What happens when an avid aluminum boat builder teams up with a pioneer jetboat racer? They make some of the strongest, most innovative and respected boats in the industry.
Almar was launched in 1975, with an aluminum boat based on the designs of a prominent riverboat racer. The first boat, the Jetline, quickly became the riverboat design benchmark in the Northwest and Alaska. As the need grew for an offshore hull, Almar developed the Sounder line, with hulls ranging from 17' to 38'. Almar pioneered the rigid aluminum inflatable vessel (RAIV) too, at a time when no one in the U.S. could figure out how. The first series, designed for use in Hawaii, influenced changes in the Sounder model. In response to increasing requests for a softer ride and more power, Almar adapted the RAIVs deep 24° bottom to the Sounder hull and added a wide, flat chine in the early 90's. The step-chine Sounder was the result of this, and fast became the overwhelming choice for high-speed patrol and rescue craft.
Today, Almar custom designs aluminum vessels for an expansive array of clients — from private party fishing boats and the Navy's Explosive Ordinance Disposal group, to local, state, national and international governments and specialized corporate research departments.
Almar's specialty is our ability to customize boats for very specific needs — and our commitment to making great boats even better. As one of Almar's founders once said, "We don't want to be the biggest. We just want to be the best."
117 Puyallup Avenue E.
Tacoma, WA 98421