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Buying a Ranger Alumnimum #12705443
04/06/18 01:33 PM
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I'm looking into buying a Ranger RT178, is anyone running one of these or have any information? I fish medium to big lakes but don't need anything that is super fast or can take on big waters. Thanks ahead of time!

Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13] #12705474
04/06/18 01:54 PM
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NRH/Fork ! GET THE NET
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NRH/Fork ! GET THE NET
I have a 2014 RT188, 115 Merc, and a Terrova 80.
sips gas, runs 45mph, and handles great. Only problem I've had was the
trailer lights leaked, Ranger dealer swapped them out with
a upgraded set, no more problems. fish

Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13] #12705752
04/06/18 05:19 PM
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Keller, TX
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I have the same set-up as Jim Sr. Very satisfied. Have not been in a 178, but probably would be fine.

Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13] #12705846
04/06/18 06:22 PM
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Fairview, TX
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With where I fish, I prefer aluminum. I have a Lowe's Stinger 175. I liked it better than the Ranger. Get an Ultrex, and you're set.

Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13] #12705847
04/06/18 06:23 PM
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Cisco,Tx
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I just went from a 21' Triton XHP Glass boat to A Ranger 198P LOVE IT !

Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13] #12705869
04/06/18 06:34 PM
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I seriously considered the Aluminum Ranger prior to buying my new to me kitty kat... the padded hull makes for a great ride and the storage and deck space was really nice and roomy. Go to Cabellas in Mckinney and hop in one to get good feel. Really nice boat.


Catching big Bass is all I think about!
Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: metalruch1] #12706495
04/07/18 02:38 AM
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Got a rt188 have no complaints .

Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13] #12706648
04/07/18 11:14 AM
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I looked at these while shopping for my current boat. I ended up buying a G3 Sportsman 17 and am very satisfied with it. You might look into the G3 and compare.


Hey--we finally caught one!

Wife PB 8.68 lbs. Joe Pool, ---My PB 8.68 lbs. Joe Pool, - Son PB 6.08 lbs. Lake Fork
Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13] #12706728
04/07/18 01:14 PM
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Hard to beat a tin boat.


"..The pleasantist angling is to see the fish
Cut with her golden oars the silver stream,
And greedily devour the treacherous bait.
Bill Shakespeare





Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13] #12707211
04/07/18 07:29 PM
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I run a Ranger glass boat and my dealer was telling me the other day that they were having to do lots of repairs on the Ranger aluminum boats. Specifically the weld on the very nose of the bow cracking and spreading. Not sure how big of a problem it is but something to consider.

Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13] #12707364
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I wouldn’t worry about a problem Ranger will make it right if there is one

Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13] #12707489
04/08/18 12:10 AM
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If I was going tin I would have to look at the crestliner and sea ark.

Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: KM13] #12707494
04/08/18 12:13 AM
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The new gator trax is nice

Re: Buying a Ranger Alumnimum [Re: Jaret Latta] #12707576
04/08/18 01:07 AM
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Originally Posted By: Jaret Latta
The new gator trax is nice


Gator Trax is the Cadillac of tin boats. Made from 3/16 aluminum and you can have one made to your specs. That 21 footer is a beast.


I am a Senager. (Senior teenager) I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 50 years later. I don't have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I don't have a curfew, I have a drivers license,a PU truck and I have a bass boat. I am blessed.


Conscience never acquits, it either accuses or excuses.
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