What Are Boats Made Of?

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Boats are commonly made of wood, aluminum, steel, fiberglass or any combination of these materials. Wood is the traditional material used for boat building and is considered aesthetically pleasing. Steel is commonly used on larger vessels, and aluminum is usually found on canoes, skiffs, pleasure craft and fishing power boats that are stored out of the water. Fiberglass boats make up the bulk of recreational watercraft.