Ranger RT198p

Ranger Boats Announces New Models

Legendary bass boat manufacturer releases four new models for 2017.

Ranger RT198p

For 2017, Ranger welcomes a new flagship for the incredibly popular RT Series in the all-new RT198p. The innovative design combines high performance and versatility in a value-priced package designed for families and anglers alike. Capitalizing on performance, the new RT198p features a pad bottom hull, which gives Ranger its first aluminum boat rated for a 150 horsepower outboard. The foam-filled, wood-free construction delivers a smoother ride and unmatched performance while dampening the noise associated with conventional aluminum hulls. 

The all-welded RT198p measures 19 feet, 4 inches, with a 92-inch beam, and is available with an array of factory-rigged outboard options.  Full front and rear decks provide wide, stable and open fishing platforms. 

The center rod storage fits rods up to eight feet with additional port side rod storage available. The front deck offers a recessed foot pedal for the Minn Kota trolling motor and includes integrated tool storage as well. More tackle storage and a dedicated fiberglass cooler round out the well-equipped front deck.    

“The RT198p brings so much functionality, fishability and performance at an incredible price point,” said Ranger Aluminum Sales Manager Ryan Patterson. “Along with so many exclusive features of the RT198p, being able to mount a 150 horsepower outboard and the performance characteristics we’ve engineered, put this boat in a class by itself.”

The feature-laden boat sets itself apart as an ultra-fishable and affordable aluminum boat. Whether configured with a single or dual console, both are constructed from Ranger’s proven fiberglass manufacturing techniques for long-lasting durability and beautiful finish. The cockpit features a full complement of gauges and switches with an offset console designed to accommodate longer rods on the front deck. 

Inspired by the RT178 and RT188, the updates and features of the RT198p create a complete package not found with other aluminum fishing boats. Durable marine-grade carpet covers the floor and both decks for a clean look. A painted hull, new custom-fitted marine upholstery and new competition steering wheel match the fit and finish characteristic of Ranger designs. 

With the 31-gallon fuel tank located farther forward for better performance and capacity, the spacious rear deck offers even easier access to batteries and pumps, complete with spare prop storage and room for an on-board battery charger.  The all-new RT198p also boasts a Fishing Package option that includes a fiberglass center console, custom boat cover, boat buckle tie downs and a full sized spare.   

The new RT198p also comes standard with a four-inch channel frame Ranger Trial trailer.  Designed and built specifically to fit the boat’s hull for solid and easy towing, the trailer offers a swing-away tongue, waterproof lights, swing jack and durable Road Armor finish, designed to shield against rock chips, road debris and other hazards. Performance built, the RT198p provides serious anglers with an affordable and capable tournament rig packed with must-have fishing features.    

Overall Hull Length: 19 feet, 4 inches 

Beam: 92 inches 

Maximum HP: 150 

Hull Thickness: .100 inches 

Fuel Capacity: 31 gallons 

Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1,475 lbs. 

Approx. Boat Weight: 1,300 lbs. (single console) 

Trailer GVWR: SM3725

Ranger Z185

New for 2017, Ranger Boats delivers a tournament-inspired fiberglass boat at an incredible value with the introduction of the all-new Z185. The Z185 delivers unparalleled fit and finish for recreational anglers and sets itself apart from other entry-level boats with a long list of premium, factory-installed standard equipment. 

Measuring 18 feet, 8 inches, the new Ranger Z185 is rated for 150 horsepower and is available with a wide range of outboard brands. The boat’s size is ideal for storage in a most garages and can be easily managed by smaller tow vehicles. The 96-inch beam provides exceptional stability and plenty of deck space, which features a multitude of lockable storage options.  

“The Z185 fits a niche in the market that’s always been very popular,” said Ranger Boats Director of Product Development Lance Newton. “It’s an ideal size for many anglers and our new Z185 offers a host of features not usually seen on a boat in this price range.  It’s really a great fit for an aspiring tournament angler or anyone looking for a fully featured boat that’s easy to own, tow and stow.”

The massive front casting deck features a center rod locker that accepts rods up to eight feet in length and features an integrated tackle storage system. Additional rod storage located on the port side fits even more rods up to 7 feet, 6 inches.

The front deck also features a recessed trolling motor foot pedal with tool storage, offset bow panel with room for mounting large-screen electronics and stainless steel compression locks to keep lids in place. Available in single or dual console configurations, the offset design allows for longer rods to lay cleanly on the front deck and offers a full complement of gauges.  The driver’s console also delivers the ability to mount a wide selection of electronics with up to 12-inch screens.   

Ultra-stable on pad, the Z185 features a pultruded fiberglass transom, fiberglass stringer system and high-performance steering wheel. Hydraulic steering provides a responsive, one-piece feel and smooth, easy handling. 

The Z185 comes standard with a Minn Kota Maxxum 70 trolling motor, Lowrance Hook 5 CHIRP electronics at the console, onboard battery charger and a recirculating, aerated livewell with removable divider. 

Additional features such as a built-in, insulated cooler, gas spring lid assists and integrated L.E.D. navigation lights further set the new Z185 apart from the competition. The interior boasts premium upholstery and molded-in footrests for both driver and passenger while the hull enjoys updated trade dress and raised style lines. 

The new Z185 is complimented by its Ranger Trial trailer, designed and built specifically to fit the boat’s hull for solid and easy towing. All Ranger Trail trailers are equipped with a durable Road Armor finish, designed to shield against rock chips, road debris and other hazards while helping retain higher resale value and peace of mind. Each trailer also offers LED lights, aluminum wheels, COOL Hub lubrication system, torsion axle suspension and a locking, swing-away tongue with matching fiberglass fenders and a full-size spare.  

Overall Hull Length: 18 feet, 8 inches 

Beam: 96 inches 

Maximum HP: 150 

Inside Depth: 20 inches 

Fuel Capacity: 33 gallons 

Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1,265 lbs. 

Approx. Boat Weight: 1,550 lbs. (single console) 

Trailer GVWR: CF3725

Ranger 1880MS

Ranger Boats continues its rich tradition of innovative design and function with the introduction of the new 1880MS Angler. The unique versatility gives anglers a platform for hardcore fishing along with a wide-open layout for family outings.  

Measuring 18 feet, 8 inches, with a 100-inch beam, the 1880MS is rated for 200 horsepower and available with a wide range of precision-matched, factory-rigged outboards. Designed for a variety of applications, the 1880MS is home to both southern bass fisheries and the big waters of the Great Lakes and upper Midwest.  

“We have taken the proven 1880LS platform and improved it to give anglers a boat that continues to shine as a serious fishing rig, but includes more family friendly features for greater flexibility,” said Ranger Boats Director of Engineering Gary Howard. “The updated interior and addition of the rear jump seats in particular help this boat appeal to an even broader group of people.”

The new 1880MS includes many key features of Ranger’s popular Fisherman Series, renowned for big water capability and tournament inspired design.  Features like a huge center rod locker, enormous front casting deck and an oversized, recirculating livewell. In addition, the bow of the boat features a new panel with tool holders, chrome cup holder and space to flush mount electronics up to 12 inches.  A Minn Kota 70 Power Drive trolling motor also comes standard.   

Storage is impressive throughout the boat, with areas tooled into the gunnels for even more room, plus a tackle storage system beneath the passenger's console. A gel-coat lined, insulated cooler has also been added to the front deck. The custom driver’s console comes with a Lowrance Hook 5 CHIRP and features a full compliment of gauges and switches. Two foldable, rear jump seats provide additional seating with storage beneath. A full rear casting deck is created with the jump seats in the stowed position. The rear deck also offers additional storage complete with built-in rod holders located at the stern for hands-off fishing.   

The new 1880MS also features Ranger’s exclusive Rite-Track Keel for easier trolling and tracking.  Anglers and families alike will appreciate the stainless steel boarding ladder and premium all-weather upholstery for comfort in a variety of conditions. The upholstery is further complemented by color-matched side panels flanking each side of the wide open cockpit, which also includes a removable snap-in carpet option for easy clean up and more versatility.   

The new 1880MS is factory equipped with a custom Ranger Trail trailer designed and built specifically to fit the boat’s hull for solid and easy towing. The Road Armor Equipped trailer offers LED lights, aluminum wheels, COOL Hub lubrication system, torsion axle suspension and a locking, swing-away tongue with matching fiberglass fenders and a full-size spare. The durable Road Armor finish, designed to shield against rock chips, road debris and other hazards, helps retain higher resale value and peace of mind.  

Overall Hull Length: 18 feet, 8 inches 

Beam: 100 inches 

Maximum HP: 200 

Inside Depth: 25 inches 

Fuel Capacity: 34 gallons 

Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1,700 lbs. 

Approx. Boat Weight: 1,960 lbs. 

Trailer GVWR: CF4500 

Ranger 1850MS Reata

As Ranger Boat’s newest addition to the acclaimed Reata line, the 1850MS delivers a multipurpose watercraft to fit a family’s full day on the water. This configurable and versatile boat is ideal for serious fishing, water sports or pleasure cruising and offers unparalleled performance and features.   

Measuring 18 feet, 10 inches, and boasting an ultra-stable 100-inch beam, the Ranger 1850MS Reata is rated for 175 horsepower and is available with a variety of precision-matched outboards. The innovative design and feature set draws inspiration from what’s become one of Ranger’s most popular packages over the last several years, replacing the celebrated 1850LS.  

A fully redesigned interior, console and dash layout give the new 1850MS even more ability to accommodate a family with a wide range of on-the-water interests and activities. 

“Year in and year out, the 1850 has been one of our most popular models in the entire lineup,” said Ranger Sales Manager Mark Zwicker. “The versatility the boat offers makes it the ideal choice for a family that doesn’t want to compromise when it comes to spending time on the water.  The new features and updates found in the 1850MS is without a doubt the best iteration yet."

A family out for a day of water sports will have access to seating for six, taking advantage of the spacious cockpit and redesigned rear jump seats. Water skis can be stowed in the center compartment that doubles as rod storage with a built-in organizer for rods up to seven feet in length. More storage in the port side gunnel offers space for additional rods.  

The new 1850MS utilizes virtually every inch of available space to organize gear and equipment and ensure a clean deck. The acclaimed folding front deck extension can be deployed to create a full casting platform for fishing or stowed to accommodate a comfortable lounge area. Two storage compartments, an aerated baitwell and insulated cooler sit beneath the front deck for quick and easy access and provide more flexibility to maximize time on the water.     

The all-new console and dash layout offer the space to flush mount up to 12-inch electronics and come outfitted with factory installed, multi-function gauges. The passenger console holds a Bluetooth ready Infinity stereo and features a large glove box for personal items with integrated tackle storage located underneath.   

The new 1850MS also includes updated aesthetics with raised style lines built into the hull and new color-matched side panels on the cockpit’s interior, further highlighting the boat’s exceptional fit and feel.  Integrated bow navigation lights are also built into the gunnel providing greater dependability and peace of mind. Chrome cup holders and tool storage accompany the redesigned rear jump seats, which can be folded up for access to additional storage compartments. When folded down, the seats combine with the rest of the rear deck to serve asa full casting platform. 

The rear deck also offers additional dry storage complete with a stainless steel boarding ladder and integrated rod holders at the stern for hands-off fishing and trolling.     

The 1850MS comes paired with a custom-built, single-axle RangerTrail trailer. Designed to perfectly match the boat for smooth, easy towing and maneuvering, the RangerTrail trailer is equipped with a Road Armor finish, LED lights, aluminum wheels and a COOL Hub lubrication system as standard equipment. Further equipped with torsion axle suspension, swing away tongue, full-size spare and matching fiberglass fenders, the 1850MS's RangerTrail trailer delivers remarkable peace of mind when trailering and complements the striking good looks of the boat.  

Overall Hull Length: 18 feet, 10 inches 

Beam: 100 inches 

Maximum HP: 175 

Inside Depth: 27 inches 

Fuel Capacity: 34 gallons 

Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1,900 lbs. 

Approx. Boat Weight: 2,290 lbs. 

Trailer GVWR: CF4500 

For more information, visit RangerBoats.com


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