Aluminum will be just fine in salt. They can have issues if left in the water permanently. If you trailer it you will not have any issues. Rinse it after using.Wouldn't be my first boat by far but would be the first for salt and the inshore scene. How do aluminum boats survive in salt and how long would a fresh water fiberglass boat hold up. Does brackish water have a similar effect? I would Just keep my old Tuffy if I was not concerned about the salt eating it.
I don’t think the J16 is rated for anything close to a 50 in tiller configuration. Mine wasn’t. A 50 would be scary on that boat.The cheapest you'll find (new or used...) will be a 16' jon boat - a great learner's rig inshore (for sheltered waters since that hull will beat you in a chop..). Spend time on the water with it and you'll have a much better idea of what you want for your second skiff for the salt...
Aren't boats fun?
Please take a look of my post ,WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK ,this 17 foot boat can handle up to a 50hp tiller all fiberglass and composite construction, for ever boat for 10k with new aluminum trailer, thank you.Looking to transfer a 50 4st tiller yamaha to a salt capable skiff. "I'm also cheap"