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Ranger Boats Sets Higher Standards For Innovation & Performance - Introduces New Z-Comanche Series

PELL CITY, ALA. (August 11, 2004) August 13, 2004 marked a significant day in the history of Ranger Boats with the introduction of the new Z-Comanche Series boat models at the FLW Tour Championship held in Pell City, Alabama. Bass fans attending the weigh-in for FLW's biggest tournament, as well as those that watched the live web cast of the event, were treated to a dramatic product unveiling complete with a specially created music, fog, video, and laser light display.

"New model introductions provide us with a great opportunity to showcase many of the latest innovations, features, and designs that we've been working on," Ranger Boats' President Randy Hopper said. "From our very beginnings, nearly four decades ago, we've always been obsessed with excellence. It's a huge part of our legacy, the fact that we never stop pushing ourselves to higher standards while striving to deliver even greater overall product value and pride of ownership. The 2005 model year marks some very exciting milestones as we continue our commitment to deliver the strongest product line in the industry."

Ranger doesn't mince words when it comes to talking about the new designs, calling the Z-Comanche models "a series of total performance fishing machines with more best-in-class features than any other tournament rig on the water." Many differences in the new Z-Comanche boats are readily apparent. The trademark Comanche hull stripes are raked forward creating an aggressive style that is further accentuated by muscle-car-inspired contours, polished aluminum hardware, and a lengthy roster of standard equipment features. According to Hopper, "The Z-Comanche series features numerous technological innovations and breakthrough design standards. The high performance look is engineered to complement the overall design goals, but it goes much deeper than the obvious first-glance differences."

With total performance receiving such a strong priority, these models benefit from a number of exclusive distinctions. The ultra-wide 95" beam eclipses all other rigs in its class while delivering a solid fishing platform and more floor, storage, and fishing space. Hopper further explained that Ranger was quick to capitalize on the unmatched strength of their pultruded fiberglass transom and foam-filled fiberglass stringer system by integrating a 10" engine setback on every Z-Comanche model. "It all adds up to a completely new hull design engineered for faster, shallower hole shots, strong top end delivery, extremely responsive handling, and a smooth, dry ride."

Looking throughout the interior, it's obvious that dryness is a prominent feature of this series. One of the many noticeable differences in the Z-Comanche layout is what Ranger calls its Dri-Latch compartment locking system. Featuring an innovative method for locking storage and rod boxes, the lids are left solid with no holes cut out for key locks and lift rings. Instead, the exclusive fabrication includes a set of extruded longitudinal rails running alongside each box. The added strength and machined fitting of the rails allow for a pivoting, dead-bolt style of tamper-resistant security. The system is further equipped with an automatic lid lift that acts much like the hood release on a car, popping the lid up for easier access when unlatched. While the security of these boxes is unparalleled, the lack of a key hole in the lids also removes the possibility of water pooling in the key lock and funneling into the box. Combined with a new 360? raised lip-and-channel lid seal, the chance for water leakage has been virtually eliminated allowing Ranger the opportunity to promote the industry's driest storage.

At the helm of the new series, the high performance cockpit has also undergone a transformation. Sleek, windswept consoles have been stretched to include even more legroom as well as added vertical height below the consoles. On the dash, custom-branded, multi-function gauges tout increased visibility. Even with a full array of standard instrumentation, including a speed, tach, fuel, temp, water pressure, volt meter, and built-in Garmin fishfinder, the new dash system still has room for personalized extras. Also at the helm, an all-new digital key and touch pad is equipped with solid state switching. Fuses have been eliminated and circuits are resettable from the cockpit keypad. Not to be outdone by the rest of the rig, the bolstered bench seating includes a custom built S-R-S soft ride system in an all-weather design that has the luxurious look and feel of automotive leather. It all combines to create a ride where comfort and convenience has taken center stage.

Trailer features on the new Z-Comanche models are equally impressive. Up front, an innovative swing jack has been relocated to the center of the frame. Retracting flush to the trailer frame, the new position allows the stand to support a more balanced load, making the rig easier to move and more secure on the trailer. Using the enhanced performance of racing technology, Ranger has also adopted the use of aluminum brake calipers in conjunction with the hydraulic surge brakes. This system benefits from extremely low heat transfer, resulting in even greater reliability and added peace of mind. According to Ranger officials, these exclusive features join a number of other Ranger firsts including their exclusive Road Armor trailer protectant, brighter LED lighting, torsion axles, C.O.O.L hubs, and more.

Produced in 20-21- and 22-foot single and dual console sizes, the NMMA certified Z-Comanche models clearly set new standards for the next generation of bass boat design. "The Z-Comanche series represents a whole new level of leadership," Hopper concluded. "Developed through extensive computer modeling and field performance tests, this series is engineered to raise the total performance bar even higher while delivering the most technologically advanced rig on the water."

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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. More information on Ranger Boats and the benefits of the Ranger Owners Group can be found by visiting or calling toll-free 1-800-373-2628.

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