I love my Ranger
Back in 1994 my dad bought a boat (I was age 18 at that time). The boat was (what we thought) built by a company called RAWHIDE.
The guy my dad bought it from said it was an older model but in excellent shape. I tell ya what, he was not kidding about the excellent shape part, because all the lids on the storage areas and livewell still fit tight, carpet was not worn or faded, switches and mechanical parts were in great condition, it was in awesome shape. Keep in mind we thought this boat was made by a company called RAWHIDE.
Well, one day putting on a depth finder transducer, I noticed a metal plate that said, "Made In Flippin,AR by RANGER."
I flipped out, I couldnt believe it. We owned a RANGER! Then I thought that's why this boat is still in such good shape.
We called Ranger and orderd some Ranger stickers for the boat. Got them for free, too.
The moral to this story is, "Ranger has always built 'em one at a time."
Ranger's quality boats
I am a new boat owner. I just purchased a 1988 374V. I am the second owner, however you would think I just took it of the showroom floor.
Prior to buying my Ranger, I have been in several different boats. But I was never in a Ranger. I called the Ranger dealer and went and took the boat out on the water. 1 hour later I owned the boat.
The quality of this boat is unbelievable. I am a Ranger owner for life. Thanks, Ranger.
Ranger Quality/Ranger Resale
Just put down a deposit to order a new 2004 185VX. I never had a doubt I would own another Ranger. My '91 482VS looks like new, rides like new and resales like semi-new.
I had the trailer re-built in the Flippin facilty two years ago and couldn't be happier, better than the day I bought it.
Mentioned my '91 was going to be up for sale and I have had two calls in the first day from interested parties. What other boat can you say that about that is twelve years old, very much loved, and still get half of what I paid for it twelve years ago.
Quality, service, reliabilaty, RESALE. That's why I own a Ranger and will soon own another Ranger!
Keep builing them "One at a Time", it's a formula thats works!
This is my 3rd Ranger. I started with a 1600 V1, then an R70 and now an R83. I will not be getting anything but a Ranger.
I fish big water (Rainy Lake in Minnesota, Lac Sul in Canada) and all the time on the water, in 6 foot swells, I never once felt the boat could not handle the waves. I fish Bass, Walleye, Northern Pike and panfish.
My grandkids like the boat because it goes fast and is very stable.
My Sweet Heart
I bought my 481VS new in 1996. I have taken her way down south and up to the great lakes, without a single complaint. Nine years later she looks as good as the day I brought her home, and I still get the best ride money could by.
A man couldn't find a better companion than that.
Even today her parents still treat me like family. They are always there when I need them. Funny thing is, she's got some good looking sisters, too!
The finest company and people to deal with, nothing short of exceptional!
My Ranger rules
I went fishing over the past Memorial Day weekend for smallies. The water was low in my secret spot, but my Ranger 520 got me there and brought me home with a good days catch.
I recently purchased a 2002 175DVS (new last year) and just wanted you all to know it's the best built boat on the market!
I love my Ranger!!!
2300 Bay Ranger
UPDATE FROM PREVIOUS MESSAGE:
CHESAPEAKE BAY FINALLY THAWED BUT IT'S BEEN RAINING EVER SINCE.
MY NEW 2300 DOES EVERYTHING I HOPED IT WOULD. GREAT PERFORMANCE, UNBELIEVABLE DRY RIDE, AND A REAL HEAD TURNER. EVERYWHERE I GO PEOPLE COMMENT ON HOW GREAT IT LOOKS!
THANKS FOR A GREAT PRODUCT,
Ranger 205 VX Merc. 225 6" hydro-jack, 4blade 25p
Well, I've had my 205 for about 5 months now and all I can say is WOW.
My first boat was a 94 364V w/Merc XR6 150 and a 6" manual plate. I bought that boat new as well. I loved the 364, but after fishing from it for 8 years, I developed a short list of things that I wanted in my next boat.
I wanted a better ride, more room, more storage and more speed while retaining all the good points of my first boat. Stable fishing, durability, quality and fishing longevity
Well, I got it ! ! !
This 205VX boat is outstanding, absolutely, from front to back, outstanding! It's everything I wanted in a bass boat.
Special thanks to all the employees at Ranger that built my boat. You've got a customer for life.
I can't say enough about my Ranger
I have 1997 R80 and folks I can't begin to tell you how much I love this boat.
On a trip to visit some of my wife's family in Missiouri, we stoped off in Flippin to visit the Ranger factory. There we met some of the nicest people on earth. My wife and I took the tour and it was a great experience.
I am a fouth generation Ranger owner and I have never owned another brand of boat - and never will. Thanks, Mr. Wood for building the best boat on the water. Can't wait til I can upgrade to a larger model.
I have recently purchased a 1995 491VS Commanche. I was like many who had dreamed of a Ranger but felt that I could not afford to get into one.
With all of the other boats out there that are priced cheaper it is tempting to lean that way. However, after riding and fishing from the back of several Rangers I knew that there wasn't any other boat out there that could perform like a Ranger.
With the recent purchase of my Ranger, I can absolutely understand that you get what you pay for! I have a boat that is in showroom condiditon that performs better than any new boat out there!
Keep up the good work and you have made a customer for life with my family. Thanks for continuing to "build them one at a time". The quality shows!
I didn't think Ranger's could get any better, but today I just purchased my 3rd new Ranger (519VX) and it is incredible. It has the same awesome quality that my first 361V had in 1991 and that my 481V had in 1997.
I am a true Ranger man. My resale has been outstanding on each boat. I see no reason to step down to any other boat in the future.