Aluminum Fishing boats for Sale
Everything you need to know about purchasing an aluminum fishing boat
When it comes to fishing, sometimes the larger fiberglass bay boats, center consoles, walkarounds, and fish around boats are not suited for the situation. While each of these boats have their own specific set of features and provide a level of accessibility, there are times when a simple flat bottom boat is the best solution. In these situations, the aluminum fishing boats for sale may be the best option. Light, durable, and budget friendly, the aluminum boat is worth considering.Read More
A lighter Hull
Hulls of aluminum fishing boats are generally flat bottom. This design helps to distribute the weight more evenly. Unlike fiberglass and thicker hulled options, the lightness of the aluminum makes weight distribution a key concern. Users of an aluminum fishing boat should keep the balance of weight in mind when boarding as well as stocking the vessel. And though there is a slight focus on the distributing of weight, there is a great advantage of the lighter hull.
A light hull allows for the fisherman to gain more speed upon fresh water. Lighter hulls combined with ample outboard power can maximize the potential of the boat. Furthermore, when the boat needs to access freshwater where outboards are monitors and conservation legislation regulates the overall vessel weight allowed, the aluminum boat for sale usually can gain access.
The construction of the aluminum fishing boat
As a rule, the aluminum fishing boat is rather simplistic. The hull and the seating is one piece; the seats being benched style and welded to the port and starboard’s interior of the hull. Older models may have bench seating comprised of wood, whereas newer models may have decking on the interior and swivel casting chairs. The point, however, is that the overall design does not focus on the aesthetics so much as the functionality of the craft.
The functionality of the boat is for freshwater. Casting and catching bass and other small to mid-sized fish is the primary focus. You could use the aluminum boat in the Atlantic and Gulf, but such is not advised beyond a couple of yards out as the hull is not equipped to handle rough water. The waves of the Atlantic and the Gulf would raise a high probability of overturning the vessel. Additionally, the power options for the aluminum boat are suitable for freshwater, but do not provide enough HP for offshore adventures.
There are a few aluminum fishing boats which use the deep hull design. These vessels tend to have a helm only center console powering a low HP outboard motor.
Aluminum fishing boat power options
Most of the aluminum boats for sale do not pass the 25’ LOA, and the beam of the vessel does not exceed 10’. As such, and due to the light weight of aluminum, power requirements will be minimal. Outboard motors of 100 or 150hp are typical, though you may find smaller trolling motors equipping these boats.
On Aluminum fishing boats which use the center console design, you may find that the vessel is equipped with multiple outboard engines. However, when the boat gets to the length and beam of requiring such, it tends not to be considered a fishing boat, but transcends into the center console and higher ended luxury vessels.
Because of the LOA as well as the weight of the craft, the aluminum boats for sale are easily towed using the appropriate boat trailer. Floridians will find that the smaller size allows for easy navigation on some of the smaller inland roads (a typical obstacle for the larger craft). Furthermore, as the vessel is lighter, maneuvering the aluminum fishing boat to launch ramps is easier.
Brands of Aluminum Fishing boats for sale
NADA and other reputable online boat vendors and evaluators agree that boat owners save on the cost of an aluminum boats during the initial purchase and during resale.
There are many boat manufacturers that make aluminum fishing boats, including the following:
- Crestliner Boats
- Duckworth Boats
- G3 Boats
- Lowe Boats
- Lund Boats
- Northwest Boats
- Ranger Aluminum
- Sea Ark Boats
- Smoker Craft
- Starcraft Marine
- Tracker Boats
- Triton Boats
- War Eagle Boats
- Weldcraft Marine
- Xpress Boats – Aluma-Weld
To find out more about a manufacturer, please click on the corresponding link or visit the manufacturer summary pages of Vessel Vendor.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of purchasing an aluminum fishing boat is the durability of the craft. Unlike fiberglass which can shatter when it runs aground, the aluminum construction of the hull allows the vessel to take dings and dents a bit more resiliently than that of other fabricated angler vessels. While the boats are not invincible, they do hold their own against many natural debris and obstacles which would deter other vessels.
Where can you find an aluminum fishing boat for sale?
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