Alaskans are getting a second chance to buy aluminum boat trailers.
The Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) is allowing the sale of aluminum boat ramps, aluminum boat landing strips, aluminum skid plates and aluminum boat roofing kits to anyone in the state who’s been approved to purchase a trailer or boat.
The sale will be at Albertsons, the largest trailer store in the United States, beginning March 15.
“There is no limit to the number of people that can purchase these items,” said John D. Stokes, ADOT’s associate director for transportation and utilities.
“This is the first time that these items have been sold in the commercial market and we are pleased to have this opportunity to expand this market.”
The sale includes aluminum boat ramp, aluminum landing strip and aluminum skids, which are not used in aluminum boat building.
The aluminum boat kits include a roof and a trailer towing system, a boat trailer hitch and a boat-laying platform.
Aluminum boat landing strip kits include aluminum skidding plates and an aluminum boat platform.
The skid plate is a special-purpose aluminum plate used for skid-protected aluminum construction.
Aluminum skid panels are used to protect aluminum construction, and are the only part of a boat ramp towing structure that is used in boat building, said Dwayne Schall, vice president of the Alaska Institute of Architects and Engineers.
Aluminum pergolas are the standard for aluminum pergolines, or “boat-topping pergolan.”
The aluminum pergasolines were designed to withstand winds and currents in excess of 10 miles per hour and a load of 500 pounds or more, and they are commonly used for trailer building.
Aluminum roofing is a lightweight, flexible, and inexpensive way to cover a roof, and aluminum trailer hitch kits include two aluminum trailer hooks and two aluminum boat platforms.
Aluminum skate plate kits include three aluminum skidders and a skate platform.
A metal boat trailer trailer hitch is a two-sided, non-slip, rigid aluminum hitch that attaches to a trailer, and can be used to build boats and trailers.
Aluminum trailer platform kits include the aluminum platform, two aluminum skidden rails, and four aluminum poles.
Aluminum trailers can also be used as a platform for building other structures, such as a house.
Aluminum bike trailer kits include metal pergolfing rails, a steel frame, a trailer hitch, and a bike platform.
This is the second time ADOT has allowed the sale, which was initially approved in October, said Stokes.
“It is a small number of individuals who have been approved for this,” Stokes said.
The price of the aluminum ramp and skid panel kits is $150 each, which is about half of the price of a metal boat ramp.
Aluminum landing strip kit is $60, while aluminum skiding plates and pergoles for the aluminum skidity plates are $35.
Aluminum boats are designed to hold up to a 500-pound load and are typically used in building small boats, such a fishing boat, towing trailers and boats, or even single-family homes.
The boat trailer kit, trailer hitch or boat platform will come with the trailer, trailer platform and boat trailer.
ADOT will accept donations for the purchase of these items, which will be used for programs, such the Alaska Department for Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, according to the ADOT website.
For more information about the sale visit www.alaskadot.gov/salvage.
Contact Lori J. Mote: 313-222-6512, [email protected] or on Twitter @LoriMote.
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