A Guide to Marine Grade Aluminum

A Guide To Marine Grade Aluminum Here's a handy comparison chart of Marine Grade Aluminum Alloys. We often get asked which alloy to use, and the answer is "it depends". There are three alloys that we generally recommend for hull plating and frames: 5086, 5083, 5052 And two alloys we recommend for extrusions such as…
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The Case For Larger Plate Sizes When Building Metal Boats

The Case For Larger Plate Sizes When Building Metal Boats We receive a lot of comments and questions regarding plate sizes and nesting so I thought I'd blog about it. Here is the case for larger plate sizes when building metal boats. Generally the discussion arises when occasionally some suppliers will say they don't stock 5'…
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Trident Rocket Update


UPDATE! She is now complete and is available here: - We've been getting quite a few inquiries about our Trident Rocket design lately. So after sitting for over a decade unloved I have her back on the drawing board! This boat was always a labor of love project, a boat that I've always wanted for myself. But custom work has been keeping me too busy to get back to her. HOWEVER I'm happy to report that I've been working on her  for the last couple of months! I've gone back to the original concept drawings and have modeled her up completely from scratch using all of my latest techniques to bring her into the modern age.


She's styled after the Donzi Classic "cigarette" boats of yesteryear with a more modern styling for building in aluminum.  She's 19.6 feet length over all right now, although I'm considering stretching that to a tad over 20' so we can avoid the foam flotation requirement. This would mean we would need to go to larger (25') sheets for nesting the hull plates though, so it's a trade-off as to where to spend more money: on flotation foam or aluminum.  The longer sheets are more expensive by weight, and require larger tables to cut it.. (I think I may have answered my own question.. Probably a lot cheaper to stay with the 19.6' length..)  Your input and comments are most welcome on this matter.

So, she'll be coming out as a kit within the next few weeks to a month, and the CNC Files will be $1499 USD to license.

  • 19.6' (5.97 m) LOA
  • 7.3' (2.2 m) Beam
  • 18 degree deadrise for a smooth ride at high speed in choppy conditions.
  • Power will be 200-300 HP stern drive.

I'd love to hear your thoughts, please feel free to comment below!



AK275 Build Log 01 – Specialty Steel

John, Wendy and Mike Schrauwen of Specialty Steel Fabricators in BC built this beautiful example of our Alaska 275. Thanks to John and Wendy for the great photos! Click on thumbnails for larger photos. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="5" gal_title="AK275 Build Log Gallery 01"]
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Pratique 35 Build Log 01 – Peter Weston

Click Images For Full-Size.  This is a comprehensive photo set sent in by Peter Weston in Australia.  He built this Pratique 35 in the outback desert, and trucked it to the sea when he moved to coast!  I'm sure he was the talk of the town building a sail boat in the desert!  Thanks so…
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12 Foot Skiff Build Log 01

This is a build-log we did as the first 12 FootvSkiff was built. About 100 of these have been built since then. If you have build photos please send them in and we'll add them. Click on images for full-size. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="3" gal_title="12 Foot Skiff Build Log Gallery 01"]  
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16 Foot Utility Skiff Build Log 01

This is a build log sent in By Eric Casells.  NOTE: Eric added his own floorboards and fore-deck as a customization. Click on images for full-size. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="4" gal_title="16 Foot Skiff Build Log Gallery 01"]
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