Historical A27 Documents & Photos
There's been a a lot of questions about the design and production history of the Albin 27, so I thought I'd poke around see what I could uncover. In April 2016, I was able to make contact with Joe Puccia, the original designer and builder of the first Albin 27s. Today, Joe Puccia is 85 years old and still going strong. He was generous enough with his time to spend about an hour on the phone with me while I interviewed him about his background and how the Albin 27 came to be.
Joe was also gracious enough to give me a treasure trove of original historical Albin 27 documents, to include: an original Albin 27 sales brochure, line drawings of interior/exterior of the Albin 27, a never before seen magazine review used as advertising for the boat, and approximately 24 original photographs of the very first Albin 27s built and the hull layup. These have been posted so they can be enjoyed by current and future owners in order to preserve the legacy of the Albin 27. I don't know about you, but having the back story and pedigree of your favorite boat is priceless and frankly down right fascinating. Many thanks to Joe Puccia.
It's worth noting that in many of the advertisements and "industry reviews" there are consistent reporting errors (or exaggerations). For example one of the reviews reports that the aft cabin converts to a 104" x 58" giganitic berth which is no where near the truth or even possible. Similarly, claims that the Albin 27 can cruise at 10-14 knots routinely are exaggerated. Here are some additional sales ads and reviews related to the Albin 27.
It's important to remember that the Albin 27 Family Cruiser was originally referred to as the Albin 27 Diesel Cruiser. Here are some advertisements and related sales articles about the boat.
Here's some sales information on the Albin 25 and Albin 27, and a few other rare variations, mostly foreign related. Its important to remember these boats are only related by design inspriation, not by building yard or even the companies that sold them. BTW, if you are looking for information on the Albin 25, there is an excellent website maintained in Sweden at a maritime museum that contains original documents related to the Albin 25, the link is posted below.
Original 1983 Albin 27 Sales Brochures
Here are some additional copies of the original sales brochure for the Albin 27, and related sales documents that I uncovered during my research.
Original Photos of the First Albin 27
The photos below also came from Joe Puccia. They are reportedly photos of the build of the first couple Albin 27 boats, actually done in Joe's boat yard, which he was leasing from someone else. It's important to understand that the original Albin 27 was produced in a tiny production run of about a dozen boats at the request of Fred Peters (the owner of Albin USA), and then later expanded to a couple dozen boats manufactured by various boat yards connected to Joe Puccia. Near as I can tell, beyond those first boats, Albin 27's were made by yards directly controlled or owned by Albin USA. You will frequently hear reports of small variations in design and production quality over the years various Albin 27's were built. This was due to changes in which boat yard were actually manufacturing the boats.