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New for 2009 Ranger, two hard-core bass rigs designed for serious and professional anglers

Date: 5/15/09
Tackle type: Watercraft
Manufacturer: Ranger
Reviewer: Team TT


Introduction: Ranger boats makes new additions to their lineup of premium bass boats and introduces the 208VX and Z522 Comanche which are both designed for serious bass anglers looking for more power, features, and raw fishing space. 


The 208VX is factory rigged and rated for 225 horsepower


Ranger 208VX: A 20 foot 225 horsepower rig is designed to be a workhorse for hardcore weekend anglers or team tournaments and this configuration has reliably served anglers across the country for decades. This year, however, the 20-foot class welcomes the introduction of the Ranger 208VX, bringing exceptional value and unmatched performance to the 225-horsepower platform. The new 208VX is designed with stylish consoles, aluminum trim, an ultra-competitive hull design and an aggressive price point making it ideal for tournament anglers looking for the best-built 20-foot fishing platform for local and regional competitions.


Pop up tie cleats feature keep them out of the way when you don't need them but can be deployed quickly when desired


Measuring 20 feet, 9 inches with a 92 ˝-inch beam, the 208VX is rated for 225 horsepower giving it plenty of power to get anglers to the next hot spot in hurry. Balanced by a pair of 26-gallon fuel tanks, the 208VX is also capable of making long runs in search of winning fish while still getting teams back to the weigh in on time. 


The new boat features the 92 1/2" beam farther forward creating a larger front deck


“For most anglers, fishing is a passion, something they do to reward themselves for a week of hard work. And when it’s time to take part in their passion, they want to have the best equipment and get the most enjoyment out of the day,” said Ranger Boats President, Randy Hopper. “With the 208VX, we’ve given these anglers all the performance, space and features they need to make the most of a day on the water and packaged it together at an incredible value.” 


Angler's wont go thirsty with a massive insulated cooler


When fishing, the 208VX provides the same kind of stability that Ranger owners have gotten used to, plus the front deck houses two rod lockers, holding rods 7 feet in the starboard rod locker and 8-foot rods in the port rod locker. The boat is available in both a single and dual console configuration and comes standard with either Lowrance or Humminbird electronics at the bow and console, a 24-volt Minn Kota trolling motor and on-board battery charger. Carpeted throughout, the spacious front deck has the option for a recessed foot pedal for even more comfort operating the trolling motor. A bike seat and pro pole come standard as well as an all-weather fold down, custom contoured bench seat, integrated cooler, boarding ladder and integrated tackle management system. 


The all new Z522 Comanche has a hull length of 22'4" and has a maximum rating of 300 horsepower, it takes 64 gallons to fully fuel this professional rig!


Ranger Z522 Comanche: Turning our attention to Ranger's premium line, professional and enthusiast bass anglers whose need for acceleration and high performance is echoed by a need for fishing space, expansive storage systems, striking good looks and next-generation styling have a new choice, the all new 2009 Ranger Z522 Comanche.


On the heels of the enormously successful 2008 introduction of the Ranger Z520 Comanche, the Z522 takes off where the previous boat left off. Measuring an expansive 22 feet, 4 inches in length, the Z522 Comanche is rated for a maximum 300 horsepower and sports a redesigned interior, a host of fishing-friendly features and a hull design drawn from the versatile and acclaimed 500 Series. Inside, the Z522 Comanche comes equipped with virtually every modern fishing feature that serious anglers demand: a choice of Lowrance or Humminbird electronics mounted at both the bow and console, 24-volt Minn Kota Maxxum trolling motor (with optional recessed foot pedal), stainless steel compression lid lock system, 10-inch hydraulic jack plate and remote oil fill. Available in both single and dual console configurations, the Z522 also features a redesigned, polished-aluminum 7-gauge instrument panel that includes speedometer, tachometer, fuel, trim, water pressure, temp and voltage.


With a deck that you could land planes on the Z522 Comanche is designed to offer a better blend of stability while fishing and a more smooth and responsive ride when powering from point A to B


“The 22 foot platform has been a very popular model in our line for those looking for even more space and features in a bass boat,” said Ranger Boats President, Randy Hopper.  “We’ve now given it a sleeker appearance, added a spoiler off the rear deck, modernized the instrument panel and given it an enormous amount of storage. Whether it’s fishing the Great Lakes in a rough chop or exploring large southern reservoirs, the Z522 Comanche handles as great as it looks.”


A pair of 32 gallon fuel tanks give the Z522 an extended running range to get to the most remote fishing spots and back again, while Ranger’s exclusive SRS Soft Ride Seating® system and hydraulic steering provides the ultimate in comfort and responsiveness.  The Z522 Comanche also features loads of lockable storage and gives anglers a total of three rod lockers which handle rods up to 8 feet, 6 inches in length.  An innovative tackle management system is also included and rounds out an impressive long list of standard features. 









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