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#11613223 - 05/19/16 05:11 PM Looking at a Ranger Z520
fish hunt sleep Offline
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Registered: 02/26/15
Posts: 54
Is anybody running a ranger Z520? I am looking a Z520 with a yamaha 250 sho. Pros vs cons? Does anyone know the difference between the Z520 and the Z520C ?

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#11613229 - 05/19/16 05:13 PM Re: Looking at a Ranger Z520 [Re: fish hunt sleep]
bigbass94 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 3166
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
I believe the Z520 C has more bells and whistles and standard features than just the Z520.
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#11613236 - 05/19/16 05:17 PM Re: Looking at a Ranger Z520 [Re: fish hunt sleep]
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Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/15/07
Posts: 2547
Loc: Forney
I love my Z520....250 Merc.

No complaints....no issues.

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#11613242 - 05/19/16 05:18 PM Re: Looking at a Ranger Z520 [Re: fish hunt sleep]
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Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 48481
Loc: Point Reyes
I love mine. You can tell it was designed by people that fish. The layout is great.Good performance and a good ride. Incredible customer service. The build quality on mine is awesome too. Not one thing g I dislike.
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#11613250 - 05/19/16 05:21 PM Re: Looking at a Ranger Z520 [Re: fish hunt sleep]
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Registered: 05/20/04
Posts: 492
Loc: Caddo Mills, TX
I don't own a Z520 but have fished out of one on several occasions and would not hesitate to own one. Awesome fishing platform.
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#11613286 - 05/19/16 05:43 PM Re: Looking at a Ranger Z520 [Re: fish hunt sleep]
fish hunt sleep Offline
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Registered: 02/26/15
Posts: 54
Can anyone recommend a dealer in the DFW area? (Not Cabelas.)

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#11613319 - 05/19/16 06:11 PM Re: Looking at a Ranger Z520 [Re: fish hunt sleep]
Mark Perry Online   content


Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 48481
Loc: Point Reyes
Originally Posted By: fish hunt sleep
Can anyone recommend a dealer in the DFW area? (Not Cabelas.)


Just make the trip to Diamond Sports at Fork. Ben and Fred are great.
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#11613995 - 05/19/16 11:21 PM Re: Looking at a Ranger Z520 [Re: Mark Perry]
Jaguar6 Offline
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Registered: 04/16/14
Posts: 499
Loc: Mesquite, TX
Originally Posted By: Mark Perry
Originally Posted By: fish hunt sleep
Can anyone recommend a dealer in the DFW area? (Not Cabelas.)


Just make the trip to Diamond Sports at Fork. Ben and Fred are great.
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#11614002 - 05/19/16 11:42 PM Re: Looking at a Ranger Z520 [Re: fish hunt sleep]
Flippin-Out Offline
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Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 1564
Loc: Magnolia, TX
Originally Posted By: fish hunt sleep
Is anybody running a ranger Z520? I am looking a Z520 with a yamaha 250 sho. Pros vs cons? Does anyone know the difference between the Z520 and the Z520C ?


The Z520/521 model years preceded the Z520C/521C model years. I know that 2012 was a "non-C" model year for the Cammanche 500 series because I have a 2012. In a subsequent year (possibly 2013) there were some notable deck layout changes among other things, and the "C" was added to the model numbers. The console and bow were changed to accommodate larger electronics flush-mounted, for instance. Tool holder slots were added and the TM recessed tray changed a bit. There were other style related changes. I understand that the wetted hull didn't change, but I'm not an expert on knowing if that is correct or not.

I have fished from a 520C. I didn't sense a huge difference from the non C models. I don't care for that engine brand, but that's a personal choice on opinion of brand reputation.

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#11614079 - 05/20/16 06:36 AM Re: Looking at a Ranger Z520 [Re: Flippin-Out]
n_texas_basser Online   content
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Registered: 03/06/11
Posts: 246
Loc: Allen, Texas
I've had both a Z520 and Z520C. To add to Flippin-Out's input, the 520C's gunnel is a bit narrower , and the deck is a bit higher to the gunnel on the front deck vs. my 2011 (giving you a bit more deckspace). I believe the console area is a bit deeper providing more leg room. Also, the gas tank sits forward more on the C model, causing the boat to not ride as nose high as the Z520, but still no major compromise on top-end speed. I love the boat, great fishing platform and handle's water pretty good compared to other Ranger hulls.
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#11614156 - 05/20/16 07:28 AM Re: Looking at a Ranger Z520 [Re: fish hunt sleep]
Neal G Offline
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Registered: 11/06/09
Posts: 598
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: fish hunt sleep
Is anybody running a ranger Z520? I am looking a Z520 with a yamaha 250 sho. Pros vs cons? Does anyone know the difference between the Z520 and the Z520C ?


The BBC Ranger Boats forum is your best source to compare the two Z520 & Z520C models. There are some really helpful guys in that group. I can help on the Z520C pros/cons through PM and phone call.
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#11614185 - 05/20/16 07:48 AM Re: Looking at a Ranger Z520 [Re: fish hunt sleep]
patriot07 Online   content
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Registered: 04/20/10
Posts: 16818
Loc: chateau d'if
My only complaint was rough ride compared to the Z521. It's a great boat with an awesome layout and fishing platform, and it is a dry ride, but not a smooth one IMHO.
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#11614881 - 05/20/16 01:13 PM Re: Looking at a Ranger Z520 [Re: fish hunt sleep]
danwill12 Offline
Angler

Registered: 05/30/14
Posts: 333
Loc: Florida
With some decent shopping you will not go wrong with either model you decide.

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#11615372 - 05/20/16 05:06 PM Re: Looking at a Ranger Z520 [Re: fish hunt sleep]
Shaun Lowe Offline
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Registered: 04/20/13
Posts: 209
The 2016 "non-C" just has a lot less standard features. I think the locks are different and there is less chrome. You can pretty much option them the same way but, if your going to add a bunch of upgrades, it makes sense to just order the C boat.

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#11615447 - 05/20/16 05:44 PM Re: Looking at a Ranger Z520 [Re: fish hunt sleep]
fish hunt sleep Offline
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Registered: 02/26/15
Posts: 54
Thank you all. I think the Z521c is the way to go.

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