Fast, Tough and Shallow



The Xpress Skiff enhances incredible opportunities for any shallow water flats fishing fanatic. The Skiff Hull offers a supreme level of buoyancy allowing you to quietly pole in just inches of water. The all-welded aluminum construction, supported by the longitudinal rib system and unibody injected foam, makes this the most durable platform on the market. The beautifully blended combination of shallow draft, fishability, innovative design and stealth-like properties on the Xpress Skiff will get you hooked up and ready for your next shallow water showdown. Whether running rivers, bays or across oyster bars, why settle for anything less than Xpress!

2020 Skiff185 Front

See What Recent Buyers Have to Say

So far I am blown away with my Skiff 185! Coming from a Alumacraft MV1860 Tunnel I was a bit nervous that the ride quality wasn’t going to be great enough of an improvement to warrant spending the money, but after the first day out I’m blown away how well it handles in choppy water. As far as engine performance, I’m still breaking in the motor but was able to jump right up in less than two foot of water. I fish the Nature Coast of Florida in the Homosassa/Chassahowitzka area and being able to run in skinny water very important. Fishability seems excellent. I had my girlfriend on the bow chasing reds while I was on the stern spotting them from the tower. I purchased my skiff through Florida’s Family Marine in Deland, which was outstanding. I would recommend them to anyone!

My favorite features of my 2020 Xpress Skiff 185 are #1, the ride. I had always heard Xpress Boats ride great but I didn’t know if they were saying it rides great for an aluminum boat or in general… I quickly learned they mean in general. Even for a skiff, this bad boy handles chop just fine and rides like a Bentley on everything else. Second is getting skinny. I saw the estimated float depth was around 8″ but I’ll say I think it’ll float skinnier. Just yesterday I had this boat floating about as skinny as the trolling motor prop. It glided right over the mud flat easy as pie. Third is the platform. It’s a very well made, sturdy and large. No unnecessary wiggle or unstable feeling at all and there’s still plenty room on the back deck to fish with the platform there. Next is stability. This thing is insanely stable. Two people can walk around to opposite sides of the boat stand on the gunnels or even stand on the same gunnel and this boat barely flinches. Hardly any noticable tilt while moving around the boat. It just stays nice and flat which definitely makes fishing with multiple people much more comfortable. Finally it’s the SeaDeck. I love the way the SeaDeck feels, cleans up, and looks. I’ve had multiple compliments on the SeaDeck and will likely never own a boat with carpet or any other floor material. I bought it from Propeller Dynamics here in Prince George, VA. The guys were great and super helpful even though none of them had direct experience with this particular boat. Robbie and Heath were great with the purchasing process and Morgan (Mo) in the shop did a great job with the rigging and checking to make sure everything was perfect before pick up. Couldn’t be happier with those guys!

My fiancé and I were in the process of getting a new boat and wanted something different that could handle oyster bars that are all around us here in Crystal River, Florida. A lot of big fish hang out in creeks that are in extremely skinny waster, so we needed something that was light and durable. We stopped by Gulf to Lake Marine and spoke to Ian and Scott who led us in the right direction towards the Skiff 185. Just the weight of the boat had me sold and the fact that it’s aluminum. I’m super impressed with the Yamaha 115 SHO being that it’s also one of the lightest on the market. Then after my fiancé saw the SeaDek and the color scheme she was sold. Gulf to Lake made the buying process extremely easy and we left with the boat the same day it was purchased. We’ve owned the boat for 4 months now and I’m impressed of its performance each and every time we take it out!

The first priority I had when purchasing my 2020 Xpress Skiff 185 was versatility. I needed a boat that could handle big freshwater lakes for bass fishing, but also perform in the marsh. The Skiff 185 has hit the nail on the head for my family and I. It gives us plenty of room when riding to the sandbars to relax, and also gives a great platform for all styles of fishing. I have been blown away at how well it handles rough water. It cuts the chop well on windy days. I constantly get compliments on the appearance of this Skiff at the boat ramps, the mocha colored SeaDek gives a great non-slip platform that is very easy to keep clean! I bought this boat from RJs Outboard in Brandon, Ms. I have known the guys there for the last 15 years and could not recommend them more! They are a family owned business and some of the most down to earth folks you will meet! I can’t thank Xpress enough for the time they put into this build! There will be many memories made on this boat!

We are very proud owners of the 2020 Xpress Skiff 185! We couldn’t be happier with the boat we selected, especially out of all the boats on the market for sale. The first feature we love is that the boat floats in just inches of water, which makes it nice in shallow creeks. The second feature we love is that whether we are in rough water or calm water, it handles almost the same and no one wants a rough riding boat. The third feature we love is that how skinny it will run right off the market without a low water pickup. If you can see water, without a doubt you can run it. We are happy to say that we do most of our fishing in Crystal River, FL and bought the boat right around the corner from Scott at Gulf to Lake Marine & Trailers. Awesome people and great customer service! See y’all on the water!

2020 Skiff185 Overhead
The above boat is shown with optional Appearance Package.

Skiff 185

w/ Yamaha VF90LA


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Skiff 185
Length18′ 5″
Transom Height
Fuel Tank Capacity18 gal.
Approx Weight950 lb.
Max Wt./Per/Mo/GR1,330 lb.
Total Wt. Per Cap5 / 705 lb.
Aluminum – 5052 Gauge0.100
Maximum HP115
Overall Package Length23′ 6″
BackTrack Trailer ModelAWSK18
  • Higher horsepower rating requires hydraulic steering purchase*
  • Overall package length includes trailer and engine
  • All measurements are approximate
  • Photos may include optional equipment
  • Nationally advertised price does not include TTL, freight and rigging


Skiff Hull
White Xtreme Coat with Choice of Hull Color
All-Welded Construction
Longitudinal Rib Construction
Unibody Injected Foam Construction
Liners in Rear Storage Boxes
4″ Atlas Hydraulic Micro Jacker Plate
Aerated Livewell in Rear Deck
Auto Bilge Pump
Under Deck Rod Holders
2 Rear Deck Storage Boxes
Fiberglass Console with Battery Storage and Console Cushions
Bay Steering Wheel
2 Grab Handles on Console
4 Stainless Cleats
Lockable Front Deck Lid Storage
Seat Cushion on Rear Deck
Tilt Steering
Sharkeye Running Lights
Speed, Tach & Fuel Gauges
BackTrack Single Axle Aluminum Trailer


2 Bank
3 Bank

Pre-Rig Binnacle Mount Control Box w/ Cables


Pin Base on Deck (Each)
Poling Platform

Jack Plate
6” Atlas Hydraulic Jack Plate (Upgrade from 4”)

Permanent Ladder

Powder Coat for Poling Platform
Painted Poling Platform

Pro Livewell Oxygenator

Upgrade to PowerTech SS SM/Med Hub Prop

SeaDek Liner for Skiff

Euro Style Fishing Seat w/ Small Seat Pole
Exc Rear Cushion for Lean Post w/Cushion
Fold Down Fishing Seat w/ Small Seat Pole

Shallow Water Anchors

BayStar Plus Hydraulic (150HP or Less)
Uflex Hydraulic (Greater Than 150HP)

Trolling Motors
Minn Kota

8 Gauge Trolling Motor Wiring

BackTrack Trailer
Lighted Logo Trailer Step (Both Sides)
Aluminum Spare Tire and Mount
Aluminum Wheel Upgrade (Per Axle)
Galvanized Spare Tire and Mount
Swing Away Tongue


Saltwater Trailer Package
Composite Bunk Covers and Upgraded Bow Roller
Duck Boat Package
Xpress Camo Paint Upgrade
Appearance Package for Skiff (Must Upg. To Euro Fish Seat)
Custom SeaDek Liner, Matching Seat Trim, and Matching Graphics. Available in Lime, Bahama, Orange, Red, Blue and Seafoam. Click here to learn more.
  • SeaDek available on limited models. 

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