TABS Boats are an Australian Made Plate Hull. PHD or Plate Hull Design is a system of internal structure and build features fundamentally different to a pressed tinnie. Just increasing material thickness from 3mm to 4mm is NOT a plate boat. When we say fundamentally different we mean everything! Both the raw materials (5083 High Tensile) and the build standard are irrefutably different to a pressed tinnie. TABS Boats use the highest grade aluminium alloy available. This is a Mill spec and is required on all military, rescue and survey vessels. It has the highest corrosion resistance factor, is the most hard and non flexing with an incredible sheer factor. There is no standard in Australia that says that you have to use 5083 to build a plate boat and a lot don't use it due to the price, but TABS use it as its the BEST and they wouldn't be a Tough Aussie Boat without it!
The internal structure is welded north south as opposed to east west, or more importantly a better way to put it is to say the internal structure travels in the same direction as the water flows under the hull, therefore you cant get hard points to distort the hull shape from heavy use. The fully staged welded stringers consolidates that contact load point and transfers it though to the keeper plates. The keeper plates and the floating braces are each 4mm thick, that's 8mm thick at each contact point. The PHD has a floating floor brace system so water can freely drain down the side of the stringer to the bilge and out the bung. The largest benefits to this system really isn't just the tough build, its the Variable Deadrise Hull (VHD) and the convex hydrodynamic hull shape. The strength of the hull will hold this shape from day 1 to every adventure after that!
TABS Boats also have a different reverse chine to most boats, as they are larger and go along way forward up the hull. This is important, for the reverse chine to be effective, the angle of the deadrise must change as it moves towards the chine. To be really effective it must do it for the majority of the wetted surface area. A change in the deadrise angle has a lot of advantages to the user if done correctly as TABS have done. You will expect stability at rest, a dry ride, lower planning speeds, comfortable ride and directional stability enhanced.