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New for 2017: Ranger RT198p
New flagship aluminum model rated for 150 horsepower outboardFLIPPIN, ARK (August 10, 2016) As America's fastest growing aluminum brand, Ranger® Boats continues to raise the bar with their line of RT, MPV and Deep V Series designs. More than a legendary reputation, the success of Ranger's aluminum line is in the product itself, which has quickly become the standard for an entire industry.
For 2017, Ranger welcomes a new flagship for the incredibly popular RT Series in the all-new RT198p. The innovative design combines high performance and versatility in a value-priced package designed for families and anglers alike.
Capitalizing on performance, the new RT198p features a pad bottom hull, which gives Ranger its first aluminum boat rated for a 150 horsepower outboard. The foam-filled, wood-free construction delivers a smoother ride and unmatched performance while dampening the noise associated with conventional aluminum hulls.
The all-welded RT198p measures 19 feet, 4 inches, with a 92-inch beam, and is available with an array of factory-rigged outboard options. Full front and rear decks provide wide, stable and open fishing platforms. The center rod storage fits rods up to eight feet with additional port side rod storage available. The front deck offers a recessed foot pedal for the Minn Kota trolling motor and includes integrated tool storage as well. More tackle storage and a dedicated fiberglass cooler round out the well-equipped front deck.
"The RT198p brings so much functionality, fishability and performance at an incredible price point," said Ranger Aluminum Sales Manager Ryan Patterson. "Along with so many exclusive features of the RT198p, being able to mount a 150 horsepower outboard and the performance characteristics we've engineered put this boat in a class by itself."
The feature-laden boat sets itself apart as an ultra-fishable and affordable aluminum boat. Whether configured with a single or dual console, both are constructed from Ranger's proven fiberglass manufacturing techniques for long-lasting durability and beautiful finish. The cockpit features a full complement of gauges and switches with an offset console designed to accommodate longer rods on the front deck.
Inspired by the RT178 and RT188, the updates and features of the RT198p create a complete package not found with other aluminum fishing boats. Durable marine-grade carpet covers the floor and both decks for a clean look. A painted hull, new custom-fitted marine upholstery and new competition steering wheel match the fit and finish characteristic of Ranger designs.
With the 31-gallon fuel tank located farther forward for better performance and capacity, the spacious rear deck offers even easier access to batteries and pumps, complete with spare prop storage and room for an on-board battery charger. The all-new RT198p also boasts a Fishing Package option that includes a fiberglass center console, custom boat cover, boat buckle tie-downs and a full sized spare.
The new RT198p also comes standard with a four-inch channel frame Ranger Trail® trailer. Designed and built specifically to fit the boat's hull for solid and easy towing, the trailer offers a swing-away tongue, waterproof lights, swing jack and durable Road Armor finish, designed to shield against rock chips, road debris and other hazards. Performance built, the RT198p provides serious anglers with an affordable and capable tournament rig packed with must-have fishing features.
2017 RANGER RT198p
Overall Hull Length: 19 feet, 4 inches
Beam: 92 inches
Maximum HP: 150
Hull Thickness: .100 inches
Fuel Capacity: 31 gallons
Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1,475 lbs.
Approx. Boat Weight: 1,300 lbs. (single console)
Trailer GVWR: SM3725
About Ranger Boats
Headquartered in Flippin, Ark., Ranger Boats is the nation's premier manufacturer of legendary fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats, which include series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play, waterfowl utility 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. For more information, go to RangerBoats.com.