T-Craft Boats together with Honda Marine Knysna successfully test the all-new Honda BF40HP powered Ally-Gator 430LE on the water with all expectations exceeded and more…
Ally-Gator 430LE in action
Preliminary water tests went really well when the all-new Honda BF40HP powered Ally-Gator 430LE was recently launched onto the Knysna lagoon. Being such a light aluminium hull, the 430 jumped onto the plane in the blink of an eye and had power in abundance getting up to 34 knots/ 63kmh mark with ease.
With her flat hull she sat beautifully in the water and turned on a sixpence with just a brief flick of the steering wheel. Whether at standstill or in motion she felt incredibly stable giving the skipper absolute confidence at all times, proving herself to be a very user-friendly craft.
Interest in this dynamic new locally-built boating package is at an all time high with orders coming in thick and fast. Certainly both T-Craft Boats and Honda Marine Knysna feel that they’ve found a real winner in these versatile and eye-catching Ally-Gator aluminium boats.
T-Craft – Background Information
T-Craft is a leading supplier of aluminium work/ patrol/ commercial/ tourism inland water boats on the African continent. Their success in the commercial market is well known with T-Craft boats being the brand of choice in most of the 5-Star Safari Lodges across Africa and are also regularly purchased by the United Nations, Petroleum Companies, Fish Farms, Conservation, Police and Defense Departments as well as Mining and Construction Companies where they have earned a reputation for quality of build and toughness.
ALLY-GATOR 430SE (Sports Equipment) and LE (Luxury Equipment) – Specifications:
||ALLY-GATOR 430SE and LE
||5 degree Mono Hull
||Ocean Legacy Marine
||4 300 mm
||1 800 mm
|Hull Bottom Gauge
||3 mm Marine Grade Aluminium
||3.5mm Marine Grade Aluminium Tread Plate
|Recommended Propulsion HP
||30 – 50HP Honda Outboard Motor
ALLY-GATOR 430SE and LE Standard Features
The hull bottom is fabricated from 3mm chine reinforced marine grade aluminium plates – compare this to most of the imported boats of this size and you will see that these hull plates are between 50 and 100% thicker!
Whilst the main function of the reinforcing chines, in this area, is to stiffen the bottom of the boat they also provide a number of other benefits:
- The hull plates become self-supporting reducing the need for thicker plate competitor boats need up to 30% thicker hull plates to achieve the same strength.
- The proprietary angles create planning surfaces that assist the hull to start planing at lower speeds resulting in reduce fuel usage.
- At speed, air is introduced under the hull reducing friction and softening the ride. In tight turns these chines act as multiple keels helping the boat “grip” the water.
- When beaching on soft sand or mud the chines help break the vacuum effect, between the bottom plates and the sand/mud, making it easier to re-launch.
The sides are fabricated from 3mm marine grade aluminium plates.
The sides are equipped with reinforcing chines that:
- Stiffen the sides removing the need for unsightly and inconvenient/cluttering internal supporting structures.
- Act as built-in rubbing strakes reducing damage to the boat when it comes alongside other vessels, jetties etc.
- Are angled in such a way that the boat will not “hook” on protruding obstructions.
The gunwales are fabricated from preformed 2mm marine grade aluminium plate providing a number of advantages insomuch that the gunwales:
- Are self-supporting, removing the need for unsightly and inconvenient/cluttering internal supporting structures.
- Have storage cut-outs for the covenant storage of small items.
- Form a strong anchor point to which seats and canopies can be bolted without fear of them coming adrift.
The KINGFISHER transom has been specifically developed to accommodate the modern powerful Honda 4-stroke motors which are mounted on reinforced out-mounts. The advantages of this mounting method are numerous and include:
- The motor mounting bolts do not penetrate the hull thereby removing the potential for leaks.
- The motor is outside of the hull itself and therefore does not take up any deck space even when tilted.
- The motor can be mounted higher thereby reducing the overall draft of the vessel.
- The disturbed water coming off the trailing edge of the hull is well forward of the propeller allowing the propeller to run in clean water and thereby being more efficient.
The motor out-mounts are not attached to the transom plate but rather to a heavy duty space frame inside the boat. This ensures that the thrust from the motor is efficiently transferred to the hull and stops transom flex that is found in many competitors’ designs. It is transom flex that commonly results in cracks and weld failures at the stern of a non T-Craft boat.
Either side of the motor out-mounts are buoyancy filled steps. These steps support the mass of the motor and prevents the vessel from laying low in the water, at the stern, when at rest. Vessels that are low at the stern commonly take water over the transom, especially in choppy water or from the wakes of passing boats.
These steps also assist passengers boarding and are a very convenient platform for working on the motor/s or checking/cleaning the propeller.
Attached to the transom, forward of the motor out-mounts, is a further buoyancy cell ensuring the stern of the boat has more than ample reserve buoyancy.
No compromise is made in this area as “soft” deck plates will dramatically reduce the lifespan of the boat and can result in injury to passengers. The ALLY-GATOR 430SE as standard is equipped with a 3.5mm marine grade aluminium tread plate deck that is securely attached to a sub-deck space frame.
The tread pattern creates a no-slip surface and may be left in a mill finish or can be optionally covered either with rot resistant carpeting or SeaDek sheeting.
Other than the previously mentioned 3x buoyancy cells situated at the stern of the boat, reserve buoyancy is achieved by the installation of Sondor XPS33 foam in all the voids under the deck. This buoyancy medium is imperious to all hydrocarbons (fuels, oils etc.) and does not draw water – a common problem found in older buoyancy mediums.
Such is the durability of XPS33 foam that we can offer a Lifetime Buoyancy Certificate with the boat – it will never need to be checked or replaced for the lifetime of the boat. Standard ISOFOAM buoyancy systems need to be inspected every 5-years – a costly process that requires the deck to be lifted.
It should be noted that only SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) approved buoyancy systems are utilized by T-Craft.
As standard the KINGFISHER is equipped with Jump Seats in the two aft corners. These convenient, lockable storage compartments are fitted with a comfortable cushion and each are able to accommodate 3 x 20 liter fuel cans. A durable rubber grommet is fitted through which the fuel lines pass.
The standard aluminium helm console is an ergonomically designed unit fitted with a PVC hatch*. The angled helm mounting plate ensures a comfortable steering position with ample space for engine instrumentation and the internal shelf is convenient for stowing valuable items.
*The PVC console hatch can be replaced with an aluminium door at no extra cost.
Battery and Battery Box
The starting battery, in its ventilated PVC battery box, can be located in the Helm Console under the storage shelf. All control cables and wiring pass from the console via sub deck conduits protecting the cables/wiring and ensuring a clean and safe deck.
Situated under the bow plate is a sizable anchor locker accessed by an aluminium hatch. Any water from a wet anchor/chain/rope will drain down to the bilge pump pick-up stopping corrosion and rope rot. A convenient securing eye is welded inside of the locker.
3x convenient lockable stowage lockers are situated in the foredeck area providing ample space to securely stow lifejackets, 2-piece rods, fishing tackle etc.
Full length 25 mm square handrails are provided on both sides of the boat. These provide security for passengers and are strong enough to use as securing points when mooring the vessel.
The boat is equipped with a complete with a Vetus CHCW Helm seat with adjustable slider and folding backrest plus a standard Crew Stowage seat fitted forward or the helm console.
The cushions and backrests consist of 50 mm closed cell foam (which does not hold water or rot) mounted on 12mm Marine Ply and covered with high quality vinyl. All screws and staples are stainless steel ensuring no corrosion of the fasteners or unsightly rust stains.
Optional cushions are also available for the Jump Seats.
Manual – a Lalizas manual diaphragm bilge pump delivering 1-liter per stroke will be fitted into the starboard jump seat. The pickup pipe will be plumbed to the bilges just forrad of the transom and the discharge pipe will be routed through the gunwale to a through-hull port on the starboard side of the transom.
Option automatic 12vDC bilge pumps are available on request.
The hull and fabrication thereof will be covered by OLM’s standard 12-month HDB warrantee against any construction defects or defective workmanship. T-Craft also offer a 1 year structural warranty on the Hull Deck and Bulkhead materials.
Motors, Pumps, Trailers and Safety Equipment all other items fitted to the hull are covered by a direct original supplier’s OEM warrantees which are valid for a 12-month period from date of acquisition.
Certificates and manuals that will be provided:
- Builders Certificate
- Buoyancy Certificate
- Certificate of Origin
- Motor Manual (if applicable)