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Message Subject: Ranger 1760 Angler setup questions
Johnny_B
Posted 10/15/2006 10:03 AM (#214822)
Subject: Ranger 1760 Angler setup questions




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Stopped by the local Ranger dealer yesterday to look at the new Ranger 1760 Angler. Always wanted a Ranger. Looks like it's the boat for me and I'm planning on ordering one in November. But I have a few questions that I'd like to get some opinions on...

1) Should I go walk through, dual console, or single console? It's a 17ft 6in boat and I'm fishing either muskies or bass. I'm thinking single console...

2) 115 opti max or 115 Yamaha 4 stroke. I really wish I could get a 135 but the boat is only rated for 130.

3) Trolling motor - 101 Maxum Pro, 80 PD with autopilot and copilot, or 74 Motorguide wireless???

Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Johnny B
boataholic
Posted 10/20/2006 9:22 PM (#216113 - in reply to #214822)
Subject: RE: Ranger 1760 Angler setup questions


For muskie fishing I think the ultimate setup would be

1. Single console, gotta put the net somewhere

2. 115 Opti - Lower weight more torque. Since this boat is so wide (almost too wide for it's length, the ride will not be great) I would think you would want as much power as you can get, especially underhorsing it with a 115

3. 80 AutoPilot, the ultimate motor for the bank beater
bn
Posted 10/20/2006 9:51 PM (#216116 - in reply to #214822)
Subject: RE: Ranger 1760 Angler setup questions


I looked at these online and was quite suprised they were only rated at 130...with no manufacturer making a 130 or 125 the only motor to get is a 115..seems kind of odd they would bother rating it at 130 since nobody makes a 130 or 125...115 on such a wide boat sure does seem maybe underpowered? maybe not...

I do like the layout and they look to be a great musky rig w/ plenty of room for 2 guys casting...but a 115 seems kinda small on such a wide/ heavy boat...

boataholic
Posted 10/20/2006 10:41 PM (#216124 - in reply to #216116)
Subject: RE: Ranger 1760 Angler setup questions


The only reason it can be is price point, as the hull dimensions easily rate out to 150hp. It will put this boat at a similar price as other manufacturers 17.5 footers maxed out with a 150. Also, lower horsepower=lower speed=fewer warranty claims.
bnelson
Posted 10/20/2006 10:48 PM (#216127 - in reply to #214822)
Subject: RE: Ranger 1760 Angler setup questions


this boat hull is only 100 lbs less than a 619VS single console...and is just as wide as a 619...seems crazy to me they would rate it at 115 for any reason? They took the 619 from 200 to 225 and the 620 to 250hp this year...why make a boat and try to downsize the hp rating...seems weird to me...?
115 on this boat is underpowered if you ask me...it would be appealing to me if it were 150hp..but not at 115...that will push that boat barely 42 I would guess....?
bnelson
Posted 10/20/2006 10:56 PM (#216129 - in reply to #214822)
Subject: RE: Ranger 1760 Angler setup questions


Also I think the 1860 would be a killer boat with a 175, but IMO it would be better if it were a bit narrower...98" wide and 102" wide on the trailer???...most single garage doors would never fit that boat....Ranger has alot of guys wishing they hadn't stopped making the 690 hull or that interior layout...
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