Tips and Frequently Asked Questions
Custom Aluminum Boats/Pontoon/Barges
Tips for Taking Care of Your Boat
- Tie down the transom when pulling your boat down a highway. This will minimize the chance of transom welds cracking. This is the main fault for transom weld cracks.
- On fully welded double floors, the drain plug should be pulled when the boat is parked in the yard. This eliminates pressure build-up inside the floor due to the heat.
- Do not use Alumabrite on your boat, this will fade it out.
- Try not to store your boat in the water for an extended period of time. Doing so will result in water staining of your boat along the water line.
- Consider the amount of weight that you keep in your boat. If the weight is heavy and thus the boat is barely out of the water, another boater can come along running wide open, which could result in your boat getting sunk.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What size motor do you recommend?
A. First, you don’t want to overpower a boat, which could result in the boat becoming uncontrollable. You want to have enough power to get on top and run with a good load.
Q. Do we rig out boats?
A. Yes we do rig out boats for an hourly rate plus material. If the boat is painted then it will cost more due to the extra precautions that must be made.
Q. Do we build custom trailers?
A. No, but we can get trailers from a couple of local distributors.
Q. Do we keep boats in stock?
A. We are a small local shop and we are expanding every year. From time to time, we do get ahead and actually get a few boats built for inventory.
Q. Do we add flotation?
A. No, we are not required to by LDWF.
Q. Are we licensed and insured?
A. Yes, Extreme Metal is licensed and insured.
Q. What is the best performing boat for a 36 CTR?
A. 18×58 semi-v roundbottom. It has less drag when running and it turns sharper. It is also a smoother riding boat.
Q. Will we custom design a boat to a builder’s specifications?
A. Yes, as long as when we review your specifications, we do not encounter any safety issues. We will also consider top performance and handling of the boat matching the motor you are using, and make recommendations as appropriate.
Q. Do you pressure test pontoons and fuel tanks?
A. Yes, we pressure test each compartment of our pontoons, as well as pressure testing our fuel tanks.
Q. Do we supply motors?
A. We do not supply motors. We can have them installed, however. We work with several outboard and surface drive dealers. Therefore we can arrange for installation of either.