I looked at a few different ones and went with the Xpress. They have a Ranger aluminum one at cabelas and a Fiber one at Bass Pro. The xpress seemed like more boat for my money. It's my first boat so I couldn't tell if I did good or not.
Likes- it's stable. My FIL had a similar bass boat setup that would rock side to side when people went to one or the other side. My CC doesn't.
I picked the one up with the 115hp motor. It's quiet and with just me on it I have been to 55 which scared the [censored] out of me. With myself and 2 of my fat friends we can hit 40-45 no problem. I'm still working on operating the trim. I went a little cheaper at $24k because I didn't know if a Jackplate or a 150 was really worth the extra $8000. There are things I am changing on it though. The more expensive model probably had a few more features but I think this one should serve me well till I get it all fingered out.
It runs really shallow.
Dislikes- Hand trolling motor. That's whatever but it's fixable
The welds look like some of Jerry's kids did them in some places. I've honestly thought about pulling it in the shop and getting them to looking like someone took pride in it.
The coating that looks like Berliner. When it's dry it has some traction. When it's wet it's slicker than owl snot.
No shade- Ordered a Dolphin T Top for it to cure that. It should come out looking like this.
It came with a Helix 5 basic. I found a great deal on a 899SI HD to replace it with. It was $350 NIB and I couldn't find a helix with similar options for close to that. The Helix 7 DI was the closest.