Ranger Begins Production On New Aluminum Boat Line

Ranger Boats has announced the launch of an all-new aluminum series of boats for the 2013 model year.

The new aluminum line includes two series of boats – the Tournament Series and Apache Series   which will both be built at a new production facility adjacent to company headquarters in Flippin, Arkansas.

"We know there are a lot of anglers and boat buyers looking for a premium-quality aluminum fishing boat at a great price,' said Ranger Boats President Randy Hopper. "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; the RT 178C built on a similar platform, but focused more on crappie and multispecies angling; and the RT188, an 18-foot, 8-inch bass design rated for outboards to 115 horsepower.

The Ranger Apache Series will consist of four models, including a 16-foot tiller model, 17- and 18-foot side-console models and an 18-foot center-console model.

"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,' said Hopper. "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.'

Pricing information was not released, but the company is shipping boats now in time for winter boat show season.