Ranger Boats launched the production of an all-new aluminum series of boats for the 2013 model year.
A new facility adjacent to company headquarters in Flippin, Ark., will house the production of two series of boats — the fishing-specific Tournament Series and ultra-versatile Apache Series, the company announced.
Both are scheduled to debut at dealerships and boat shows across the country in January.
“We know there are a lot of anglers and boat buyers looking for a premium-quality aluminum fishing boat at a great price,” Ranger Boats president Randy Hopper said in a statement. “And the new Tournament and Apache Series are built precisely to those standards. We’re proud of the best-in-class features in our fiberglass platforms and instilled the same craftsmanship and attention to detail in these aluminum designs.”
The all-new Tournament Series will consist of three models: The RT 178 sports a 17-foot, 8-inch bass configuration and the RT 178C features a similar platform focused more on crappie and multispecies angling, complete with multiple seat locations and live wells. Rounding out the Tournament Series line is the RT188, an 18-foot, 8-inch bass design rated for 115 horsepower.
“So many anglers enter the boating lifestyle by purchasing an aluminum fishing boat,” Ranger vice president of sales Keith Daffron said in a statement. “We’re excited to offer these customers an affordable, durable product paired with the Ranger name and the long list of 5-Star advantages that come with it.”
In addition to the Tournament Series, the Ranger Apache Series will consist of four ultra-versatile models designed to appeal to anglers and waterfowl hunters alike. The Apache Series will include a 16-foot tiller model, 17- and 18-foot side-console models and an 18-foot center-console model. All feature a no-slip rawhide interior surface and hand-painted camo exteriors.
“We know that Ranger owners aren’t just anglers, they are outdoor enthusiasts serious about their time outdoors who expect the best in their equipment and gear,” Hopper said. “The versatility in the new Apache Series gives owners the freedom to take Ranger’s legendary quality with them year-round — whether they’re pursuing fish or waterfowl — without sacrificing features on either side.”