Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Return of the Metal Shark

Metal Shark Blasts Back into Recreational Market with 35 Courageous

You may not have heard of Metal Shark, but odds are good that you’ve seen their handiwork. Whether you cruise the Intracoastal, the Great Lakes or the open ocean, you’re bound to have been under the watchful eye of Coast Guard patrols, DNR teams, Border Patrol officers, and a host of other on-water law enforcement agencies, many of whom protect the waterways aboard custom-built Metal Shark patrol craft. Now, Metal Shark has produced a boat for the rest of us...

Sleek, well-appointed, and just plain fast, the new 35 Courageous is the company’s first official foray into the recreational market. Whether it’s jetting through the coves or pounding through offshore surf, Courageous is the picture of rugged durability. Built on parent-company Louisiana-based Gravois Aluminum Boats’ underpinnings, Courageous’ ¼-inch all-aluminum hull and components are designed and tested to ensure that the boat stands up to almost any level of abuse. Don’t let the aluminum construction fool you, though… there are no ugly welds or rivets aboard this beauty. In fact, with its silky lines you’d be hard-pressed to pick the Courageous out of a lineup of similarly-sized glass hulls.

For the speed demons among you, Courageous offers performance in spades. Drop the hammer, and up to 900 thundering horses blast the deep-vee hull to top speeds in excess of 65 miles per hour. And with a host of custom-installed seating options, it gets you there in comfort. Seating abounds with integrated seats in front of the cockpit, a bolstered helm station seat, and a leaning post and transom seating aft. Added comfort comes courtesy of the boat’s huge T-top, which offers exceptional protection from the elements (and a convenient place to hang your Baby SearocK when you’re docked or at anchor). A fully-enclosed berth with an optional head add to this boat's versatility, giving you extra storage and the ability to handle almost anything a long day on the water may bring.

For more information about the Courageous 35 as well as Metal Shark's full line of patrol and work boats, visit their official website - on the web at



  1. unless you keep the boat on a boat lift, you are crazy to buy an aluminum boat to keep and use in salt water. the government can afford to throw them away and buy new. most of us can't.

    1. that's what trailers and indoor storage is for.. most cases its cheaper than dock fees and shorepower. I have an aluminum boat that was built in 1986 and its still goin stong.. has two recent repowers but hull is great..

  2. Rust happens, no doubt, but Aluminum boats have many benefits that might outweigh the chance of long-term corrosion for some boat buyers.

    Found an interesting article on the subject from a different alum boat manufacturer: Duroboat Corrosion

  3. Interesting articles both above and through the Duroboat Corrosion link just above.

    In the Duroboat Corrosion article the writer mentions cathodic protection and sacrificial anodes. Can I recommend Z guard to you, established since 1977 and have a worldwide presence.

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