You'd be surprised at how fuel efficient the diesel engines in an Alberg 30 are. I doubt that they use much more than .5 gallons an hour. The Alberg 30 is almost 80% heavier in displacement than the Albin Vega... so the engine size difference isn't really all that surprising. Also,given the displacement and full keel, you probably will want the additional horsepower, especially if you ever need to motor against tide and wind to get off a lee shore or into a harbor.
As a liveaboard, the Alberg 30 is probably a much better boat than the Albin Vega. Several families (couples with a small child) have lived aboard the Alberg 30.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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