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RANGER 177TR - Celebrate Ranger's 40th anniversary with a modern incarnation of a classic
FLIPPIN, AR (July 31, 2007) Trace the progression of Ranger Boats over the last 40 years and see that its rise mirrors the evolution of trailerable, fiberglass fishing boats. Early on, Ranger introduced the iconic TR series - the fishing boat that quickly became the standard for fiberglass fishing platforms. Since then, Ranger has continued to set the curve on technology and development, making boats with even stronger fishing and total performance features.
At Ranger, we're proud of our beginnings, and in honor of the 40th Anniversary, we're reissuing a new version of a classic Ranger design - the 177TR - built with today's technology and features. It's the way we would have built them in the early 70s if we could have. And just like quality never goes out of style, neither does core fishing features and value. The 2008 Ranger 177TR links the modern angler to the heritage of fishing, delivering nostalgia and performance at a value.
Measuring 17 feet, 7 inches and rated for a maximum 115 horsepower, the 177TR has every modern fishing convenience. Coming standard with Lowrance or Humminbird electronics, 12-volt Minn Kota trolling motor with on-board charger and available recessed foot pedal as well as space for multiple 7-foot rods in the center and port rod lockers, this single-console fishing platform is great for the first-time boat buyers or long-time Ranger owners seeking to relive the early days of Ranger Boats with an incredibly versatile rig. With 23 gallons of fuel capacity, the 177TR can take along plenty of fuel for a fun day of fishing.
"I think the most famous picture of Forrest Wood is the one where he's fishing out of an original TR with the words 'Ranger Man' written down the side," said Ranger Boats President Randy Hopper. "That image really set the tone for Ranger Boats: it showed that we were building the best fishing boats, designed by serious anglers and for serious anglers. That was part of the inspiration to revive the TR design with the 177TR. We wanted to pay homage to our success of the past while giving people a boat that is for serious fishing."
With easy access to batteries and breakers, a large starboard-side storage locker on the front deck and two storage lockers under the back deck, the 177TR has plenty of room for fishing and hauling all the tackle a serious angler needs to catch the fish of their dreams. With an innovative cockpit design outfitted with custom marine upholstery and carpet throughout, this boat is as comfortable as it is stunning.
Featuring the snub-nose design of the original TR series with a total performance hull that delivers a smooth, dry ride, the 177TR comes in one 40th Anniversary color package that harkens back to the originals. Also included on the vessel is a custom 40th Anniversary badging. So even if you missed your chance to own one of the original Ranger boats or sold your first Ranger long ago, here's a second chance to own a piece of the past - but with all the modern fishing features that Ranger owners demand.
Equipped with a single-axle, custom-matched trailer featuring Road Armor and LED lights, the Ranger 177TR 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 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.
Capacities and Specifications
Overall Hull Length: 17 feet, 7 inches
Beam: 83 1/2 inches
Maximum HP: 115
Transom Height: 21 inches
Inside Depth: 19 inches
Fuel Capacity: 23 gallons
Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1,250 lbs.
Approx. Boat Weight: 1,375 lbs.
Trailer GVWR: SM2995
Length on Trailer with Motor Down: 22 feet, 2 inches
Width on Trailer: 95 inches
Length on Trailer with Motor Down & Swing-Away Tongue Open: 20 feet, 2 inches
About Ranger Boats
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, 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.
Genmar, with approximately 4,500 employees and eight manufacturing centers, is the builder of 14 premier brands of recreational boats which include Carver®, Champion®, Four Winns®, Glastron®, Hydra-Sports®, Larson®, MarquisTM, Ranger®, Scarab®, Seaswirl®, Stratos®, Triumph®, Wellcraft® and Windsor Craft®. Genmar boats are sold worldwide through its approximately 1,100 dealers. Additionally, Genmar utilizes its proprietary VEC® Technology and the Roplene® process in both the manufacture of certain of its recreational boats and for third party manufacturing.