What is the difference in construction?
Aluminium plate boats can be separated into two groups those that are fully framed and those that are not. So what's a fully framed boat and what difference does it make?
A fully framed boat has a frames that run across the boat from starboard to port connecting the two side sheets to the deck and to the keel. Typically spaced 600-700mm apart from transom to bow. A frame can be solid or have the centre cut out to reduce weight. it can be one piece or welded. It should connect the planning sheets to the side sheets and the floor to the keel. Frames are supported by stringers that in one piece, run the length of the boat spaced at 250mm from the centre.
Why is a full frame important? This is where the boat gets its strength from. Fancy geometric computer modelled shapes and chambers only provide strength when they remain in their shape.
Disclaimer - In no way is this to suggest that any boat dose or dose not meet any particular standard.
The full-frame design and G Girder makes the vessel suitable for any application.
Where are they made?
Seatamer - Toronto, NSW
Surtees - New Zealand
Stabicraft - New Zealand
Yellowfin - Queensland
Formosa - Queensland
Where does the money go?
Seatamer - Family owned - Australia
Surtees - Family owned - New Zealand
Stabicraft - Family owned - New Zealand
Yellowfin - Corporate - USA
Formosa - Family owned - Australia
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.