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Big-Time Performance at a Small-Time Price

FLIPPIN, Ark. – 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 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.

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“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, electronics at the console, on-board 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. 
2017 RANGER Z185
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: CF3725About Ranger Boats
Headquartered in Flippin, Ark., Ranger Boats is the nation’s premier manufacturer of legendary fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, which include series of bass, multi-species, fish ‘n play, waterfowl utility and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest-quality, strongest-performing boats on the water. For more information, go to RangerBoats.com.

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Blue Heron Communications
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