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Old 03-27-2011, 03:43 PM
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Any one ran one of the Xpress HD jon boats? I have fished from the x-19 bass and its nice and fast but i have been looking at the HD16 or HD16DB with a 40hp. It looks like a really tuff and fast boat and should do good in shallow water but I am wondering just how fast. I don't mean just the standard xpress jon.
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Old 03-27-2011, 04:01 PM
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The HD hull is rough on your azz even in a 1' chop......I had one and got rid of it and got the X bay with the hyperlift hull.....This is basically the same hull as the X19 bass boat. I know the hyperlift hulls are more in cost but they are well worth the extra cost unless you pretty much strictly marsh fish.
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Old 03-27-2011, 04:03 PM
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Performance and xpress flat bottom should not be said in the same sentence. Your alweld is a much better hull.
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Old 03-27-2011, 04:09 PM
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i had one i sold it already, posted pics last year of it

couldn't get it to lift up and run right going straight without porpoising

i like the weld craft semi v better than xpress or alweld
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Old 03-27-2011, 04:13 PM
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Also look into the sea ark hulls. I know a few people with them and they are built like a tank!
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Old 03-27-2011, 04:28 PM
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alrity then, thats why i asked. i have looked at them and they look tuff but i knew they are heavy weight but didnt know how they ran, back in the late 90's xpress made an open hull jon with the hyper hull just like the big bass boat, wish they would agin, has anyone ran the excel boats?
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Old 03-27-2011, 04:29 PM
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alrity then, thats why i asked. i have looked at them and they look tuff but i knew they are heavy weight but didnt know how they ran, back in the late 90's xpress made an open hull jon with the hyper hull just like the big bass boat, wish they would agin, has anyone ran the excel boats?
Never ran a excel hull,but I have heard nothing but good about them.
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this was the hull i liked, but with the little motor

.100 ga 15X48
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:07 PM
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that looks like a weld built, is that right? my alweld has done well i am just tring to consider all options
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:08 PM
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weld craft, i had a alweld too
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:25 PM
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LaAngler, how did you feel the weldcraft compared to alweld? To me all the factory boats are so close i dont realy see where one would perform better then tthe next
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:32 PM
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6 of one, half dozen of the other really. My alweld was 15x42 .80 thickness hull with a hopped up 40 yamaha, i felt the stringers were smaller/weaker. The torque of the engine formed a concave shaped bend where the transom brace welds into the hull. (this is from porpoising & general abuse)

The weld craft ran better and felt stronger to me, had a better coating/paint, it was a 15x48 .100 thk. which means quicker to plane and just as fast. Not knocking alwelds.

If I were buying i'd look at the marshrunner2, but thats only b/c it fishes so much quieter, but i think the aluminum would last longer.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:46 PM
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my alweld is the 15x48 .100 allum with performance tunnel and i like it ok, i went and looked about 2 weeks ago at the marshrunner and realy liked it but i run into size issues. i want 16-17 by 48 and he dont do that size or else i would have one right now, i fish marsh, river and lake so i need width for stability and would like length for more distance from the idiot in the back with the 8ft rod
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this is off topic but i thought about getting something like this but small/short console, in OD green. runs in a few inches of water
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:40 PM
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thought of a flats boat myself, just wonder how it would handle big water
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thought of a flats boat myself, just wonder how it would handle big water
depends on how flat/shallow you run 80% of the time & $$$$$$$
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I know you ain't talking bout me with the eight foot pole, cause mine is 7'6.
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o sorry, you still the idiot
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:51 PM
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i run a F115 on a ranger skiff, calcasieu point to the jettys and back on 5 gallons at 45-47 mph loaded (not good, need a 150)
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:43 PM
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i have plans for a bigger boat in the future not sure what rout i will go bass or bay but lookin at replacin my curent boat till then. i have a place on toleda bend and we make trips to s. tx bass fishin so i lean towards bass but i live here in south la and a bay would do good both places for the big water so i will just have to choose that later.
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