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G3 VS Alweld

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Thinking about buying a boat, something around 16'. Anybody have any good/bad experiences with these boats. Comments - oppinions, anything would help.
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Had some small cracks in some of the welds, discovered that the boat had some small leaks, and got scarred away.
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Was it the G3 or the Alweld?
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   chev
Between the two go w/ G3. I've riddin' in the 16' and 18' both are smooth rides and hold up well and are slighty less expensive than express. I have not heard a complant from either of the guys i know about the G3. Not sure about Alweld.
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Thanks for the input Chev.
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   Code Blue
I currently own a xpress, my father owns an alweld, and a friend of mine owns a G3. The problem with the G3 is that the inside layer is rivited. This can cause problems in the future. I have rode in all.The xpress by far is top of the line. The alweld hull is a close second, and G3 3rd because of the rivited inside. The alweld and G3 has the same ride, both are very dry boats, with the alweld alot more stable, durable ride. Never had any problems with leaks in the hull of the alweld.
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   BangFlop
I had a 15 foot alumiweld that got bent up pretty bad about 4 feet from the front from a barge wave. Don't really know what difference it would have made, but I was told that riveted boats aren't as apt to bend as the others.
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That helps a lot. Thanx.
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I've had a 16ft Weld-Craft since 2001, 40hp on the back, side console. Beaten the hell out of it from Lake Pontchartrain (ugly) to Black Bay in Delacroix to everything in between all around in the marsh. Pirogues bouncing around, loaded down with guys, gear, etc. icechests. Incredibly tough boat, still doesn't leak a drop and is rock solid structurally. Just my 2-cents on what works for me. If I remember correctly, the G3's i saw at boat shows didn't seem to be built as heavily compared to my boat. Weld-Crafts are built in Benton, Arkansas. Check them out.
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Gonna have to check out that Weld Craft too. Have you ever compared it too the Alweld?
I also checked out a Cajun Special the other day. It looked good and solid as far as the hull, but, the inside stuff was all pop rivited and flemsy feeling.

Anyway, thanks for the input LSU.
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I have an Xpress. In my opinion. It is the best Alum boat on the market. The Hyper Lift hull rides like a fiberglass boat, but it is a whole lot tougher. It's pretty fast too. On my boat I'm running a 115 Yahmaha and acording to my GPS it runs 63MPH with just me in it. I've owned it for 3 years and my only complaint is with the carpet in it. I was never meant to own a boat with carpet. I'm just to hard on it. I will be pulling the carpet out and having a liner sprayed in later this year.
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   eman(R)
i was looking at the express in an alumn hull. but i ended up getting fiberglass ,just better for what i want to do.
that said dont go w/ anything other than the express, if you are wanting center consol alumn. boat. they now have spray in liner to match boat color ( no carpet) except in side hatch areas to muffle noise. i havnt looked at the bateaus made by express but if they are as well built as the c.c boats you should be happy w/ one.
tight lines bob
p.s. go to express boats .com and you can see their whole line and find out where your nearest dealer is
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   Patassa
I've had an 18 foot G3 with the center console for about two years now and I have no complaints. I considered G3, Lakesport and Express when I shopped around. My father in law has an Express and it is pretty nice also. As far as the inside liners I prefer my riveted liner because the paint does not peel. The paint on the liner inside the Express will come off if you like to wash your boat at a carwash when you hit it with the high pressure hose. My riveted liner has not ever come off. G3 will probably be cheaper but you probably get more boat with Express. The 18 foot G3 comes with a 60 inch bottom while the 18 foot Express comes with the 72 inch bottom hence the higher price for Express. Same thing goes for the 17 footers-- 52inch bottoms for G3 and 56inch bottoms for Express. Express has the console a little too far to the front on the 17 footers. Both are really nice boats for a good price. I don't know a whole lot about alweld though.
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Many people don't know it but Express is an Alweld company. I have a 14'x48" alweld with a 40hp Johnson, I have no complaints I duck hunt and fish out of it. I have been in some pretty rough stuff in it including 5 footers in black bay, I don't do this by choice with this boat but sometimes stuff happens. If I was to ge another boat I would go with a 18 Express with a 115 e-tec.But I also have a fetish with over powering a boat, it is something about a little boat passin up bay boats that get my rocks off.
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Havn't been able to log on for a few days, but, thanks for all the advice everyone. Seems like everybody agrees that the xpress is the way to go. Thanx.
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   mlh...
I'm not sure where you will be using the boat or what for, but don't count out the Alwelds. I owned a Lakesport which is similar to the Express and G3 boats, and I've also owned an Alweld. The Lakesport was difficult to weld on because the aluminum is so thin that it burns through. People weld on Alwelds all the time. This may come in handy if you make modifications to your boat later. Another thing to think about is the durability. Commercial fishermen use alweld boats to haul oysters, shrimp, and such. They take a beating and last forever. I've never seen anyone haul oysters in a G3 or an Express....
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   woodman
Dont forget SeaArk,, i have a 1542v and its a great boat,, made in Arkansas and all weld construction. Also very good pricing. Good luck
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Yeah, I'm definately not impressed with what I've heard about the Lakesport.
I was talking to the owner of Degates in Houma. He used to sell the Lakesport. He told me that out of the 80 that he sold there were over 100 warranty claims. Also, he said something like around 20 hulls had to be replaced. Scary.

He doesn't sell them any more, but, he said it got so bad that when he would get a new hull in, it would be sent straight to his welder to be re-enforced. He said the factory didn't realy care about the problems, but, would gladly re-enburse him for the re-enforcements. I guess it was cheaper than keeping up with the warranty claims for them.
Gonna check out the Sea Arc too.

Thanks guys.
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Sorry to hear about that poppincork. I guess all we can do is live and learn sometimes.
Hopefully your post will not fall on deaf ears to anyone interested in those boats.
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   marshred
Not sure what type of fising you do, but look into a bass tracker. for the $ they are hard to beat, welded, modified v hull for smooth ride, plenty storage and comfortable to fish from. i had 2 aluminum flats in the past, but this 17' tracker is a great change.i use it for the marsh and river fishing. kenny
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How long have you had it for? I saw the add on them in the magazine. Pretty good looking boat there too.

Lots of good options out there that I overlooked at first. Thanks to everybody for the input so far.

It sucks that I'm gonna miss every single boat show this year in La. due to my work schedule, but, that ain't gonna stop me. I've got that new boat fever. Just got to make up my mind on which one I wan't.
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I live in Berwick. I'll give you a ride in an Xpess. I'll be home for the next week and a half. Drop me a line. And no mine is NOT for sale. LOL
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   HemiBass
Xpress has the best welded boat on the market. Just don't buy one from the only Xpress dealer in Baton Rouge.
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Satisfied with my 17ft g3 tunnel hull. Only problem was loose rivets on sidewall after getting caught up in some 4ft waves, wasn't good idea on my part. Good ride, storage is limited with gas tank. Have 2 friends with Lakesports. One has had no problems, the other's bottom welds broke on same 4ft wave trip on side of me, nearly sunk.If had to do it all over, would stick with weldcraft.
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Blastin-n-Castin...........NOW THATS A GOOD ONE.
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   d45lll3
You should look into a Redbirds Aluminum boat. It is all welded and is a fine machine. There is a website, I think it is redbirdsaluminum.com. You may want to just take a look.
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Thanks for the offer cuz, but I won't be able to make it. I'm stuck about 90 miles south of grand isle. workin. Mabe some other time.

Widows right, blastin-n-castin does have a nice ring to it. Wish I'da thunk-o-dat first, cause, for a guy that calls himself crawfisheater, I'm definately slackin. Haven't had a dang crawfish yet this year.

d45lll3,
thanks for the heads up on the redbirds. Never even heard of those before.
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   puppys
Save a bunch of money and rig the al-weld according to what you fish for.. For the difference in price, I would spend the money on a good motor.. Good luck!!!
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   CaptJS
Remember the old saying you get what you pay for. Reason one cost a lot more than the other
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check out alumacraft had one since 2008 with 60 hp Yamaha 4stroke n problems! breaux and daigle marine across from pierre part store on hw 70 pierre part la. not open on Saturdays. talk to rp breaux super great people!!! 1-985-252-6411
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   puppys
I was a commercial fisherman, (remember them), for 20 years and caught and hauled, 1,000's and 1,000's, of redfish and trout, and also had it set up for night-time shrimping. It's all in the way you do things.. After trying everything I went to where the Veitnam fishermen, parked their boats and looked at the equipment they were using... Guess what? Wide alweld flats, with all but a few had yamaha's.. Nobody fishes harder or better then these fisherman.. When you see these guys out there , better move on, cause they ain't no fish left at that place.. We would set the net and get inside of it and run wide open around the inside of the net and beat on the boat, making all kind of noise, and waves and then pick up the net full of fish.. The boat lasted and is still floating and still runs crab traps, everyday.. Went through 3, Yamaha-40hp.. I'm talking about everyday, there on the water catching something..
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For a guy that calls himself crawfisheater, I'm definately slackin. Haven't had a dang crawfish yet.

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