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Old 02-25-2013, 06:14 PM
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What's your preferred boat and why? We all know that Ranger is the most preferred boat over the years but the price point of Nitro demands a look. Skeeter is pretty much like a Ranger almost, or at least by price. What's your preferred boat?
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:32 PM
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Ranger. Because it's the only one that can be called a Ranger.
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ranger best quality out there
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:31 PM
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Triton. Because Ranger ain't the only one. Buy the way, they are owned by the same holding company now.Along with Stratos and Champion,which they incorporated with Stratos.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:37 PM
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Id go with the closest to your house because that's where you will probably have it serviced. If boat X is closest to your house get boat X, you dont want to drive a long way every time you need it serviced. Also look at how big the front deck is from side to side. One boat might be a lot skinnier at the front- me I want all the room on the deck I can get, that's where I spend 90% of my boat time.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:41 PM
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Not many bad ones out there anymore. I know people who have all the ones mentioned and they have all proven to be great boats. Stang is right about going with the closest one.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:17 PM
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I have a skeeter and love it but would own a ranger, triton, phoenix, basscat, stratos.... for me the motor is the mst important so i gotta have a yamaha
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I have a skeeter and love it but would own a ranger, triton, phoenix, basscat, stratos.... for me the motor is the mst important so i gotta have a yamaha
I do like the Yamaha SHO motor. I also like Mercury as well. I wasn't thinking about it when I posted this but the Ranger z118 or z119 is supposed to have the same price point as the Nitro. I do like the way Rangers are made. I've watched the youtube video of the Ranger cut away boat several times. That speaks volumes in itself. I've never seen another manufacturer do a video like that.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:33 PM
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The pro xs is a good motor to.
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Why Phoenix? I don't know much about them.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:51 AM
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I would recommend definably taking a test drive in all three (or more) as a boat is a huge investment. I was looking at Skeeter and Triton and drove both and several used Rangers when a friend who worked with me at the Operation One Voice event why I was not looking at Nitros. I test drove a Z8 and can honestly say it was smooth a ride as the rest at about $15,000 less (new) than any other simularly equipped boats with the same features that were 20 plus foot boats. I got all the features I wanted and a 250 Mercury, 101 Minn Kota, and full Humminbird Electronics and my back no longer gets beat up like it did in my old 18 foot boat. Go test drive them all and if you want to see more about my Z8 then PM me. Main thing is to get what you want if you plan to keep it 10 years or more like I do.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:08 AM
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The decision is up to you. The factors I considered before making up my mind were. Price, fuel economy of hull, what came standard, rough water ride, trailering ease, on water speed, ease of getting to anything to work on, warranty, overall ride comfort and fishing comfort. I got a Skeeter ZX190. It does everything I want it to do on big water and small, it has a 150 Yamaha V-max and will do almost 70(plenty fast for me), is good on fuel, handles like a dream. Every boat has pro's and cons Its a very personal choice and I wish you luck. Just get out there drive them all and see what you like. Just a suggestion but get everything you think you want on the boat when you buy it. It is still hard for me to drill holes in my boat.
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As said above there all great boats now,
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Nitro. Best bang for your buck.
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Whatever boat I currently own is the best brand by far until I get another brand. At that point, I will know how naive I was in the past because the new one is the greatest on earth...
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The best fisherman ever fishes out of a Nitro and always has. I know Nitro sponsor him but I bet any boat company would sponsor KVD.
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sum it all up its not the boat that catches fish!
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:26 AM
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The best fisherman ever fishes out of a Nitro and always has. I know Nitro sponsor him but I bet any boat company would sponsor KVD.
....yea, it doesn't go any deeper than that....
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sum it all up its not the boat that catches fish!
Yup! Just ask Rusty how he did at the Bayou Betty Tournament on Oconee last fall.

The boat you currently own and can easily afford is the best one!

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:55 PM
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Yup! Just ask Rusty how he did at the Bayou Betty Tournament on Oconee last fall.

The boat you currently own and can easily afford is the best one!

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Ill fish against you anytime funny guy. I wouldn't say I'm above bringing 3 dinks to weigh but really see no sense in it. If you really want a good laugh, let's each throw $100 into a pot & fish. You choose the lake. I've only fished 4 lakes in GA, so it's easy money for you brotha.
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Ranger triton or skeeter.. Nitro's resale value is horrible and they aren't made nearly as good as the ones I listed above
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Ill fish against you anytime funny guy. I wouldn't say I'm above bringing 3 dinks to weigh but really see no sense in it. If you really want a good laugh, let's each throw $100 into a pot & fish. You choose the lake. I've only fished 4 lakes in GA, so it's easy money for you brotha.
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I have owned the ones mentioned over the years, but the last three and current one is a Ranger and Lord willing will continue to own a Ranger from now on. You pay for what you get and Ranger by far has the best resale value.
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