Freshwater Fish Boat: Ranger Z118
About This Boat: At first glance, it’s hard to tell the difference between Ranger’s Z118 and the company’s premium Z Comanche series — except in terms of price, that is. OK, the Z118 sells for just over $30,000, but it represents a terrific option that can’t be ignored by serious bass anglers looking for both quality and value. The Z118 offers spacious deck area, outstanding performance and must-have fishing features, such as a divided, recirculating livewell with timer, a starboard front-deck compartment and a center locker that can be transformed into a tackle organizer capable of holding eight Plano 3700 utility boxes.
Fun Factor: The Z118 can really move. With a full tank of gas and a passenger weight of 350 pounds, our Yamaha-powered test boat achieved plane in 3.5 seconds and topped out at 56 mph at 6,100 rpm.
You Get: A bunch of stuff, including a Minn Kota Maxxum 70 trolling motor, Lowrance Mark-5x Pro fish finder, onboard Duo Pro battery charger and portside and center rod lockers capable of handling 8-foot flipping sticks.
Price: $31,819 (with Yamaha VZ150 TLR)
Specs: LOA: 18'8" Beam: 7'10" Draft: 1'3" Displacement: 1,550 lb. Deadrise: 16 degrees Fuel Capacity: 38 gal. Max. Horsepower: 150
Contact: Ranger Boats; Flippin, Arkansas; 870-453-2222; rangerboats.com
Test Data: Ranger Z118
Photos: Ranger Z118
Not Only That! If you don’t require a fiberglass hull, check out G3’s aluminum 1860 CC DLX. With 45 gallons of combined livewell capacity and plenty of other fishy features, the boat goes for $22,695 with a Yamaha F90 and trailer.