Xpress XBay 21 and 23

Fifty years ago, Xpress Boats changed the horizon of aluminum boat building by being the first to weld an aluminum boat. Later, it pioneered construction based on using longitudinal rib construction rather than cross ribs and injecting expandable foam to create a unibody platform that exceeded Coast Guard Standards and provided enhanced performance while dramatically reducing hull noise and increasing the overall safety of their boats.

The XBay Series continues the Xpress tradition and is destined to become the flagship for the line. The XBay Series is built with the same Hyper-Lift Hull DNA and dedication to overall performance as their popular bass boats, but with the features preferred by inshore coastal fishermen.

The XBay is available in high-performance pad models in 21- or 23-foot lengths whose primary differences are slight variations in weight, capacities and horsepower rating. They begin with seven longitudinal structural ribs to support an 80-inch bottom, then add a deeper “V” with taller sides to handle big water, and more aggressive chines for increased handling performance. Fishing features include a large anchor box, storage boxes, two curved rod boxes for more usable space, an aerated livewell, four external rod tubes capable of handling rods up to 12 feet, a self bailing cockpit, and a 75-gallon aluminum fuel cell so range will never be an issue and much more.

XBay boats come as package deals. The base package includes an 8-gauge trolling motor harness and a Minn Kota 46 trolling motor, a Humminbird PiranhaMax 4 Graph with a swivel mount bracket, Uflex hydraulic steering for 150 horsepower or larger outboards, with options to add two-and three-bank battery chargers, jack plates, and much more. Xpress also offers specialty packages, like Saltwater Team, Xtreme Marsh, Marsh, Xtreme Redfish, Redfish, Xtreme Bay Stainless, Bay Stainless, Duck Boat, and Saltwater Trailer, so they are perfect for guides, competitive anglers and any fishermen willing to put in a little more time and effort in pursuit of trophy fish.


Length: 21 or 23 feet

Bottom width:  78 inches

Beam: 102 inches

Side height: 28 inches

Transom height: 25 inches

Fuel capacity: 75 gallons

Weight: 1,898/2,296 pounds

Total persons/Weight:  8/1,200 or 10/1,500

Hull material: .125 gauge, 5025 aluminum

Maximum horsepower:  200/250

Overall package length:  27-foot-5, 29-foot-5 (includes motor and trailer)

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Jerry Dilsaver of Oak Island, N.C., is a freelance writer, as well as a former national king mackerel champion fisherman. Readers are encouraged to send their favorite recipes and a photo of the completed dish to possibly be used in a future issue of the magazine. E-mail the recipes and photos to Jerry Dilsaver at captainjerry@captainjerry.com.