I had started a build thread on this one here I'm building a few weeks ago in the Gulf Coast page. I was making quick work of it until duck and deer season opened, and it has since come to a stand still.
ALuminum is the only way to go, if built right it will last forever, and can take a lot more punichment and abuse, requiring much less up keep. Just about all the builders down here do everything a little different on how they build there boats. There are a number of custom builders here in Louisiana that use heavier bottoms and build a bulletproof boat, but the cost is considerably more and they still tend to pound. My first boat was a 17' Bass Tracker and while far far far from perfect, it was cheap, maintenance free and fun to fish and not worry about the kids' weights banging into the side or hitting docks, rocks, etc.
I had a Duracraft 1860 Basic Bay that I fished in Pine Island Sound and the Everglades National Park for ten years.
Only complaint I had was that the live well was too close to the helm limiting movement so I moved the console forward 30? which didn?t affect the ride.
The rotten transom guy still wont buy an alloy boat because someone told him that a penny in the bilge will turn our boats into alka seltzer! A Big-Boat Ride in a Bay Boat Package. The Metal Shark 25 Gravois Bay boasts an advanced hull design by renowned naval architect Michael Peters. Beneath the removable forward cushions, you’ll find large, latching storage compartments. Simply flip up the armrests and retract the seat cushion to convert the helm bench seat into a comfortable leaning post.
The transom of the 25 Gravois Bay can be configured to incorporate a fold-away bench seat, shown here. The available transom bench seat folds away when not in use, leaving a clean, obstruction free transom for casting or trolling.


The 25 Gravois Bay features padded wraparound bolsters and ideal freeboard for fishing security and comfort. Whether you're researching a new boat, or are a seasoned Captain, you'll find The Hull Truth Boating & Fishing Message Forum contains a wealth of information from Boaters and Sportfishermen around the world. I like it for the simplicity and the fact you can pull it up on a gravel beach without fear of hurting it, pretty efficient with a 90hp as well.
There are quite a few manufacturers down here in south LA like Gravois (Metal Shark) and American Aluminum Marine. Its aggressively stepped, ventilated, deep-vee tunnel hull is the result of the very latest in hydrodynamic concepts and offers unparalleled ride and handling characteristics. The tilt steering wheel and throttle are ideally placed, and the ergonomic positioning of  helm seat, footrest, and controls allows for optimum comfort during long hauls. For the fishing purists who require an open forward cockpit, the 25 Gravois Bay can be produced without forward seating or cockpit table. The livewell fills quickly, offers ample water circulation, and is fully gasketed so water doesn’t slop onto the deck. Fully equipped including live well, power pole, trolling motor, low range depth finder, marine radio, etc. I have not fished out of it, but I have looked it over and seems to be nicely laid out and well put together. Due to incompatibility between this version of the Gallery and the old version - and some database issues - we weren't able to migrate the individul albums to the new Gallery. The hull is made using heavy plates of military-grade 5086 aluminum alloy that has been digitally cut, expertly welded,  and flawlessly crafted to create sleek lines that rival those of the finest fiberglass boats on the water.
Invest in a 25 Gravois Bay and say goodbye to gelcoat issues, stringer and transom worries, and other issues associated with fiberglass boats.
The boat is quick to plane, offers nimble, sports car-like handling, and delivers a smooth, dry, comfortable ride, even in heavy seas.


There’s plenty of room for the installation of electronics, and the large acrylic windshield affords superb visibility. You’ll find rod holders, rod racks, grab handles, cup holders, storage lockers, and other amenities conveniently placed and easy to use. The boat may be built with the seat omitted, and a large transom livewell installed in its place.
Metal Shark is a fully custom builder and can modify vessels to meet customer specifications.
Not only have the legendary Gravois construction methods been proven through decades of use and abuse by demanding anglers along the Gulf coast, but Metal Sharks are in service with the U.S. Acceleration is quick throughout the power band, and at speed the boat tracks predictably, with the weighted feel of its stout aluminum hull inspiring driver confidence.
If stopped midway, a filler cushion can be added to convert the entire forward cockpit into a large lounging area. If you create a personal album, you can move your pics from the Public Album to your personal album. So, you’ll find flawless welds, watertight rattle-free hatches, and military-spec wiring throughout. Port and starboard backrests lock quickly into place so that the lounge seats may be used comfortably while underway.
My experience with production aluminum boats in coastal conditions is that, as they age, they tend to get multiple concave areas between the frames from pounding, which adversely effects performance over time.



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