Albemarle Boats and Carolina Classic Boats have been purchased by Edenton Boatworks, LLC, a company of Murphy Alternative Investments. Scott McLaughlin, former owner of the companies, acquired Albemarle Boats in 2008 and Carolina Classic Boats in 2011. McLaughlin merged the two legendary brands under one umbrella to become the premier builder of sportfishing boats ranging in size from 24 to 41 feet, and he sustained the businesses through one of the most challenging periods in the history of the boating industry.
Albemarle and Carolina Classic will build on the long-term heritage and family history of the brands. They are now poised with the resources and desire to grow both brands with a renewed emphasis on product development, customer experience, and dealer support. The team of seasoned boat builders and employees, who have an average tenure of 14 years, will stay in place. Keith and Wade Privott, sons of Carolina Classic founder Mac Privott, will remain on board. Burch Perry, grandson of Albemarle founder Scott Harrell, will retain the helm as General Manager and oversee both brands and business operations.
“We are proud to be part of the heritage of these two great boat companies. We look forward to continuing to build quality boats and serving the many Albemarle and Carolina Classic owners and dealers. This is the beginning of many new things to come for both brands,” said Edenton Boatworks President, Dell Murphy.
Located in Edenton, NC, Edenton Boatworks, LLC is a newly formed company of Murphy Alternative Investments. It is the parent company of Albemarle Boats and Carolina Classic Boats, highly regarded builders of offshore sportfishing boats with more than 3,600 hulls hand- crafted since 1978. The companies have dealer locations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. For further information visit Albemarle Boats on the Internet at www.albemarleboats.com and Carolina Classic at www.carolinaclassicboats.com.