Im with Gman i went and viewed the Alumweld boats and the sides with so thin i didnt even want to lean against it, even the gunnels where 1 inch thick where do you mount you downriggers? As for upper grade boats customweld spring to mind even willie boats are very well laid out and superb quality. But the real topic here is how much does he wanna spend?
As for me i have a thunderjet some folks dont think much of them but i assure you look at the welds and finish and the .250 bottom on my boat and you be suprised i really didnt think thunderjet were midrange but one of the lower end boat makers but compared to other boats ive seen out there im happy had it for six years and still looks like new. So being bias i say buy a Thinderjet!!