Welcome to an elite family of Xpress Boats owner’s from across the nation who have chosen the Hyper-Lift Bass and Hyper-Lift Crappie. Our innovative Hyper-Lift Hull is the foundation to transport you out on the water in pursuit of xtreme adventure. Xpress Boats, creator of the original all-welded aluminum boat, understands that your time is valuable and we appreciate your investment in our high-performance, cost-effective xcitement!
This video segment is designed to educate Hyper-Lift Bass and Hyper-Lift Crappie owners on the console’s components, which the H18, H17, H18C, and H17C all share in common. Please keep in mind that some features may vary including the steering wheel, graph, blinker trim lever, and amount of rocker switches may vary depending upon the available options you chose for your boat, including the popular appearance package.
Let’s get this segment of the Xpress Boats owner’s manual underway by starting on the left side of the dash. The RPM gauge displays the current “revolutions per minute” of your Yamaha outboard. Underneath that is your trim gauge that shows the tilt of the motor.
Next is the three-spoke, black aluminum steering wheel with a soft grip rim that comes standard on all 17 and 18-foot models. Cable steering comes standard on the H-Bass and H-Crappie.
Please note that there is a small black cap along the top of the steering column if your boat features an optional BayStar hydraulic steering upgrade. This port is for adding hydraulic steering fluid to your steering system. However, we do recommend having your authorized Xpress Boats dealer inspect the hydraulic system, add fluid and bleed air out as needed. An upgrade to the SeaStar hydraulic tilt steering will include a lever under the steering wheel column to adjust the angle of the steering wheel to provide the greatest comfort and most usability.
If your boat is equipped with the optional 6” Atlas Hydraulic Jack Plate, then you will have a blinker lever to adjust the height of your jack plate on the left side of your steering wheel column. The optional blinker lever on the right side will control the trim of your outboard.
A Humminbird Helix 5 graph comes standard on all H-Bass and H-Crappie models and is flush mounted above the helm unless you optioned for a different size Humminbird or Garmin graph.
The dual-functioning fuel and water PSI gauge, located to the right of the steering column, shows how much gasoline is on your boat. All H-Bass and H-Crappie models have an 18-gallon fuel capacity. The water PSI gauge indicates the water pressure in your Yamaha.
Moving further to the right, you will see a panel that holds an assortment of rocker switches that control various functions on the boat.
Pushing the top of the POWER rocker will turn all of your power on to your accessories, indicated by a small, red light illuminated on the top of the switch. To turn off, push the bottom after each fishing trip to conserve battery power.
NAV/ANC controls the bow and stern navigational lights. Pushing the top of the rocker in will illuminate both the bow and stern lights, which is required if you run in low light or darkness. Push the bottom in to turn on the white nav light on the stern, which also required by law if you anchor your boat at night.
BILGE controls the bilge pump, located inside the rear storage compartment. Please watch our separate owner’s manual video segment called “Livewell/Bilge Pump” for detailed information about using your bilge pump.
AUTO AERATOR MAN adds water to the livewell. To fill it up, switch it down to MANUAL. Once it’s full, switch it up to AUTO to add fresh water into the livewell in cycles of about 3 minutes (3 minutes on and three minutes off). Be sure the spray head valve on top is set at about half so that all excess water can drain out thru the overflow in the livewell. Failure to turn down the valve on the spray head may result in the livewell overflowing into the boat.
AUTO RECIRC MANUAL is optional and controls the recirculation feature in the livewell. Make sure the recirculation spray head (red knob in livewell) is pushed in before you flip the switch up to auto. The aerator will now pull water from the livewell and recirculate it back into the livewell. Recirculation will work on about a three-minute cycle (3 minutes on and 3 minutes off). WARNING: Only use the recirculating system with adequate water in the livewell. The water level must be over the intake fitting, for the recirculating pump, in the livewell. Failure to do this could result in damaging the recirculation pump.
Please watch the separate owner’s manual video segment called “Livewell/Bilge Pump” for more detailed information about using all the livewell features on your H-Bass and H-Crappie.
Below each rocker switch is a breaker associated with it in case you need to reset it.
You may see an ACC rocker that controls other accessories that you may have included with your boat order, such as interior lighting.
There may also be a blank accessory plate on the switch panel, which is for an extra component you add in the future. The ignition is underneath the rocker switches and is used to start your motor.
The optional hot foot will be located underneath the console on the right side of the floor and mounted on the front of the baffle. This convenient feature allows you to drive your boat like you do your car. You keep both hands on the wheel and control the throttle with your foot. The throttle returns to idle if you remove your foot.
If you chose the Wet Sounds option, you will see a WetSounds AM/FM Bluetooth receiver mounted on the interior side of the console. This digital tuner has two high-output marine coaxial speakers, one mounted under the console and the other on the passenger side of the front baffle.
On the front, interior corner of the console is a tool holder with three holes to hold pliers, scissors, or any other gear necessary for a productive time on the water.
The front of the Hyper-Lift Bass and Crappie consoles features a sleek aerodynamic design and tinted windshield.
We will wrap up this whirlwind tour of the console by pointing out an ever-so-convenient cupholder, located on the exterior side of the console,
We hope you have found this Xpress Boats owner’s manual segment constructive. By now, you should have a thorough understanding of the components that make up the H-Bass and H-Crappie console. So, until next time, tight lines!
For additional information, please look inside the Basic Boating and Safety Manual, included in your Xpress dry bag, or contact your local Xpress dealer. If you have a question that is not covered in any of these modules send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.