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Gotta love a Ranger

I bought my 1987 360V Ranger from Florida, when I was 18, and it was in pretty bad shape. But I knew, in my mind, what it could be.

The people at Ranger Parts got me the right things I needed to make it great.

Now I am 22 an I still have the same boat. This boat runs great in rough water and moves about 63 as smooth as glass.

Ranger, thanks for making my first boat a great one.

TJ Valle

Rochester, NY

--TJ V.

1999 R-73

After fishing a few charity bass tournaments from the rear-deck of my partner's Ranger boat, I decided to get out of my aluminum bass rig and invest in fiberglass.

My funds were limited, however and I was trying to decide HOW TO GET THE MOST BANG FOR THE BUCK. I was fishing with a friend, who is a bassmaster and guide, and asked "Do I buy new brand x, or buy a used Ranger?". His answer was swift and sure. "BUY THE USED RANGER".

With the help of the excellent staff at R&H Marine, in Bull Shoals, Arkansas, I found an almost new, in the box, 1999 R73 with a 125 Mercury. WHAT A BOAT! Trailering and loading is easier than my aluminum boat. Fishing and skiing with the family is a blast!


--john a.


In 1997 I bought my first ranger. It's only 17 ft. but it rides like a 20 ft.

I live on Toledo Bend and fish a lot. I've not had 1 bit of trouble. My buddies can't believe how it handles in rough water. I'm going to go to a 19 or 20 ft. boat in about 2 years.

I'm not even considering anything but a Ranger. It's the best investment you can spend for safe and enjoyable fishing!


Tough... Even in the garage

Just how tough is a Ranger Boat?

I had my boat in my garage on 11/14/2002, after cleaning it up and putting it away until next season. At 9:35 pm I was setting on the sofa watching TV in our family room, when I heard a loud noise. I looked up and saw my engine and boat sitting in the family room.

I ran out to find a car had hit my garage door, impacting the trailer and boat, driving it through the wall.

Expecting the worst, when we got the boat out, I took it to Dixie Marine to get an estimate. The only damage was to the engine (cowling cracked, broken skag) along with a little damage to the fenders of the trailer(fishing rods fell off the wall knicking the paint on the fenders). The trolling motor was folded up, but when we cut the garage door down, it returned to normal.

The boat had no damage what so ever. Damage to the house was $20,000, and less than $2,000 for engine and trailer. When I tell people that the boat was not even scratched, they say I'm lying, but it's the truth. I just let them think this and I go on Loving My Ranger

--John B.

My Ranger Boat

Where to start? I can't say enough about Ranger Boats.

My dad bought an R71 last May. He really didn't want a fiberglass boat, but I really did. My dad only got to fish out of it one time before he passed away on the 29th of May, at the age of 45. He was a firefighter in Columbus, Mississippi.

The boat was left to me and I'm only 18 years old. I've won two tournments since then and I really love the boat.

The boat has a lot of value to me now. And although I will never sell that boat I will purchase a new Ranger boat this summer.

Thanks for the great boat.

--darren a.


I own a 1991 481 RANGER.

I got this boat back in Sept. and have enjoyed the boat since getting it.

--Troy Z.

Ranger R81

In Nov. 2002, I purchased my first Ranger Boat. It was a 1999 R81 with a Johnson 175.

The boat was in pretty bad shape. The hull was oxidized, the seats were trashed. You could tell that the previous owner just didn't take care of it.

Since then, I have worked with the wonderful people at Ranger to get me the parts I needed to make this boat new again.

A little time and elbow grease, and we are almost ready for the water. All we need now is Spring!

Again I want to say, "Thanks" to Charlie in the Parts Department and the other fine people at Ranger for building a great boat.


love my ranger

I bought an 18.5' Ranger with a 150 Merc (straight -6) in 1976.

In 1980 I bought a 150 v-6 Merc.

After 27 years of hard service, in the Atchafalia Basin and Toledo Bend, the boat still looks good and runs great. I have passed this boat on to my two sons.

Kenny Babin
Lafayette, La.
Phone 337-216-0127

--Kenny B.

Cannot sink a Ranger.... Even an R73!!!!!!!

My kids (worms) and I were fishing at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin when the wind was blowing in upwards of 20mph. There were 6 and 7 foot rollers. One of our buddys had a 18 foot walleye boat (different manufacturer). And we had a 1998 17 foot Ranger bass boat (R73). The guy called us and was scared because the waves were too big. But we said, "Na, let's just fish."

Then, about a minute later, I looked over and there was an 8 foot wave right next to the boat. And she crashed right on top of us and there was water everywere. Standing water on the decks but the boat did not even miss a beat. She just kept goin' like nothing happend.

And in that same trip we speard a 6 foot wave but, once again, just kept going without any trouble.

So let me just say, "I LOVE MY RANGER."

--Ray G.

Ranger 619dvs

My dad just bought a 2000 Ranger 619 DVS and we were wondering what is the boats top speed with a 200 merc on the back. Thanks for your help.

--Steve G.

Expensive mistake

I bought my 185VS in april of 02 and was very proud of my first "new" boat. I didn't have any major complaints, but there was a few things I needed Ranger to see too. I had difficulty getting Ranger to take care of the minor problems I had with the 185VS and I made the mistake of trading it for another brand of boat. Well, I really missed that 185VS. The other boat didn't fit me like that Ranger did. I called the dealer I traded with 4 weeks later and to my surprise, he still had it! To make a long story short, we came up with a deal for me to get my Ranger back, but it cost me dearly. It was a good feeling having it back home and I slept better than I had in 4 weeks!! Now Ranger, about those little problems.......

I really love my Ranger.

--Wendell M.

I Love My Ranger

My wife and I own a 1999 R-71 It's our second boat and first Ranger.

We toured the plant in Flippen, AR. about two years ago, while vacationing at Table Rock. We met several employees in the uphostery shop, fiberglass repair shop,and then went on the tour. Man, what customer friendly employees! If you ever have a chance to go on the tour, it's a must see, an E-ticket at Disney World.

I just had the honor and pleasure of meeting Forrest Wood at the Indianapolis boat show in Feb. 2003. He treated my wife and I like we had known each other for years. So with great pleasure, we have bought our second Ranger! The 2003 185VS

Tony & Tiese T.
Greenfield, IN.

--Tony T.
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