How to Choose an Aluminum Fishing Boat

How to Choose an Aluminum Fishing Boat
Many anglers are drawn to aluminum fishing boats for their durability and ease of care. These boats can take a beating without significant damage and, typically, the only maintenance needed is to let it dry out after each use. In addition, their lightweight construction makes for easy transport. One you've decided on an aluminum fishing boat, you'll find there's a great many options from small to large and simple to elaborate. Although your budget will play a large role in choosing an aluminum fishing boat, there are some key features to consider as well.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Determine how you plan to transport the boat. This will determine how large of an aluminum boat you can buy. Smaller aluminum boats of about eight feet in length can be carried on the roof rack of full size trucks or pop-up trailers or even in the bed of a pickup truck. However, significantly longer aluminum fishing boats will need a separate trailer for transport.
Step 2
Count how many people you plan to bring fishing with you on a regular basis. Then buy a boat that can accommodate that many people. The fishing boat will have a label stating its carrying capacity.
Step 3
Choose a flat-bottom boat if you will be fishing in streams, creeks and calm lakes. These types of boats glide easily over shallow waters and underwater plants, logs and rocks. However, flat-bottom models are less stable if you plan to fish in deeper and rougher waters.
Step 4
Choose a boat with V-shaped bottom if you plan to fish in rough lakes and ocean waters. These boats offer more stability in deep rough waters.
Step 5
Decide which features you would like to have in your aluminum boat. A simple boat with basic bench seats will be the least expensive. Higher priced aluminum boats can be found with more comfortable seats, windshields and storage compartments.

Tips & Warnings

Using a wet-dry vacuum to remove water and debris after each trip will help you dry your boat faster and keep it in good condition.

Article Written By Lynn Anders

Lynn Anders has more than 15 years of professional experience working as a zookeeper, wildlife/environmental/conservation educator and in nonprofit pet rescue. Writing since 2007, her work has appeared on various websites, covering pet-related, environmental, financial and parenting topics. Anders has a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and biology from California State University, Sacramento.

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