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LC9 – 9m (30ft) Welded Aluminum Landing Craft Kit

Introducing the LC9 - We're happy to unveil our new 9m (30ft) Welded Aluminum Landing Craft kit with 300hp Volvo Duo Prop I/O power. (Other power options to suit builder/owner). A custom design for the Hungarian Inland Water Directorates. She can be built as shown with offset cabin, or a simple open deck with center console for maximum cargo space. Other options would include a full-width cabin, or a hard-top etc.

This is the first of our planned lineup of Stock Landing Craft Kits from 6.7m - 12m (22 to 40 feet). Layouts will be configurable from open-deck with center console to full cabin on each model. Let us know if you need this boat in another length, power option, (outboards etc.) or configuration, and we can give you a quote. Contact Us for more information and pricing.

As with all of our commercial designs she complies with Lloyd's Registry Special Services Craft for the highest quality boat possible.

Licensing of the CNC Files - $4500 USD.

PB8 – 8m (26ft) Patrol Boat

Introducing the PB8 - A new 8m Welded Aluminum Patrol Boat Kit designed for the Swiss Police Department. This compact Patrol Boat sports single screw 300hp Surface Drive.  Lloyd's structural compliance for the highest quality boat possible.

The PB8 is a "Semi-Custom" design and can be reconfigured to meet builder/owner needs. Please Contact Us for pricing and details.

Here are some key features to note:

1. Seating for four crew OR three crew and a head with toilet and small sink.
2. Seating for four passengers (or prisoners) in the cuddy cabin forward.
3. Computer operator seating/station behind the navigator.
4. On-deck storage lockers in the over-sized Air Boxes on the aft-deck.
5. Wide/open side decks for easy boarding of other vessels.
6. Large “Rescue Platform” (swim grid) aft covers surface drive unit for protection.
7. Comfortable staircase to rescue platform for ease of access.
8. 360 degree visibility, with overhead windows
9. 360 degree floodlights, with one remote-control searchlight

PB18 – 18m (60ft) Patrol Boat

 

The PB18 - One of our latest custom designs. An 18m Meter Welded Aluminum Patrol boat designed for the Bangladesh Coast Guard. She sports twin 1000 Horsepower Caterpillar C18 diesels coupled to Arneson Surface Drives for the ultimate in high speed maneuverability and stealth. Accommodations for a crew of 6 and 6 passengers. Lloyd's structural compliance (scantlings).

The PB18 is a "Semi-Custom" design and can be reconfigured to meet builder/owner needs. Please Contact Us for pricing and details.

She might make a unique yacht as well for the adventurous types.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: https://metalboatkits.com/product/trident-rocket-2/ - 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.

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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!

Rick

 

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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