We lived aboard a 36' aluminum sloop
for 7 years in the 90's. I would go back with an aluminum 40-44' cat in a heartbeat if I could afford it...There is the dive boat on Croatia
Some really cool things.
Because of the strength you don't need anywhere near the material - 5/16" plate is plenty built on 18-24" center ribs. Lots more room. Our 36 footer had the interior
of a 40.
You never paint
it. (We never even washed the hull
.) Let it oxidize and the thieves will go to the bright shiny waxed fiberglass
beauty every time.
If you use TefGel on any SS fittings and attachments dissimilar metal corrosion
is not a problem.
Aluminum is easy to work with (you can actually use some wood tools and a grinder) and welding it is very easy with a little practice.
When we hit the rocks at 4am off Little Vieques Puerto Rico
- the rudder
bent in half, and the bottom crumpled. We sailed to St John and I was able to haul and fill in the dents with glass. With glass of wood we would have sunk. No question.
Attachments like lifelines
rollers, hatches do not leak as they are welded... And they are much stronger.
When you occasionally touch the bottom (hehe we called STK shine the keel) all you are doing is cleaning
are integral and welded...
You must insulate for cold weather
They are more expensive.
Have to use special bottom paint
. Copper is not a good thing with aluminum!
Don't know about more noise
. Our boat wasn't loud to us...
Resell probably is no where near as good as they aren't accepted yet.
My 2cents anyway.
Soon as someone comes and buys this horse farm and business - I'll see what I can find!