Boat runs like it just stole
your best lure. The pull handles on compartments are tits up. The spare
tire needs relocated to unblock R/S view of trailer when towing. This is
a fantastic boat!
Grayrider - GA
1998 Ranger R80 Sport w/150
everything. Once you have ridden and fished in a Ranger 620 you'll
never, ever go back to a bass boat of any make. These things are
spectacular and have tons of toom Owned 4 Rangers and this one blows
them all away!
Dislikes: I bought it with the Vertical Pro windshields (plexi).
Mistake...the full windshield is phenomenal. I had one installed this
Prax123 - MN
2008 Ranger 620DVS w/225 Merc Pro
Dislikes: Wondering if anyone
has problems with livewell spider cracks; this is the second time in
shop for same thing. Seems to be no fix. Is it just my boat or are there
more out there?
Wilder - TX
2012 Ranger Z520 w/250
Likes: Boat rides well,
has lots of storage, ample deck space. Rod lockers will hold 8' rods,
has built in ice chest and large livewells. Boat will cruise at 60 in
rough water. Very stable fishing, even with a big partner. Hull is built
to last. This is my 3rd Ranger; I'll never own anything else.
Dislikes: Fuel mileage isn't great but I knew that before I
bought it. There is a price to pay for safety and comfort.
Itsubob2 - CA
1994 Ranger 492V w/225
Likes: Fit and finish,
ride & handling, layout, space.
Dislikes: Divided livewell, would rather have two livewells and
it's kind of small.
Would like to see 2 access hatches instead of one for easier access to
storage on front deck. Would like some moulded-in cup holders rather
than the cheap screw-on style.
No glove compartment/miscellaneous storage area. Middle seat/step would
be perfect place for cupholders/glove compartment. Rear deck is bit too
big, could move seats back a bit and make front deck bigger.
MassBass320v - MA
2004 Ranger 520VX w/225 Yamaha
Very solid feeling boat. Stable
for fishing. Good rod storage in port locker, nice cooler, good
livewells and decent sized back deck. I bought it used in 2010, replaced
the battery charger and electronics. Runs mid 50's WOT, good ride at
3500 to 4500 rpm, even in some chop. Overall, for a smaller, used bass
boat it has been good to me.
Scott - NC
2003 Ranger 185VX w/150
Boat handles very nice on KY
Lake, where you see a lot of rough water, also gives the fisherman
a great amount of room. Even your partner in the back shouldn't complain
about comfort. Fits in third bay of garage nicely. When I move down to
Kentucky Lake after retirement I will buy a home!
Fred C - IN
2007 Ranger Z19 w/225 Merc Pro
This is my second Ranger.
Likes: This motor runs great. Handles and rides super smooth
between 35 and 50 cruising speed. You feel the wheel more but still
handles great up to about 65. Slight walk at top speed of 70 GPS.
Fishability is perfect for me as I usually have my two sons with me. The
extra large rear deck gives enough casting room for all 3 of us. Fit
& finish is superb. Plenty of storage room for all my tackle and
gear. Tracking in wind is good.
Dislikes: It's really minor, but would like a little taller
windshield on console. This one really doesn't help much for me since
I'm rather tall at 6'4". Also would like to have a small glove box
or compartment at helm for items like truck keys, sunglassses when out
early or late, etc.
Bhog - WV
2009 Ranger 208 VX w/225 Yamaha HPDI Series
Love everything about the boat!
Has style and function, very stable ride and great platform to fish
from. Plenty of giddy up with the HO off the back. Really have no
dislikes, this is my first Ranger after 17 years in a Tracker 18 footer!
Milehigh - CA
2004 Ranger 520VX Comanche w/225 Evinrude
Likes: Spacious front
deck, design and placement of storage compartments is practical.
I get to store stuff where it makes sense. Fit and finsih is good. At
this time I get a quality Ranger at a price I can afford. Pulling the
trailer is easy and affordable. Everybody at David Fritts Outdoors
helped me get this configured exactly to my specs. I think it's a good
look boat, the 115 hp is plenty (WOT = 42 mph gps), plenty fast for this
size boat. I am a lucky guy!
Dislikes: I am not convinced of the E-Tec reliability.
HankBass - NC
2008 Ranger 177TR w/115 Evinrude
I love my Ranger but it takes
too long to plane out, bow rises high out of water. I've moved weight
around to level prop all the way down, what can I buy or do to help this
Bob - OK
1983 Ranger V330 w/110
Likes: Nice storage,
great ride in rough water with 25 Trophy, awesome hook up on turns,
great fuel economy at high speeds.
Dislike: With a 25 Tempest gets real hairy at 69 mph, 67 mph with
25 Trophy and handles better with safer ride if you don't know how to
steer out of chinewalk. Very sweet boat, name says it all.
Fish Farm - FL
2000 Ranger 520DVX w/225 Merc
Likes: Stability, ride,
fit & finish, livewells, everything about the boat. On our way back
in off Lake Erie we got caught in 6 footers and my girl got us back with
no problem. I would compare it to a Cadillac of boats, not the fastest
with a top speed of 68, but rides and handles like a dream.
Also, if you keep it in the 4500-5100 rpm range, it is great on gas.
Dislikes: Would like to see the top speed hit at least 70. Seeing
how I don't go that fast with the gas prices they way they are, it is not a
Bassman2168 - OH
2004 Ranger 520VX w/225 Merc
This is my first Ranger boat.
Ride is great, plenty of room, very well set up even with a dual
console. Yamaha is awesome.
Dislikes: Well the trailer jack is real loose and flops around,
compartment handle chrome peeling, rear light housing chrome peeling,
carpet loose, front Lowrance X125 is junk, need new transducer, center
seat button is a pain, keeps flopping up in the wind at higher speeds.
Bassn69 - IL
2006 Ranger 188VS w/175 Yamaha
Owned many Skeeters and Champs.
I will say without question the 519 is the best 19' fishing platform I
have ever fished on bar-none in all types of water, super stable and
level. All I have to say is I will own this boat for a long while, super
quality and solid.
My dislikes: Much harder to drive than Champs or Skeeters, very touchy
with the trim. But when you hit the sweet spot she'll keep up with most.
Championitup - OR
2003 Ranger 519 w/200
Likes: This boat is new
to me and the first thing I noticed is everything works like it is
supposed to, i.e. the gauges, livewells, etc. This is my first
Ranger and I have owned other early 90's brands and half of the things
didn't work and needed fixed. The next thing I noticed when I took it
out for the first time was the actual quality and feel of the boat. Very
stable when standing up walking around the boat. Looking forward to many
hours out on the boat this year!
Dislikes: Absolutely none so far!
Bassman2168 - OH
1994 Ranger 481VS w/175 Merc
Likes: I love this boat!
I am a first time Ranger owner and I love every bit of being in this
boat. I don't care what Triton, Skeeter or BassCat owners say, this boat
tops them all! The Evinrude is the best outboard on the market - HANDS
DOWN! It's the quietest, sharpest looking and best performing
motor on the market. But Ranger makes the best boat in the world, with
hammer down, head turning reminders that can't get any better!!
Dislikes: Top end speed is kinda slow, only 50 mph.
Basshope519 - PA
2007 Ranger 178VS w/115 Evinrude
Likes: Really like my
boat, good, fast, dry ride everything still works like it was designed
to. Motor runs great.
Dislikes: Compared to the new four stroke motors mine burns a lot
Oldranger - LA
1987 Ranger 350V w/1995 Merc
Cadillac on the water, lot's of
fishing room on the boat. Love the Optimax motor, very good gas mileage,
no oil in water like behind older boats. Very stable ride in water,
would not own another boat.
Hustler - FL
2001 Ranger 520 DVX Comanche w/225 Merc
Likes: This boat is
amazing. Huge front flippin' deck, tons of storage, beautiful design,
color, shape, etc. Looks fast on the water. Pretty fast for a 17 footer,
50 mph at top end. Incredibly sturdy to stand in and real comfortable in
Extremely versatile. Great customer service and it's the best riding
boat I've ever been in. I will always get Ranger.
Dislikes: The motor is a great motor but it is kinda ugly because
it's really skinny.
Rngerbass519 - PA
2007 Ranger 170VS w/90
Likes: Awesome motor,
loads of power, gets on plane very fast. Overall good boat some
Dislikes: Carpet is coming up in place and more....
188 - KY
2007 Ranger 188VS w/150 Merc
Great ride, good holeshot.
Denver Marine takes care of my needs and great service department. E-Tec
200 HO takes boat at around 70 with hydraulic jackplate and 26 Raker II
prop. SRS seating makes for a great ride and the boat is well laid
out and a lot of quality throughout boat. Best ride I ever owned!
GMC - NC
2006 Ranger 519VX w/200 HO
Likes: I love this boat,
this is my second Ranger, moved up from an R61. Lots of room, lots of
storage, rides sa-moooth. The 150 HO E-tec has been outstanding. Quiet
and powerful. Everything from the upholstery to the gel coat is quality.
The SRS seating is a must-have upgrade. The recessed TM pedal was also a
great option. This boat was worth every penny.
Dislikes: Trailer fenders do not have sufficient protection from
making contact with the hull.
The middle seat release is a pain in the A$$.
Bassrat - NY
2007 Ranger 188VS w/150 E-Tec
This boat is great for the
price! Love just about everything on this boat. It's propped out with a
Yamaha 21" ProSeries and has an excellent holeshot. Top end could
be a little better but the holeshot makes up for it. Best I've seen out
of the top end is right around 61 mph and that's with low fuel and just
me in the boat. Overall it's a great boat!
16hourdrive - TX
2007 Ranger w/150 Yamaha
Likes: Great boat that
can handle anything I throw at it. Lots of room on the back deck, which
is great for my guests. Great trailer also....tow it over 20,000 miles
each year. Never once a problem.
Dislikes: Not much....the glove-box on the passenger console
leaks once in a while in heavy rain. Other than that....NADA.
Rick - IL
2004 Ranger 195DVS w/200 Merc
Likes: Excellent fishing
machine, large front deck, large livewell, solid construction, beautiful
Dislikes: Somewhat rough riding in choppy water, besides that,
awesome boat. Like to see changed: Lengthen to 20' with same layout and
increase hp to 225.
Bayou - LA
2006 Ranger 519VX w/200 Merc
Likes: Quality craft.
Safe ride in any weather, huge boat (listed as 22') but still quick.
Fishes 2 with room to spare, 3 with no problem. No backwash even when
taken out of gear from WOT.
Sits level even when partner and I are both moving around.
Dislikes: Any replacement part that says "Ranger" is
expensive. Rod boxes occasionally leak in heavy rain.
LizrdLps - OK
1997 Ranger 492VS w/225
Likes: Lots of
storage/rod space. Good ride in rough water. Wide fishing deck. Quality
craftsmanship. Very stable fishing platform. Can pull a skier with 3
adults in the boat with Yamaha F150 4 stroke. Nice trailer.
Dislikes: Trailer jack has to be fully raised to stow. Center
folding seat is awkward to fold from step to seat.
Okie185VS - OK
2005 Ranger 185VS w/Yamaha F150 4
I really like this boat. The
layout is great. The front deck extension makes the front deck huge.
Storage is great, I really like the versatility of this boat. You can
fish any way you like from this boat, you can cast, troll, drag
livebait, however you like to fish. The 50" livewell is nice as is
the 8' rod box.
Shane - VA
1997 Ranger 681VS w/2001 135
Likes: I really love
everything about this rig. From the easy starting smooth operation of
the Yamaha, to the ease and comfort and performance of the boat. It's
without question the best boat I've ever owned! And it looks great on
and off the water.
Dislikes: The carpet glue has worked loose in a couple of placed,
and I've re-attached with some better adhesive.
Mully - GA
2006 Ranger 188VS w/150 Yamaha
Likes: I'm very impress
with the new 188VS design, and the 150 Optimax is perfect for this boat,
it has great holeshot and top end. This is my first Ranger and I
thought they were overpriced but you get the quality.
Dislikes: I'm at work typing this instead of being in my Ranger
Fishntx62 - TX 2006
Ranger V188VS w/150
I've had it out 3 times and
absolutely love it. The ride is smooth, plenty of storage and very
stable. I've had a partner with me each time and had plenty of room for
both of us. My only complaint....no cupholders.
B1Dave - TX 2006
Ranger 175VS w/115
The boat is fast out of the
hole and stable in chop. I had the Garmin fishfinder replaced as it
would cut off intermittently. The absence of carpet makes it a good
redfish or bass boat.
I wish I could get an additional display for the front of the boat when
trolling but Garmin doesn't make one. Other than that, the boat is very
MikeP - FL
2004 Ranger VS195
This boat is a wonderful
fishing platform. It is stable and very comfortable. The storage is
awesome and I really like the cooler location. The only dislike of the
boat is that it has only one cupholder and it is on the passenger side.
Kudos to Ranger on the design of this boat....it is nearly perfect!
Rogerrose63 - AR
2003 Ranger 519DVX Nascar w/200 Evinrude
Likes: Love my Z21. The ride is
great and the Yamaha is a dream. Great storage, handling and overall a
Dislikes: Carpet glue not holding in some spots. GPS178C, having a
problem with display on front mount. I get a depth line but very faint.
I talked to everyone from Ranger to MinnKota to Garmin and the only fix
is a grounding wire that MinnKota sent me which did not work.
If anyone can help me please drop me an e-mail. I would still recommend
this boat to all.
Bev - FL
2005 Ranger Z21 w/250 Yamaha
Likes: Stable to fish
from it's like fishing off a dock, very well built, plenty of storage,
seats are awesome, sits level at rest in the water and minimal effect
from wind while fishing. Just wish it rode better and was a touch faster
Dislikes: Slow, not much lift, slow out of the hole, rides rough,
no built in cooler.
Rngr481 - KS
1993 Ranger 481V w/93 175 Johnson
Likes: Smooth, Stable
Ride, Fishability, lots of room for gear, built to last and she's nice
to look at.
Dislikes: I wanted to buy a new cover from Ranger but I decided
against it when I found out that they cost $800. WTH? Bought a generic
one from BPS instead.
Rudeman - IL
1994 Ranger 361V Comanche w/150 Merc
Likes: Lots of DRY storage,
stability, ride and fit and finish.
Rangerhgm - OH
2004 Ranger 185SVX w/150
boats, in general, are very solidly built and stable in rough
water. You can walk anywhere on the boat without causing it to
pitch or roll. The fit and finish is outstanding. The HPDI
is a dream engine. It starts easily every time, is quiet while
operating and it is easy on oil and fuel.
Dislikes: The ONLY complaint I have had it with the
instruments. I have had the water pressure gauge and tach replaced
FishinSwabbie - LA
2004 Ranger 185VS w/150 Yamaha
Just bought my new Ranger and
love it. I had a 18' Nitro and the ride is 100% better in the
Ranger. Good storage and a real good value compared to other
brands. Once you got the best who needs the rest.
Red Sled - FL
2004 Ranger 185VS w/150 Merc
Likes: The amount of dry
storage, rod box organizer, hydraulic steering, indash Garmin, onboard
charger, swingaway trailer tongue, overall fishability, the ride and
quality of the boat.
Dislikes: Time will tell....none at this time.
Mike - TX
2004 Ranger 185VS/150 Yamaha
Bought from a buddy in town,
absolutely love it. Awesome storage in these boats, very smooth ride,
plenty of front deck with a huge back deck for your partner.
Comfortable ride, decent holeshot. The storage is still
Incredible!!! Good speed for 20 ft boat. 66 mph w/2 full tanks
Dislikes: Longer rod locker, can't fit 7 footers very well, no other
Will never regret the purchase!! If you want an all around Sweet
boat, don't pass up Ranger.
Brett - IA
95 Ranger 488VS w/200
Likes - Overall I like
everything. There is plenty of storage space for tackle and what
The ride is comfortable. Handles like a Caddy. Wide variety of color
schemes. Ranger owner for life. Thanks Forrest!
Dislikes - None.
STEELAZ - VA
2003 Ranger 175VS w/115
Really like the motor. Starts
good and runs very strong. Boat has plenty of room for two guys and
gear. Livewell system is very strong. If it was any larger I would have
to call it a whirlpool. Great tournament boat, very fishable, but no
room for the family. Only dislike is that it is hard to fuel up and not
have gas overflow.
Allsup - OK
2004 Ranger 519 SVX w/200 Merc
I love this boat - Tons of
storage - stable fishing and running.
I do have one dislike - The horn is wimpy.
TC200HO - CA
2003 Ranger 195VS w/200 H.O.
Likes - smooth dry ride, quiet
while at wot, fast, plenty of storage, good fishability.
Dislikes - would like more bow lift, Yamaha idles too rough.
1989 Ranger 360V w/150 Yamaha
Just bought this boat and
absolutely love it. I have owned HydraSports and Gamblers and this
boat blows them both away with craftmanship and the attention to detail.
Ranger has thought about everything with this boat and put it into a
practical 18'5" package.
I have no dislikes at all with this boat!
Jeff - VA
2003 Ranger 185VX w/150 Yamaha
I love the versatility of the
Ranger Fish & Ski, I can fish the Great Lakes on most days and get
into the small lakes as well. This boat will do 65 with no
problems, handles well at top end and has a great holeshot. For
the guy who needs comfort for the wife and kids, this is a great boat,
lots of storage, lots of leg room for all aboard, 40 gallon gas tank,
large rear storage, large divided livewell and easy access to
The drawbacks are that you have very little fishing room in the front,
the rod locker only fits four rods however it has another place for skis
(fits four rods as well), the walk through windshield cuts all wind but
will get loose in big water however the bolts are easy to reach, the
carpet seems to fray on the edges and get matted down in heavily used
There is no doubt that my next boat will be a Ranger.
Fiveinthelive - MI
2000 Ranger R97 Reata w/175 Merc
Deck extension should be
standard built in and waterproof like the Stratos boats. Need to design
a shock absorbing bench seat to save on spinal column damage. I
think this is a no brainer, don't know why Ranger doesn't do these two
things. Original engine was a Ficht, has blown 3 times, what a
piece of Cr- -. Motorguide trolling motors go on me once a year,
need to carry spare in SUV. Would like to know of a more reliable
trolling motor. Lots of noise from trolling motor on Lowrance bow
electronics. Lowrance wiring suggestions didn't work.
Love boat otherwise.
Tugger - NY
1997 Ranger 391 XT w/200
Dislikes: Only 1 rod
locker and it is too short. Rear deck is too small, front flipping
deck needs an extension. I have the bench seat - very bad.
You have to step on the seat to go from the front to back of boat.
Sitting in the water, too much of an angle for guy on aft deck. A
bit squirrely close to 70 mph. It's a short boat for the fat stern
Likes: Stable moving and standing still. Two people can
walk around at the same time safely. Smooth riding, sturdy craftmanship.
bfo - NE
1985 Ranger 340V w/175
Like everything about it. Plenty of storage,
well designed and a great ride in rough water.
1997 Ranger 461VS w/150 Evinrude
Likes: Like the stable ride and it keeps you dry, plenty of
Dislikes: Haven't found any major ones yet. Boat is heavy and is not
fast. 65 mph is top with 2 guys with a tournament load.
Bull_625 - IN
1997 Ranger 462VS Comanche w/150 Merc
Likes: Everything about the boat, quality,
stability, support, etc.,etc.,etc.
The Merc has been rock solid...no problems whatsoever.
Dislikes: 115 Merc just not enough motor, I don't like the 2x2
feature, and wish I had a
Yamaha 130. I've just grown out of a 17 footer, but there is no
Ranger dealer within 500 miles (USA) or 1000 miles (Canada).
Ringworm - New Brunswick, Can.
1994 Ranger R-72 w/115
Boat is built like it has to survive in a combat
zone. I can see why there are so many 20 year old Rangers out
there. Workmanship is superb. I've compared it to a lot of
other boats. Layout is excellent, as is fishability. Only
drawback is the boat is very heavy for its size. Smooth riding
even in fairly rough water for a boat in this size range. Will run
low to mid 50's with half a tank of gas and just me in the boat. A
full tank of bas will drop top speed as gas tank is in the front of the
Draws about 13" of water. An excellent boat for a guy that
fishes lakes like Lake Geneva and Delevan in Southern Wisconsin.
Two people can fish comfortably out of this boat. Three pushes the
envelope, but it can be done.
Craig - IL
1997 Ranger 681 VS w/115 Evinrude
Dislikes: This boat has a tendency to eat livewell
pumps every now and then, but that's expected in a 12 year old
boat. The transom also has a big crack in it but this winter we
are having a friend put in a new transom.
Likes: The boat can run with most of the new Rangers with 175's, but
this is no speedboat. It will serve its purpose until I buy my Bullet.
Chad P - TN
360V w/175 Evinrude