Aluminum vs fiberglass/gelcoat hull

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by potis, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. potis

    potis Member

    Oct 15, 2006
    San Ramon, CA
    2000 340 DA Sundancer
    "Soggy Dollar"
    7.4L V-Drives
    I am in the market for a new (to me) rigid hull inflatable dink. Approx 11' with 25-30HP remote steering with helm. Most I've looked are fiberglass hull, but I've also come across an AB brand with aluminum hull. It is similar to the same model in fiberglass hull except the aluminum is approx 165 lbs lighter. Any ideas of pros/cons of aluminum vs fiberglass. I am in primarily fresh water 90% of the time. Main plus I see is no worries of chipping glass when dragging ashore or in shallow conditions, and if course the weight difference. Thanks
  2. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Dinghies get the crap beat out of them. I'd go with aluminum.
  3. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Active Member

    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
    Ali is more rugged. If you pulling up on rocky beaches etc - ali is the way to go.
  4. swaterhouse

    swaterhouse Active Member

    Jan 7, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2007 Sundancer 44
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    AB is not the only manufacturer of Al hulls, we have a Highfield that we love and there are several others.

    I would highly suggest the Al hull over glass - lighter and tougher.

    I would also suggest getting a flat floor on either model and we love the bow locker.

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