Etamax Barra 35 and 40 Aluminium Car Toppers
Malaysian boat manufacturer Etamax has been building high-quality, yet affordable aluminium boats to suit local fishing conditions for many years. The popular Etamax Bujuk aluminium car-topper is now joined by the Barra, a classic Australian barramundi boat built specifically for Malaysian fishing conditions.
The Barra 35 & 40
Designed by renowned boat builder David Payne for maximum planing area and stability, the Barra features a wide, shallow V-hull to keep the ride smooth in the chop while providing excellent stability at rest or when casting, fighting and landing fish.
The Barra aluminium car-topper comes in two models – 35 and 40. The Barra 35 is 3.5 metres long, weighs 58kg. Powered by an 8hp outboard engine, the Barra 35 can achieve speeds of about 15 knots.
According to Etamax, the Barra 40 is their best ever car-topper. Weighing at only 69kg, the Barra is easily loaded and unloaded by 2 people and takes 3 passengers comfortably with ample space for gear. With a 15hp outboard engine, the Barra can do more than 20 knots comfortably.
The Barra is constructed from high-tensile marine grade aluminium and a special mechanical joint system called Durojoint.
There are significant advantages of building boats with aluminium. Aluminium offers excellent corrosion resistance and can last for decades without paint protection. It is also very durable, being able to withstand impact and normal wear and tear far better than other materials and requires significantly less maintenance over time. Hitting rocks or submerged stumps will only dent an aluminium hull whereas a fibreglass boat might spring a leak. Additionally, the strength of aluminium allows manufacturers to build lighter boats, which in turn, reduces the power required for propulsion and fuel costs.
Durojoint Mechanical Joint System
The Durojoint mechanical joint system enables the construction of boats from sheet aluminium without welding. The lack of welding enables the use of H38 full-tempered aluminium, which is 30% stronger than H32 aluminium used by most welded boat manufacturers. Welding in itself destroys the temper of the sheet close to the weld, creating a softer area compared to the rest of the sheet. This is where welded aluminium boats start to flex and crack over time. The lack of welding in boats built with the Durojoint system results in a stronger yet lighter boat with the usage of H38 material. As at time of writing, Etamax is one of the only two aluminium boat manufacturers in the world utilizing this construction technology that enables them to use high-tensile, marine-grade aluminium.
Another advantage of the Durojoint is the ability to stack and ship multiple boats either in semi-knocked down or completely knocked down state to anywhere in the world. The simplicity of the Durojoint construction allows boats to be assembled locally with very simple tools without the need of expensive aluminium fabrication equipment. This greatly reduces space required to ship boats and translates to significantly cheaper shipping (especially if several friends get together to buy several boats to be shipped together). According to Etamax, the customer only requires two common wrenches to assemble the boat seats and corner covers in just about an hour.
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The Barra 35 and 40 are both exceptionally durable and easy-to-handle boats that will certainly turn heads on the water – or on top of a car.
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