a dinghy (not included) and a crane. Forward to the bow by way of a short aluminum ladder leads to the lower foredeck with anchor windlass, bow rollers and ground tackle.
The concept was one of live-aboard comfort and operating efficiency with shallow draft in a seaworthy boat for the East Coast waters and the Bahamas. The concept was to build a vessel to serve as the mothership for fishing primarily in backwaters and on the flats. My friend and naval architect Glenn Haught had thoughts of a similar boat for himself. The plans were drawn and agreed upon in September 1995. Construction began with the full size loft and jig built in October 1995. Two identical boats were to be built simultaneously, the theory being that they could be built more efficiently in that manor.
The hulls were built by Blackwell Boatworks at their yard in Mann's Harbor, NC. Using cold molded construction with West System epoxy the hull was built with laminated fir keel and longitudinal stringers. The bottom is 2 layers of 3/4" marine plywood and the sides are 2 layers of 1/2" marine plywood. The hull was glassed inside and out using the same lamination schedule Blackwell was using for his 35+ knot 60 foot custom sport fishing boats. The fuel tank was welded aluminum, tested, and installed and a fiberglass epoxy water tank installed. A 1" marine plywood deck was installed from the aft to the bulkhead for the forward stateroom. The hull was sealed, epoxy faired and finished with epoxy primer and all interior decking sealed with epoxy by Blackwell Boatworks.
The hulls were then transported the 10 miles, through downtown Manteo, to Haught and Associates yard in Wanchese, N.C. for completion. 3 shipwrights were hired full time for the project and additional skilled craftsmen were hired if they were out of work and between jobs. Wanchese is well known for its wooden sportfishing boatbuilding industry. Glenn Haught worked nearly full time supervising and building the boats during construction. The Cabin was built of ½” marine plywood and 2x4 fir sides which was glassed with 2 layers of 2408 bidirectional fiberglass, all bonded with West System epoxy. Deck beams were laminated Atlantic White Cedar with a finishing laminate of 1’ mahogany to be exposed in the interior. The upper deck was ½” marine plywood again covered with 2 layers of 2408 fiberglass bonded with epoxy. The two boats progressed nicely over the following months. All electrical design and installation was performed by certified marine electrician Alan Fagley, now head electrician for Spencer Yachts. The boat was faired and painted with Awlgrip. The interior salon and interior trim was built and installed by master craftman Jeff Doyle, now retired.
The boats were basically completed and were christened and launched September 1997. After the celebration, both boats were taken to the dock that Glenn and I owned together for final fitting out.
After a trip to the Florida Keys in 1998, Albula returned to Wanchese to be fitted with a Vetus bow thruster, a great and necessary improvement!
Over the years, improvements have been made. Overall, Albula is a fabulous liveaboard cruiser and has cruised waters from the Chesapeake Bay to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas as well as making 7 round trips from Seattle to Juneau through the Inside Passage. She has handled all of those environments without difficulty averaging 7.5-8.0 kts burning 1.5-2.0 gallons per hour; all the efficiency as we had hoped for.
She is Great Loop Friendly and with the VHF antenna lowered easily clears 21' bridge height. With the Radome removed, she has 18' bridge clearance.
Custom Built hull by Blackwell Boatworks.
Superstructure, interior & machinery by Glenn Haught at Haught and Associates, Naval Architecht
John Deer Continuous Duty 6088 non turbo 130 HP Fresh water cooled with less than 2590 hours
180 amp alternatior with Balmar MC 612 Max Charge Regulator
Transmission; Twin Disc, model 50101A
Transmission cooler New 2015
Dual Racor system with gate valve and vacuum pressure gauge
Racor Airsep Crancase Ventilation System
Custom built ceramic Exhaust Riser New 2015
Kohler 8 Kw model 9CCOZ63 diesel Generator with 1575 hours
Dual Racor filters for generator with gate valve and vacuum pressure gauge
Vetus 80 Kw bowthruster
Hynautic Hydraulic steering
12 V DC Saltwater deck washdown pump
Seaward 220 V AC hot water heater and Everhot hot water system heated by Webasto Diesel diesel furnace.
Paneltronics Electrical panel 220 V AC, 120 V AC, 12V DC
Outback 2500 Watt Inverter/Battery Charger with Mate Controller New 2010
Engine starting battery; 4D Lifeline AGM New 2017
House batteries; (6) 6 V DC 435 amp Flowing River AGM in series total 1305 amp hours New 2017
Forward battery bank; 24 V DC (4) AGM New 2015 for Electric windlass, bow thruster and galley maid head electric macerator pump with dedicated 3 phase battery charger.
Crane dedicated battery system (2) 12 V DC AGM New March 2017
Generator Battery 12 V DC AGM New 2010
Garmin GPS Map 5212 Color Chartplotter New 2010
Furuno Color dual frequency depth finder FCV-667
Furuno 16 mile Radar display and dome
ICOM IC M602 VHF radio New 2010
Robertson Autopilot AP 11
Commercial Grade running lights
Mounted Mobile Spotlight
Deck lights--commercial grade
Rogue Wave WIFI extender
Cruise Aire 24,000 BTU Air conditioner in Salon. Digital controls New 2011
Cruiser Aire 16,000 BTU Air conditioner in Master Stateroom. Digital controls New 2011
Cruise Aire 220 V AC magnetic raw water pump services both units.
Webasto Hydronic diesel fired furnace 80,000 BTU hydronic system with Everhot hot water system.
Dickinson diesel fired bulkhead mounted heater in salon
Mahogany cabinets throughout and forward with built in desk and storage.
100 year old 22" solid mahogany panels on desk and cabinet tops
Samsung flat panel TV
Stereo system with wall mounted speakers and subwoofer with Aux jack for ipod
Cable TV wired
Skylight overhead (fixed)
Dickenson Newport diesel fired furnace
High/Low mahogany storage table
Fold away dining table
Forward owners' stateroom has Queen Size fore/aft bed
Cruise Aire 16,000 BTU Air conditioner with digital controls and heater
Overhead speakers, with area control
Visio flat panel TV
Central cable TV wiring
Storage beneath hinged berth
Hanging locker, drawers and closed with shelves.
Memory foam mattress
(4) single berths -high low
(3) Memory Foam mattress.
One berth is used exclusively for storage
Aft bulkhead mounted small desk
Aft galley with center counter and diesel engine beneath
Princess 3 burner stove with oven, LPG/Propane gas with solenoid and timer control
(2) 30# LPG/Propane tanks in vented locker in aft deck
Kenmore Freezer (beneath counter) 120 V AC
GE Refrigerator (beneath counter) 120 V AC
Kenmore Stacketd Washer Dryer, full size, 220 V AC
Sharp Convection Microwave oven
Edgestar Ice Maker
Stainless Steel doublesink with Hot/Cold domestic pressure water system and commercial grade spigot
(2) Pantry's and generous galley storage throughout
Sink with hot/cold pressure water system
Separate full size walkin stall shower with 6'4" standing headroom
Galley Maid head with macerator pump
Lectra San waste disposal sanitation with Y valve for deck pumpout or overboard discharge
12 V DC/220 V AC domestic pressure water system/pump
Dometic holding tank monitor
Port cabinet with (2) 30# LPG/Propane custom painted aluminum tanks with gauge
Starboard storage cabinet
Starboard transom door to 4' aft swim platform
Custom built removeable stainless steel swim ladder
Stereo speakers with area controls
Cockpit and swim platform sole is teak
Pilot house aft
Upper deck surface and pilot house roof was resurfaced 2015
Ladder aft to lower cockpit
Small ladder forward to foredeck/ground tackle
Deck Safety rails
Stainless steel hydraulic crane with electric winch (dinghy/tender shown but not included)
Fresh water and 2 saltwater washdown spigots
Aft rod holders
Offshore Viking 6 person life raft in cannister deck mounted (needs certification)
Deck locker with line storage
Ideal dual capstan windlass
33 KG Rocna Anchor with 400' 5/16" all chain rode
600' 5/8" New England double braid nylon rode with chain leader
Twin bow rollers
(2) Danforth anchors deck mounted port/starboard
Viking 6 person cannister life raft deck mounted (needs certification)
Adult and childrens life jackets
Fire extinguishers, CO2 and dry poweder
Throwable Life Rings
Dock lines and fenders
Owners personal effects and tools do not convey with sale of vessel.
Bottom Paint New November 2017; Interlux CSC ablative
Bottom sanded to the primer, re-primed and coated with CSC to eliminate previous buildup. 2015
Po Box 17141
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