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#11034424 - 08/11/15 03:47 AM Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger?
bluesea112 Offline
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I would like to hear from guys who have ridden in both a Skeeter and a Ranger. I have owned a Ranger, so I know what the ride is like. Does a skeeter have the same smooth ride? They are both really nice boats with great features. I am wondering if the skeeter gives a dry ride in rough water? Does it beat you up or does is feel like you are riding on a cloud of cotton like in the Ranger? Thanks for your help.

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#11034428 - 08/11/15 05:32 AM Re: Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger? [Re: bluesea112]
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Skeeter rides better than a ranger, ranger fishes better than skeeter. In my opinion. That's FX vs 520/521C. Skeeter is smoother and drier.
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#11034716 - 08/11/15 08:36 AM Re: Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger? [Re: bluesea112]
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#11034926 - 08/11/15 09:57 AM Re: Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger? [Re: bluesea112]
Capt Craig Offline
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I have spent a lot of time in both Skeeter and Rangers. Owner the 24" Skeeter Bay and was a great boat. Spent a lot of time in various boat brands. I found that Nautic Star gives a very similar ride to both, but at a better price.
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#11035389 - 08/11/15 01:37 PM Re: Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger? [Re: bluesea112]
Epic backlash Offline
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The age old debate.... Skeeter and Ranger are both great boats. To me there isn't a boat out there that will ride like a dream in super rough water. (In real rough water you're going to get bounced around a little and a good chance you may get wet on any boat) Now in choppy to rough water the Skeeters and Rangers are on the same field. Both have a good ride, both will keep you dry etc. Bass boats aren't really intended nor made for rough water that's why the northerners run the lunds, trackers, and othe v bottom deeper hulled boats.

When it comes to the bass boats, ranger, skeeter, bass cat, Phoenix etc...... They are all good boats with their pros and cons.


Edited by R6crew (08/11/15 01:39 PM)

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#11035529 - 08/11/15 02:44 PM Re: Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger? [Re: bluesea112]
JIM SR. Offline
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they both are exactly the same.

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#11035592 - 08/11/15 03:05 PM Re: Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger? [Re: bluesea112]
bluesea112 Offline
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Thank you for your opinions. Looks like I need to take a ride in a Skeeter.

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#11036622 - 08/11/15 10:15 PM Re: Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger? [Re: bluesea112]
Epic backlash Offline
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Originally Posted By: bluesea112
Thank you for your opinions. Looks like I need to take a ride in a Skeeter.


Skeeter is a good boat, if you ride in a skeeter and are disappointed then you are hard to please.

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#11037001 - 08/12/15 08:28 AM Re: Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger? [Re: bluesea112]
Chuck Bumpilori Offline
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Sir! Yeah! go ahead and ride in both of'um, after that get yourself a ride in a Basscat. If you're considering a 20' boat then a Cougar or Puma would be your choice, then think about it!!
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#11037014 - 08/12/15 08:33 AM Re: Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger? [Re: bluesea112]
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#11037025 - 08/12/15 08:37 AM Re: Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger? [Re: bluesea112]
fouzman Offline
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Depends on the driver.
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#11037103 - 08/12/15 09:10 AM Re: Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger? [Re: bluesea112]
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Quality of construction would be most important I think. Before Tracker Marine acquired Ranger Boats they were probably the best constructed bass boat of all. Hand laid mat glass and a solid glass transom that was virtually indestructible. No chopper gun(chopped glass) made boats for me. As for ride, there probably is no difference since the hull shape is close to the same. The bean counters at Tracker Marine will probably change some things on the Ranger boats kinda like they did with all of the aluminum boat companies the have acquired by using thinner .090 aluminum instead of .125 thickness that the original mfgs used like Fisher and others. Jury is still out here.
If I wuz getting a Ranger, I might be looking at one made before Tracker's acquisition. Unless Skeeter has changed their construction over the years they are no where near as well made as the old Ranger heavy sleds. JMHO, no warranty implied smile


Edited by Muzzlebrake (08/12/15 09:12 AM)
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#11037452 - 08/12/15 11:41 AM Re: Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger? [Re: Muzzlebrake]
BMCD Offline
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Originally Posted By: Muzzlebrake
Quality of construction would be most important I think. Before Tracker Marine acquired Ranger Boats they were probably the best constructed bass boat of all. Hand laid mat glass and a solid glass transom that was virtually indestructible. No chopper gun(chopped glass) made boats for me. As for ride, there probably is no difference since the hull shape is close to the same. The bean counters at Tracker Marine will probably change some things on the Ranger boats kinda like they did with all of the aluminum boat companies the have acquired by using thinner .090 aluminum instead of .125 thickness that the original mfgs used like Fisher and others. Jury is still out here.
If I wuz getting a Ranger, I might be looking at one made before Tracker's acquisition. Unless Skeeter has changed their construction over the years they are no where near as well made as the old Ranger heavy sleds. JMHO, no warranty implied smile


So Tracker has not changed the boat but they are not as good as quality as they were before Tracker purchased Ranger? Did I follow that correctly? Cause that is how it reads.

What boat hulls are made with a chopper gun? (A discussion that has been made here many times and on many forums. Yes it is a rhetorical question.)

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#11037692 - 08/12/15 01:53 PM Re: Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger? [Re: BMCD]
Muzzlebrake Offline
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Originally Posted By: BMCD
Originally Posted By: Muzzlebrake
Quality of construction would be most important I think. Before Tracker Marine acquired Ranger Boats they were probably the best constructed bass boat of all. Hand laid mat glass and a solid glass transom that was virtually indestructible. No chopper gun(chopped glass) made boats for me. As for ride, there probably is no difference since the hull shape is close to the same. The bean counters at Tracker Marine will probably change some things on the Ranger boats kinda like they did with all of the aluminum boat companies the have acquired by using thinner .090 aluminum instead of .125 thickness that the original mfgs used like Fisher and others. Jury is still out here.
If I wuz getting a Ranger, I might be looking at one made before Tracker's acquisition. Unless Skeeter has changed their construction over the years they are no where near as well made as the old Ranger heavy sleds. JMHO, no warranty implied smile


So Tracker has not changed the boat but they are not as good as quality as they were before Tracker purchased Ranger? Did I follow that correctly? Cause that is how it reads.

What boat hulls are made with a chopper gun? (A discussion that has been made here many times and on many forums. Yes it is a rhetorical question.)


I didn't say Tracker had changed the Ranger boat construction but I did imply that the bean counters may at some point do so just like they have done with all the aluminum boat mfgs they bought out. Every big mfg has their bean counters doing what they do to make the stock holder more money many times at the expense of quality. Can we say Harley Davidson and AMF?
As for shopped glass boats, I don't know of any specific brands using 100% chop off hand but know they do exist. Some are only partially made with the chopper gun. The basic hull may be mat glass and then the rest of the construction assembly put together with the chopper gun. Chopped glass construction is much faster and cheaper and can reach hard to get to spots. I think all of the boat mfgs may use a chopper gun to some extent. The question is how much.
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#11038596 - 08/12/15 09:27 PM Re: Is there a difference in ride between a Skeeter and Ranger? [Re: bluesea112]
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They are both good boats. Owned both went with Ranger the last time and haven't looked back. It's all what you want in a boat and what you want to pay for. That being said I believe it comes down to the driver as far as a dry ride and the speed you are going!
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