VIDEO: Ranger Boats unveils new 18-footer

Ranger Boats debuted its new 18-foot, 8-inch Z185 fiberglass bass boat.
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Ranger Boats debuted its new 18-foot, 8-inch Z185 fiberglass bass boat.

The builder said the size makes the boat manageable for smaller tow vehicles. The 96-inch beam features several lockable storage options.

"The Z185 fits a niche in the market that's always been very popular," Ranger Boats product development director Lance Newton said in a statement. "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."

Ranger said the front casting deck features a center rod locker that accepts rods as long as eight feet and features an integrated tackle storage system.

Additional rod storage on the port side fits even more rods as long as 7-1/2 feet. The front deck also features a recessed trolling-motor foot pedal with tool storage, an 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 lie on the front deck. The driver's console also delivers the ability to mount electronics with screens as large as 12 inches, the company said.

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