No two boats are created or built the same. They may both have an attractive exterior covered with shiny metallic paint, but the hull design, structural support, and substrate underneath can vary drastically, which is why we developed the “Xpress Difference.” Check out each of the individual components relating to our construction techniques that culminate in the original all-welded aluminum boat!
The Original All-Welded Aluminum Boat
Building aluminum boats correctly is a simple concept to conceive but so challenging to put into practice. Why drill holes in boat hulls and rivet them together? Holes leak, wood rots, and your investment deteriorate over time. Xpress Boats was the first boat manufacturer to build by welding. We are proud to go the extra mile and construct a solid unibody foundation. After half a century and tens of thousands of boats built, you will find that the original is still the best.
The Finest Aluminum
Xpress Boats uses the finest 5052 aluminum alloy which arrives at the plant in coils. Each aluminum coil is unrolled onto a cutting table where boat components are precision cut using an automated computer-aided drafting (Auto CAD) program ensuring each part of your new Xpress Boat is perfectly cut every time.
After each component has been properly shaped, they are placed in storage racks, ready to be welded into your new Xpress Boat. Skilled workers begin building the all-welded hull, without rivets and screws. Longitudinal rib construction, pioneered by Xpress, was created to add structural alliance, greater performance, and strength. Compartments and boxes are added in with flooring secured over the top to fashion a tremendously strong, solid one-piece unit, that is both tough and built to last. Your investment is built by passionate individuals, not machines, who have skilled hands focused on getting people on the water in a safe, economical boating solution.
High-End Hull Construction
Every void in your hull is filled with premium, environmentally-friendly expandable foam, which Xpress Boats innovated the use of. The unibody-injected foam construction provides both strength and flotation to your new Xpress Boat. To ensure peak performance and handling, every hull is checked for smoothness by our Quality Control team. By doing this meticulous inspection, you know your new Xpress boat will effortlessly glide across the water. With the welding and foam process completed, each new boat is moved into our state-of-the-art paint prep area and a comprehensive cleaning process begins in preparation for painting.
Painting & Curing Process
The boat is prepped for painting by removing any blemishes in the aluminum, which also gives the metal a mechanical etch. The boat is moved into a paint booth where our team uses state-of-the-art polyurea machines to apply Xtreme Coat to your boat’s deck, floor, and storage boxes that dry almost instantly. Next, your new Xpress boat is painted with one of our custom-formulated acrylic urethane topcoat paints that feature outstanding durability and excellent gloss retention, and then it is moved into one of our enormous temperature-controlled ovens to cure the finish. After curing, your new Xpress boat is moved into our Rigging Department where all the final components are installed. Once again, Quality Control inspects your boat.
Our design team selects best-in-class marine-grade components for each boat we manufacture to ensure customer confidence, satisfaction, and enjoyment. We use popular name brands like marine-grade electronics and trolling motors by Humminbird, Minn Kota, and Garmin. Shallow water anchors by Power-Pole, Talon, and Raptor. Audio systems, speakers, and RGB lighting by Wet Sounds and non-skid marine flooring by SeaDek. Other brands we rely heavily upon are SeaStar and BayStar steering components and T-H Marine Supplies products.
Manufacture Our Own All-Welded Aluminum Trailers
Xpress Boats offers BackTrack Trailers, an industry superior, all-aluminum, all-welded trailer that is as attractive as it is rugged. Each trailer is custom built to transport your Xpress safely and securely and comes standard with LED lights and high-performance Vortex hubs, with a 100,000-mile carefree lubrication system. To customize your trailer, you can add optional features like a spare tire with mount, composite bunk covers, brakes on the second axle of the tandem, aluminum wheels, and an LED lighted step with the Xpress logo. The trailers are designed exclusively for Xpress Boats and are second to none in quality, durability, and craftsmanship.
It is incredible what an innovative spirit can do when faced with a challenge. Instead of just going with the flow, the founder of Xpress Boats came up with a successful building solution to set the standard in the aluminum boat industry. Since that day, countless generations of anglers and hunters have placed their trust in the original all-welded aluminum boat. You now know about the outstanding construction that goes into every boat we build, combined with the performance, style, and durability. Are you ready to make memories and join the Xpress Boats family? Visit www.xpressboats.com/search-dealer to find your nearest authorized dealer and start your adventure today.