Boathouse | Innovations: Pavati Aluminum
The whole point of wakeboarding and surfing is to weigh down the boat, and get as big a wake as possible, right? So why would Pavati purposely set out to build a boat made of lighter materials? There are some solid reasons behind the company’s decision. First of all, a lighter dry weight can be an asset when you’re pulling your boat out of the water on a trailer. The power it takes to pull an aluminum hull compared with a fiberglass hull is less, which means you use less gas on the highway and a smaller vehicle at the ramp. Another reason is the precision with which Pavati can build its AX24. The people behind Pavati have been manufacturing with aluminum for a long time, so when it came time to make a boat, Pavati put the same exacting standards into the hull manufacturing so you get the exact same wake behind every single Pavati boat on the water. Almost everything on the AX24 is welded together after being precision milled by a CNC machine, so rattling and squeaking are kept to a minimum; only accessories are bolted on.
Dig This: One of the first questions people ask when considering a metal boat is: “Will it heat up in the sun?” Contrary to what many people think, aluminum actually dissipates heat, so you’re not going to fry your feet when you first step onto the boat. Picture a soda can in the hot sun and the fact that you can take a drink without burning yourself, and you get the idea.
Stat: Far from being “tinny,” Pavati’s construction is the same as offshore-fishing boats, which take a pounding in some of the harshest conditions. Parts of the boat are more than an inch thick, and everything is at least one-quarter-inch thick. The boat is actually impervious to salt water as well, which is a huge concern for anyone considering boating in brackish water.