Guy i work with has the 18 express and runs to the islands pretty regular. The boat will handle it if it gets bad but it wont be a fun ride.
The thing about a flat bottom boat is it does not do well with on coming waves. It's actually rougher in mine Does it have a floor in it. I have the main problem of busting the ribs in my boat.Thanks guys. The reviews on these boats are so mixed from the "roughest ride ever" to "handles 4-6' seas no problem". Seems like the reviews get better with the xpress boats in the 20' range, but thats probably a bit out of my price range, towing, and storage capabilities. Plus this one for sale has been owned by someone I know takes care of it. Seems like they hold their value fairly well, so I guess if I scare myself or bruise my butt, I can always try to resell.
I've read many reviews that say you're gonna get really wet in the 18' versions and others not so much, but I'm sure how one drives is a big factor.
It does have a floor. Don't know much else about these boats other than I like the idea of a metal boat for towing and durability and upkeep, but don't typically like the ride of a metal boat. It's an 05 model 18' bay boat which he said is actually 19' with a 90hp yamaha. So I don't know how many different hull designs they made in 05 for that length of cc, but I noticed the newer xpress boats have about 3 different hull designs for their bay boats now.The thing about a flat bottom boat is it does not do well with on coming waves. It's actually rougher in mine Does it have a floor in it. I have the main problem of busting the ribs in my boat.