How do Extreme Compare to a Fibreglass Boat

Back in the day when plate boats first hit the market, they were very industrial looking with flatter dead-rises that hit hard and could not exactly be called a dry ride.

Skip forward to today, and when you see an Extreme boat, you will see how far the plate boat has come.

The Extreme design incorporates a downturn chine which gives you a dry ride. With a deadrise of around 20-21 degrees and the wide waterline beam, these boats ride great and rival any fibreglass boat.

So let’s take a look at some of the questions we get asked and some myths about plate boats compared to fibreglass boats.

Do Extreme boats hit harder than Fiberglass boats?

With Extreme this is simply not true. Extreme having the optimal dead rise, wide waterline beam and the downturn chine you get a softer ride and greater stability while on the move, and at rest.

Once you get into an Extreme and feel how it performs when running down the face of a wave into a trough, you will see that the boat does not broach and gives you a nice drier ride even in some rough stuff.


Are All Plate boats Ugly?

We can’t talk about all plate boats, but with an Extreme this is clearly not the case. The Extreme is a beautiful boat with nice lines and rounded edges and probably the best finish you will find on a plate alloy boat period.

In fact, when at the Adelaide and Melbourne boat shows we often get comments about how good the boats look. People can’t believe they are plate boats and give the hull a tap to see if they are aluminium. They can’t believe that an aluminium boat could look this good.


Build quality

It's not just the paint finish either.

Extreme’s attention to detail throughout is extraordinary, the design and functionally has been well thought out making these boats a pleasure to use. The man hours alone that go into these boats is huge with big ticket items like the reverse chine and the doubled skinned wheelhouse through to the smaller things like welded bungs, CNC cut and fully welded rod holders, fuel filler port mounted in the transom for easy access at the petrol station.

Everywhere you look in the Extreme you will notice the attention to detail. No short cuts!


Are Extreme Boats Noisy?

As we mentioned earlier the plate boat has come a long way. Early plate designs being square meant that water noise slapping against the boat could be loud.

Extreme has rounded edges, doubled skin wheelhouse with lined pockets, carpeted roof and sea deck flooring options, the forward cabin is fully lined and carpeted. Extreme also have a 5mm thick plate alloy hull. All this together helps reduce the noise compared to older designs and other plate boats that don’t have these features.

So, the Extreme may not be as noisy as you might think. The best way to find out is to take one for a test drive and find out for yourself.


Plate Boats Are Easier To Customise.

One of the advantages of a plate alloy boat is the ability to make changes and customise your boat the way you like it. You can add rod holders, grab rails, etc.

Being alloy you can easily get form and weld customizations based on how you use the boat. The beauty of this is you can get in the boat and use it before you make these decisions. With glass boats, you often need to make these choices during the build.


Extreme Plate can be more durable

With a 5mm alloy bottom on an Extreme they are durable and can withstand a little more harsh treatment than most fibreglass boats.

Durability around Sandy / rocky bottoms on beaches, beach launching, boat ramps, and plate can be forgiving if you have a mishap when retrieving your boat onto your trailer.


Extreme Plate Boats Are Lighter Than The Equivalent Glass Boat

It’s no secret that a plate boat is lighter than the equivalent sized fibreglass boat. The 745 Extreme Game King is easily a trailerable boat. So if you travel up and down the highways and take your boat on long trips, the Extreme plate boats have an advantage over a heavier equivalent sized glass boat.