By Chris Landry
Albemarle puts IPS on its 360 Express
VolvoPenta’s Inboard Performance System adds both cruising range and speed to this 36 footer.
Albemarle, the North Carolina builder known for its rugged fishing boats, has equipped its first boat — the 360 Express Fisherman — with VolvoPenta’s Inboard Performance System.
“The early speed and fuel burn numbers we’re seeing are amazing, and I think this adds another dimension to a model that has been extremely popular,” says vice president and general manager Burch Perry.
With its twin 435-hp IPS 600s, the boat burns about 27 gph at 26 knots, which equates to around 1 nautical mile per gallon and a range of 451 nautical miles. She tops out at 34.5 knots. With Caterpillar C9 inboards (575 hp), the boat gets 0.675 nmpg at a cruising speed of 27 knots for a range of 343 nautical miles.
The 360 Express Fisherman has a large cockpit and high gunwales, providing anglers with a spacious and safe fishing platform. Albemarle embedded an aluminum plate in the cockpit sole for a fighting chair. The helmsman has excellent visibility from the centerline helm station, according to the company.
Below, a queen-size berth and single bunk comprise the sleeping accommodations. Standard equipment includes an enclosed head with separate shower stall and a galley with electric cooktop, microwave oven and refrigerator/freezer.
The 360 rides a modified-vee hull with 16 degrees of deadrise at the transom and 23 degrees amidships. The 36-footer has a beam of 14 feet, 5 inches. Base price with the IPS600s is $499,995, and a fully loaded IPS600-powered 360 Express Fisherman with tuna tower carries a $615,000 price tag.
Founded in 1978, Albemarle builds fishing boats from 24 to 41 feet in center console, express and convertible configurations. For more information, visit the Albemarle website.
Chris Landry is a staff writer for Soundings Magazine. This article originally appeared in the April 2010 issue.