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"The Evolution of Excellence"
by: Staff Writer Rodnreel.com
The Evolution of Excellence
A balanced blend of traditional boat builder's skills of hand and eye and state of the art technology, Aluma Marine Custom Boats offers the very best of both worlds.
Aluma Marine Custom Boats are designed in the Louisiana tradition with the serious sportsman in mind. These 100% aluminum welded boats are built by professional boat builders committed to a quality product and client satisfaction.
Darren Bolotte and Chad Perrin are the owners of Aluma Marine Custom Boats. Their boats are custom designed and built to comply with each individual owner's desires, effectively making the conversion from dream to reality as seamless and aggravation-free as possible.
"Why settle on someone else's idea of the perfect boat?" asks Darren. "My cousin Chad and I have 50 years of welding experience between us, allowing us to provide our clients with custom-built aluminum boats that will meet or exceed their dreams. The result is a proven, high performance boat built with quality, care, and attention to our customer's boating needs. We consistently outperform the competition, and our customers are the most satisfied on the water.
Aluma Marine can design and construct aluminum vessels of any type, including boats used for family outings, fishing, hunting, water-skiing, or work (see models, below). These bayou & gulf tested boats perform under even the most rugged weather conditions, whether in the ocean, up a river or on the lake. And most remarkably, while some people believe that custom aluminum boats are expensive, aluminum boats are quite a bargain when their prices are compared to fiberglass hulls.
Over the years, people have come to realize that Aluma Marine Custom Boats are durable, reliable and nearly maintenance free. In addition to these practical qualities, Chad and Darren take pride in listening to their customers and giving them what they want, in both price and design. Chad and Darren also know that experienced boaters are their best customers. The best way to ensure that one will appreciate a properly built boat is to own a few that do not meet ones expectations.
Just ask Autry and Andy Dufrene, the owners of American Tugs. The Dufrene's have owned American Tugs since 1962, and the company currently has a fleet of five 2200 hp push boats at their location, 1304 Peters Road in Harvey. Autry's first-experience with boat building and metal working for many years has essentially made him an expert in boat building, and Autry chose Aluma Marine to build a boat for his personal enjoyment.
Talking with Autry you can sense the driving spirit that led to American Tug's core principles. He seeks to strengthen and preserve the values, visions, and traditions which form the foundation of his family's enterprise, while always focusing on his faith; Autry requested that I let our readers know "all of this I would have lost if not for being born again, a new birth."
Autry has owned many boats over the years, and currently owns a 47' Bertram. When shopping for his new boat, he knew that he wanted it to be made of aluminum, the material of choice for the commercial boating industry and the serious sport fisherman. Throughout the years, the Dufrenes have learned how treacherous Lake Pontchartrain can become at a moments notice.
After making his decision to purchase an aluminum boat, Autry commissioned Chad and Darren to build a twenty-seven foot Aluma Marine Sportsfisher, "Granny's Taxi", named for his bride of 35 years, Andy.
"Taking the grandchildren skiing is such a joy as Granny's Taxi is a dream to operate", says Andy. She is thrilled with her husband's gift to her, a boat that inspires confidence and unmatched maneuverability, specially designed to take all her kids out on the lake. The rest of the Dufrene family is also thrilled with Granny's Taxi. The only controversy was caused when Andy requested that the boat match the color of her home on the Rigolets. She was out-voted by her family, all of whom insisted that Pepto-Bismol Pink wasn't an acceptable color.
Autry recommends that you compare the Aluma Marine Custom Boat's hull to any of their competitors on a sea trial. The ride will speak for itself no matter what the weather conditions.
Experienced or novice boaters may want some specialized help in choosing a boat that will be right for their intended use. You can choose from an existing Aluma Marine design, or they will tailor your vessel to suit your requirements. The following is a list of the models currently available for construction:
Darren & Chad have accepted the challenge to bring you the best performing and highest quality aluminum boats, handcrafted, built, and guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Of course, just reading and looking at pictures gives you only a limited idea of the quality of Aluma Marine's boats. Seeing and driving one of their boats is truly the test of quality, and Aluma Marine invites you to do experience the benefits of their quality craftsmanship and enjoy the thrill of the ride.
Call Darren Bolotte or Chad Perrin at 504 -218-8980 for details on the best aluminum boat on the water. Whether you're looking to build right now or in the near future, they can help you to design your boat of a lifetime. Aluma Marine - Built to order and built to last!
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