Ranger 198p Review
Ranger 198p Review Fishermen who thought they could not afford a Ranger have not checked out the boats of the aluminium RT series. The new flagship model for 2017 is the RT 198P, which with a Mercury 150 PS Pro xs costs less than $29K — including a ranger trail pendant with aluminum spoked wheels.
Ranger started 2013 with the construction of aluminium boats and has since integrated many features from his legendary fiberglass tournament boats, such as the spacious bow section. It’s about the small details — the intake of the control for the standard Minn Kota Max 70 bg trolls engine, multifunktionskonsole and tool holder — which are often omitted.
As on the big rigs, two rod lockers are installed in the padded front deck. The Center line Locker has an attack organizer and eight rod tubes that can handle up to 8-foot rods; The Portside compartment has seven tubes that can hold up to 6-foot 6-inch rods. Anglers in barrel and pistol mode can avoid the break by parking three rods on the Portside ramp, which has three rod tubes built into the front deck. For refreshments, an insulated glass fibre cooler rests directly in front of the helmet console.
On fiberglass helmet, which has Ranger’s sparkle finish, there is a standard Lowrance Hook 7 touchscreen GPS/Fishfinder that has advanced features like Structurescan and insight Genesis that can create detailed maps of your own favorite fishing holes. An optional passenger console is available ($519), but adding the starboard rod ramp is not necessary.
Between the barrel seats is a step-up to a heckdeck, which stands on a flat storage room, which is perfectly suited for mobile phones and purses. Two dry shelves and a deep belüdiertes livewell with a divider are placed in the rear deck.
If some people think about aluminum boats, imagine pokey jon Boats, but our test RT 198P has shaken our performance test thanks to a Mercury 150 HP Pro XS. Wisely, Ranger only offers this model with 150 hp outboards from Mercury, Yamaha and Evinrude, because it is the perfect match.
On the plane in just 2 seconds with little bowrise, our lifeboat tore to 30 mph in just 5.2 seconds. It had a surprisingly fast top speed of 56.4 mph, thanks to the bass boot-like-planning pad design on the 13-degree deadrise hull, but it was very stable at all speeds.
Ranger 198p Review
- Engine: Mercury OptiMax 150
- Drive/prop: Tempest 23 “3-blade stainless Steel
- Transmission ratio: 1.75:1
- Fuel load: 25 gal.
- Mann Weight: 240 lb.
- Price $28,795 (with Mercury 150 Pro xs)
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