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Ranger Boats Introduces The Newest Addition To The VS Series – The 188VS

FLIPPIN (October 10, 2005) Touting aggressive looks, accelerated performance and surprising value, the Ranger 188VS is a powerful edge in the demanding world of competitive angling. With aggressive lines and windswept contours, the 188VS delivers responsive handling, whisper quiet stealth, smooth rides and unmatched stability and space.

Designed with Ranger Boats' legendary one-piece-feel, the 188VS is built to react and respond as one solid unit. Offering more standard features, more equipment and more storage and deck space, the 188VS is engineered to provide the strongest value on the water.

Stretching 18' 8" in length, the 188VS is equipped with smooth, Sea Star Pro hydraulic steering that centers the helm while performance instrumentation includes a cluster of speed, tach, fuel, trim and water pressure. Rated for a maximum of 175 horsepower, the 188VS features an integrated engine set-back to help eliminate backwash from sudden stops. Additional electronics are highlighted by an on-board charger, 24 volt Minn Kota® trolling motor and a Lowrance® X-135 fishfinder. Utilizing the breakthrough technology of the all-new LowranceNET networking system, the 188VS enjoys optimum flexibility with standard electronic features while also being pre-wired for future accessories.

"The VS Series delivers a level of craftsmanship and expectations unequalled by any other name," said Randy Hopper, President of Ranger Boats. "From top end performance to a great bottom line, the 188VS confirms our solid commitment to results-based engineering. For anybody not wanting to settle on a second-class rig, the 188VS is a great value reinforcing our legendary commitment to the highest customer satisfaction." Inside, legroom is plentiful and driver/passenger footrests bring even more comfort to the cockpit that is especially sculpted for enhanced leg, lateral and lumbar support. The hand built, all-weather bench design also includes an integrated fold-down step for easier access to the rear deck. Combined with the unmatched strength of a pultruded solid fiberglass transom, foam-filled fiberglass stringer system and upright level flotation, the new hull is engineered for faster hole shots, strong top end delivery, responsive handling and a smooth dry ride.

Featuring a broad 92 ½" beam, the rig is honeycombed with lockable storage. Rod boxes measure 7' and 7 ½' in length and include the added security of gas spring lid assists, a tapered rod tube organizer and a raised lip and channel seal. Alongside the passenger seating, a runnin' rod rack provides even more storage and quick access to more frequently used rods.

Beneath the oversized front deck, a built-in cooler and center compartment specialize in convenience and deliver an abundance of gear storage. Elsewhere, the 188VS is equally well suited for its aquatic passengers. The aft positioned, double lid livewell includes recirculating aeration, a removable divider, filter screens and manual/automatic timer functions.

Equipped with a single axle custom-matched trailer, the 188VS is easier to maneuver and enjoys the smooth trailering benefits of custom alignment and individually balanced wheels. Up front, the center swing jack retracts flush to the frame and creates a more balanced load, making it even more secure on the trailer. Covered with our exclusive Road Armor Equipped® protective coating, the trailer enjoys a super-tough shield guarding against virtually every normal road hazard. Combined with matching fiberglass fenders, aluminum wheels, spare tire and wheel, our exclusive oil bath COOL® hub lubrication system, torsion axle suspension, and swing-away tongue the RangerTrail trailer delivers lasting peace of mind.

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

Overall Hull Length 18' 8"
Beam 92 1/2"
Max. Horsepower 175
Transom Height 23"
Inside Depth 20 1/2"
Fuel Capacity 38 gal.
Total Persons, Motor, Gear 1,250 lbs.
Approx. Boat Weight 1,575 lbs. - dual console
Approx. Boat Weight 1,550 lbs. - single console

Trailer Capacities/Specifications
Trailer GVWR 3,725 lbs.
Length on Trailer with Motor Down 22' 10"
Width on Trailer 99"
Length on Trailer with Motor Down & Swing-Away Tongue Open 20' 10"

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.

About Genmar
Genmar, with approximately 5,000 employees and nine manufacturing centers, is the builder of 13 premier brands of recreational boats and the industry's technological leader in the United States and Europe with the development of VEC® Technology and the Roplene® process. Genmar boat brands include Carver®, Champion®, Four Winns®, Glastron®, Hydra-Sports®, Larson®, Marquis™, Nuvari™, Ranger®, Seaswirl®, Stratos®, Triumph® and Wellcraft®

For the most up-to-date information, news release archives, downloadable high-resolution logos and photographs of Genmar products, visit the Web site at Check back regularly for new stories on Genmar and its companies.

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