Albemarle 268 XF - Jackshaft Power System (JPS)
Albemarle Jackshaft Power System (JPS) delivers a number of unique
advantages that make it the clear choice for serious offshore fishermen.
The engine is placed forward in the hull, lowering the boat's center of
gravity and placing its center of buoyancy where it logically belongs - in the center of the boat
- giving a significantly more stable and solid
ride in rough seas (unlike outboards with several hundred pounds of
engines hanging on the back of the boat). The lower center of gravity
created by the JPS, combined with the counter-rotating props, also
translates into unmatched reverse steering power, control and
maneuverability when backing down on fast moving fish.
Developed in partnership with Volvo Penta, one of the most
trusted names in marine power systems, Albemarle has succeeded in
perfecting a power system that is recognized by both hardcore
fishermen and sophisticated boaters as one of the world's most
efficient propulsion system.
With the heavy Albemarle 268XF hull, the improved weight distribution of
the JPS delivers a stable trolling ride and clean wake, excellent for
bait presentation. Like the cockpits of larger sportfishing boats, the
268XF JPS configuration allows for the ultimate in a clean fish-fighting
platform - free of obstructions that stand between you and the fish. The
unobstructed transom also affords a substantial fishbox within easy
reach In comparison to a traditional inboard, the JPS delivers a
significantly increased ability to fish and navigate shallow water.
Different from a traditional inboard shaft with the downward angle,
the JPS sterndrive's prop shaft is parallel to the water so that it
smoothly and efficiently converts engine power into straight-line
Duo-prop counter-rotating propellers put 60-70% more propeller
surface in the water, virtually eliminating cavitation and vastly
improving handling and maneuverability in both forward and reverse
by eliminating torque steer.
Counter-rotating props also help deliver up to 15% more thrust, 20%
better acceleration, and up to 15% better fuel economy.