ALBIN YACHTS, 112 YEARS AND STILL GOING STRONG
A NEW GENERATION OF ALBINS
Cos Cob, Connecticut – Albin, a legendary name in boat building, plans include new models and the continued success of its proven line. Albin world class yachts possesses a long and amazing history and have definitely produced an impact on boating and yachting that spanned from Europe to America and around the world. The Albin name is well known in Europe and the U.S. for building marine engines and in both power and sail vessels. Only a very few companies such as Chris Craft share a history that has actually spanned three centuries.
* IN THE BEGINNING:
Originally founded in 1899 by Albin Larson, a Swede with a vision, the original Albin company was centered on the design and manufacturing of marine diesel engines. The company then went on to boat building eventually building both power and sail. Her sail boats are still some of the most sought after pre-owned sailing vessels in worldwide markets. For over 50 years after its creation in 1899, Albin grew and became well known throughout the European market for dependable marine diesel engines.
* Enter Fred Peters:
In 1964 Fred Peters, a Dutch seaman with a lifelong love of the sea, boats and boating, became involved with Albin. By 1966 he became President of Albin (USA). By 1974 Fred, who is now a legendary figure in the American boating and yachting industry, became the sole owner of Albin USA worldwide. Fred is most known for two momentous accomplishments;
A. Bringing Taiwan Trawlers to America, establishing Taiwan as a recognized manufacturing base for boats and yachts.
B. The introduction of the most popular line of down-east boats with the 25 Albin, the 27 Albin and the 28 Albin. This new style of boats caught the imagination of boaters looking for rugged quality construction along with sea worthiness at a fair and reasonable price. Many followed this lead and a new market was created in the “Down-easter.”
Albin went on to build boats in Taiwan, China and the U.S. Around 1977 Albin sold their marine engine division to Volvo Penta who had been searching for a reliable marine engine. Thus, a lifetime relationship between Volvo and Albin began. Albin continued on building vessels in power and sail.
* ALBIN BUILDS IN THE U.S.:
Albin’s entry into the U.S. manufacturing market began with vessels originally built in Connecticut. After moving several times, Albin eventually took over the 147,000 square foot Pearson Sailboat factory in Portsmouth, RI. A magnificent facility on 40 plus acres backed up to Narragansett Bay. The future was bright and for many years this facility constructed some of the finest boats and yachts in the world with the pride of the Rhode Island ship builders that are still a vibrant part of Rhode Island and New England. New models were developed in Portsmouth and were introduced to a vibrant and growing worldwide market complete with a dealer network including domestic and worldwide locations. New models included a line of trailerable Albins including a center console 26’ diesel and an entry level cruiser.
* RECESSION HITS THE MARINE INDUSTRY:
In October of 2007 during the midst of one of the biggest downturns in the history of the marine industry and foreseeing that this time would be a long down market for boating and boaters, Albin halted production on their small boat line, (26’ to 35’) at the Portsmouth, RI facility. However, determined to weather the economic tsunami that had devastated the U.S. and worldwide economies, Albin went to a program of building boats and yachts for specific order only. This allowed the centenarian company to survive, streamline the company and develop a new contemporary business model that would carry it into future markets worldwide.
* LARGE BOAT LINE CONTINUES IN CHINA AND TAIWAN:
2007 to present; Albin continues to construct the larger yacht line on demand in China and Taiwan. In 2009-10 Alin introduced a brand new 46’ Albin TE. The 46 TE is built in Kaohsiung, Taiwan by the same building family that is responsible for other Mega Yacht lines. Albin continues to build the 45 Albin Command Bridge, a very successful model, and a new 50 Albin Command Bridge in China. The 45 is now offered with a variety of new options.
* ALBIN LICENSE’S OUT BUILDING OF THE 28 TE:
In 2008 Albin granted Shamrock Boats (Shamrock's parent company, Palmer Marine Inc. and Bladen Composites, LLC) a license to build the Albin 28 TE at their North Carolina facility. This was short lived and Shamrock closed its doors within a year. The following year Albin recognized that the boating recession would not last forever looked for a new strategic partner for the renewed construction of the Albin 28, the most popular of all the Albin’s, and reconnected with their previous plant manager Joe Daponte, now president of C & C Composites. C & C also builds North Coast Boats and hold building contracts with Hunt, J Boats and Vanquish. Albin granted C & C a license to build the Albin 28. Albin management plans as the market continues to improve to resume production of the remaining Albin line of boats and yachts 26’ through 36’ domestically and 42’ through 85’ in Taiwan and China.
* A NEW GENERATION OF ALBIN YACHTS:
Albin, now with the assistance of a plan of strategic partners, brings together an alliance of Albin, builders, designers and a sales force to create a new and dynamic Albin program for the new generation of Albin. This new program will range from the Albin 26 TE through their biggest offered yacht, a magnificent Sparkman Stephens check name, Sparkman, Stephens or Sparkman and Stephens designed 65’ Albin Motor Yacht. Plus, coming within two years the biggest Albin ever, the 85’ Albin Express. Both the 65 and 85 will feature the very traditional Sparkman, Stephens design along with the Albin North Sea model’s ruggedness and American luxury accommodations. The 26’ through the new 36’ line will be built in Bristol, RI and the larger yachts, the new 42 North Sea Cutter through the 85 Motor Yacht will be designed by Sparkman, Stephens and built primarily in Taiwan. However, the 45 North Sea Cutter and 50 Command Bridge will continue to be built in China. All models are available with all major engine manufacturers and the larger yachts feature the Volvo IPS drive as standard equipment.
A new large focus will be on the IPS or “pod drive” power systems which Albin views as the “future power delivery systems and the most efficient new technologies,” and an offering of a large and expanded list of options and accessories.
* ALBIN MARINE STILL GOING STRONG:
Fred Peters and Albin Marine after 112 years are still going strong and forging ahead to the new generation of Albins. Today, sales of the entire line can be had through the strategic partnership of Albin Yachts, Robert Christopher Yachts, Sparkman and Stephens along with C & C Composites as the builder. Domestically manufactured models will be 26’ through 36’ and Taiwan and China source will build the 42’ through 85’ models.
A new horizon and a new generation of Albin are now part of a maritime heritage spanning three centuries. Albin management and strategic partners express their thanks to the past and future Albin family of owners, suppliers and partners. Interested persons may contact Albin Marine or Robert Christopher Yacht Sales for more information or for assistance in creating their next perfect boat or yacht. Email info@RCYachtsales.com or call 203 356 0400
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