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New for 2010: RANGER Z518 & Z519 Comanche Models
New model introductions round out Ranger's heralded Z500 seriesFLIPPIN, AR (October 27, 2009) For competitive anglers, fishing guides and boating enthusiasts, Ranger's Z500 Series is the most sought after collection of high performance fishing boats on the market today. These scientifically advanced designs fused with Ranger's legendary construction standards represent a legacy of leadership some 40 years in the making.
Building on that heritage, the all-new Z518 and Z519 further establish Ranger's Z500 Series and bring even more options to anglers looking for the ultimate fishing experience. Both models feature the look, feel and muscle associated with Ranger's flagship designs. Stainless steel hardware, compression lid locks, plush interiors and an industry-leading list of standard equipment highlight these newest members of the Ranger Family.
"The momentum we've seen build around our Z500 Series has been incredible," said Ranger Boats President Randy Hopper. "We owe so much of that to the input we received from customers, dealers and pro staff members across the country. The new Z518 and Z519 really signal the unprecedented depth, performance and versatility of this Z-Comanche lineup."
Both the Z518 and Z519 feature an ultra competitive price as well as the same smooth, responsive and dry ride characteristics for which Ranger is known. The Z518 measures 18 feet, 8 inches in length and carries a maximum 200 horsepower rating; a configuration extremely popular among anglers looking for a smaller, more maneuverable design with plenty of power. Available with a wide range of factory-rigged outboards, the Z518 is balanced by a 38-gallon fuel capacity, 92 ½ -inch beam and features a storage system built with the tournament angler in mind. Standard equipment includes a Minn Kota trolling motor, Lowrance electronics, LED compartment light package, on-board battery charger, remote oil fill, Ranger's exclusive SRS Soft Ride Seating system and much more.
For anglers looking for a slightly larger package, the Z519 measures a comfortable 19 feet, 6 inches and carries a maximum 225 horsepower rating. Much like the Z518, the Z519 features loads of standard equipment including Lowrance electronics, a Minn Kota trolling motor, padded front casting deck, multi-function gauge package, integrated tackle management system and much more. The Z519's interior is highlighted by a completely redesigned console that's not only taller for more protection, but offers built-in mounting options for today's popular, large-screened electronics directly above the steering wheel - eliminating the need for gimbal and swivel mounts in most cases. The redesigned consoles also integrate a stylish-yet-functional concave beveling on the outside, allowing the tips of rods stored on the front deck to stay more secure while in use.
Like all Ranger boats, the Z518 and Z519 come paired with their own custom-built and serial-number-specific RangerTrail trailer. Designed to perfectly match the boat to ensure years of smooth, easy towing and maneuvering, the trailer is equipped with Road Armor finish, L.E.D. lights and Ranger's exclusive COOL Hub® lubrication system as standard equipment. Designed and built in the same factory and to the same exacting specifications as all Ranger boats, RangerTrail trailers are custom aligned with individually balanced wheels, feature swing jacks that retract flush to the frame as well as torsion axle suspension and locking, swing-away tongues. With matching fiberglass fenders and matching spare, the RangerTrail trailer delivers peace of mind when trailering and complement the striking good looks of Ranger boats.
Z518 Capacities and Specifications
Overall Hull Length: 18 feet, 8 inches
Beam: 92 1/2 inches
Maximum HP: 200 (with select engine configurations - see local Ranger dealer for details)
Engine Shaft Length: 20 inches
Inside Depth: 20 1/2 inches
Fuel Capacity: 38 gallons
Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1,250 lbs.
Approx. Boat Weight: 1,550 lbs. (single console)
Approx. Boat Weight: 1,575 lbs. (dual console)
Z519 Capacities and Specifications
Overall Hull Length: 19 feet, 6 inches
Beam: 95 inches
Maximum HP: 225
Engine Shaft Length: 20 inches
Inside Depth: 20 inches
Fuel Capacity: 40 gallons
Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1,500 lbs.
Approx. Boat Weight: 1,625 lbs. (single console)
Approx. Boat Weight: 1,650 lbs. (dual console)
About Ranger Boats
Ranger Boats, headquartered in Flippin, Ark., is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, including a series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest-quality, strongest-performing boats on the water.