• David Groner says:

    Devin, with a boat as light as yours do you really use your jack plate much?

    • Hey David, thanks for commenting.

      Look, I understand where you are coming from when you refer to the boat being light, but that has no impact on the distance between the lower unit and keel.

      Running a prop below the keel is running a prop below the keel.

      It doesn’t matter if your boat weighs 10 or 10,000 pounds, if that lower unit is sticking down farther than it should then it runs a greater risk of striking something.

      Yes, I absolutely do use that jack plate every time that boat is run! 100%! It is worth its weight in gold.

      Hope that answers your question.

  • Chip Van Buskirk says:

    I have a similar size 17′ Express with 60 4 stroke Yamaha. It seems to handle shallow water well, but I haven’t taken it in super shallow red fish ponds yet. Will adding pods and a jack plate improve my hole shot and draft a lot or is there another benefit to it?

    • Chip, I am telling you, with fire in my eyes, that adding pods and a jackplate will take your Express and turn it into the Starship Enterprise, I am not kidding!!!

      LOL

      But seriously, those two things are the ingredients for a shallow water monster.

      I’d do the jackplate first.

  • John Kyle Schwab says:

    I may have missed it but what is the width of the boat? i think you said length is 16 feet.

    if you were starting from scratch and getting a tough aluminum boat for redfishing, would you go 16, 17 or 18 feet? and what width would you go with? 48, 54, 60″? thanks.

    • She is 54′ wide at the transom.

      The length and width would depend on my needs. I’d keep it 17′ or shorter so it could fit in my garage. 🙂

      I’d also keep width the same so it could fit on my trailer. lol

      It’s totally up to you on what you want. There are pros and cons to everything specification whether it be length, width, gunnel height, etc.

      Everyone has different circumstances.