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RANGER Z21 INTRACOASTAL
The Edge In CompetitionFLIPPIN (February 19, 2007) When the rise in popularity of competitive redfish and other inshore fishing events revealed a need for a boat that's not quite a skiff, not quite a bay boat, Ranger responded. Anglers said they needed a boat with plenty of top-end speed and fuel storage for long runs, the ability to track well in shallow water and be extremely maneuverable. To meet these and many other needs that are specific to inshore anglers, Ranger Boats took the best boat available in the freshwater fishing world and gave it the characteristics of a first-class inshore rig. The result: the 2007 Ranger Z21 Intracoastal.
Rated for a maximum of 250 horsepower and equipped with two 24-gallon fuel tanks, the Z21 Intracoastal is capable of making long runs with ease. This new take on an inshore fishing boat delivers extremely responsive handling and a smooth, dry ride. With the faster, shallower hole shot and strong top end delivery of Ranger's Z-Comanche Series, anglers will enjoy more time spent enticing fish and less time getting there.
Virtually all of the characteristics of the freshwater Z-Comanche model have been preserved in this saltwater incarnation. With plenty of fishing space, three anglers will have no problem casting and landing fish aboard the Z21 Intracoastal, making it ideal for guides and recreational anglers alike. The deck of the Z21 Intracoastal is quiet, making it easier to target shy redfish and snook that flee at the sounds of footsteps on deck lids. The interior of the Z21 Intracoastal features the soft ride comfort of an SRS bench seat as well as two pedestal seats to be used on the front and rear fishing decks. The interior and cockpit area is also available with snap-in carpet for added comfort. The aggressive, high-performance look and feel of the freshwater Z boats has also been preserved with a polished aluminum trim package and custom color packages.
"This is the strongest performing boat I have ever been in," said Ranger Pro Ray Van Horn. "The Z21 Intracoastal is going to positively impact competitive redfishing because it allows anglers the freedom to make long, comfortable runs. I don't have to worry about how long it's going to take to get to a certain spot and whether or not I can make it back in time."
Available with a wide range of precision-matched saltwater engines, the Z21 Intracoastal features a saltwater trolling motor and corrosion-resistant electronics. Onboard, there is easy access to storage and features such as the aerated livewell/baitwell with high-speed pickup and in-line filter. The boat also offers quick access to batteries, breakers and pumps with all electronics using corrosion-resistant wiring and resettable breakers. The sleek instrumentation panel includes easy-to-read speed, tach, fuel, trim and water pressure gauges.
Additional custom details of the Z21 Intracoastal include carpeted rod storage with organizers, insulated cooler, integrated tackle management system with Plano boxes, runnin' rod rack and a bevy of other features. With an abundance of storage (6-foot, 6-inch to 8-foot rod storage in three rod lockers under the front deck) and plenty of fishing space, the Z21 Intracoastal is destined to become the inshore boat of choice for competitive anglers, guides and recreational anglers from Louisiana to the Florida Keys.
"Our goal is to always set higher standards while delivering greater comfort, convenience and opportunity to anglers," said Ranger Boats President, Randy Hopper. "We took the advanced design of the Z21 Comanche, and created a true high-performance fishing platform that's as serious about bass at Lake Okeechobee as it is about redfish in Venice (La.)."
Equipped with a tandem-axle, custom-matched aluminum trailer built for saltwater use, the Z21 Intracoastal 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 fiberglass 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 easier towing.
Capacities and Specifications
Overall Hull Length: 21 feet, 2 inches
Beam: 95 inches
Maximum HP: 250
Transom Height: 23 inches
Inside Depth: 21 inches
Fuel Capacity: (2) 24 gallons
Approx. Draft: 12 inches
Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1,800 lbs.
Approx. Boat Weight: 1,875 lbs. (single console)
1,900 lbs. (dual console)
Single Axle Aluminum Trailer
GVWR: 5,000 lbs.
Approx. Length on Trailer
w/ Motor Down 26 feet, 4 inches
w/ Swing Away Tongue Open 24 feet, 4 inches
Width on Trailer 102 inches
Ranger Trail® COOL Hubs
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 your nearest Ranger dealer log on 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™, Ranger®, Scarab®, Seaswirl®, Stratos®, Triumph® and Wellcraft®.