Aluminum is lighter. Aluminum is stronger if you have a nice thick hull.
Go with the Crestliner and all weld boats.
I will never again own a fiberglass boat.
Not looking to buy, but perhaps looking to sell Crestliners? I see that you joined the forum just a month ago, and your 6th post looks like a press release with a link to the product followed by a request for others to talk up aluminum boats. Maybe it's in earnest, but....kalninm wrote:I got to talk with the owner of the PT20 briefly and he said he has had fiberglass boats and would rather have one, but he also was the only dry one on the lake that day out of 70 boats. I'm not looking to buy right now just curious about the pros and cons to these larger aluminum bass rigs that rival the fiberglass ones that have had the market for so long.
I went with fiberglass after considering aluminum. A fiberglass boat burns more gas to tow, but its greater weight means it blows around less when one is fishing from it in a wind, and it pounds less severely when one is running waves. It is also quieter when one inadvertently bangs something on it while, for example, switching rigs.
the only large aluminum boat i have fished out of is the ranger rt198p. i have a friend that lives on a 22,000 acre lake in north central arkansas. when i go visit, he's kind enough to let me use the boat like it's my own. it is a very comfortable boat to fish out of, handles rough water pretty good, and runs as fast as i need to go. i haven't tried to dropshot on main lake points in 15-20 mph winds in the thing, but i have fished some main lake bluff walls when the was some serious weekend boat traffic. i was surprised at how well it did take the wakes.