That’s exactly what Ranger had in mind when it presented the 198P. But Ranger took its game up a notch over the competition by adding a pad (that’s the “P” in 198P) on the keel near the transom to make this aluminum boat perform like a fiberglass bass boat. And it worked, too, as our tests revealed. We pushed the throttle to the firewall, then started trimming up to let the rpm climb. By the time we reached wide-open throttle at 5,500 rpm, we clocked it at 56.5 mph. You would expect a boat to be skittish at that speed, but we haven’t found a Ranger yet that couldn’t handle the throttle, whether across chop or in turns.