METAL SHARK FEARLESS 40
Metal Shark’s 40 Fearless has been designed for applications where extreme high performance capabilities are required. Agile and maneuverable, yet tough enough to withstand harsh environments, the 40 Fearless is ideal for border protection, port security, drug interdiction, and gunship operations. 100% digitally designed, router-cut, and precision crafted from plates of 5086 aluminum alloy, Metal Shark’s fully-welded hulls are currently deployed across North and South America, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. With nearly 1,000 vessels in service worldwide, Metal Sharks have been proven to stand up to use and abuse in the most unforgiving environments to be found.
All vessels in Metal Shark’s Fearless class feature high-performance, twin-stepped SVVT (stepped vee, ventilated tunnel) hull designs by renowned naval architect Michael Peters. Their outstanding performance, coupled with Metal Shark’s incredibly rugged welded aluminum construction, combine to deliver incredible speed, handling, range, and low-maintenance durability.
The 40 Fearless is shown here with Metal Shark’s unique “twin console” layout, which provides shock mitigating seating for four beneath a massive welded aluminum hard top. Shift, throttle, and trim controls have been integrated into the shock-mitigating helmsman’s seat so that they move with the occupant and remain constantly in-hand, even while operating at speed in heavy seas. This allows for intuitive operation, reducing the effort required to control the vessel and ultimately lessening the risk of an accident. Inspired features such as these are the result of Metal Shark’s crew-centric design ethic and can be found throughout the Fearless-class vessels.
Louisiana-based Metal Shark Aluminum Boats bring recreational fishermen a unique, all-aluminum center console that’s as close to indestructible as it gets.
Heavy-duty 5086 aluminum alloy plating make up the hull bottom, sides, stringers and bulkheads. Until now, Metal Sharks have only been available to government, military and commercial customers. With the release of the custom 40 Fearless, Metal Shark jumps into the recreational market.
“This model was originally going to be named the 40 Relentless, but because of its unique architecture, this boat didn’t fall under the same category as the remainder of the Relentless Series,” said Brian Johnston, Director of Communications for Metal Shark boats. “The Fearless moniker enhances the boat’s image as military technology available in a civilian package.”
Metal Shark is a company that builds vessels for drug interdiction, gunship operations and border security. Now they’re adding fishermen-friendly features like livewells, rod holders, fish boxes and options like outriggers. What’s left is one tough-looking boat that will garner lots of attention, wage battles against the toughest weather conditions, and still catch fish.
Boat Build: Computer modeling of each custom part leads to three-dimensional drawings. Then all parts are cut using computer-controlled high-power water jets. Pieces are then welded together, like an industrial puzzle. All decks are welded to the stringer system and open, under-deck areas are foam-filled for increased flotation.
A look at the seating behind the console. Single-person helm seats are mounted side-by-side (four total). The chairs are made by SHOXS, a company that specializes in shock mitigation and ride control. Chartplotter and storage are available for second row of passengers, along with the array of electronics at the helm.