Kewatec Aluboat

What You need to know when purchasing a professional boat

Jens Ahlskog, 5.2.2019

Are you buying a work boat? So, you don’t want a cruiser boat, runabout boat, a race boat, or a speedboat, but a work boat. Or maybe a little bigger vessel.

But do you really know what you want? Do you know what needs to be taken into account when acquiring a work boat?

At Kewatec, we design and build work boats – that’s right- for a living. We have also built recreational boats and, if necessary, we can do more of them. Still above all, we have a lot of experience about how a work boat should be. How to build it and what to consider when choosing a work boat.

To make it easy for you to choose your future boat, we’ve put together a few questions that you might want to ask from yourself. You can also find an answer to those questions. If not alone, at least with us.

  1. So what task do you need a work boat for? The answer to this question will determine the type of boat to be built.

2. Do you need a boat more for cargo or to carry people. Is it registered to a cargo or passenger boat? – We have a boat for both purposes.

3. In which area do you want to use the vessel? – Finnish waters and coastal have been divided into different areas by official legislation. The structural and inspection requirements for a boat in the inner archipelago and near the coast are different from those for offshore vessels. This applies to both hull shape and equipment.

4. Should the boat have a lot of carrying capacity, or should it be fast, or maybe both? – We have mainly fast or very fast work boats and vessels in our collection. However, if you have the time to move your load slowly from one place to another, while saving fuel, we will design a suitable boat for you.

5. Do you want a fast boat that is still economical? -If you need a work boat that is fast, but you still want to save fuel, the aluminum boat is the right choice for you. As a lightweight material, its use reduces the overall weight to be transported. This will either save fuel or you can carry a bigger load than with a heavier boat.

6. What kind of crew is using the boat? Do you pilot it alone, or do you have a crew? – The engine power and certain dimensions of the vessel, its gross tonnage and engine power, affect the size of the crew and the required training.

7. Is the boat used from the same port or should it be transported from one port to another by a trailer? – A boat with a trailer has a maximum width, and its weight affects the type of car it can be driven and the license the driver needs.

8. Is it a summer boat or should it perform on ice? – Steel vessels can get so-called ice class that entitles you to drive the boat at least in easy ice conditions. Aluminium boats do not get this classification. However, they can be specially built with reinforcing structure so that it is possible to travel in five, ten or even twenty centimeters of ice.

9. What propulsion, engine and sterndrive equipment is best for carrying your boat?

– The first thing that influences the choice of engine and propulsion is the boat’s annual operating hours. Do you run almost all the time or only occasionally?

– Which one is better, one or two engines? -The two-engine solution is more secure, but also more expensive. Two engines also require maintenance twice as much as one.

– Do you spend much time in the shallow water or rocky bottom? Then the water jet propulsion can be the right solution for you.

– Are you using your boat in ice? If you are, a skeg and ice protected propeller and rudder are the right choices for you.

Do you have questions yet to be answered? If you have, please feel free to contact us. Let’s ask more questions together and find the answers!