Smoker Craft has been building
boats for 47 years and constructs aluminum boats both with welds and rivets.
Their larger boats are built with rivets for a number of reasons, including the
desirability of some hull flex (that’s why Boeing doesn’t weld airplane wings).
Smoker’s aluminum hulls carry 10-year warranties and all riveted seams are
guaranteed for a lifetime. Their coating system is complex and is one of the
best in the industry, involving sanding, priming, and baking not once but twice.
If you’ve ever wondered how an aluminum boat is built, take a look at these
terrific, short videos showing the Smoker Craft process -- they are riveting.
Smoker Craft is the only aluminum boat with
a “5-keel” design. Longitudinal aluminum
“I” beams go over derby ribs.
See boat tests of Smoker Crafts --
Jim Ellis, the sales manager for Smoker Craft, takes us through Smoker’s
construction process from raw aluminum sheeting to painting and water testing.
These 10 Smoker Craft-produced videos are short and fact-packed and we think
you’ll enjoy them.