fiberglass driftboats are lighter than aluminum??? I dont think so, and the other thing thats better about aluminum is it doesn't hurt to leave them sitting out side in the weather. maybe in california thats not a big deal, but over time in northwest Oregon, a fiberglass boat will deteriorate in the sun and rain. But I definitely agree with warmer, quieter, no dents, if you could store inside out of the weather, maybe a better choice.
My 16', Salmon/Steelhead guide model, with a 57" bottom, 17'4" from gunwale to gunwale, 15'10' centerline weighs 285lbs base weight.
The equivalent Willie boat, which has a 3" narrower bottom, 6" shorter centerline, is at least 100 if not 150 lbs heavier.
We probably get more rain than most of Oregon, I live in the Redwoods where we average 75-100"/year.
Just put a cover on it, problem solved.
The only problem with a Clackacraft, is that they hold their value much longer than a aluminum boat, so cheap ones are hard to find. Heaters are also problematic, but it can be done. They are also much easier to get into and out of.
Fiberglass also doesn't stick to rocks like aluminum, you slide right over. Many times guys in an aluminum boat will get hung up while I slide right by. The floor of my boat flexes an inch or 2, which is disconcerting at first, especially if you are used aluminum, but you get used to it.
I am a plugger, and I have reduced the # of strokes I make each day by at least 25%, plus I plug faster water than I ever could in my Willies. People are amazed at how I can stop the boat in fast water.
My friends who have Willies and row my boat, find them selves having to correct when plugging, because they are used to having pull on the oars much harder and more often.
When you fish 10 days in row, that is lot of wasted energy.
There is a reason that Clackacraft is the worlds largest drift boat manufacturer.