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so, i am hopefully in market for a newer boat soon.
my question is this:
i have a 19' nautic star bay boat currently. i am very rough on the hull. i get lots of chips and cracks that i have fixed yearly $$. therefore, i was wondering if it might be beneficial for me to consider an aluminum hull instead of fiberglass.
can you guys give me the pros and cons?
i like the nautic star, blazer bay, sea fox, triton boats and will be looking for a 20-21' for about mid $20's range.
i believe that express is pretty much the only option for aluminum hull and don't know much about them. however, i could be wrong and there may be other options.
looking for advice and knowledge.
i fish redfish mostly, specs, drum and flounder
thanks in advance
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Xpress bay boats have been known over the last few years to crack down the middle of the hull (weld seem) if you fish any type of rough water. Have you looked into a custom built boat?

The only two cons are the aluminum is lighter weight so it wont break the waves as good and it can be 'loud' during rough water and any time you hit something in the boat.

The pros are that they can be virtually indestructible. If you get one built to exactly what you want, then you have a boat for a lifetime!
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   trhutson
Lowe/ Crestliner also make aluminum bay boats. Their hulls look like they are deeper than Express.

https://www.loweboats.com/bay-boat/22-bay/
https://www.crestliner.com/bay-boat/2200-bay/
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   LaTexan
Custom aluminum is the way to go if you can afford the price. If you get the Xpress get the Hyper Lift hull not the Hydro hull. The hyper rides better. Aluminum is great because you can clean up with just a pressure washer. There is no need to scrub one like a fiberglass boat. If I detail my aluminum boat it does not look any better than if I just sprayed it out with the hose.
Hanko, Scully, and Gaudet boats are really nice custom aluminum.
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   corillion
i looked up the hanko and scully and one guy on facebook in morgan city but have no idea what the price range is. i like the part of it being indestructible and a lifetime boat but can i get one in the $25,000 range? having doubts there
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   LaTexan
For the boat only 25K. I have Xpress XP20CC mod v hull (basically flat) 2014 model. It rides rough but I do not fish the bays but 2-3 times a year. If I did fish the coast more I would have a fiberglass hull. Cannot be the ride. Sea Ark makes a production model that has a thicker hull .125' vs. .100 on the Xpress. It is nice but about 3K more than the Xpress with same options. I like the room and over all design of the Xp20CC and she runs 42mph with 115hp Yamaha 4 stroke. I can put a 65qt. ice chest against front deck and still have 2.5' clearance between cooler and CC. Get the rod storage for front deck option I did not and regret it.
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   SHOCKING
I have a Sea Arc that I am very pleased with the performance. I have the 18' side console with a 90hp 4 stroke and get unbeilivable gas consumption. Get the v hull, it takes waves much better than the flat hulls. I have had mine for for over 7 years and have had no problems. Go to www.seaarc.com to see the boats and convigurations that are available. I bought mine from Aqua Marine in Denham Springs.
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   MathGeek
AL with V hull.

You can always add weight if you prefer how it rides with more weight.

But you can't make fiberglas boats lighter to reduce fuel consumption (towing and operating).

And aluminum boats last a long time with much less care.
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   LaTexan
XP20CC just to show the room in it.
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GatorTrax makes a bay boat and those are quality boats. Try http://www.gatortraxboats.com/boat-models/bay-boats/barracuda-bay-boats.html
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   natbur
i also have been looking cant beat this price include shipping and freight.
http://www.hattiesburgcampersandboats.com/default.asp?page=xNewInventoryDetail&id=2352147&p=1&s=Year&d=D&t=new&vt=boat&fr=xNewInventory
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I've been looking hard at the Sea Arks for a while they are the best aluminum boat you can get before going custom. The down side to aluminum boats vs fiberglass is that you don't have as much storage compartments. If I was you I would consider the 20ft Sea Ark VFX . This is the sea ark video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aDdkCrIdCRo but I don't like the layout it's too cramped I would get it without the center console live well and have them push the center console back where you just have a lean bar. That way you can fit an ice chest in the front along with crab traps and what ever else you want to bring
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not many people have them but i had a xpress boat and a low and now have a Yamaha G3 Boat. The BAY 20 DLX. I love the boat. no cons to me. better than my express and lowe hands down. they are round 27-32k. they also come in a 18ft
only con is not much storage space. but amazing boat.
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   dwr3533
I have a Gravois 19ft bay. Find a custom built and your grandkids will still fish it.
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   dad2rlkm
I have a 22 foot Excel aluminum bay boat and love it. It has the thicker .125 gauge hull and several other unusual options. I am running a 175 hp Suzuki 4 stroke on it. The storage and rod boxes are extremely dry. That's a big deal as compared to some other aluminums, trust me. I bass fish and chase redfish and specks in mine. Seems to be a fairly dry ride too.
Excel Bay Pro 220. Check it out.
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If you are in the market for a tough as they come aluminum bay boat with a lot of capability check out Pescavora Boats. Built in Louisiana and are built to last. Here is my buddies 21 Hybrid below. We have fished the marsh and the rigs with ease and it has great seating options for the family that are tucked away so it does not affect fishing. There website is Pescavoraboats.com.
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