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  • New Boat Question: Aluminum vs Fiberglass

    Posted by blockel on May 7, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Alright Gents, it’s time for a new boat. Up until this point, I’ve fished out of a 14′ jon boat with a t-motor mounted to the front. It’s been great but it’s time to get a big boy boat.

    I fish for bass 99.9% of the time and I’m looking for a boat to tournament fish out of from time to time.

    Also, I should note that I’m looking for a single axle sized boat, in the 18′-19′ foot range with enough motor to do 50+ mph.

    I’ve always envisioned going with a glass boat but I’ve heard several glass boat owners talk about missing their old aluminum boat. Just thought I’d throw the question out to everyone on here to get your two cents.

    blockel replied 9 years, 1 month ago 5 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Brian

    Administrator
    May 8, 2015 at 3:34 am

    glass boats are for me, but I looked at a couple aluminum boat due to all the rocks on Priest. I also wanted a little heavier boat that would not blow in the wind too bad. It’s definitely worth looking at both.

  • blockel

    Member
    May 8, 2015 at 1:34 pm
    quote Brian Carper:

    glass boats are for me, but I looked at a couple aluminum boat due to all the rocks on Priest. I also wanted a little heavier boat that would not blow in the wind too bad. It’s definitely worth looking at both.

    Thanks for your input, Brian. So is that one of the primary the benefit of a glass boat, weight, which doesn’t allow it to be blown around by the wind as much?

  • Brian

    Administrator
    May 8, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    For me it is. and I’m just more a custom to fiberglass

  • ecfelts

    Member
    May 9, 2015 at 3:40 am

    I just replaced my bass tracker tournament tx 17.5 ft aluminum with a 20xdc bullet. Love the new boat, but I cringe trolling around the rocks on priest and now I feel like I have to have a dock to launch. The shallow docks at the ramps really stress me out during winter pool. My ole aluminum wasnt fast (26mph) with the 50hp mercury, and I enjoy being able to get to where I want to go with the 200hp mercury (ive seen 65mph, but I have to learn to drive this one still). I think the newer, larger beam width aluminums perform extremely well, and if you are accustomed to fishing out of the jon boat, neither would disappoint you. I feel like the glas requires more care and caution.

    Good luck finding what you want.

  • philip-nichols

    Member
    May 10, 2015 at 4:47 am

    Same here I just upgraded from a flat bottom aluminum to a 18 ft fiberglass procraft.
    Absolutely love it much smoother ride but I don’t fish as shallow as I used to and now I only launch from ramps with a dock because I don’t want to beach it. Still love the boat and wouldn’t take back my decision at all.

  • philip-nichols

    Member
    May 10, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    If I was buying a brand new boat I would think hard about the bass trackers they have great layouts love the 19ft model it will be cheaper and save the price difference from a fiberglass boat and upgrade electronics and get a good 4 stroke motor. That’s just what I would do.

  • blockel

    Member
    May 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    This is good stuff, guys. I really appreciate the input!

  • jard

    Member
    May 27, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    all depends. When I fished tournaments, fiberglass all the way. Heavier, sits better in wind, better ride as you do not feel every single little wave and bump. Also more stable as it will not tip near as much side to side as you walk across the boat. Less stuff spilling everywhere and not chasing stuff everywhere.

    Now, I have 3 kiddos ages 8, 4, and 3 and a wife that doesn’t like to go fast. I now fish out of a 21′ aluminum deckboat. Its slower and seats 8-10 but my kids can run around and I have a bass fishing platform up front so its the best of both worlds. I just spent 4 days on Guntersville with it. I wanted aluminum because I can beach it no problem with the kiddos and I do not cry every time they ding or dent it. I dont worry about the paint etc. When they are older, I will go back to fiberglass as they i just think fiberglass is better all around especially if you are bass fishing.

  • blockel

    Member
    May 28, 2015 at 2:08 pm
    quote jard:

    all depends. When I fished tournaments, fiberglass all the way. Heavier, sits better in wind, better ride as you do not feel every single little wave and bump. Also more stable as it will not tip near as much side to side as you walk across the boat. Less stuff spilling everywhere and not chasing stuff everywhere.

    Now, I have 3 kiddos ages 8, 4, and 3 and a wife that doesn’t like to go fast. I now fish out of a 21′ aluminum deckboat. Its slower and seats 8-10 but my kids can run around and I have a bass fishing platform up front so its the best of both worlds. I just spent 4 days on Guntersville with it. I wanted aluminum because I can beach it no problem with the kiddos and I do not cry every time they ding or dent it. I dont worry about the paint etc. When they are older, I will go back to fiberglass as they i just think fiberglass is better all around especially if you are bass fishing.

    Great input, Jard! That makes a lot of sense, thanks.

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