Xtaero Boats are finished using hand craftsmanship and our customers say our boats are 'overbuilt'  and 'hell for stout.'   We believe that a boat in Alaska must be well designed for the environment, built strong and all components and details must come together to protect your loved ones, life and investment. 

Wiring:  Tinned, cold temperature pliable Polar Wire 'UltraFlex' in all locations except where ANCOR is used and we use plenty of anti-corrosion cual-gel.  Bus bars, fuses, circuit breakers and switching are BlueSea or Cole Hearsee.  Connectors: All wire connectors are heat shrink with adhessive and weld mount anchors are used throughout the boat for combing wires.

Fuel: Trident fill hoses and high grade gas vent hoses, use only stainless hose clamps and double clamp everything on the boat.

Plumbing: Water hoses are red tracer hoses and all stainless hose clamps and double clamps on all connections.

Xtaero builds to far exceed the ABYC and NMMA regulations.  heat shrink connectors and anti-corrosion cual-gel, all tied to marine grade bus bars. Each termination is heat shrink with adhesive wrapped and NMMA (National Marine Manufacturing Association) compliant.

Building a quality product is more expensive and time consuming compared to production boats by larger than the generally available other boats.

Xtaero Boat transoms can be made to order as we offer multiple fully welded transom configurations including aft work stations and walk thru if desired.

Aft work stations also may include a sink and or bait tank, circulation pumps and drainage can be added to suite your needs. 


Our owners network emphatically label Xtaero Aluminum Boats as 'Hell For Stout'

Xtaero Boats, aluminum boats

The helm is rigged to be easy to use.  Here the main throttle is flush mounted and the kicker controls are spaced perfectly to be in a stand-by position.  The engines share the same steering system using the more expensive cable tie bar method but this increases safety and lowers maintenance by a wide margin.

The Blue Sea battery switch and battery gauges are flush mounted at the helm for constant inspection.

The ACR (automatic charging relay) on this boat is in the transom with another BlueSea master battery switch to limit the wire runs up and back in the boat.

House systems are separate from engine cranking battery to limit risk of inadvertently draining a battery while loitering at sea.

Xtaero Boats is an Aluminum Boat Manufacturer dedicated to offshore performance.  Xtaero Aluminum Boats are semi-custom aluminum boats each finished to customer order.

The foundation of Xtaero is a superior Hydrodynamic Hull Design that is balanced, smooth and economical.

As such, the Xtaero hull is a modified constant dead rise with a variable width chine flat incorporating four large precision control strakes. This hull design is extremely close to fiberglass hull shapes and from a lofting perspective is considered 'fully developed' meaning that the aluminum is shaped naturally into curvature that allows it to glide through the water smoothly and efficiently. 

It is worth noting that a great many of all aluminum boats for civilian, light commercial and government use are not developed in the same manner.  Their hull shape is almost always the result of some other genealogy.  Most aluminum boats in this class are the result of modifying a river boat design and using the least amount of engineering possible to keep the cost to build as cheap as possible. Aluminum Boat dealerships are full of overpriced under designed and poorly performing hulls.

The Xtaero being Fully Developed introduces a high speed, highly efficient hull that performs as good, and arguably better, than the worlds most expensive finely tuned Fiberglass Hulls. 

Background of why the difference in building philosophies:  Aluminum sheets are large arduous and difficult to handle commodity.  It is smelted and rolled into large coils of various thicknesses and widths.  These coils are stacked on trains, trucks and ships then stockpiled in huge warehouses that geographically serve the aluminum needs of American manufacturing in boats, airplanes, and infrastructure.  Using massive industrial equipment costing tens of millions of dollars, these coils are unwrapped and flattened then cut into appropriately sized sheets.  Then using large CNC machines of waterjet or mechanical routing, Xtaero boat pieces are cut precisely and serial numbered then staged and packaged for assembly.

These flat sheets are difficult to handle, aluminum has a lower melting point than steel, and the rigid flat properties of aluminum are why most aluminum boat designs are the result of two dimensional designs (river boats) that are much easier to assemble and basically work great for the relatively flat waters of lakes and rivers.  Because of the difficulty in forming aluminum into complex shapes, understanding its grain, and designing with a full understanding of mechanical properties of the metal, boat builders over the past 4-5 decades have made almost none of the advancements that other industries like automobiles and aviation have enjoyed.

Xtaero exists to push into this knowledge and apply advanced design and construction principles to continue to develop and produce leading edge performance boats that are dramatically superior.  

Our close attention to principles of balance, center of pressure, changes in forces in varying speeds and varying angles of attack, including stability when the boat is at rest, are the tenants that give Xtaero Boats the reputation they enjoy. 

On all XT24DV and XT28DV vessels:

Hull Bottom: 1/4" thick 5086H116  (unless 3/16" ordered)

Hull Sides:    3/16" unless 5/32" ordered

Keel:         3/8" thick 5052H32

Deadrise:     XT22DV = 20 degree / XT24DV = 20 degree

Reverse chines are derived through construction technique making the boat dry.

Xtaero offers easy ingress and egress to the cabin, seating, cuddy, helm etc.  Generally the VHF radio is flush mounted and wired directly to the GPS plotter. 

The Plotter is located strategically center boat so everyone can see it especially when on the back deck and with a cabin full of people.  We recommend a Johnny Ray mount enhancing the position of the screen and easy mounting/removal of the unit between trips. 

The compass is center wheel for easy reference.  Switches and gauges are specifically located to be easy to use, easy to maintain (change out during life of boat).  The design and construction of the dash lends to being completely replaced years hence as new technology is available.

The custom floor is by SeaDeck and is made of rubberized teak so it can be scrubbed and maintained and even replaced.

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.” ~ John Ruskin

The cabin structure is unique in that the cabin wall is finished with sound deadening insulation and reinforcements to lower vibration and the air barrier acts as a wire way and plumbing area but insulates the air and sound from inside the cabin.

Xtaero decks are all welded aluminum with built in below deck removable storage, plumbed fish boxes, and various self baling configurations.

Xtaero decks are welded self-bailing and a continuous piece from cuddy bulkhead to the engine bracket.  This makes the boat water tight below decks. Self bailing troughs built into the fish box lids usher water directly overboard, not into the bilge.

Xtaeros interior is elegant, usable and high quality.  The ability to be 6'+ tall and stand at the helm with 360 degree visibility and head room is a spectacular feature.  The custom bolsetring seat, the controls perfectly placed, the welded self bailing floor, the wipe clean tear proof side panels and roof panels.  The Xtaero boat is built to be used hard in rough conditions.

We take pride in doing things precisely, the 'aero' part of our name comes from the aviation industry and like any normal aggressive company we strive to improve our process, our supply chain matrix and internal production toward ISO 9000 standards.  We believe that your life depends on our ability to produce.  Here an Xtaero Boat is being inventoried prior to build where each part is inspected for defects.

The entire boat is welded and structurally it is overbuilt by a wide margin.  Here you can see lifting dogs in the belly on top of a frame that houses the internal gas and water tanks up off the bottom plates.  This "H" frame is 1/4" thick and rests on 1/4" thick vertical stiffeners that tie into the transom and go all the way up to the breast hook (they are the two closes on either side of the CVK in the above picture.)

Notice the large area under each side of the transom, this is where overboard scuppers drain vertically overboard.

Notice in the belly of the boat, aft center, the CVK rises up the transom acting as a gusset inside the outboard assembly.  

Xtaero Boats hull shape is precisely formed in large tooling jigs that do not assert much pressure while shaping the aluminum.

Each boat is constructed using precision that would be extremely expensive were it not for our aviation style thinking and applying it to complex metal parts.

Cabin ergonomics are critical in offshore environments where wave action and fatigue are always changing. 

The end result of all this investment in attention to detail and saltiness is a boat that gets it done in rough extreme environments.  Our growing network of owners unanimously confer this praise:  (1) Xtaero is the real deal. (2) Xtaero's are Hell for Stout. (3) My Xtaero acts like a much larger boat on the water. (4) There is no comparison to any similar boat they are aware of.  

We at Xtaero are passionate about designing building and delivering a game-changing and life-changing boat to owners that truly appreciate the engineering and benefit of our hard work and dedication, especially in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska where support and tools are few and far between and where your life depends on total reliability on the boat.

To learn more, contact builder Travis Brandt  907-342-2141  or email

This picture shows the bottom of the anchor locker (top of picture) and the chine meeting the Center Vertical Keel which ties in the Breast Hook.  Also visible is the full height cross frames and the full height and full length girders rising above the lower longitudinal stiffeners.

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Tacoma, WA

Internal Structure

Even though in many ways Xtaero is a leading edge company, our methods bring together structure elements that have been tried, tested and proven true for many hundreds of years.  For example we use full length girders (4ea) plus full longitudinal stiffeners (6ea) and a 3/8" thick Center Vertical Keel (CVK) that rises up the transom and goes all the way forward rising up the bow through the enclosed anchor locker and into the base of the anchor pulpit.

Intersecting these girders and longitudinals is an old-school foundational 'breast hook' that acts to tie the entire structure of frames and girders together.   In addition to this epic structure, Xtaero features a unique anchor locker structure that creates an uninterrupted cross bow structural reinforcement that overlaps the CVK and because it is only inches above the breast hook all vibration typical of aluminum boats pounding into waves is eliminated.  Xtaeros wave penetration is something you have to experience to believe.  The end result is a hull that will last for many years of abuse keeping maintenance low and protecting your investment driving a higher expected resale value years down the line.   You will be amazed at the vastly superior ride and lack of vibration.

Xtaero Boats are semi custom and built to order. 

Nomenclature broken down:
     22 or 24 or 28 = hull design designator
     DV=Deep Vee

Beginning with the end in mind, Xtaero builds hand crafted quality into each vessel with care and attention to detail.  From initial design, to welding, electrical and plumbing Xtaero exceeds all known guidelines by ABYC and NMMA.  

Precision in design can be seen in that the beam is slightly narrower at the transom than the mid section and that the vertical side plates contain an ever-so-slight twist that is noticeable when viewed back-to-front at the sheer level.

These subtleties are why the Xtaero performs so well and why Xtaeros are known for quality.  Our customers in Alaska love the ride, ergonomics and overall quality. 

Each model can be built with regular cabin or long cabin, forward leaning or backward leaning windshield, open cabin back or Alaskan style closed cabin bulkhead, single or twin outboards, and a full compliment of custom outfitting items.   As well as window orientation, single or twin outboard, open or closed cabin back. 

Boat Specs:

Bottom: 1/4" thick standard (always 5086H116)

Sides: 3/16" thick standard

Chine: 1/4" thick, variable width, reverse

CVK (Internal Keel): 3/8" thick, full length


22' weighs approx 5,000 with engine and trailer

24' weighs approx 7,000 with engine and trailer

28' weighs approx 9,000 with engine and trailer


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