Many attempt the "fish and ski" concept, but most fall short of the mark in one or more areas. This is certainly not the case with Ranger's 1850 RS, as it meets all the needs of serious fishermen and also transitions into a darn good family boat.
We've used this boat while wearing both our fishing hats and our ski vests, and in neither case did we feel compromised. With the decks cleared and the fishing chairs in place, anglers have everything needed to enter into the ranks of local tournament fishing. The boat is stable at rest, quick on plane and has the storage capacity and range needed for all-day outings.
Flip a few cushions and raise the ski pylon, and this same hull provides a darned good pull. We thought the 150 Evinrude E-TEC offers plenty of horsepower and crisp handling that can be appreciated whether you are towing skiers at 30 mph, launching wakeboarders at 18 mph or just out for a cruise.
For 2009, Ranger has added a few subtle styling tweaks, including a new console that accommodates built-in electronics, and the list of standard features includes everything from a trolling motor and fish finder to a premium sound system. For those who will always live to fish, but also know the importance of family time, this boat should be at the top of their list.
MSRP $34,429 (w/ Evinrude 150 E-TEC)