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Albin Express

Brief details


Albin Marin AB, Sweden

The Albin Express is a small cruiser-racer, offering high performance sailing with basic accommodation. The design was conceived as a small racer that could also be cruised around the coast. An unusual boat in England, they are popular in the Baltic, with some raced as a one-design class.


25' 6"

Sail area

350 sq ft main and 110% jib


21' 7"




8' 2"




4' 9"




3,970 lbs




1,765 lbs


4 - 9

Keel type


Designed in 1978 by Peter Norlin, who was responsible for the very successful Scampi series of racers, as well as many of the high quality Sweden Yachts fast cruisers, the Albin Express was intended as a high performance small one-design racer. The design is often compared to the well known J24, but the Express is less beamy and has more ballast, making her less dependent on crew weight for stability. The Express also has much more usable accommodation than the J24.


Around 1,100 of these boats have been sold, although most of these have remained in Scandinavia, where they are still a popular club racing class.

Albin Express for sale
Albin Express for sale
Deck - Albin Express for sale

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Moored - Albin Express for sale
Cockpit - Albin Express
Albin Express for sale
Albin Express for sale

The accommodation is basic, but surprisingly spacious for the style of boat.
The forepeak has a marine WC under the bunk boards, with a curtain for privacy

Albin Express accommodation plan

A slide-out galley unit holds a two-burner cooker,
whose Camping Gaz bottle is under the cooker, and a plastic sink
with a water tap mounted on the bulkhead.

Galley - Albin Express
Albin Express for sale

The Albin Express had a PY of 978 and IRC rating of 0.869, whch makes her faster than a Contessa 32 or a Fireball dinghy.

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