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    #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Bryanzzz View Post
    Nice job on lighting, with that out of the way what's your favorite cat fish bait???

    Just about any non game fish (legal to use for bait) I can get my hands on. If I don't want to mess with or don't have time for catching bait, I go to an Asian supermarket and buy a few talapia to cut up. Stays on the hook amazingly well, and the more fish we catch on a single piece of bait, the better they seem to like that piece.

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    #22
    Adjusted my 2014 Xp 18 footer wench stand today. With boat on trailer the bow eye was 3 inches above wench roller, take tension off wench. Have read posts on cracks at bow eye from boat bouncing while being trailered. Slid wench stand 3 inches south of factory mark on tongue, raised stand a couple of inches. Check your boat out guys. Boat on trailer should not be under any stress, Xpress you there?

    Thanks for fishing tips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!PsychoXP
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    #23
    Added LED trailer pole lights to aid backing unloaded trailer at ramp after dark, review I read after installation were negative, easy to break. Found this out the hard way. Installed fiberglass "drive way markers from local hardware" they work, reflective tape on ends.
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    #24
    Used fiberglass driveway markers to aid backing empty trailer, also insulated livewell lid.
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    #25
    Hello guys. I am new here. I just got a new XP16CC with an F40. I use it in both salt and freshwater. I have a Minnkota RT55SP on the bow. I moved my TM bat to the center console for better weight distribution. I will be adding rod holders this week hopefully. Boat does 32mph with just myself. I am havin some issues wth my fishfinder reading at speeds above 15mph. Any advise?
    I wondered if the weld bead is causing a disturbance in front of my transducer.

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    #26
    Start a new thread and post some pictures of where the transducer is mounted and we will be able to help. We all have been there before.

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    #27

    XP side locker converted to rod locker

    Please don't ask how much time I spent on this project, place to store my ultra light crappie reels. First try was to use 1.5 plastic water pipe for tubes, not enough room in bow of an 18ft xplorer. This should work.
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    #28
    Do you still have the dimensions to the removable deck extension? I have the same boat and would like to have one constructed as well. Thanks

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    #29
    hey guys, I'm the newbie here. first post. just put down money on a 2015 XP180SC w 90 Yamaha 4stroke. I take delivery this weekend. So far from what I have seen on here, I like the under seat handle idea. I would love to put lights in
    the storage boxes and under the console. no idea how that would be done. looking forward to the sharing of ideas here.

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    #30
    Congrats on the new boat. Most of the guys that put lights in their boxes already have some sort of wiring and lights already in place and just hook into those wires. You will most likely have to run wires from your battery to a switch then to the lights. Since your express does not have these wires already you will just have to fish them through the wiring chase to your console and around the boat. I just ordered an H22bay and will have to do this. I will pick it up when I get back from Afghanistan at the beginning of may. I ordered lights and switches from bluewater and will be installing deck lights, compartment lights, and trailer lights on it when I get it. Check out the Boats and Trailer Bling section of the forum there are lots of helpful people on there, good ideas and pics on there also.

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    #31
    Hey guys I love all the mods you've done to your xp boats . I have recently acquired a 2011 express 200xp with a 150 Yamaha 4 stroke it has a min Kota trolling motor 101lbs of thrust . The only reason I'm mentioning that is that it uses 3 batteries. So I have 4 batteries in the back of the boat total. Plus the 25 gal gas tank ( I think that is the capacity) I have got to run it one time . It will run about 3/4 throttle I'm guessing 35/40 mph pretty stable but as soon as I start trimming up it begins proposing pretty bad I did not attempt to drive thru it at the time due to the fact I had my 2 children in the boat.

    Ok so the boat has no jack plate ( I suspect it needs one) I would like to know what prop and set up specs u think would make this boat run out and drive nicely.
    I do have hydraulic steering and my current prop is a 4 blade 23 pitch .
    I hope I gave you enough info to make some recommendations.

    Some future mods I'm planning
    1. Led blacklights mounted below handrail outside ( for night fishing) red led lights mounted inside boat so as not to ruin night vision
    2. Pro deck mod for larger casting deck
    3. Lighted led uprights for trailer and step extensions for easier in/out of boat on trailer
    4. I'd like a camo boat cover that has slits cut in it and Velcro closures for those slits so I can use the Velcro cover when duck hunting and pop out the slits to shoot.
    5 timer install on live well
    6 console replaced and rebuilt to be able to mount lowrance lds 12 into dash
    If anyone has done any of these mods I'd love to see what you came up with.

    http://www.bbcboards.net/member.php?u=87256
    Thank you in advance!
    Jim
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    #32
    Hey OH2Quick, been awhile since your post, made any additional mods?

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    #33
    I'm pretty excited about the recessed trolling motor tray. I've wanted it basically since I bought the boat but never got around to putting one in. I had some work done at the dealership last weekend and just had them install it while they had it.
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