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Ranger Boats New Z19 Is The Latest Addition To The Revolutionary Z-Comanche Series

FLIPPIN (October 10, 2005) Engineered to set the absolute highest standards, the all-new Z-Comanche series has been widely touted as revolutionizing 21st century bass boat design and technology. The latest addition to the series, the Z19 Comanche, continues the revolution through advanced engineering and technology - making it the total performance package.

Built to deliver a new era of performance, design and innovation, the Z19 is equipped to deliver responsive handling and an extremely smooth dry ride. A whole new legacy of leadership, the Z19 features numerous design standards and technological innovations.

Measuring 19' 6" in length, the Z19's ultra wide 95" beam eclipses all other rigs in its class while also delivering a solid fishing platform and a healthy dose of floor, storage and fishing space. Rated for a maximum of 225 horsepower, the Z19 is built with an integrated engine set-back for stronger top end delivery and responsive acceleration. Fluid, Sea Star Pro hydraulic steering centers the helm while a seven-gauge performance instrumentation cluster covers the dash. Custom-built SRS Soft Ride Seats wrapped in an all-weather design are constructed for ultra smooth comfort while carrying the luxurious look and feel of automotive leather. Just beneath the seating, twin 24-gallon tanks center the layout, deliver exceptional balance and added confidence for even longer runs.

"As with the other models in the revolutionary Z-Comanche series, the Z19 is engineered to continually raise the total performance bar even higher," said Randy Hopper, President of Ranger Boats. "The Z19 reinforces our legendary commitment to real innovation while highlighting a new era of technological advancements."

The Z19 is manufactured with a spacious cockpit, generous legroom on both the driver and passenger areas and built-in footrests. On board electronics include solid-state digital ignition as well as digital switching at the console and bow. Utilizing the breakthrough technology of the all-new LowranceNET networking system, the Z19 enjoys optimum flexibility with standard electronic features while also being pre-wired for future accessories. Other electronic highlights include a Lowrance® X-135 depth finder which is factory-installed at the bow and console, a built-in Dual Pro three bank battery charger, super-efficient 6 gauge trolling motor wiring and the bonus value of a custom compartment L.E.D. light package.

Offering convenient storage, the Z19 is built with lockable rod boxes measuring 8 feet on the port side and 7 feet on the starboard. The rod boxes include the added benefits of tapered rod tubes allowing maximum rod lengths. A built-in cooler sits between both boxes and serves as a step to the spacious front deck. All of the lids on the Z19 feature Ranger's exclusive Dri-Latch compartment locking system. Equipped with a set of extruded longitudinal rails running alongside each box, the Z19 lids are solid with no holes cut out for key locks and lift rings. The added strength and machined fitting of the rails allows for a pivoting, dead bolt style of tamper-resistant security. While the security of these boxes is unparalleled, the lack of a keyhole in the lids also removes the possibility of water pooling in the key lock and funneling into the box. Combined with a 360 degree raised lip-and-channel lid seal, the chance for water leakage is virtually eliminated.

Custom trailer features for the Z19 are equally impressive. Up front, an innovative swing jack is located in the center of the frame. Retracting flush to the trailer frame, this position allows the stand to support a more balanced load, making the rig easier to move and more secure on the trailer. The Z19 trailer also features the advantages 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. Coupled with the super-tough Road Armor Equipped® trailer covering, brighter L.E.D. lighting, torsion axles, swing-away tongue, ratcheting tie-down straps, and COOL® hubs, the Z19 enjoys a world of advantages both on and off the water.

Further equipped with a 24 volt Minn Kota® trolling motor, gas spring lid assists, a Pro Stow® tackle organizer, retractable rod straps, measuring board, pop-up tie cleats, and drink holders, this is the all-new Z19 Ranger Comanche. Certified by the NMMA, this total performance package clearly reinforces the Z-Comanche legacy.

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

Additional capacities and specifications for the Z19 include:
Overall Hull Length 19' 6"
Beam 95"
Max. Horsepower 225
Transom Height 23"
Inside Depth 20"
Fuel Capacity 48 gal. (2 - 24 gal. each)
Total Persons/Motor/Gear 1,500 lbs.
Approx. Boat Weight 1,650 lbs. - dual console
Approx. Boat Weight 1,625 lbs. - single console

Trailer Capacities/Specifications
Trailer GVWR 5,000 lbs.
Length on Trailer with Motor Down 24' 7"
Width on Trailer 99"
Length on Trailer with Motor Down & Swing-Away Tongue Open 22' 7 "

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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