Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)2020-11-24T14:16:16+00:00

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions.

What makes aluminium so good for boat construction?2015-12-14T11:22:54+00:00

Aluminium has long been recognized as the premier boat building material. From America’s Cup yachts to Coast Guard & Harbour patrol boats to super Ferries & Sea Cats, aluminium has been the material of choice for decades.

If aluminium is so great, why are so many boats made out of fibreglass?2015-12-14T11:24:08+00:00

Fibreglass is inexpensive and construction of fibreglass boats does not necessarily require a highly trained craftsman to build with it. as they are built from moulds.

Fibreglass material is simply saturated with epoxies either sprayed or laid within the mould and left to dry. A “high quality” fibreglass boat simply uses more fibreglass to make a stronger boat.

Thick, marine-grade aluminium alloy boats have traditionally been too expensive to build for the average consumer,  Each quality aluminium boat (and we are not talking about the cheap, thin Skinned riveted boats) had to be cut by hand, staged and welded by experienced craftsmen, In a real sense, each aluminium boat was a custom boat with a hefty price tag. For example, a 20-foot aluminium boat with a centre console could easily run upwards of {£30,000)

Fibreglass is a cheap alternative

What makes aluminium the ideal boat building material?2015-12-14T11:23:56+00:00

As a boat material, aluminium excels in every important category…

Weight:

An all-welded aluminium boat weighs 1/2 to 2/3 the weight of a well “laid-up” fibreglass boat.

Performance:

Less weight means greater performance, better fuel efficiency and easier trailering.

Durability:

You can do things with a quality aluminium boat that you would never dream of doing with a fibreglass boat: dock it against your favourite ledge, repeatedly beach it hard on shore, plunk your anchor into the cockpit. Unlike brittle fibreglass, aluminium can take repeated abuse given the forgiving and yielding nature of this metal. Bang it, bounce or bump it into rocks, quay’s, beaches and even other boats and your aluminium boat will withstand it,

Safety:

The two most dangerous hazards in boating are sinking and fire. Our boats are both unsinkable and fireproof. If you have ever seen a fibreglass hull bum to the waterline, you already know the safety advantages of an aluminium boat.

Comfort:

A naval architect once said the hardest thing to design into a boat is usable deck space,

Our hulls are only 3/16″ thick allowing us to easily exceed fibreglass boats when it comes to usable space inside the boat. Fibreglass boats commonly lose up to 6″ or more of deck space over the entire length of the boat due to their thick sides.

Repairability:

In the unlikely