How Aluminum Boats Are Made

Possessing an abundance of knowledge and information is an asset for anyone. That already makes you better equipped or qualified to deal with different situations and circumstances than those who are not. And it can be argued, effectively I might add, that it is the choice of an individual to be informed or not. It is his choice whether he wants to learn more or be content with what he already knows or the level of knowledge that he possesses. But of course that would be like going against nature, which made man as curious as possible, helping him learn more about himself and the world around him. It’s interesting to note that it is both an asset and a necessity for people, making it doubly important.

For me, I have been able to gain a lot of different kinds of information. That is due to my natural curiosity and inquisitiveness, and it has definitely served me very well. It has allowed me to be knowledgeable about things that are important and the not so important at the same time. But let me stress that even those that are not considered to be so important shouldn’t be trivialized too much, since it affords me some enjoyment and entertainment. Most of it is actually my hobbies that just keep me happy and provides a perfect balance to the seriousness of my work in the office. And I really make it a point to have more than just one or two hobbies going at the same time. That’s how much I want to immerse myself in fun while not working.

Recently, I have been putting more focus and emphasis on one hobby in particular, and that is on boating. Yes, I have become simply captivated by boating, and it is with good enough reason. Who would dispute the absolute fun and relaxation that is afforded by fishing or going on a pleasure trip on your boat? Really, it has been a great surprise for me to learn that the experience can be so satisfying and enriching. Imagine sharing the great activities that only boating can provide with the people that matter most in your life. Just the prospect of it actually makes one feel good already. That is why I am jumping on the chance to buy a second boat, in addition to the one I bought last year. And I’m seriously considering getting an aluminum boat this time around.

All about Aluminum Boats

The fascination that I have for having an aluminum boat instead of steel or the much more common these days fiberglass boat is a little baffling to some. It is especially so with the rise in the popularity and actual use of boats that are made from fiberglass, but of course I am very much drawn to aluminum for a few good reasons. I believe that it would be of help for me to mention a few of the more prominent reasons why I prefer to buy a boat made from aluminum.
First of all, aluminum is light and yet, very strong. Those are the two most desirable qualities when considering the material that is used for the boat that you would be getting, since strength is obviously very much needed for a boat that bears so much weight and pressure. Combining it with lightness just makes it a faster and more maneuverable craft on the water. It is also easy to weld and none sparking, definite advantages when the material is used for boats. Although aluminum has a few drawbacks, like its being abrasion resistant, crevice corrosion, and pitting, it can somehow be countered by the proper construction of the boat. This includes the installation of electrical items and the use of other metals to aid in its construction. And of course, it will get down to how responsible the boat owner is and how much he is willing to take care of his vessel.

Further proof of the argument for choosing an aluminum boat is considerably lighter than steel as a material, so much so that a bare hull of aluminum will weigh only about 45 percent less than one made from steel. This means that a boat owner who wants to place some emphasis on the strength of his boat could have his boat built to the very same structural weight as steel and end up with a boat that is much stronger and yet lighter. Then it is also much faster to work with aluminum than steel, so even though it costs a little more, in the end the speed by which it is finished and eventual savings on labor cost will even things out. And there is also no longer any need to paint the interiors of an aluminum boat, which is another advantage over other materials.

Making the Aluminum Boat

Now when it comes to making the boat, it definitely undergoes a comprehensive boat building process just like any other boat. The following are instructions on how to build an aluminum hull boat, putting emphasis on the fact that the boat owner will be doing it himself:

• An aluminum hulled boat, or an aluminum boat, needs some welding skills on the part of the builder for it to be accomplished. It therefore makes it a process that requires a high degree of skill from its makers. The shape of the hull should be designed on a paper first. Start out with the internal flame, and then proceed to the body of the hull section by section upon finishing the hull drawing.

• Make sure that only 5000 or 6000 series aluminum would be used in order to effectively prevent corrosion from happening. With the use of a metal grinder and several other cutting tools, cut the different aluminum metal pieces that would be used. Make use of a stick welder for working on the hull, but be sure not to neglect safety by wearing a darkened glass helmet, serving as protection from the sparks caused by the welding. And importantly, weld the whole boat in accordance or consistently with the design that you have made.

• Starting from the bottom, and making your way upwards towards the top of the hull frame, carefully attach the aluminum plates section by section. Each section should be welded both to the frame and to each other. A weld seam should be used for filling in the gaps. Upon finishing the hull, go back and check if every seam is completely filled. If you see any errors, then go ahead and fix it, making use of a light behind the hull’s surface to show very small holes or cracks that you might have missed earlier.

• An important last step would be to use corrosion deterrents through welding on zinc anodes around the completed hull, serving to draw away corrosion from stray electrical currents. These should be placed with two in the front, and then another two in the rear, and then placing one on both sides to complete it all. Additional anodes could be placed later on to make sure that any probable remaining currents that might cause corrosion are captured. Or, you could also move it around to wherever it might be needed.