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Compare plate aluminum fishing boats and their features.
Sometimes it's hard to tell what's real and what's a gimmick. We break down the common myths about Aluminum Plate Fishing Boats.
When you buy a boat, you are buying its performance of design and safety.
Three types of Aluminium Boats
Plate Boats: Made from 5083 structural marine grade aluminium, designed and built as a traditional fully framed vessel. These vessels typically are used in commercial applications and meet the strict requirements of the NSCV.
The Seatamer PTF series are true plate boats.
Production Boats: Mass produced boats for the recreational market, typically using plate aluminium for the planning sheet and side sheets in conjunction with extruded profiles for the keel and chine joints. These boats are typically not fully framed or fully welded. The structural design and warranty is for recreational use.
Press Boats: Mass produced for the once a month boater, these are affordable family boats use softer aluminium so the boats stepped hull and side sheets can be pressed by a punch. Typical example is a tinny or runabout.
PROVEN DESIGN - AUSTRALIAN STANDARS
Australian design standards apply to ALL boats regardless of who builds them. AS1799.1 - 2009 Small Power craft, AS4132.2 -1993 Design & Construction, AS3004.2 - 2009 Electrical Installations for vessels.When vessels claim to meet a design standard there are still key differences to be aware of:
- is the vessel fully framed?
- has level buoyancy been achieved with foam or air?
- are the fuel tanks separate from the hull?
- which joints are fully welded on both sides?
Why would I want a fishing boat that is based on a commercial design?
Simply, only if you want the safest vessel available, that will out-fish you.
If you fish more than 12 times a year invest in yourself and your safety.
COMPARE BRANDS FOR YOURSELF
Using ballast in a boat is not new, it has been done for centuries. Most large vessels have ballast tanks that allow vessels to control where they sit in the water. Cargo ships use ballast to help balance themselves.
A flooding ballast on a small vessel is a solution to masking design compromises.
Vessels that are too light for their size, too narrow for their length, or to steep in their deadrise may incorporate a flooding ballast to overcome these trade-offs in design. There is no doubt any boats stability will improve at rest if they have ballast.
However, if the vessel needs ballast or ballast would improve the vessels performance. Please don't remove the boats frames that attach to the keel and give the vessel its strength. Make the ballast tank removable so the inside of the hull is not exposed to salt water and it can be replaced.
Fuel tanks are one of the most critical and problematic parts of any boat. When they are working all is good. When they don't you are not going anywhere.
Independent Fuel tanks - Removeable for cleaning, repair or replacement. Upgradeable to CommerciaLIntegrated fuel tanks - Welded into the vessel's structure. Can not be removed or replaced. Can not be upgraded for commercial use.
Pictured RIGHT 2 x 200L fuel tanks in a 7.4M Mono running twin 200HP Mercury. The fuel tanks are in a cofferdam and accessible through a floor plate on the back deck. They can be cleaned and serviced over the next 15 - 20 years. Pulling the fuel tanks out and cleaning them as you replace engines is best practice.
The information provided is accurate to the best of the information provided by each of the manufactures via their websites. If any information is inaccurate we will correct it. The purpose of this information is to provide an accurate comparison of the vessels and their construction.