Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has introduced the first model in its new series of aluminum recreational fishing boats, the 25 Gravois bay boat.
The 25 Gravois is made from digitally cut plates of military-grade 5086 aluminum alloy, and is custom-built to “military-spec” standards alongside Metal Shark vessels produced for the U.S. Armed Forces.
Naval architect Michael Peters provided the running surface design for the 25 Gravois, which features an aggressively stepped, ventilated, deep-vee tunnel hull.
According to a company release, the foam-filled hull offers a soft, quiet ride “with none of the perceived drawbacks a fiberglass-boat enthusiast might expect from an aluminum hull.”
The 25 Gravois is 100% digitally designed, and requires no tooling as a part of its manufacturing process. Accordingly, the boat is offered with a long list of available configurations and equipment. In “standard” trim, the 25 Gravois features a forward casting deck with storage beneath. Luxury-minded customers may opt for a bow seating configuration, to which an electric-actuated bow table may be added. The table lowers at mid-point to combine with a filler cushion to convert the entire forward cockpit into a lounge area. Removable contoured backrests may be added to create a pair of forward-facing lounge seats. The table lowers to sit flush with the floor when not in use.
The boat’s standard transom configuration has been designed for fishing, with a full-height transom that boasts dual live wells. Customers who desire a more luxurious layout may opt to add a rear bench seat with integrated backrest that easily folds away into the transom. A transom door may be added in place of one of the live wells.
Customers can also choose from a long list of available amenities, including multiple choices for seating, tops, fishing features, lighting, audio systems, electronics and custom flooring options.
Two-color awlgrip paint is standard. For customers more concerned with durability than looks, the 25 Gravois may be delivered in the same bare-aluminum finish specified by the U.S. Coast Guard for their Metal Shark patrol boat fleet, for a discount of $4,995 off the base boat price. The boats are currently being sold factory-direct.
Beam 8’ 6”
Fuel 90 gals.
Dry Weight 3,380 lbs.
Max power 350 hp
Price: $78,645 with single Mercury 250 Verado
Metal Shark Boats