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Old 07-18-2016, 06:04 PM   #101
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But I gotta have solid, non-wiggly rails when grabbed. Railings on boats seem to be a poorly designed afterthought for many builders.

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Old 07-18-2016, 06:32 PM   #102
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:08 PM   #103
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The aft cabin is very popular on the continent. I did'nt like ours but my wife loved it. She called it her "changing room". Also it's about the only way a couple that's not real kinky to cruise on a small boat. I have seen Albins w aft cabin removed. Very few are done w class though.
The larger center consoles now have a room in the middle which includes a head, a bunk, and a shower. It's often used as a changing room, the head used a lot but couples do use it for sleeping at times.
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:16 PM   #104
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The aft cabin is very popular on the continent. I did'nt like ours but my wife loved it. She called it her "". Also it's about the only way a couple that's not real kinky to cruise on a scruiseoat. I have seen Albins w aft cabin removed. Very few are done w class though.
They just look clustaphobia inducing and the port lights are non opening?
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:23 PM   #105
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A less claustrophobic Albin aft cabin is found on the 40' model
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:31 PM   #106
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:40 PM   #107
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A less claustrophobic Albin aft cabin is found on the 40' model
It's NOT ABOUT THAT
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:02 AM   #108
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Albin A27

I'll chime in here as I have one on "the short list". I've had a '94 Albin 28 Tournament Express and currently have an '85 Albin A27. It's the A27 (built in the 80's and early '90's that can be acquired in the $ teens as Heron noted above. The A27 was made in two models. 1) A27 FC has an aft cabin as well as the cuddy forward. 2) A27 Sport - no rear cabin - just the cuddy cabin w/ v-berth, table, galley & head forward and a sizable back deck.

The A27 is 30 years old (give or take) and there are issues. When port-lights, windows, hatches, etc., were cut out at the factory the plywood was not sealed w resin, and they ALL LEAK. You will be replacing the rotten wood in these areas - or a previous owner has already done so. The pilothouse roof is actually screwed onto the cuddy cabin roof and is another infamous water ingress point. The fix is to lift, clean out, reseat & glass the pilothouse roof into the cuddy roof making it a single unit. If an A27 owner doesn't have these issues their boat was most likely either repaired before they purchased it or they are unaware of what lurks between the fiberglass.

We purchased our A27 Express with our eyes open and enjoyed it for 2 years "as-is" (it only leaked when it rained) before pulling the boat and going completely through it last winter. The repairs listed above, new windows, new topside paint, etc., etc. Doing everything ourselves made it affordable, but two separate boat yards quoted $40 - $50 k.

Don't get me wrong - the Albin A27 is a great boat, is exactly what we wanted, and we love it! Just recognize that there are issues that all of them have resulting from the original manufacturing process and father time.
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:14 AM   #109
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Skip Thanks! No matter how I search I keep coming back to the Albin 27! next step is to see some in real time.

Yes.. you need to be hands on.
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:17 PM   #110
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Skip Thanks! No matter how I search I keep coming back to the Albin 27! next step is to see some in real time.

Yes.. you need to be hands on.
If you haven't already done so, be sure to join the Albinowners group. Reach out to owners in your area and you'd be amazed how proud they would be to show off their boats and maybe even take you on a cruise!
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Old 08-02-2016, 10:19 AM   #111
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looking for info on Vagabonds...new member

I just signed up...having some difficulty with the site...how to use it.

I am about to buy a Vagabond and want to find other owners.

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Old 08-02-2016, 10:27 AM   #112
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terraplane, are you talking about buying a Nimble Vagabond? If so, I have some info for you.
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Old 08-02-2016, 10:29 AM   #113
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yes...would appreciate any info.
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Old 08-02-2016, 10:29 AM   #114
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I just signed up...having some difficulty with the site...how to use it.

I am about to buy a Vagabond and want to find other owners.

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Welcome. You will get used to the site and likely find it and it's users very helpful. Many of them, unlike me, have actual knowledge and experience they will happily share.
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Old 08-02-2016, 10:30 AM   #115
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info appreciated

I am interested in a Vagabond...use would be on a river here...short trips of no more than a few hours...

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Old 08-02-2016, 10:43 AM   #116
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I have several pages of old Nimble sales literature that I will be happy to scan and send to you.PM me your email address.
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Old 08-02-2016, 11:03 AM   #117
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Thanks so much.

Where do I find the way to send a PM?

I am also looking for people who currently own Vagabonds...and any help would be appreciated. can't seem to find them on the site.

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