Love this boat
I just came back from the lake (my first trip) after purchasing a '98 R82. It only had about 50 hours on it and is as new.
Everything that is said about owning a Ranger is true.
What a boat! And what a fishing experience. This is truly a dream for me. Catching fish was just a bonus.
I love the way Ranger brags!
I bought my first Ranger in '94, because I liked it so much. My son bought his first in '02. But all I can find now is tall flipping decks, propoles right over the bow, and a joke for a cup holder on the pasenger side. They don't build a style like the 354V, 364V, etc. Try to talk to anyone at Ranger about having a bassboat style for "sitter down" type older fishermen and all they say is: "styles change". Well this cat says if you can't have a bass boat that's not 100% tournament style, keep 'em. I'll never own another Ranger.
Love my Ranger!
Just bought a used 1999 Ranger R-81. I thought it was a good looking boat when I bought it, but it gets better everyday!
Fit & finish are second to none! Ride is great! I called Ranger for a few parts, 24 hours later they were at my door.
Life with a Ranger is good!!!!!
After all this time, I finally was able to trade in my old Ranger and buy a brand new 2003 185VS Ranger Boat.
I have owned my new boat for five months and it has set at the dealer trying to get the flaws out of it 75% of the time. I loved my old Ranger, and I honestly would do anything to have it back. I hope no body else has had to go through what I have with my new boat. Good Luck!!!
After having to wait for 4 days of raining to put in my new boat I finally did today, Labor Day, and man was it a dream come true!
Even with the slow break-in and finally coming onto plane, I knew I made the right choice in boats. There is now not a doubt in my mind Ranger is #1.
I've been fishing tourments for about 13 years now and I've owned many boats. But last year I decided I wanted a dual console. So I went in the market to buy a good used boat.
Never even thought about a Ranger... always thought they were a heavy and slow boat but could not beat the price of this boat.
This boat looks brand new... like the guy never used it. So I disscussed price with him and when he told me he would take $6,000.00 for it I ran to my bank.
Well after owning this boat I came to find Ranger did not put anything cheap in this boat and as being heavy and slow goes that engine is anything but slow. I love this boat.
This could very well be the last boat I buy. I strongly belive there is not a better boat on the market.
Last month I traded a 1999 competitor boat for a 1999 518VX Ranger and it was the best trade I ever made. My old boat was a good boat but my Ranger is the best, now I see why everyone says that Rangers are the best they are.
I won't own any other name brand boat ever! Thanks Ranger, you made my dreams come true.
Ranger stands for resale!
I bought a Ranger in 1985, and sold it for 65% of the original purchase price 17 years later. Find another boat company that can provide the owner with that!
WHY BUY OR RUN ANYTHING ELSE!
Everybody in the boating business talks about their boat's quality, but how many of them are still out on the lake after 30 years?
I would match my 1972 Ranger with any of them , and my 1972 Triumph Evnirude... I would be willing to bet that there's not one of them around that can stay with my Ranger, fish all day and at the end of the day be ready to fish the next on without some kind of repair or leak. And as far as johnny on the spot help, all you have to do is call.
I called the factory about a book on my boat and I talked to Hugh. He not only got me a book but told me all about my boat. Talk about value.
Thanks for the boat!
My first Bass Boat
My Dad bought a 1998 17ft Cherokee brand new, I mean right of the floor.
Dad pretty much quit fishing, so I was the only one who used her. I fell in love with that boat, she was all I would want in a bass boat.
I came home from Iraqi Freedom in June, and had saved some money, AND I BOUGHT THAT RANGER!
It's August and I am still on cloud nine, complete with a Ranger sticker on the backglass of my Chevy!
I LOVE MY RANGER
Call me crazy, call me insane! It doesn't matter because I love my 2003 Ranger 185DVS.
I purchased my first Ranger this year in March and it was the best thing I ever did. I lost the parking for one of my cars and had to eliminate the garage door entry to my house. It doesn't matter to me, or my wife Esther, we both agree we made the best choice of boats.
All I can do now is open the kitchen door to the garage and see my Ranger sitting there with no way to get out. I open the door on a regular basis and hug that big ohhh Ranger and think about the next fishing trip.
Thank you Forrest for providing the best!
We just bought a new 2002 518VX, and even though we've only been in it once, I know it's the best 19 foot boat I'll ever buy.
GREAT room, ride, storage, stability, features, looks, fishability, and everything else you can think of. The best part is how the width of the front deck is carried up so far.
I love my Ranger!