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Why Do Fishermen Prefer Aluminium Boats Compared to Fibreglass Boats?

Blog | 26 February 2019

Up to now, you’ve looked at how an aluminium boat performs. You’ve nodded in approval after reading about how a lightweight but durable metal hull can give shallow-water scrapes the cold shoulder while their sharply defined V-shaped prows cut through rough waves. Now, on taking a break from performance describing posts, it’s time to see whether fishermen prefer tinnies, even though anglers typically disdain that need for speed attitude.

Designed For the Canny Fisherman

Fish have learned to outwit fishermen. They find cover, see shadows, hide under rocks. And, even when they do decide to take a swim in open waters, they’ll scarper as soon as you make the slightest move. Using an aluminium boat, the lightweight craft floats high in shallow waters. It drifts into position without leaving a heavy wake behind. Ripples, as caused by fibreglass boats, scare off marine creatures. But, stealthy by design, a comparably sized metal boat can run the shallowest waters with ease. That means it’ll cruise speedily to a favourite fishing spot, then the boat’s engine will shut off so that the hull can drift covertly towards a rocky hiding place, where you’ll finally hook your first pink snapper of the day.

Endures When Fishing Gaffes Strike

Much attention has been spent on outfoxing your fish. You’ve drifted into a patch of aquatic ferns, where stony deposits are piled one atop the other. Lake plants are using the outcropping as a place to grow and spread. Now, with your attention elsewhere and the rocks concealed, your hull bumps and scrapes. Not to worry, though, because of the aluminium frame, the scrape doesn’t even leave a scratch behind. That’s not what would happen if the hull was made of fibreglass. Scraping against the submerged rocks, a long, ugly gash would stretch across the hull. Floating tree limbs, bits of flotsam and jetsam, a tough tinny endures, even when it’s drifting towards a mass of fish-concealing lake detritus.

The best aluminium fishing boats are like soft-centred sweets. Comfortable on the inside, with storage compartments and accessories at-hand, the outside surface is hard as nails. Even with the hard exterior, its skin is surprisingly thin, but it’s also an unyielding alloy. It won’t buckle when a tinny goes seeking fish in a coral encrusted region at sea or a rock covered patch of lake water. Its prow sinks a little low as the engine stutters and shuts off. This change in hull orientation gives the craft a stealthier profile. It drifts, it floats on shallow waters, and the fishermen onboard lean low as they stalk their Piscean targets.

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