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Available for SaleALBULA59' 1997 Custom 

Brand new to the market. Albula (Genus name for Bonefish) is custom shallow draft cruiser built in Wanchese, Outer Banks, North Carolina. She was designed by renowned naval architect Glen Haught and built to an extremely high standard by Blackwell Boatworks and Haught and Associates right here in the USA.

Built initially for the shallow banks of the Bahamas, she is equally at home in the shoal waters of the US east coast and would make an excellent Great Circle Looper. After being shipped to the North West she has cruised the round trip from Seattle to Juneau 5 times on her own bottom. The owner is now retiring from boating, and Albula is ready for her new owners.

This pilot house cruiser is arguably in a class by herself. She is a rare combination of practicality, elegance, fuel efficiency and unmistakable head turning looks. She cruises economically averaging 7.5-8.0 knots burning only 1.5-2.0 gallons per hour, giving her a 2,500 mile plus range.

This is one of the most functional, high-quality, and engineered two-stateroom 59’ motor yachts in existence. The simplicity of the single John Deere diesel paired with the Vetus bow thruster ensure safe passage-making in the skinniest of waters.

While cruising aboard Albula, you will find she is easy and fun to operate, quiet running, smooth-riding, and fuel-efficient, making for one of the greatest pleasures of owning a boat of this quality. Perfect for a cruising couple and a fabulous loop boat.

26 North Yachts is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Denison Yachting. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel


LOA: 59' (18 m)
Beam: 17' (6 m)
Hull Material: Wood
Fuel Capacity: 650 gal (2,461 L)
Fresh Water Capacity: 435 gal (1,647 L)
Holding Tank: 35 gal (133 L)
Location: Bradenton, Florida, United States
Build Year: 1997
Builder: Custom
Type: Trawlers
Cruising Speed: 8 Knots


Vessel Walkthrough

Aft Deck

  • Transom door to 4' aft swim platform
  • Custom built removable stanless-steel swim ladder
  • Cockpit and swim platform sole in teak Folding table and 3 teak charis
  • Ceiling mounted fishing rod holder


  • The large spacious galley is immediately inside when entering the yacht from the rear cockpit
  • Large center counter
  • Large space where 2 adults can work simultaneously
  • 3 burner propane stove
  • Undercounter freezer and separate undercounter refrigerator
  • convection microwave oven
  • Double SS sink
  • 2 pantries and generous storage
  • Storage cabinets and drawers
  • Kenmore stacked washer and dryer


  • Moving forward from the galley is the masterpiece of this yacht
  • 100 year old mahogany cabinets throughout and large desk with plentiful storage
  • 22" wide solid mahogany panels on desk and cabinet tops
  • Huge area with full size furniture
  • High/low mahogany storage coffee table
  • Wet bar
  • 55 inch Sony flat screen tv
  • 3x6 ft skylight overhead
  • Large side windows with curtains

Master Stateroom

  • Master stateroom is forward and offers a queen-size memory foam mattress
  • Mahogany wood throughout
  • Storage beneath hinged berth
  • 2 hanging lockers, bookshelves, closet with shelves


  • Galley made head with 24 V macerator pump with raw or fresh water flush
  • Separate full-size walk-in stall shower with 6'4" head room
  • Generous storage and overhead sky-light vent hatch

Guest Stateroom

  • The guest stateroom is forward and offers 4 single berths, currently one used for storage
  • 3x Memory foam mattresses
  • Storage drawers and cabinets


  • Garmin GPS Map 5212 chartplotter
  • Garmin GPS Map 7612 chartplotter and sounder
  • Garmin GT41 clearview and sidevu chirp depth/fishfinder
  • Garmin dopler 36mi radar
  • Garmin VHF 215 with AIS
  • Garmin AIS 800 transceiver
  • Robertson Autopilot AP11
  • opening side and aft windows and door to the aft deck
  • Blue/White LED deck lights
  • Large dual lounge settee's on both sides of pilothouse

Upper Deck

  • Huge foredeck with safety rails around entire upper deck
  • 11.5" West Marine RIB-350 double floor rigid hypalon inflatable boat
  • Yamaha 25 HP outboard electric/manual start
  • Stainless steel hydraulic crane with electric winch prev. used for 1,250 lbs flats boat
  • Dingy chocks
  • Fresh and Saltwater washdowns
  • Viking 6 person RescuYou Coastal life raft
  • Ideal Dual Capstain windlass (spare motor)
  • 33KG Rocna anchor with 400' 5/16" all chain rode and 30ft. snubber with Mantis chain hook
  • 600' 5/8" double braid nylon rode with chain leader
  • Twin bow rollers
  • 2 spare Danforth anchors, deck mounted


  • Paneltronics electrical panel 220V AC, 120V, 12 V DC
  • Kohler 8KW generator approx. 1,800 hours
  • Outback 2500 watt inverter/charger with mate controller
  • Link Pro Battery Monitor
  • Lifeline 4d start battery
  • Lifeline house bank 6x Fullriver DC400-6 AGM's
  • Forward battery bank 4 x North Star 12 V group 24 AGM's (Windlass, Bow thruster, Macerator)
  • Crane batteries, 2 x Odyssey Extreme
  • Generator battery, 1 x West Marine Group 27 AGM

Engine/Mechanical Equipment

  • John Deere continuous duty 6068D air aspirated 130 HP fresh water cooled, 2,900 hours, all services up to date fall 2021
  • Easy access to all sides of engine
  • Twin Disc transmission
  • 12 V reverso oil changing system for engine, generator and transmission
  • Transmission cooler
  • Dual Racor system with gate valve and vacuum gauge
  • Custom built ceramic exhaust riser
  • Kohler 8KW generator approx. 1,800 hours
  • Vetus 80 KW bowthruster
  • Hynautic hydraulic steering
  • Seaward 220 V AC hot water heater
  • MarineAire 24,000 btu A/C and heat pump in salon
  • MarineAire 16,000 btu A/C and heat pump in master stateroom
  • Each A/C has a dedicated magnetic drive water pump and strainer

Construction and History

Bill Richey (original owner of Albula) and naval architect Glenn Haught (still full time liveaboard on his) were friends that shared thoughts of similar boats. The concept was one of live-aboard comfort and operating efficiency with shallow draft in a seaworthy boat for the East Coast waters and the Bahamas.

The concept was to build vessels to serve as the mothership for fishing primarily in the backwaters and on the flats. Bill and Glenn drew up the plans and agreed upon them in September 1995. Construction began with the full size loft and jig built in October 1995. Two identical boats were to be built simultaneously, the theory being that they could be built more efficiently in that manor.

The hulls were built by Blackwell Boatworks at their yard in Mann’s Harbor, NC. Using cold molded construction with West System epoxy the hull was built with laminated fir keel and longitudinal stringers. The bottom is 2 layers of ¾” marine plywood and the sides are 2 layers of ½” marine plywood. The hull was glassed inside and out using the same lamination schedule Blackwell was using for his 35+ knot 60 foot custom sport fishing boats. The fuel tank was welded aluminum, tested, and installed and a fiberglass epoxy water tank installed. A 1” marine plywood deck was installed from aft to the bulkhead for the forward stateroom. The hull was sealed, epoxy faired and finished with epoxy primer and all interior decking sealed with epoxy by Blackwell Boatworks.

The hulls were then transported the 10 miles, through downtown Manteo, to Haught and Associates yard in Wanchese, NC for completion. Three shipwrights were hired full time for the project and additional skilled craftsmen were hired if they were out of work and between jobs. Wanchese is well known for its wooden sportfishing boatbuilding industry. Glenn Haught worked nearly full time supervising and building the boats during construction.

The cabin was built of ½” Marine Plywood and 2x4 fir sides which was glasses with 2 layers of 2408 bidirectional fiberglass, all bonded with West System epoxy. Deck beams were laminated Atlantic White Ceder with a finishing laminate of 1” mahogany to be exposed in the interior.The upper deck was ½ “ marine plywood again covered with 2 layers of 2408 fiberglass bonded with epoxy. The two boats progressed nicely over the following months. All electrical design and installation was performed by certified marine electrician Alan Fagley, now (2017) head electrician for Spencer Yachts. The boat was faired and painted with Awlgrip. The interior salon and interior trim was built and installed by master craftsman Jeff Doyle, now retired.

The boats were basically completed and were christened and launched September 1997. After the celebration, both boats were taken to the dock that Glen and Bill owned together for final fitting out.

After a trip to the Florida Keys in 1998, Albula returned to Wanchese to be fitted with a Vetus bow thruster, a great improvement.

Over the years, improvements have been made. She had the rear cockpit modified and swim platform added in 2015 by the original builder Blackwell Boat Works, she was also totally repainted, with a stainless bow protector added.

Overall, Albula is a fabulous liveaboard cruiser and has cruised waters from the Chesapeake Bay to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas as well as making 5 round trips from Seattle to Juneau Alaska through the Inside Passage. She has handled all those environments without difficulty averaging 7.5 – 8.0 knots burning 1.5 – 2.0 gallons per hour; all the efficiency as they had hoped for.

She is Great Loop friendly with the VHF antenna lowered easily clears 21’ bridge height.


The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.

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