Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
Aluminum boats and boats allow you to spend a pleasant time on the water. Such boats are usually equipped with outboard motors (PM), which makes movement on the water surface truly fun and exciting. Domestic manufacturers have quite a wealth of experience in the manufacture of metal boats, but thanks to interaction with foreign partners, small shipbuilding in Russia has reached a higher level. Along with practicality and durability, watercraft have become attractive and comfortable, safe and durable. Today the consumer is offered a wide range of aluminum boats and boats. With the help of our experts, we will try to determine the most important selection criteria.
- How to choose an aluminum boat
- Rating of the best aluminum boats and cutters
- NorthSilver Wolf DC 510
- Wellboat-51 DC
- Wyatboat-470 P
- Windboat 47DCM
- QUINTREX 455 COAST RUNNER
- Trident 450 PRO
- BERKUT S-JACKET
- Fireworks NL460
- Wellboat 42
- Salute-360 Jaeger
How to choose an aluminum boat
Capacity and lifting capacity. You should start searching for your vessel with such an indicator as the carrying capacity. The number of passengers and the amount of luggage that you can take with you depends on it.
- No heavy equipment and equipment is required for boat trips. Therefore, the passenger capacity is easy to calculate by assessing the weight of each crew member. For example, a boat with a carrying capacity of 250 kg will be sufficient for two adults and one child.
- For fishing enthusiasts, it is more difficult to determine the number of hobby colleagues. Each crew member takes fishing tackle, provisions, and in case of rest with an overnight stay, then also a tent, sleeping bags, air mattresses, gas or petrol stoves (burners), etc. In this case, the luggage can take place 1-2 fishermen. If the carrying capacity of the boat is 300 kg, then only two people can go fishing.
Overall dimensions of the boat. The length and width of the boat does not only affect the interior of the boat. Aluminum boats and cutters are transported to the shore of the reservoir on special trailers (carriages) or in the luggage compartments of minibuses or truck bodies. The outboard motor is also matched to the body length. The larger the boat is chosen, the heavier the anchor will be required to keep it on the water.
Steering. To steer an aluminum boat or cutter, two steering options are used.
- The simplest and most affordable is the tiller. The master of the vessel must sit at the stern and steer the boat by moving the tiller from side to side. However, in planing mode with two passengers ahead, the helmsman's view will be limited.
- It is much more comfortable to drive the motorboat while sitting at the front of the wheel. The console protects the helmsman from the wind, and with the help of the awning, you can go to the goal even in heavy rain.
Features of the console. Manufacturers disagree on the location of the console. For boat trips, the front helmsman looks optimal, and vacationers sit comfortably in the central part of the boat. But for spinning fishing from the board together, it is more practical when the console is located in the center of the craft. Then you get two zones where each angler will feel comfortable while casting bait or playing fish. The design of the windshield with a door in the central part is very convenient. This arrangement facilitates the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers, loading and unloading equipment and equipment through the bow of the boat.
We have selected 14 of the best aluminum boats and boats for review. All of them are sold on the Russian market of small-sized water transport. When allocating seats, the opinion of experts and feedback from domestic consumers was taken into account.
Rating of the best aluminum boats and cutters
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|NORTHSILVER WOLF DC 510||1||NorthSilver Wolf DC 510||RUB 778,000|
|2||Wellboat-51 DC||RUB 537,400|
|4||Wyatboat-470 P||RUB 275,000|
|5||Windboat 47DCM||RUB 297 350|
|6||QUINTREX 455 COAST RUNNER||RUB 252,000|
|8||Trident 450 PRO||RUB 217,000|
|10||BERKUT S-JACKET||RUB 285,000|
|11||Fireworks NL460||RUB 332,900|
|13||Wellboat 42||RUB 149,400|
|14||Salute-360 Jaeger||RUB 183,200|
NorthSilver Wolf DC 510
The NorthSilver Wolf DC 510 aluminum boat is designed for conquering large water areas. With a hull length of 5.1 m, the vessel can accommodate a crew of 5-6 people with cargo. The experts liked the coziness and comfort that the boat provides to its passengers. A built-in 75 liter fuel tank is standard. The design of the craft complies with EU standards. The set includes a cover for the battery, anchor and navigation light, steering and much more. The boat gets the laurels of the winner of our rating.
Domestic users on thematic forums often compare the NorthSilver Wolf DC 510 model with advanced small boats. The strength of the case, lightness of construction and stylish appearance deserve praise. The most common disadvantage is the high price.
- comfort and coziness;
- rich equipment;
- high quality.
- high price.
The aluminum boat Wellboat-51 DC received a new look. This model, popular among Russians, can accommodate 5 passengers along with luggage. The model has a 5 m long hull with a forward deck and an automotive cockpit layout. Experts note the use of a thick aluminum sheet (bottom – 4 mm, sides – 3 mm); two-sided welding was used to connect individual elements. Thanks to durable welds and reinforcements, the boat does not deform when sailing on large waves. The manufacturer does not use paintwork, so it is quite easy to maintain the case. The model ranks second in the ranking.
Domestic users highlight such advantages of the Wellboat-51 DC boat as solidity and a decent level of comfort. Of the minuses, a modest appearance is mentioned.
- high strength;
- ease of maintenance;
- comfort and coziness;
- good driving properties.
- modest appearance.
Up to 6 crew members can take on board the aluminum boat Neman-500DCM. Experts call rest on this boat comfortable and safe. It is allowed to install an outboard motor up to 100 hp on the boat. from. In such a bundle, the vessel is capable of reaching a speed of 65 km / h. The body is made of AMG5M aluminum, sheet thickness ranges from 3 to 4 mm. The model is designed for recreation in large freshwater bodies of water or in coastal marine areas. To protect aluminum from corrosion, the manufacturer used powder paint. The model receives the bronze in our rating.
To the advantages of the boat, users include a spacious cockpit, where 3 people can fish. And if you put a small table, you can comfortably communicate with 4 crew members. Of the minuses, there is a large consumption of gasoline.
- comfort and safety;
- wide scope;
- reliable protection against corrosion.
- high fuel consumption.
The combined boat Wyatboat-470 P perfectly combines the strength of aluminum with the elegance of plastic. The hull of the vessel is 4.75 m long and 1.7 m wide. The model's carrying capacity is limited to 400 kg, which allows 4-5 people to be taken on board. Experts recommend equipping the boat with a motor up to 60 hp. from. It should be noted the small weight of the vessel (300 kg), this was achieved through the use of aluminum with a thickness of 2-3 mm and fiberglass upholstery. For maximum passenger safety, stainless steel rails are installed along the sides. The model takes 4th place in our rating, yielding to the leaders in comfort and spaciousness.
Fans of water-powered transport are satisfied with the lightness and price of the boat Wyatboat-470 P. Among the shortcomings is the presence of “crickets” in the hull, starting with the glass and ending with the door.
- a combination of plastic and aluminum;
- light weight;
- beautiful appearance.
- “crickets” in the body.
Nizhny Novgorod shipbuilders have modernized the popular Windboat 47 boat, as evidenced by the DCM prefix. The improved model has stylish and ergonomic fiberglass posts. Thanks to this design, you can comfortably fish together from the board of the craft. Access to the cockpit is simplified by a hinged door, which is organically integrated into the windscreen. The experts point to a good standard package. The manufacturer has equipped the boat with steering controls, lockers, side lights, sublocks. The safety of crew members is ensured by filling the internal cavities with foam.
The boat got into our rating due to its unpretentiousness, unsinkability and indestructibility. The seats are somewhat primitively made, there are claims to the quality of the weld.
- convenient posts;
- good equipment;
- uneven seams;
- simple seats.
QUINTREX 455 COAST RUNNER
The Australian-developed QUINTREX 455 COAST RUNNER features an advanced hull design. The manufacturer used an aluminum-magnesium alloy as the main material. The main elements of the boat were made by pressing, which increased the structural strength and reduced weight. Since the craft was designed for coastal sea areas, experts attribute good driving performance and stability on the wave to the strengths of the model. The boat on the conveyor is equipped with a three-section windshield, sublocks and a steering gear.
Getting into the TOP-6 of our rating for the ship provided a combination of price and quality. The owners consider it optimal to install a PM with a capacity of 50 liters. from. Of the minuses, it should be noted the poor layout.
- good move;
- high-quality assembly.
- bad layout.
Three modifications of the Wellboat-46 boat are offered to domestic consumers, which differ in equipment. For example, a model with the letter “K” has a console extended into the cockpit, and the letter “M” indicates the car's layout. Experts recommend the Whaleboat 46 as a workhorse or fishing schooner. The manufacturer used a reinforced set of frames to reinforce the case made of aluminum-magnesium sheet. Since the dry weight of the vessel is only 175 kg, it will be enough to install a PM with a capacity of 10-30 liters for a good run. from.
The model ranks seventh in our ranking. Users are satisfied with the correct and simple design of the boat. But experts do not recommend buying a floating craft on a prepaid basis. This is due to build quality issues.
- affordable price;
- several modifications;
- simple and well thought-out design;
- lightness and strength.
- the build quality is lame.
Trident 450 PRO
The Trident 450 PRO boat can provide maximum comfort and convenience for the crew. This is evidenced by the PRO designation. Unlike the standard Trident 450, the model comes with an aluminum bonnet, an additional crew bench and a rounded windshield with a wicket door in the center. Experts note the spacious engine compartment where you can neatly stow your luggage, anchor and mooring lines. In the updated version, it became possible to install a more powerful PM (up to 50 hp). But even a 30-horsepower engine is capable of accelerating the craft up to 44 km / h.
Owners of the Trident 450 PRO boat have to modify the design, it takes a lot of time and money. Therefore, the model takes only 8th place in our ranking.
- comfort and convenience;
- spacious engine compartment;
- wide range of motors;
- affordable price.
- ill-conceived design.
Many good reviews for the RUSBOT-47 boat come from Russian fishermen. They praise the manufacturer for its thoughtful design and quality workmanship. Experts advise purchasing a watercraft for fishing on lakes and rivers. Even at maximum load, the vessel enters the planing mode without any problems. The power limit of the outboard motor is limited to 70 hp. with., with such an engine, you can accelerate the floating craft to 65 km / h. For reliability, the manufacturer has equipped the windshield with an aluminum frame. In the middle part there is a gate for the exit to the bow.
RUSBOT-47 is ranked 9th. The owners are dissatisfied with the ventilation of the tank, because of which gasoline starts to flow out when the tank is very hot. Welded joints are also criticized.
- thoughtful design;
- high-quality manufacturing;
- good move;
- poor ventilation of the gas tank;
- controversial quality of welds.
The aluminum boat BERKUT S-JACKET fell in love with fishermen and fishermen. The vessel has a classic design, which reminds the older generation of the legendary Progress and Kazanka floating craft. The model optimally combines an affordable price, seaworthiness and stability on the wave. A door in the windshield and a spacious hood with a handrail makes it easy for anglers to load and unload their gear. You can store your belongings under the hood, where there is a spacious 350 l locker. It is only important not to overload the boat (maximum lifting capacity 400 kg). The choice of outboard motors is wide enough from 10 to 50 hp. from.
The model closes the top ten aluminum boats in the rating. Users praise it for its robust, rigid body and easy ride. The disadvantages are rough welded seams and austere cockpit.
- acceptable price;
- stability on a wave;
- easy move;
- durable body.
- rough welds;
- simple cockpit.
Elegance and practicality – these are the main advantages of the Salute NL460 aluminum boat. The manufacturer made the hull of the vessel from AMG5M aluminum alloy 3 mm thick. Due to moderate dead-lift and precisely calculated contours, the boat received excellent driving characteristics. At the same time, experts note the economical consumption of gasoline. If a 60-strong PM is installed on the vessel, then the planing mode is achieved in a couple of seconds. Since 2018, all modifications of the boat have been equipped with a PRO windshield with a door in the center.
The low place of the Salute NL460 boat in the rating is due to the low build quality and careless loading. Buyers complain about this on thematic forums, attaching photos of “jambs”. Therefore, one cannot do without personal presence during the purchase and loading.
- durable body;
- windshield with a wicket;
- excellent driving performance;
- economical consumption of gasoline.
- poor build quality.
The aluminum boat Wyatboat-460C will be an excellent floating craft for walking on water or fishing. The model with one console provides a comfortable and safe pastime at a wave height of up to 0.7 m. The vessel can be used both in warm regions of the country and in cold climates with a temperature range from -5 ° C to + 40 ° C. The model was adopted by the rescue and inspection services. With a hull length of 460 cm, it is allowed to take no more than 420 kg of cargo on board. Experts recommend installing a 50 hp PM. from.
The manufacturer managed to reduce the weight of the model to 190 kg by using an aluminum sheet 2 mm thick for the sides and 3 mm for the bottom. Because of this, users are concerned about the strength of the ship's hull. The model takes 12th place in the ranking, since it is not in high demand.
- universality of application;
- thin side walls;
- low demand.
Another St. Petersburg boat was included in our rating. The Wellboat 42 is produced in two versions. A simpler modification has tiller control, and a console is installed on the version with the letter “K”. The length of the body is 420 cm, the load capacity of the model is limited to 350 kg. The experts drew attention to the lightness of the structure (155 kg), which was achieved due to the thin-walled aluminum sheet (2-3 mm). The manufacturer recommends installing a PM with a capacity of up to 20 liters. from. But even a 15-horsepower engine accelerates the boat to 40 km / h. The cockpit is not equipped with a middle seat, but there are aluminum handrails in the bow.
Users on the forums call the boat “an egoist's dream.” It will be very comfortable to fish in it alone. And two adults in the boat will already be cramped.
- good stability;
- excellent handling;
- high-quality assembly;
- affordable price.
- minimum free space.
The most affordable aluminum boat in our rating was the Salyut-360 Jaeger model. The vessel is in high demand among domestic fishermen. It has an attractive appearance, comfortable steering (tiller), comfortable “captain's” seat. Experts appreciated the safety of the model, the presence of a spacious locker under the bow. To quickly move around freshwater areas, the manufacturer recommends installing a small PM with a capacity of up to 10 liters. from. It provides a top speed of 40 km / h, while consuming gas sparingly.
Fishermen are satisfied with the lightness, practicality and low price of the Salyut-360 Jaeger boat. The disadvantages include thin metal (2 mm), as well as a small carrying capacity (250 kg).
- lightness (82 kg) and maneuverability;
- attractive appearance;
- convenient tiller;
- comfortable seat.
- thin metal;
- small carrying capacity.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.