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#12460259 - 10/10/17 06:46 AM I've joined the Ranger family my first boat
EvanVidal Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/27/04
Posts: 1858
Loc: Rhome, Tx
1983 350V w/ 200 Mercury Black Max





I've already started the refurb and makeover process.....

I found a weak spot on the front deck and refiberglassed it.


New seats from boatseats.com.....


Began adding a custom deck exstention that will have two storage compartments.



The gelcoat is near non existent, so im going to wrap her to protect what's left...


Also bought a 80lb motorguide 24vlt TM and two HDS7s w/Structure scan.

Future plans are new gauge panel, LED running lights for the bow, LED deck lights.

I've always wanted a Ranger and I'm extremely happy that my first,
though it's old, boat is a Ranger!
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#12460271 - 10/10/17 06:57 AM Re: I've joined the Ranger family my first boat [Re: EvanVidal]
BoomBoom Offline
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Registered: 01/31/07
Posts: 2142
Loc: The Woodlands, Tx
Awesome!!!

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#12460278 - 10/10/17 07:08 AM Re: I've joined the Ranger family my first boat [Re: BoomBoom]
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Registered: 10/31/04
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Loc: San Diego, Ca/ Sanger, Tx
Good luck, those older rangers are rock solid
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#12460290 - 10/10/17 07:19 AM Re: I've joined the Ranger family my first boat [Re: EvanVidal]
beartrap Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 676
Loc: south georgia
nice refurb job....believe that boat is rated for a 150 hp so there's going to be some tournaments you can't fish.....boat is going to be fast but probably a little squirrelly to drive....

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#12460318 - 10/10/17 07:53 AM Re: I've joined the Ranger family my first boat [Re: EvanVidal]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 8608
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Excellent job Evan! I owned a 350V and a 360V Ranger. Those older Rangers were built like tanks.

Me and a buddy of mine put a 13.61 SAL in the livewell of my 360 at Fork in a tourney in 1987.

It wasn't mine tho!! realmad


Edited by Ken A. (10/10/17 07:56 AM)

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#12460333 - 10/10/17 08:03 AM Re: I've joined the Ranger family my first boat [Re: EvanVidal]
GROD Offline
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Registered: 09/12/10
Posts: 1285
Loc: Eagle Mountain
Well done!

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#12460342 - 10/10/17 08:08 AM Re: I've joined the Ranger family my first boat [Re: EvanVidal]
GIG'EM AGGIES Online   content
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 2030
Loc: texas
Go all the way Evan and put you a Sea Star hydraulic steering on it. You won't be sorry with that 200 on there. They tug pretty hard with that cable steering especially one that old. Good job restoring.
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#12460343 - 10/10/17 08:08 AM Re: I've joined the Ranger family my first boat [Re: beartrap]
EvanVidal Offline
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Registered: 05/27/04
Posts: 1858
Loc: Rhome, Tx
Originally Posted By: beartrap
nice refurb job....believe that boat is rated for a 150 hp so there's going to be some tournaments you can't fish.....boat is going to be fast but probably a little squirrelly to drive....


The title says 200hp, but the cowel says 150.....
I'm not really sure which is accurate. How can I really find out?
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#12460352 - 10/10/17 08:13 AM Re: I've joined the Ranger family my first boat [Re: EvanVidal]
GIG'EM AGGIES Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 2030
Loc: texas
I can tell you that is not the original motor but the serial # will be your friend as to the HP. I would be surprised that someone would go over rated on a boat that old.
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#12460380 - 10/10/17 08:35 AM Re: I've joined the Ranger family my first boat [Re: EvanVidal]
beartrap Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 676
Loc: south georgia
real easy way to tell.....if that boat runs 55-60 mph and no chinewalking,it's a 150 hp.....if the boat runs 65-70 mph and got to really drive it to prevent the chine walking,it's a 200 hp....200 hp also have a higher pitch "howl" to them......

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#12460391 - 10/10/17 08:40 AM Re: I've joined the Ranger family my first boat [Re: EvanVidal]
Bryan O' Offline
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Registered: 09/26/12
Posts: 174
Loc: Cypress Texas
That ole' 350 is a great boat. My partner had one back in the 80'. Ran great with a standard Merc 150. I can't see it clear enough, but the cowling looks like it may be an XR2 150, and they were sold back in 83, so it could be the original motor. As said above, just check the serial numbers the know for sure. Also, be on the hunt for a used Sea Star hydraulic steering system. It will make it much more fun to drive, and safer. Before you put carpet back down, you may consider a recessed foot petal tray as well. That's going to be a great project once you're done! Have fun.


Edited by Bryan O' (10/10/17 11:42 AM)
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#12460395 - 10/10/17 08:44 AM Re: I've joined the Ranger family my first boat [Re: EvanVidal]
SoCal Tom Offline
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Registered: 04/10/07
Posts: 9148
Loc: Garland, TX
Congrats Evan! Going to be great when you are done with it.
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#12460415 - 10/10/17 08:58 AM Re: I've joined the Ranger family my first boat [Re: EvanVidal]
Slide_R Offline
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Registered: 05/31/03
Posts: 5271
Loc: Richardson
Awesome brother! We are going to go fishing expensive crankbaits when?
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#12460427 - 10/10/17 09:12 AM Re: I've joined the Ranger family my first boat [Re: EvanVidal]
GIG'EM AGGIES Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 2030
Loc: texas
Try this website using your serial # to find year and HP.
http://www.maxrules.com/models/Merc_...s/115-150.html
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#12460560 - 10/10/17 10:41 AM Re: I've joined the Ranger family my first boat [Re: EvanVidal]
Ted Martin Offline
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Registered: 07/26/05
Posts: 1661
Loc: Dallas, TX
i love seeing old boats getting a new life. good job.

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