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FLIPPIN, AR (October 6, 2008) North to south, east to west, finding the right boat to match up with a diverse set of priorities is always high on an angler and boater's agenda. For many, no matter what they're currently fishing from, models like the Ranger Z520 Comanche and 1850 represent more than best-in-class performance and design. Backed by more tournament experience than any other brand, most folks quickly qualify these two models as 'dream rigs.'

Embracing the 'dream rig' concept, Ranger Boats - in a joint effort with Evinrude - today launched, a website that offers boat buyers and Ranger enthusiasts the first opportunity to see two of the most popular Ranger models in production packaged with limited-edition, 100th Anniversary-model Evinrude outboards available exclusively on Ranger boats. These cutting-edge Evinrude E-TEC H.O. outboards celebrate the company's century-long commitment to exceeding the demands of boaters worldwide. offers these exciting boat/limited-edition motor combinations as well as insight from the industry's most respected marine manufacturers and boating writers via videos, product reviews and other pertinent information that will equip boat buyers through their purchases during the forthcoming boat show season. With a wealth of information and the availability of limited-edition outboards, is designed to turn dreams into reality for anglers and boaters across the country.

The limited-edition Evinrude outboards, complete with custom graphics and previously unavailable color schemes, are as distinctive as they are performance-proven. With the 250-horsepower E-TEC H.O. powering the Z520 Comanche and the 150-horsepower model at the stern of the 1850RS, Ranger owners can experience faster hole shots, better top-speed, increased fuel economy and less required maintenance than with other brands.

Over its 41-year history, Ranger Boats is well known for building the most popular bass tournament boats on the water and nearly everyone has their favorite. For some anglers, it doesn't get any better than a Z boat; others swear by a VX. So instead of letting the argument linger, in 2008 the two were cross-pollinated to come up with a high performance design destined to turn heads on and off the water. Touting an ultra-responsive, high-performance hull design, the Z520 Comanche is quick on its feet and firmly focused on fishing. Even more new features are fused with what many consider to be the ideal tournament-engineered interior layout. It all combines to create a serious fishing rig that knows how to take up the slack and make things happen.

"The history of Ranger Boats is intertwined with professional bass fishing, and the future will be, too," said Ranger Boats President Randy Hopper. "After one year in the market, the Z520 has already established itself as the definitive tournament boat for high-level bass anglers. Paired with an Evinrude 250-horsepower E-TEC H.O., anglers get performance and unmatched fishability - truly the best of both worlds."

When it comes to the 1850, what used to be a battle between fiberglass and aluminum has quickly become an unfair fight. With features such as unsurpassed stability, easier to launch, load and stow, more affordable to maintain, better looks, increased features and lower start-up costs, the new Ranger 1850 RS is converting even more former aluminum owners all over the country, giving them the industry's best midsized fish 'n' fun boat. With ergonomic improvements throughout the cockpit, improved aesthetics and redesigned features throughout the vessel, the 1850 RS raises the bar in the 18-foot fish 'n' play market.

"We consider the 1850 RS the 'middle-weight champ' of the fish 'n' play roster because it's so tough to find an 18-foot boat rated for a 175-horsepower engine that has more features and capabilities than this one does," Hopper said. "One of the best things about this boat is how well it fits the family lifestyle so much better than an aluminum boat does. It's more stable on the water, has better features, fits into most garages - both in its height and length on the trailer - plus it's more economical to maintain and with the soaring costs of aluminum, it actually costs less. Paired with the 150-horsepower E-TEC H.O., this boat delivers serious performance that any family would be happy with on the water."

About Ranger Boats
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.

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