Thanks for the info guys. What about Xpress boats, how do they compare in quality and price to the Weldbilt. I can't find any pricing info on their website. I'm looking for a 1648 boat and I'm willing to spend about 3500 on the hull itself. What is my best buy?
Weldbilts are tough boats. But I don't like the the rib design. And when they cover them up they still take up too much room. But if you arent in it for performance then that's what I would get. But for me it's about speed and handling that Speed good. So my choice was a Edge boat. I got a 550, it has a 50 inch bottom but still has a 62in beam (which is two inches narrower than a we 542). The walls are almost straight up. If you were looking to get a 1648 then you will be able to get a 1656 in a edge and your beam will still be narrower than a WE 1648. They also have the longitudinal rib design like excel which prevents cupping( everyone that has had this happen know how bad it will slow a boat down. It's a semi v design but it keep a 8 degree all the way back to the transom instead of starting at the nose and turning flat on the bottom. These boat handle just like a bass boat. They can be trimmed all the way out at wot and still won't porpuse. And they come stock with floor and paint just about any color you want it. But WE and excels would be my next two picks. I would check edge out though. I'll have a couple at the house in a few weeks if you decide you want to drive one. http://www.edgeboats.com/