Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Middle River, Md
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I have a 29' aluminum boat, have for four years. There are no overly laborsom maintenance issues with it. You need to have a working galvonic isolator with a guage to frequently monitor stray current conditions. The same stray currents that will eat the prop, bearings and struts on any fiberglass boat.
One huge benefit of a metal boat is the ability of having a monocoque structure (no hull to deck joint), for strength it can't be beaten. Downsides are bottom paints are regulated now and need a certified technition to apply it. The lightness of aluminum (in my experience) makes for an unpleasant ride in a less than protected anchorage. In a sailboat this would be compensated with ballast. The expense to build an aluminum boat is very high compared to fiberglass.
I love being on an Even Keel WTF are YOU lookin at?????