Originally Posted by corpeleven
I'm looking for my first boat. I have found what looks to be a good deal on a 17 foot riveted Deep V . I know that welded hulls are better, but they are also much more money. I can get this boat at less than half what a similar welded hull boat would cost.
It's a little older, but in good condition. Is this something I should be leary of? Or would this be a good boat to start with?
I would not say welded is better, welding on Aluminium make the metal around the wled brittle and supject to cracking, thoose northwest jet boats use heavy gauge metal but some of the other welding boats are not real heavy guage. What brand of Boat you looking at? look at the rivets, if there are loose ones you can see it, allot of loose rivets indicates a rough life and leaking.....