A typical 12-foot aluminum boat weighs about 200 pounds. This type of craft is used as a rowboat, or a motor is attached for additional power. These recreational boats are often used for fishing.
Although they function well in fresh water, aluminum boats that are 12 feet long are also large enough to cruise the ocean shore. However, they are not too big to be carried on top of a car or in the bed of a full-size pickup truck. A 12-foot boat is light enough for a single person to maneuver into the water, and it is easy for two people to remove and carry away from the shore.