Fishermen’s angling expectations are as varied as their color preferences for boats. When we saw our Ranger 1880 MS test boat paired with an Evinrude G2, it hit a home run in both style and fishability. In terms of style, Ranger’s gelcoats and metal-flake colors are resilient and brilliant — and, thanks to the G2’s changeable panels, there are now dozens of color combinations to accent them perfectly. And, if you prefer black, white or gray power, Ranger happily rigs that, too.
In terms of fishability, the solid hull provides a stable ride in the roughest conditions. Its deep cockpit and full windshield also protect from wind and spray. And at rest, Ranger’s exclusive Rite-Track Keel design keeps windage down, holding its position cast after cast. The 1880 is also easier to fish thanks to its factory installed trolling motor and large carpeted casting deck. Tackle storage abounds with dedicated rod hangers. The oversized livewell with recirculation and aeration lets keeps your catch fresh and lively, either for culling or the cleaning table. Tackle storage abounds, including a floor locker that can hold rods or skis. A cooler on the bow and ample dry storage keeps the entire deck open and organized.
Ranger has decades of experience at rigging fishing boats, so it’s no surprise to look beneath the aft deck hatches and see convenient access to the battery switch, batteries and onboard charger system. With the G2 power, you save bilge space because the oil tank is in the motor, not the bilge. Use that open space for a spare prop or tackle.
We like the 1880 for its family-friendly design as well. Parents can relax knowing the high gunwales keep youngsters inside. Grab rails are easily reachable throughout the boat. Four bucket seats and two flip-up seats accommodate six crew members. There are cupholders and specially designed spaces for sunscreen, cell phones and more.
Ranger’s famous fishability is paired with family fun making the 1880 MS is an attractive investment in boating pleasure.
* Seating for six passengers in the 1880 MS ensures comfortable cruising and comfortable fishing crews.
* Rod storage abounds.
* Deep cockpit adds security for children and good freeboard for big waters.
* Evinrude’s flexible color schemes made a perfect complementary match to this rig.
How We Tested
Engine: Evinrude 150 G2
Prop: Rebel 19″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 2.17:1
Fuel Load: 30 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.
$42,995 (with Evinrude 150 G2)
Ranger Boats Flippin, Arkansas; 870-453-2222; rangerboats.com