FLIPPIN, Ark. (July 23, 2019) - Ranger's wildly successful RT188 has enjoyed seven years of success, and the 2020 version receives a host of key upgrades, most notably a setback transom, pad-bottom hull, an all-new fiberglass bow panel and warranted installation of dual Power-Poles.
"Aluminum bass boats have never been more popular, and we felt the time was right to expand on one of our most popular models with upgrades that makes the RT188 platform an even more effective tournament machine," says Jimmy Wallace, Ranger New Product Development Engineer. "We added some much-clamored-for, big-league enhancements to make the new RT188p even more desirable and functional at higher levels."
Starting with the hull, the RT188p carries a new pad-hull design for greater performance and handling that is welded with a new, stronger keel. The setback transom can carry dual Power-Poles with a jackplate, and the bilge area enjoys more room for pumps, a spare prop and batteries thanks to a new under-seat 23-gallon fuel tank.
Further enhancements to the new RT188p include expanded storage in the form of larger rear boxes, an insulated, drained cooler in the front deck and rod provisions in the port storage box up front. At the bow, a new fiberglass panel flush-mounts electronics up to 9" with integrated drink and tool holders.
In the cockpit, a new storage step eases ascent to the front deck, and dual kickboards provide an angled footrest for increased comfort.
Across the entire aluminum segment, Ranger has expanded the color palette to include a new Fusion Electra Blue and new camouflage boats with matte black hardware and accents. Even the custom-built Ranger Trail® trailer has been upgraded with a new wheel design and diamond plate polished aluminum accents on the fenders.
The RT188p is built in Flippin, Arkansas, and benefits from more than 50 years of experience making the best boats in the market. With the continued growth of the aluminum line, Ranger has been able to expand its capabilities in the Flippin plant to accommodate the increased demand for durable and quality aluminum products Ranger owners have come to expect.
2020 RANGER RT188p
Overall Length: 18 feet, 4 inches
Deck Width: 92 inches
Maximum HP: 115
Fuel Capacity: 23 gallons
Approx. Boat Weight: 1,300 lbs.
About Ranger Boats
Headquartered in Flippin, Ark., Ranger Boats is the nation's premier manufacturer of legendary fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, with acclaimed models and series in the bass, multi-species, fish 'n play, saltwater, waterfowl utility and pontoon boat segments. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest-quality, strongest-performing boats on the water. For more information, go to RangerBoats.com.