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Man, two responses that I just really don't fully agree with.

Yes.
Noisier in every way.
Noiser, yes... but not very noticeable compared to a traditional aluminum boat.

Poling it backwards is the best bet to quite down hull slap on a john boat.
The 185 Skiff is not a john boat. Its a modified V flats skiff.


Do a search for "Xpress 185 Skiff" on here and few other forums and you'll get great replies. I've had mine for almost a year; its a 2017 with a 115 SHO on the back. I run mid 40s solo, low 40s with two - three people. I float in 7-8" depending on load and will run in less when almost fully jacked. Wide, stable, and has a ton of storage.

Here's mine: https://www.microskiff.com/attachments/20190412_161059-01-jpeg.76478/
 

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Man, two responses that I just really don't fully agree with.



Noiser, yes... but not very noticeable compared to a traditional aluminum boat.



The 185 Skiff is not a john boat. Its a modified V flats skiff.


Do a search for "Xpress 185 Skiff" on here and few other forums and you'll get great replies. I've had mine for almost a year; its a 2017 with a 115 SHO on the back. I run mid 40s solo, low 40s with two - three people. I float in 7-8" depending on load and will run in less when almost fully jacked. Wide, stable, and has a ton of storage.

Here's mine: https://www.microskiff.com/attachments/20190412_161059-01-jpeg.76478/
Thanks Chris,
i really like the reduced maintenance Aluminum offers vs. FG. One more question i have is about the big water characteristics. How does your 185 handle chop? I am fishing in the northern gulf (MS Gulf Coast) and have fairly significant chop to run through to get to the barrier islands.
 

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A tight 1-2 is about all I'll really take her into. Anything more and, well... It's a skiff.

I'd recommend looking into the H20B for the MS GC. Or if your budget allows, the X21 or X23. Bigger hulls (hyper-lift bay) that handle chop muchhh better while still getting shallow. H20B with a 150 and you're golden. What's your budget ? That will help.
 

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Man, two responses that I just really don't fully agree with.



Noiser, yes... but not very noticeable compared to a traditional aluminum boat.



The 185 Skiff is not a john boat. Its a modified V flats skiff.


Do a search for "Xpress 185 Skiff" on here and few other forums and you'll get great replies. I've had mine for almost a year; its a 2017 with a 115 SHO on the back. I run mid 40s solo, low 40s with two - three people. I float in 7-8" depending on load and will run in less when almost fully jacked. Wide, stable, and has a ton of storage.

Here's mine: https://www.microskiff.com/attachments/20190412_161059-01-jpeg.76478/
I see that it's more like a aluminum flats boat and poling backwards definitely wouldn't be ideal I thought it was of a
modified v and stand corrected.
 

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Make sure you like it because resale is almost non-existent used.

To be fair I seriously considered the 16' version of this boat a few years ago. There are a lot of things to like about it. The Xpress dealer in Tampa had 2 of them at a VERY distressed price. They sell a ton of Xpress bay and bass boats, but they almost could't give away these 2 flats boats. I decided if they were that tough to sell brand new, at a very good price point, I didn't think I would try to outsmart the economic forces of supply and demand.

Fit and finish was pretty rough and they were quite heavy compared to a similar size glass boat.
 
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