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#12575587 - 01/12/18 12:44 PM Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats?
Mr.Burkham Offline
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Registered: 01/20/16
Posts: 9
Who is running the new Ranger aluminum bass boats? No matter how happy you may or may not be I am interested in what you are not happy with if anything about them. How smooth are they going across choppy water, big water? How bad are they about hanging up on stumps? If any of you have had experience with the Ranger boats as well as other aluminum bass boats, how did they compare? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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#12575641 - 01/12/18 01:21 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
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Have a friend who sold his 21' Ranger and went with an aluminum Ranger. He loves it.

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#12575676 - 01/12/18 01:39 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
SteezMacQueen Online   sleepy
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Sounds like you already know the pitfalls of a aluminum boat. I'll add that they get blown around like the leafs in my yard.
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#12575693 - 01/12/18 01:48 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
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They don't displace water when you're running the way a glass boat does. You tend to get soaked in any sort of chop.
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#12575704 - 01/12/18 01:58 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
tin man 55 Offline
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I have the RT188; added an Ultrex to fix the "get blown round like the leafs in my yard". I agree with that, which is why I added the Ultrex. I have not tried it in real rough water since I get to pick when I go fishing. if you fish tournaments, the RT188 is probably too small for the rough water you might encounter. They make a RT198 now, but I would think that would be marginal.

It's plenty big enough for 2, and I've been all over Lake Fork in it. I've also joined Private Water Fishing, and launch off the bank in the ponds. I traded out of a 21' skeeter, and I haven't looked back. I like to fish and not see how much gas I can burn in a day.

my only gripe is it can be difficult to load. The strakes (is that right?) can get easily caught on the bunks, and the boat will not slide into the correct position like a fiberglass boat does. not a problem with 2 people, but can be a real pain when I'm by myself.
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#12575706 - 01/12/18 01:59 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
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I have a rt 188, with a merc 115, I fish Fork 100 plus days a year, runs 45mph, sips gas, and rides great up to 20mph headwinds with whitcaps,
then it's time to head for the house. The trailer it came on is kinda cheap, and I went thrpugh 4 sets of lights to get ones that won't leak.
Cleans with just a wipe down, no problems for 3 years. fish I have a Minnkota Terrova 80 that will hold it anywhere, no problem.


Edited by JIM SR. (01/12/18 02:03 PM)

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#12575714 - 01/12/18 02:04 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: i-Fish]
tin man 55 Offline
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disagree with the getting soaked comment; got just as wet in my old skeeter when not running straight into the wind or down wind.

my RT188 keeps me just as dry.
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#12575724 - 01/12/18 02:14 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
Couples Team Offline
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Registered: 05/02/13
Posts: 302
Loc: Lindale
I have an Rt188 and have not looked back! Got rid of my 20ft Triton. There are pro's and con's! The 188 has more of a flat bottom. It will get hung on a stump and can be a pain sometimes to get off of it, but no more trouble than a glass boat. The 198 has more of a bass boat pad and to me, it would be easier to get off of stumps, but I personally have not been in one! If you cross some pretty good waves, it will get you wet! The wind does not blow you around in the Ranger vs an Xpress.

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#12575732 - 01/12/18 02:21 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: SteezMacQueen]
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Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Sounds like you already know the pitfalls of a aluminum boat. I'll add that they get blown around like the leafs in my yard.


Not with an Ultrex. That TM solves that problem in spades.
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#12575826 - 01/12/18 03:40 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
Mr.Burkham Offline
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Thank you guys for the input. Exactly what I was looking for.

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#12575874 - 01/12/18 04:15 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
GIG'EM AGGIES Offline
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Loc: texas
They make boats to fit all needs. If'n you like your'n enjoy. I have a Skeeter ZX190 and it works for me but if'n I could afford it I'd have me a brand spankin' new Phoenix 921. I love me a big boat.
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#12576054 - 01/12/18 06:59 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
Couples Team Offline
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Loc: Lindale
Also, head over to Bass Boat Central and look under the tin boat section! Tons of info to read on aluminum boats!

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#12576069 - 01/12/18 07:11 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Frank the Tank]
SteezMacQueen Online   sleepy
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Originally Posted By: Frank the Tank
Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Sounds like you already know the pitfalls of a aluminum boat. I'll add that they get blown around like the leafs in my yard.


Not with an Ultrex. That TM solves that problem in spades.
No it doesn't! The Ultrex will hold anything on a spot lock, but those lightweight aluminum boats are a handful if you are fishing docks in the wind, and an Ultrex ain't gonna help ya there. No more than an Edge or a Maxxum. Aluminum boats are also noisy.

That said, I have the same boat as Gigem does, a TZX190 and I would like to trade it for an Express 21ft, if I had to change to an aluminum boat.

Nothing bad about the Ranger. You wanted to know what the downfalls were. I can name as many or more about my Skeeter. That's why there are so many different boats to choose from....pick what works for you.
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#12576077 - 01/12/18 07:18 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
west tex angler Offline
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I was at the Fun-n-Sun shindig today, and took a good look at the Polarcraft aluminum. There is one there that is extra wide and had a 115 HP on the back.It was as wide as the Phoenix 920 sitting next to it. Real nice boat. I had an 18' Express with a 90 hp that I kept three months, and fell out of it once. Stumbled around in it a lot. Im an old guy and now drive a 250 ZX. Its much safer for me. I should have bought that one to begin with. If I still had the aluminum boat, I would hug the edges of the lake while on Fork and choose my launch sites with a little more study.
Again, look at that Polarcraft, I liked it
Good Luck


Edited by west tex angler (01/12/18 07:19 PM)
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#12576108 - 01/12/18 07:39 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
FlaNative Offline
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I also have an RT188 and it suits me just fine. On the positive side, it cost a lot less than a fiberglass and is easier to tow with my Tacoma. It takes fairly rough water pretty well, but how it handles in 30 mph winds I'll never know cuz I won't be out there. I've been out with James Biggs in it a couple times (Squaw Creek with 20 mph winds and Joe Pool) and he really seemed to like how it handled and was thinking about the RT198 for a future ride. I like the layout and it fishes really well. I find it easy to launch and recover by myself and I don't worry about the hull every time it gets a little bump.

Negatives? It's not a 2500 lb fiberglass boat and it doesn't draft 15" deep (hmmm, guess those could be positives as well), so it will move around in the wind more than a Z521C. If I'm running crosswind in a chop I will get wet. I have gotten wet in fiberglass boats under the same conditions, but I definitely get wetter in the aluminum boat. The rain suit comes in handy on those days. I haven't had major issues with hanging up on stumps, but I know what I'm driving so I'm pretty cautious in stump fields and don't try to motor through them too quickly. I could put one Power Pole or Talon on it but Ranger won't allow two or it voids the warranty. I can't carry BPS' full inventory in it either, but that's probably a net positive as well.

Would I like a 21' fiberglass boat with a 250SHO and a fully outfitted F-250 tow vehicle? Sure, but I'm not sure I'd like it any better than the RT188, at least for the way I fish (non-tournament, weekend warrior). I sure wouldn't like the $80K - $100k of debt associated with the bigger rig, so I'll stick with the darn good fishing boat I've got and fish out of my friends' big rigs when I get an invite.

That's my 2cents
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#12576287 - 01/12/18 10:00 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
forsanmedic Offline
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Registered: 03/13/11
Posts: 614
Loc: south DFW
Not sure how much this helps since mine is a deep V aluminum and not a mod v, but here is my experience the last 6 or so years. I had a tracker mod v that I would get beat up in high winds / waves and it got blown around a lot. I traded it for a G3 Deep V that is 96 inches wide. The deep V and wide foot print solved the waves issue and it is a good bit heavier, so my 80 pound terrova holds us on a spot in open water in winds up to about 25. That is on Whitney or Twok mostly. We fish for all species, so most of my spot locking is on structure fishing for white bass/stripers or a brushpile while crappie fishing.
Big waves we just slow down and take them at quarters and it gets us thru them just fine. It has a full wrap around windshield, so that helps with the water. We were on Texoma in 25 mph winds, and I didn't feel unsafe at all in it. I wouldn't have tried that in the Tracker.
Bottom line, the deeper the V the better the ride in rough water. The deep V we drive operates fine in water around 2 ft. It'slight enough that my wife and I load and unload it easily and to pull easy with my truck. I don't drive in a lot of stump fields, but have idled over a few and didn't get stuck.
We chose this particular model because we liked the reviews it got and the floor plan it has. One of the plus sides of it is this style is used in the Great Lakes walleye fishing. In my mind, that means they are built for big waves. Plus has room for 4 to fish comfortably. It runs 30+ with 2 people, 30 gallons of gas, and a pretty heavy load of gear.
Like I said, not sure how much this will help, but it is just our experience.
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#12576321 - 01/12/18 10:38 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: FlaNative]
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Posts: 963
Loc: Red Oak, TX
Originally Posted By: FlaNative
I also have an RT188 and it suits me just fine. On the positive side, it cost a lot less than a fiberglass and is easier to tow with my Tacoma. It takes fairly rough water pretty well, but how it handles in 30 mph winds I'll never know cuz I won't be out there. I've been out with James Biggs in it a couple times (Squaw Creek with 20 mph winds and Joe Pool) and he really seemed to like how it handled and was thinking about the RT198 for a future ride. I like the layout and it fishes really well. I find it easy to launch and recover by myself and I don't worry about the hull every time it gets a little bump.

Negatives? It's not a 2500 lb fiberglass boat and it doesn't draft 15" deep (hmmm, guess those could be positives as well), so it will move around in the wind more than a Z521C. If I'm running crosswind in a chop I will get wet. I have gotten wet in fiberglass boats under the same conditions, but I definitely get wetter in the aluminum boat. The rain suit comes in handy on those days. I haven't had major issues with hanging up on stumps, but I know what I'm driving so I'm pretty cautious in stump fields and don't try to motor through them too quickly. I could put one Power Pole or Talon on it but Ranger won't allow two or it voids the warranty. I can't carry BPS' full inventory in it either, but that's probably a net positive as well.

Would I like a 21' fiberglass boat with a 250SHO and a fully outfitted F-250 tow vehicle? Sure, but I'm not sure I'd like it any better than the RT188, at least for the way I fish (non-tournament, weekend warrior). I sure wouldn't like the $80K - $100k of debt associated with the bigger rig, so I'll stick with the darn good fishing boat I've got and fish out of my friends' big rigs when I get an invite.

That's my 2cents

I own 2018 rt 188 this is first aluminum Iíve owned. So far I love it got the merc proxs ct setback plate and power pole. It is stable boat and and a pleasure to fish out of . This ainít no basstracker no comparison.
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#12576453 - 01/13/18 07:45 AM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
GTrigg Offline
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Registered: 11/25/14
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Loc: East Texas
Traded my Skeeter off on a 18' G3 a couple years back and don't regret it at all. I was also looking at the Ranger's and Triton's, but as someone said above, they would not allow me to transfer my two Talons without voiding the warranty.

The G3 goes places I would never dream of going in my Skeeter and with my Terrova and Talons, I can still fish "big" water in the wind. Crossing water at 35 to 40 mph makes the ride a lot smoother than at 65 to 70 mph, but I'm older and don't care to get in any hurry these days.
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#12576550 - 01/13/18 08:55 AM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: GTrigg]
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What warranty,hull?Why would this void the warranty?I don't understand.
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#12576604 - 01/13/18 09:31 AM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
Mr.Burkham Offline
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Registered: 01/20/16
Posts: 9
I'm also curious about the warranty?

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#12576622 - 01/13/18 09:42 AM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
GTrigg Offline
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Loc: East Texas
That is what the Ranger / Triton dealer in Longview told me when I was looking at trading in the Skeeter. They would transfer one of my Talons, but not both.
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#12576656 - 01/13/18 10:09 AM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: GTrigg]
basscaster46 Online   content
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Loc: Red Oak, TX
Originally Posted By: GTrigg
That is what the Ranger / Triton dealer in Longview told me when I was looking at trading in the Skeeter. They would transfer one of my Talons, but not both.

I bought mine in eastland dealer said they would put whatever I wanted on it. My pole is mounted to setback plate on port side . Ladder is starboard and yes came from ranger that way.
Iíve owned nothing but fiberglass boats and have nothing bad to say about them other than the cost now is more than Iím willing to pay.
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#12576706 - 01/13/18 10:44 AM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: basscaster46]
Mr.Burkham Offline
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Registered: 01/20/16
Posts: 9
Did you get the RT188 or the 198?

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#12576726 - 01/13/18 11:01 AM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
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I hope it rides drier than some of the Ranger glass boats in rough water
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#12580029 - 01/15/18 04:29 PM Re: Ranger Aluminum Bass Boats? [Re: Mr.Burkham]
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Loc: Nacogdoches, Tx
A little different here, but kinda the same. I have the Triton 18cTX with the merc 115 4strk and couldn't be more pleased. I am fine in rough water, get a little wet, but no bother. I do have wind problems, but that just goes with fishing, I have never been on the lake when the wind was not blowing. The day I caught my PB I should not have been on the lake and in fact was the only one out there, I had to get a guy out of his house to come witness my catch, but I fish when I want to, no matter wind or rain, just don't like lightning. I up graded the trolling motor and that really helps.
I really like the aluminum boats.
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