The History of Albemarle Sportfishing Boats
regarded as one of the finest sportfishing boats in the world,
Albemarle Boats was founded on an idea that each of us has uttered
in our own lives: “Sometimes, if you want something done
right, you just have to do it yourself.”
In the mid 1970’s, J. Scott Harrell Sr. found himself in
just such a predicament. For several years he had owned a thriving
boat dealership selling the kind of sportfishing boats that he
and his family felt were the best available at the time. The problem
was, when customers would trade in a boat he had sold them just
a few years earlier, he found that it took a tremendous amount
of work to get the boats ready for resale. Even though these were
some of the top brands, they were just not built strongly enough
to stand up to the unforgiving waters of the Albemarle Sound and
the rugged seas off Cape Hatteras.
to accept anything less than the very best for his customers,
Harrell began a quest to design and build the strongest, most
dependable, and best fishing boat imaginable. Being located in
the colonial seaport of Edenton, North Carolina allowed Harrell
to attract some of the most talented and respected marine craftsmen
in the industry who shared his passion to create boats that would
establish new levels of excellence in ride, safety and fishability.
In 1978, “Hull #1,”
a 24-foot cuddy that is still in active service today, rolled
out and began what is now a history of enduring success.
Today, Albemarle continues to enhance and develop its boats through
a combination of firm values and customer-focused design. Built
one at a time, every Albemarle that leaves our factory is a clear
reflection of an unrelenting commitment to quality and craftsmanship
that few products can rival. From our classic hand-laid Carolina
style hull, to the custom cabinetry below decks, to the meticulous
attention to detail in every inch of wiring, you quickly see why
Albemarle has received numerous industry awards and earned a reputation
as the premiere sportfishing boat for serious offshore anglers.
For more than 30 years, our company has been changing and adapting
to pioneer new advances in marine manufacturing, and we stand
unwaveringly on principles of quality craftsmanship and customer
satisfaction that will never change.