Xpress Hyper-Lift Bay Series is built on the foundation of our Hyper-Lift Hull. This dream craft packs performance, fishability, and comfort into one amazing cost-effective center console boat. Our H20Bay is the #1 selling 20’ aluminum bay boat in the nation. Whether thin water or rough seas, you will not find a better all-welded aluminum solution.
Today we are going to familiarize you with the console used on the 24, 22, and 20-foot Hyper-Lift Bay and 22 and 20-foot Shallow Water Bay models starting with the left side of the dash panel, where the RPM and trim gauge is placed.
Please keep in mind that steering wheels, graphs, and placement of gauges and switches may vary depending on the package and options you chose for your center console boat. The following packages are available on the Hyper-Lift Bay Series:
- Duck Boat Package
- Bay Stainless Package
- Xtreme Bay Stainless Package
- Redfish Package
- Xtreme Redfish Package
- Marsh Package
- Xtreme Marsh Package
- Saltwater Team Package
- Appearance Package
The Duck Boat, Bay Stainless, Redfish, and Marsh are the most popular packages customers choose.
Let’s kick off this Hyper-Lift Bay center console overview by exploring the driver’s side of the helm. Beginning at the top you will see a stainless cupholder and the all-new SeaDek storage pad next to it, which is ideal for laying your phone on, along with a pair of pliers and a few baits for quick access.
The following layout applies to all packages on the H-Bay except for the Marsh and Xtereme Marsh packages:
On the dash panel, you will see a multifunction gauge on the top left that displays the current RPM of the outboard, along with trim and fuel level. The 24, 22, and 20-foot Hyper-Lift Bay all hold 40 gallons of fuel with the tank located inside the rear storage compartment by the transom.
Moving further down the dash on the left is the switch panel, which houses a collection of rocker switches that control various functions within the boat.
MASTER POWER will turn on the power to all your accessories on your boat. Remember to turn this OFF after each fishing trip to conserve battery power.
NAV/ANC turns on the bow and stern navigational lights on and off.
BILGE controls the bilge pump, located inside the rear storage compartment. Please watch the separate video segment called “Livewell/Bilge Pump” for additional information about using your bilge pump.
The LIVEWELL rocker switch runs the aerator and recirculation features on the livewell. Be sure to insert the piece of PVC pipe, located either inside your livewell or dry bag, into the bottom hole in the livewell to fill it up with water.
You may see a blank accessory plate on the switch panel. This spot is for another rocker switch to control additional options, such as a jack plate or anything else you add in the future.
Beside each rocker switch is the fuse associated with it should you need to change it out.
There is a convenient dual-USB port with a cap for charging phones and other devices.
Continuing over to the top right side of the dash panel is the graph. H-Bays come standard with the Humminbird Piranha Max 4, but due to varying packages or options, you may have a different Humminbird or Garmin graph installed.
The placement of gauges and switches on the dash of H-Bays with the Marsh or Xtereme Marsh package will look slightly different than the other packages. There is an additional water PSI gauge on the left side and a row of push-button LED ring switches on the right side under the graph as follows:
POWER will turn on the power to all your accessories on your boat. Remember to turn this OFF after each fishing trip to conserve battery power.
NAV LIGHTS controls the red and green navigational lights on the bow.
ANCHOR LIGHTS controls the white masthead light on the stern.
LIVEWELL MANUAL turns the livewell, located under the leaning post, on and remains on until you press the button again. Be sure to insert the rubber plug, located either inside your livewell or dry bag, into the bottom hole when filling it up with water.
LIVEWELL AUTO will automatically turn the livewell on and off in 3-minute segments and repeats until you press the button again.
BAITWELL MANUAL turns the baitwell, located on the front of the console, on and remains on until you press the button again. Be sure to insert the rubber plug, located either inside your livewell or dry bag, into the bottom hole when filling it up with water.
LIVEWELL AUTO will automatically turn the baitwell on and off in 3-minute segments and repeats until you press the button again.
Be sure to insert the black rubber plug, located either inside your wells or in the dry bag, into the bottom hole when filling it up with water.
BILGE PUMP is the last button and controls the bilge pump, located inside the rear storage compartment.
Please watch the separate owner’s manual video segment called “Livewell/Bilge Pump” for additional information about using these features on your Hyper-Lift Bay.
Below the dash panel is the helm. The black three-spoke, heavy-duty plastic, high impact, U.V. resistant steering wheel comes standard on all Hyper-Lift Bay boats. The five-spoke stainless steel constructed steering wheel with the turning knob is only available on the Bay Stainless and Xtreme Bay Stainless Packages. The H 20 Bay, H 22 Bay, and Shallow Water 20 Bay come standard with cable steering. We do require upgrading to hydraulic steering if the motor is 150 horsepower or larger. The H 24 Bay and Shallow Water 22 Bay come standard with Uflex hydraulic steering.
To enhance their boat’s control, Xpress owners can upgrade to BayStar hydraulic steering. For additional safety, reliability, and comfort, they can choose the SeaStar hydraulic steering system, which includes a tilt helm, which can be adjusted by using the lever on the front side of the steering wheel column. There will be a small black cap that allows you access to the hydraulic steering fluid port where you can add additional fluid if you chose the optional Uflex, BayStar, or SeaStar hydraulic steering upgrade. We recommend having your authorized Xpress Boats dealer fill the hydraulic fluid.
Please watch the separate owner’s manual video segment titled “Cable vs. Hydraulic Steering” for additional information.
Another convenient cup holder is positioned beside the helm to keep you hydrated.
Next is the Yamaha flush-mounted control box with an ergonomic handle with a thumb-operated trim-tilt switch, a neutral switch, and a push-button neutral warm-up. The throttle is used to control the power of your Yamaha outboard.
Continuing to move further down on the driver’s side of the console there may be an optional Kicker or WetSounds premium sound system and/or a rocker switch labeled JACKPLATE that operates the hydraulic jackplate on the transom. Pressing up on the rocker will raise the motor higher and pressing down will lower it.
All Hyper-Lift Bay models have an ignition panel in this area that is used to turn your motor on and off. Below that is the built-in engine-stop lanyard kill switch. For your safety, we recommend you always have your kill switch clipped into your PFD or wrapped around your wrist when operating the engine.
The last feature on this side of the console is a small aluminum door that provides direct access to the trolling motor batteries and wiring for gauges and fuses for the push button LED ring switches on the Marsh or Xtereme Marsh packages.
Transitioning to the port side of the console is the removable grab rail with two connection points on each side. It can be lowered down by unscrewing the large wing nut on each side, which may be located inside your boat’s dry bag.
To remove the plexiglass windshield you will need to turn each of the five fasteners vertically and then gently pull the base of the windshield away from the console. To re-install, line up the windshield to the mounting holes, push the fasteners in, and turn them horizontally to secure it in place.
Take notice of the port for charging your batteries in the upper right. Just insert the female end of an extension cord to charge the boat up for your next adventure.
Each side of the console comes standard with three fishing rod holders, plus there will be a marine speaker if you added on a radio to your boat and a courtesy light if you chose the option for lights in the livewells, storage boxes, and interior.
The front of the Hyper-Lift Bay console features a comfortable cushioned backrest and seat cushion for a passenger to sit on. Lift the handle located on the back of the seat cushion to open the lid and access the baitwell underneath.
We hope you have found this Xpress Boats owner’s manual segment on the Hyper-Lift Bay console useful. See you on the water!
For additional information, please look inside the Basic Boating and Safety Manual, included in your Xpress dry bag, visit our website xpressboats.com, 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 email@example.com.