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New Boat - Fibreglass Vs Aluminium??

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FIbreglass vs Aluminium  

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  1. 1. FIbreglass vs Aluminium

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Later on this year I might be in a position to buy myself a boat. My only previous boat was a 4.1m alyycraft tinny, was a great boat but I will want something bigger (4.8-5m+) and capable to head over to Tangalooma with relative ease. Other uses will mainly be fishing the bay, with a bit of general rec use.


My question is…fibreglass or aluminium…


Having never had anything to do with a glass boat before, I have no idea what to look for in a second hand glass boat. For some reason, I just have a funny feeling towards owning a second hand glass boat. From what I hear, they are just a much smoother ride on the water


Budget is in the 10-15k area. I also only have a 3m wide space down the side of the house to work with as well.


Any advice on pro’s and cons for both of them will be gladly taken on board…

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What is the towing capacity of your car?

Either tinny or glass boat that size will require a braked trailer to be legal.

Glass is definitely a more comfortable and quieter ride.

With 2 strokes no longer being sold after next year go for 4 stroke or di 2 banger as parts also no longer will be avail for 2 strokes.

Get someone who is experienced to have a good look at what you are interested in as replacing stringers,floors and transoms in a glass boat is expensive . Be a bit wary of plateys as some have inherent design problems. Might seem expensive to fork out a couple of hundred for an inspection but cheaper than ending up with a lemon.



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