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Ranger Introduces Total Performance Skiff - New 183 Ghost
FLIPPIN (September 27, 2006) Following the continued success and rising popularity of competitive redfish angling, Ranger Boats recently introduced the newest addition to its saltwater line, the 183 Ghost. Capitalizing on input from the nation's top professional redfish anglers, Ranger engineers designed the 183 specifically for the increased demands of shallow, saltwater angling.
For backwater guides, pros and recreational anglers alike, the super-shallow versatility of this new skiff is already attracting attention. Reinforced by Ranger Boats' One-Piece-Feel Interloc Construction® standards, the 183 is responsive, stable and noticeably dry. Equally impressive, the new hull design of the 183 Ghost makes it ideally suited for gliding across choppy water as well as stalking fish in flats as little as 9 ½" deep.
Ranger's newest offering comes equipped with all the advantages of a technical poling skiff. With increased interior room, the18-foot hull design has a solid, confident feel. A maximum 150 horsepower rating means anglers can enjoy more fuel capacity, more comfort and more importantly, faster access to areas holding fish.
"The versatility of the 183 Ghost is unbelievable," said professional redfish angler Capt. Ray Van Horn. "Guides can take clients out on this boat and everyone will have plenty of room. It tracks extremely well and is perfect for almost any outing. This is a truly unique, total performance skiff, ideal for tournament angling."
Stretching 18 feet, 3 inches in length, passengers on the 183 will find easy access to storage as well as on-board features such as an aerated livewell/baitwell with high-speed pickup and in-line filter. The boat also offers quick access to batteries, breakers and pumps with electronics using corrosion-resistant wiring and re-settable breakers. Available with a wide range of precision-matched outboards, the 183 features an instrumentation panel that includes tach, fuel, trim, speedometer and water pressure gauges.
The skid resistant interior and cockpit features seating framed with special high density foam, premium marine upholstery and is available with a detachable, folding-post backrest. The 183 also comes factory equipped with flush-mounted navigation lights, a self-bailing cockpit, retractable push pole holders and upright, level flotation.
"The 183 Ghost represents another significant addition to our well known saltwater line," said Ranger Boats President, Randy Hopper. "From its layout, design, and fishabililty features to the rig's tournament level performance, quietness, and stability, the 183 benefits from an intensive commitment to research and development. The results add up to more confidence and greater opportunities for shallow water anglers."
Additional features for the 183 Ghost include a poling platform, recessed trim tabs and additional storage in the gunnels and under the deck.
Equipped with a single-axle, custom-matched aluminum trailer built for saltwater use, the 183 Ghost 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. Combined with matching stainless steel fenders, aluminum wheels, matching spare tire and wheel, Ranger's exclusive oil bath COOL Hub® lubrication system, torsion axle suspension, and swing-away tongue, the RangerTrail® trailer delivers lasting peace of mind and easy towing.
Overall Hull Length: 18'3"
Beam: 85 ½"
Max. Horsepower: 150
Transom Height: 21 ½"
Inside Depth: 13"
Draft: 9 ½"
Fuel Capacity: 35 gal.
Total Persons, Motor and Gear: 1,275 lbs.
Approx Deck/Hull Weight: 1,050 lbs.
Trailer GVWR: 2,995 lbs.
Length on Trailer with Motor Down: 23'9"
Width on Trailer: 95 ½"
Length on Trailer with Motor Down & Swing-Away Tongue Open: 21'9"
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. For more information on Ranger Boats or to locate a dealer near in your area go to www.rangerboats.com.
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®.