Questions to Ask When Buying Aluminum
1. Is it all-Welded?
All welded boats are usually tougher and durable than riveted boats. All-welded boats also have fewer places where to leak may develop. All SeaArk models are all welded.
2. What gauge aluminum is the boat?
SeaArk uses .100 gauge on our 60" bottoms and smaller and .125 gauge on all of out 72" bottom boats.
3. Are the caprails sufficient?
SeaArk uses one of the largest extruded caprails in the industry. The caprails adds strength to the overall boat. We offer an even larger caprail with an outside bumper and Accessory track on the RiverCats, Coastals, DXS Models, FX, VFX, Predator, Bays, & Easy Models.
4. How thick is the keel?
SeaArk uses extruded 3/16" keel for strength and durability. Some companies do not have a center keep in their boats. This area is one of the boat takes the most abuse on a boat.
5. What is the floor constructed of?
Some companies still use plywood on their floors or decks or both. Even marine grade plywood can still decay after several years. SeaArk uses heavy-duty. .125 gauge treadplate in all 52" bottom boars on larger boats and smaller models like 48" boats get .080 gauge treadplate. The heavier gauge helps eliminate "oil canning" or popping when stepped on. These floors are also constructed with riser so they are level.
6. Is there any wood in the boat?
As mentioned above, not only do some companies use plywood for floors and decks bt in the transom as well. SeaArk uses a durable composite plastic in the transom to prevent trotting and to safeguard against corrosion. This product is also used for all seat bottoms (another area prone to rot if wood is used).
7. What is beneath the floor?
Not only does SeaArk fofer the thickest floors in the industry, the area under the floor is one of the most impressive parts of the SeaArk's construction. All 72" bottom MV ribs are over-sized and feature rib doublers on the front four ribs to ensure a good "bite" on the weld. Out C.U.B. model offers doublers on all ribs. Smaller MV's and Vee hulls include one piece of extruded ribs with doublers built in.
8. Is the boat NMMA certified?
All SeaArk recreational boats are built to National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) standards. This means our boats are not just U.S. Coast Guard approved but go above and beyond those requirements.
1. There is No Wood used in the construction of a SeaArk Boat. Not only do some companies use plywood for floors and decks but in the transom as well. SeaArk uses durable composite plastic in the the transom to prevent rotting and to safeguard against corrosion. This product is also used for all seat bottoms (another area prone to rot if wood is used.)
2. SeaArk uses heavy-duty .125 gauge treadplate is our boats with the exception of the and 48" boats. On these models .080 gauge treadplate is used. The heavier gauge helps eliminate "oil canning" or popping when stepped on. These floors are constructed with risers so they are level.
3. All Models have floors in the battery fuel tank storage area.
4. SeaArk keels are also on extruded aluminum which are 3/16". These keels are designed to be tough and are superior to the competition's keels which are usually not extrusions, if they even use keel.
5. SeaArk uses one of the largest extruded caprails in the industry. The caprail adds strength to the overall boat. We offer an even larger caprail with an outside bumper and accessory track on the RiverCats, Coastals, DXS, FX, VFX, Predator, Bays, and Easy Models.
6. Not only does SeaArk offer the thickest floors in the industry, the area under the floor is one of the most impressive parts of SeaArk's construction. All 72" bottom MV ribs are over-sized and feature rib doublers on the front four ribs to ensure a good "bite" on the weld. Out C.U.B. models offers doublers on all ribs. Smaller MV's and Vee hulls include one piece extruded ribs with built in doublers.
7. SeaArk Recreational Boats meet or exceed the Naitonal Marine Manufacturer's Association (NMMA) and the United States Coast Guard regulations and guidlines for flotation and safety.
8. SeaArk offers (5) different camo patterns to fit every hunters environment: Mossy Oak Break-Up, Mossy Oak Shadow Grass, Advantage Wetlands, NatGear, and SeaArk Water Oak.
Add all these features together and you get the toughest recreational boat on the market. With the many different models and options we offer, you can design an interior layout to fit your customer. Choose from our MV hull, or 15 V-hull for a smooth ride in heavy chop, outboard tunnel hull to access shallow water, jet tunnel hull for extremely shallow water, or out DXS Duck Boat that offers our EXT (Extreme Turn Technology). This hull features a double chine and angles corners to eliminate sliding and offers quicker, more precise maneuverability. Other specialty models include the Predator that features a Mercury Inboard SportJet and our Mud Runner that is a flat bottom boat designed for mud motors.
The Advantages of Metal
Fiberglass boat owners tend to look down on small aluminum boats as second class citizens, but many die-hard aluminum devotees will never use anything but. Here are five reasons to go with aluminum.
Weight: Aluminum boats are typically lighter when compared with fiberglass models and require less power and fuel to run than that of fiberglass boats of equivalent size. Plus you can get away with a small tow vehicle.
Maintenance: Fiberglass is more susceptible to fading from ultra-violent light, and if you don't maintain it, the boat will look chalky and faded in a few seasons. With aluminum you can typically just rinse down the boat.
Durability: Bang into a dock or rock in a fiberglass boat and you'll wind up with deep scratch or chunk out of the gel-coat. A scratch in aluminum is often easier to fix.
Tradition: In fresh water, fiberglass is associated with run-abouts and cruisers, but the hard-core anglers seem to all use aluminum. Why swim against the current?
Resale: It's related to tradition, but if you plan on upgrading in a few years, buy a boat that people in the area would want to buy from you one day. If everyone's using aluminum, they're not going to buy your used glass hull, no matter how awesome it is.