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Albemarle 280 Express


Name: 280 Express
Length: 28
Hull Type: Deep-V
Gross Weight: --
Fuel Capacity: 200 gals.
Model Years: 1997—2007
Draft: 3'0"
Beam: 9'6"
Water Capacity: 21 gals.
Waste Capacity: 18 gals.
Length w/ Pulpit: 29'1"
The Albemarle 280 Express is an updated version of the company’s popular 27 Express (1984–96) with an updated interior and redesigned deck layout. Heavily built on an aggressive deep-V hull with a wide 9'6"" beam, the 280’s solid package of hardcore fishing amenities—together with good range and equally good turn of speed—placed her in the leading ranks of under 30-foot sportfishing boats. Notably, she was offered with a choice of straight inboard or jackshaft/sterndrive power. Features include an integral bow pulpit, two in-deck fish boxes, folding rear seat, aft-facing cockpit seat, twin transom livewells/fish boxes, cockpit rod storage, fresh/raw-water washdowns, trim tabs, gas-assist engine hatch lift, locking cabin rod storage, cockpit bolsters, and gunnel rod holders. Below deck, the 280’s roomy teak-trimmed interior includes a teak-and-holly sole, standup head/shower compartment, compact galley with refrigerator, and a convertible dinette/V-berth forward. No lightweight, standard 280hp Volvo gas engines cruise at 22–23 mph. Twin 210–240hp diesels cruise in the mid 20s.


Best-selling fisherman with classic styling scores high with serious anglers.


Spacious cockpit includes transom and in-floor fishboxes, double companion seat with livewell. Teak cabin with full galley, enclosed head sleeps two. Bridgedeck lifts for engine access.


Called 27 Express in 1984–96; 280 Express in 1997–2007. Face-lift in 1997 included redesigned helm, improved cabin headroom. Jackshaft power became available in 1986. Over 650 sold.


Cruise at 24 knots with twin 280hp gas inboards; 26 knots top with twin 270 I/Os.

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