Just how serious about fishing are you? Are you a fair-weather fun guy or a foul-weather fishing fanatic? If you're the latter, then this may be your boat. It's unsinkable, incredibly seaworthy, smooth-riding in any condition and indestructible. Warm climes may prefer the open center-console version while everyone else probably will choose one of the über-comfortable pilothouse models.
We fished this particular model - the 30-foot Extreme Sport - in Ketchikan, Alaska, and found virtually every wind/sea condition during our stay. The pilothouse, warmed or cooled by reverse-cycle air conditioning, provided us with shelter from the cold and rain, a shock-absorbing helmseat, a huge berth with a small head and plenty of settee space for passengers to relax between fishing spots. At the fishing locations, this boat trolled perfectly with a ton and a half of cockpit space for six or more anglers to work at once.
Aluminum Chambered Boats - in its relatively short lifespan - has become one of the foremost suppliers of vessels to all branches of the military and law enforcement.
These organizations, as well as professional and commercial fishermen, chose ACB for numerous reasons, some already stated, but others include a super-efficient hull that runs faster while using less fuel than almost all competitors. Crank in a hard-over turn at top speed and watch the boat lean and carve in total control. Our boat boasted a pair of 300-horsepower Suzuki four-strokes, and we had a higher top speed than a smaller boat with the same horsepower from another manufacturer while burning less fuel.
The ACBs come with large fish boxes, industrial nonskid, military-specification wiring, live baitwells, in fact, everything that any angler wants aboard is there -- even a custom trailer.
So if you're one of those madras-shorts and blazer types who wants a boat just so you can look sophisticated, who prefers form over function, look elsewhere. But if you find true beauty in pure purpose, if you love a manly boat that will do anything you ever ask of them without question, look no further. For sheer seaworthy brawn, I defy you to find a better boat.
BEAM......8 ft. 6 in.
DRAFT......1 ft. 1 in.
MAX POWER......T300 hp OB
MSRP......Available upon request