Preview: The Albury Runabout

August 12, 2015

Doug Hylan

Albury Runabout ABACO, profile & plan view

In the not very distant past, the subsistence farming and fishing economy of the Bahamas employed large numbers of sailing dinghies—small, wholesome boats used for all manner of fishing and transportation. On Man O' War Cay, one of the barrier “ot islands” of Great Abaco, brothers Willard and Benny Albury started out building sailing dinghies. In the early 1950's they saw their first outboard motors, introduced by some of Man O War's winter visitors from the States, and it wasn't long before they were being asked to build outboard powered boats. At first these were just sailing dinghies with a five or ten horsepower motor clamped to the transom. But it soon became obvious that the power and weight of these machines, concentrated aft, required boats with wider transoms and straighter running lines. By building lightweight boats with nearly flat bottoms it became possible to build a boat that would plane with the tiny power then available.

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