Aluminium is known to be the ideal boatbuilding material: it’s light, economical, requires minimal maintenance, nearly impervious to corrosion, less easily damaged and more easily repaired than any other material used in boat building.
Aluminium boats are considered the most practical and sought after choice in both the commercial industry and private sector.
Advantages of aluminium are:
Lightweight – Aluminium boats are lightweight and strong in comparison to other boats, they displace less water so consume less fuel, are faster, easier to maneuver and have the capability to carry heavier cargo. In many cases a smaller engine achieves the same performance as boats built with heavier material. As fuel and operating costs play a big part in the commercial industry, aluminium is the ideal choice. Lightweight heads the list of factors in favour of aluminium hull construction from the ease of handling during construction to the operational efficiency of the finished boat.
Strength - Another key advantage of aluminium is its high strength-to-weight ratio. In simple terms, the higher the strength-to-weight ratio of the hull, the lighter the boat can be, while still maintaining a given level of strength. Less mass means less power and consequently less fuel.
Hammerhead Boats only uses the best Lloyd certified marine grade aluminium for all boat constructions.
Durability – Marine grade Aluminium is specifically designed and manufactured to combat the harshness of the marine environment. Where other types of boats rot, rust and have worms, aluminium shows the smallest signs of wear and tear.
Repairs –They are impact resistant with repairs simple and quick, keeping downtime and cost to a minimum.
Maintenance/cost – Aluminium requires very little attention. It doesn’t need painting, it is nearly impervious to salt water corrosion, it is not affected by ultra-violet light, it doesn’t rot, rust or attract worms. Necessary maintenance is basic including sacrificial zinc anodes, antifouling underwater paint, and general cleaning. The time and cost savings realized with a boat that doesn’t require routine hull maintenance to protect it from the environment are significant. Owning an aluminium boat with minimal maintenance makes it more economical and viable in the long run.
Resale value – Aluminium boats have high resale value even after numerous years as the properties of aluminium do not deteriorate and are easily renewed to suit the owner’s needs.
Construction – As Aluminium is an easy material to work with, boats are constructed in minimal time. Any amendments required during construction can be done without difficulty. Refurbishment and alterations of existing boats can be accomplished with ease. Many boats made from other materials have also incorporated aluminium into their design due to its versatility.