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FLIPPIN, AR (March 18, 2008) New for 2008, the Ranger Z520 Comanche was recently singled out to receive the prestigious 'Award of Excellence' for the fishing boat industry from the writers and editors of Sporting Classics magazine. The annual awards appear in the publication's March/April 2008 issue.

Along with the honor, the Z520 Comanche is featured in a half-page profile within the magazine's latest edition. While reviewing the Z520's total performance features, Associate Editor Mike Gaddis calls Ranger Boats "the most revered manufacturer in the bass fishing world," and the Z520 Comanche "the ultimate bass-tournament boat." In addition to glowing tributes from the staff of Sporting Classics, Ranger accepted an engraved crystal award to mark the occasion.

"The buzz around the Z520, from the time we announced it to now, has been extraordinary," said Ranger Boats President, Randy Hopper. "We're honored to be included among the very best products and manufacturers in the outdoors industry and we share this honor with all of the Ranger family."

Since its recent introduction, the Z520 Comanche has quickly become a favorite on tournament trails throughout the U.S. and is available at authorized Ranger dealers nationwide. For more information visit

For 27 years, Sporting Classics magazine has served in the interest of sportsmen and women who seek the best in hunting, fishing, wildlife art and collectibles. This is the eighth year that Sporting Classics has given out the Awards of Excellence.

About Ranger Boats
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Ranger Boats, headquartered in Flippin, Ark., is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, including a series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest quality, strongest performing boats on the water.

About Genmar
Genmar, with approximately 4,000 employees and eight manufacturing centers, is the builder of 14 premier brands of recreational boats which include Carver®, Champion®, Four Winns®, Glastron®, Hydra-Sports®, Larson®, MarquisTM, Ranger®, Scarab®, Seaswirl®, Stratos®, Triumph®, Wellcraft®, and Windsor Craft®. Genmar boats are sold worldwide through its approximately 1,100 dealers. Additionally, Genmar utilizes its proprietary VEC® Technology and the Roplene® process in both the manufacture of certain of its recreational boats and for third party manufacturing.

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