Dad and I are in the market for a new boat. Will mainly be used for crappie fishing Murvaul, sandbass fishing Sabine in the Spring, and inshore Galveston Bay. We are looking at 20 ft bay or CC. Thinking Xpress, Alumnacraft, or G3.
Would certainly like some feedback from folks running any of these or something similar.
I have been running a XPRESS H22 Bay for the last 3 years. Bought new in 2013. It has a Yahama 150. Zero issues. I like the fact it has no carpet. Wash it out and it looks new. Only down side for me is the wind. It will blow around on you compared to a heavy fiberglass boat. I think all the boat manufactures are building good quality boats these days.
I have a Xpress 18 foot side console. Ive had it 4 years and fish a lot. Great boat in mild wind but 15 +mph wind its a rough wet ride. If i knew then what i know now I probably would have went with Lund V hull.
I searched for a new boat for years. The Xpress is a great boat but i wanted a larger deck. I called Gator Trax and let let me design the boat exactly how I wanted it. The center console is great for driving. Gator Trax builds the larger boats with 3/16" or .190 aluminum. These boats are built like tanks. You can design the entire boat the way you want it. This is a 2072 Strike series with a 225 Pro XS
I would check out Crestliner and Ranger also. Two of the absolute best hull designs out there. Tboxfish here on the forum has a Crestliner bay boat, 22' and the draft is about 6"! It is an impressive boat and handles big water with ease.