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 360 Express Fisherman tops out at 34.5 knots with twin 435-hp IPS600s.

The 360 Express Fisherman tops out at 34.5 knots with twin 435-hp IPS600s.

“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.

snd_logoxsm Chris Landry is a staff writer for Soundings Magazine. This article originally appeared in the April 2010 issue.