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Old 11-28-2008, 12:57 AM
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Default Bass boat choice? Ranger? Skeeter? Stratos?

I am getting ready to purchase a nicer boat and just want to get a couple of opinions. I was going to spend $40k but started looking at some used boats with lower hours.

I can get a 2005 Ranger X21 or a 2007 Stratos XL for around $26k. Both have the Yamaha HPDI 250 and have low hours.

I have also looked at a couple of nice skeeters out there as well and havent ruled them out. Are all of these 3 boats even comparable to each other?

Any opinions or ideas would be greatly appreciated!!!!
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Old 11-28-2008, 01:24 AM
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:40 AM
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Ranger Z21, you will love it.
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:07 AM
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I have owned 9 Rangers, 2 Stratos, 1 Skeeter, Have no idea why I bought the last 3??? Quality and resale easily make the Ranger the choice, especially if equally priced. Stratos is great for skin diving because you will already be soaking wet when you get to your location.
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:38 AM
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I have only owned Ranger's... and it is all I will ever own based on rides in other boats. Skeeter is fine and I have been most impressed with them compared to others... would not have a Stratos.
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:40 AM
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Out of those choices...................Ranger all the way.......
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:32 PM
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I have a Ranger 350v. Made/bought in 1986. It's over 20 years old. It still sparkles; original seats; original carpet. I'm not sure when it will wear out. The motor has been replaced.

Get a used Ranger.
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Old 11-28-2008, 06:14 PM
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A Ranger is by far the best bass boat you will ever own!!
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Old 11-28-2008, 06:22 PM
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Yep, a 2003-2005 520vx, some great deals out there on that model/year range in particular. You can't go wrong with a Ranger. If you want to spend a bit more, the 2005/2006 Z20/Z21's are fairly reasonable as well.
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:00 PM
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Looks like hands down I need to go with a Ranger! Thanks a lot everyone for your opinion! I greatly appreciate it!
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:10 PM
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Alex check out these used boats on the far right on the pull down(Basscats for sale). Hands down the Basscat is the one.My dad owned 2 Rangers before he got a Basscat.No comparison.And for 24k you can get a heck of a boat.If I had the money this is where I would spend it.Drive a ranger and then a basscat and tell us all which one is better. I think you will agree.

http://www.basscat.com/
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:26 PM
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I have fished out of all 3 in tournements and I own a stratos 21ss.If I was going to buy one now it would be a stratos or a ranger. I like the layout of the deck of a stratos but the ranger boat rides better.Ranger boats are known for good rough water boats.I assume you fish eufaula alot being that close and that lake can get very rough very fast. Its up to you just a little info for you to consider.
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:15 PM
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TRITON X SERIES. I have fished in new Rangers and the dash and instruments are cheap compared to the Triton. Just my opinion.
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:31 AM
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Alex check out these used boats on the far right on the pull down(Basscats for sale). Hands down the Basscat is the one.My dad owned 2 Rangers before he got a Basscat.No comparison.And for 24k you can get a heck of a boat.If I had the money this is where I would spend it.Drive a ranger and then a basscat and tell us all which one is better. I think you will agree.

http://www.basscat.com/
I second that! Basscat are awsome
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:29 AM
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for a smooth ride even in rough water look at charger. They can be difficult to find around here though. My dad and uncle both have one and they handle rough water very well, you will not get wet. i have fished tourny out of a stratos and you do get wet. out of those three you listed prob. the ranger or skeeter and the statos last.
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:53 AM
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We call the Ranger the leadsled because of there weight. I am selling my stratos so i can get a triton.
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:05 PM
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Old 11-30-2008, 02:14 PM
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Whatever boat you get make sure you test drive it first and not just take someone's word on the boat. If the dealer or individual doesnt' want to take you out, go somewhere else to buy one. I know this sounds like it's common sense but you would be surprised.
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Old 11-30-2008, 02:17 PM
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Center Console will allow you to bass fish, and go offshore or bayfish. Much more versatile boat. Sea Pro makes a good one. 21-23 ft.
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Old 11-30-2008, 02:24 PM
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I fished out of a hydra-sports for 12 years. Wanted a little newer boat and found a good deal on a 2005 ranger 520. No complaints. Runs around 70 with the 225 hpdi yamaha on it. Very heavy boat but floats in real shallow water. Try to get one with some warranty left on it. A little peace of mind.
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Old 11-30-2008, 02:42 PM
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TRITON X SERIES. I have fished in new Rangers and the dash and instruments are cheap compared to the Triton. Just my opinion.
I wondered if someone would mention the best in my opinion. This brand was not in the brand to choose but please consider.
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:47 PM
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I went from a 1986 lowe that leaked to a 1999 Procraft. I have fished out of a Skeeter and a Ranger. I like the Procraft the best maybe it is because it is mine!! I would by another new Procraft if I had the money.
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:10 PM
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does procraft still have wood?
Also something to check out is Beeline. Phoenix boats bought out the old bumble bee molds & they look pretty sweet! Cheaper than Nitros too
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:46 PM
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I have a 2008 BassCat Puma w/250 pro xs. In the Summer time at Tobesofkee I hit 78.7 GPS this is no reason to buy a boat but some are geared around speed, and I now know why. If I did not own a BassCat it would be a Z520. Hands down there is no other better performing boat out. JD power and assocciates have awarded BassCat with the award for 4 years in a row, which is also every year the award was given out. At the Lake Erie BASS Elite event BassCat had less problems that any other manufacture there on the water. Also they not only have a lifetime warrenty but it is transferable too. They are the only company to beat Ranger in resale! If you are in Middle GA near the weekend get ahold of me and we will get your mind set. Most people here in GA hardley ever get to see one but here is mine.[/i]


http://bassboatowners.com/RussellPry.html

I just ask you please call a dealer you will be amazed what is in the package at no cost. I got to pick the colors, carpet, seat colors, what motor, what trolling motor and what eletronics I wanted. Bass Cat is there for you so they don't decide what equpiment you run you do! Look at these sites.

www.basscat.com
www.impactfishing.com
www.greeneboats.com
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Old 12-01-2008, 09:24 AM
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Personally I went from a Ranger to a Skeeter, and don't see going back anytime soon. I have a friend who gets a new Ranger every year (has a deal with the FLW) and I have not been too impressed with the boats. He had a z20 last year and a z520 this year. In compairing them to mine (zx250) the amount of space is night and day. Granted mine is a foot longer, but it is a very noticable amount of extra space in the skeeter.

As far as the ride, my girlfriend told me after going out in his boat that she thought it was rougher than ours. She doesn't fish and is only in the boat in the summertime when she can lay in the sun. So, for her to notice a difference in the rides, it's pretty significant.

Bottom line though, everyone makes a decent hull. Skeeters will be a tad faster than a Ranger, and the Stratos will probably be able to hang with the Skeeter. The Skeeter will have the largest deck space, and the Ranger will have the name. More importantly, make sure the motor is in good shape. 99% of the time, any issue you have with the boat will come from the motor and not the hull. That is where you should really do your homework.
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