By George Otto ~ October 18th, 2013. Filed under: Current Issue.
Albury 23′ FS with foldable tower
Debuting at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is the Albury 23′ FS with foldable tower. Fully offshore capable as usual, this is the Albury Brothers’ first entry into the shallow water fishing market.
Albury Brothers’ multiple
custom options and smooth ride
will reel in show-goers at FLIBS.
By Laura Dunn
Albury Brothers Boats debuts its newest boat, the Albury 23′ Forward Seating with West Coast foldable tower. Already famous for its soft ride offshore, the 23′ FS also performs well in shallow water. The custom tower features a spring-assisted top half that folds down so the boat is fully and easily trailerable.
In the past 10 years, Albury has built approximately 250 boats of all 3 sizes (the 20, 23, 27), but this new boat is the first model with a tower, let alone a foldable tower. This “Swiss Army Knife of fishing rigs” features a custom West Coast style tower with second station, quick-release bow mount trolling motor, abundance of rod holders, dual livewells, electric reel outlets, Garmin chartplotter at both stations with a thru-hull transducer and autopilot, Talon shallow water anchor system, and the list goes on. Thanks to a full bow and its three-piece construction, this 23 feels more like a 25 with a great deal of interior space.
True to their 61-year boatbuilding philosophy, Albury Brothers Boats keeps the 23′ FS simple, smooth, seaworthy, and safe. Rated for 300-hp, it can be powered with single or twin engines. Her low center of gravity, very full forward and splash well aft means you won’t have to step over puddles of water inside your Albury 23′ FS.
In moderate to good conditions, the Albury 23’ provides a soft ride at cruising speeds in the low to mid 30s. She pops up on plane and the well-balanced, variable V hull allows her to plane at 18-20 mph. At mid-range rpms, the Albury handles highly variable sea conditions comfortably from 20-36 mph. Passengers will be impressed with its buoyancy, even when waves are vertical. “Don’t try and steer her, just let her dance her way through the sea naturally. To drift an Albury 23′ is like ‘bobbing a cork’ vs. a ‘snap roll’,” says an Albury Brothers spokesperson. “After all, the true test of seaworthiness is after you cut the power.”
LOA: 23′ 2″
Beam: 8′ 3″
Dry Weight, hull only: 2,960 lbs.
Fuel/Water Capacity: 103/24 gal.
Engines: Suzuki, Yamaha, others
Cruise/Top Speed: 28/43 knots
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