We Say: Renowned for fiberglass bass boats, Ranger Boats also builds aluminum models, including the VS1670WT, the smallest model in the Ranger Deep V aluminum series. At nearly 17 feet length overall, the hull knifed smoothly through the chop. The 7-foot-5-inch beam combined with foam flotation in the sides provided excellent stability. All-welded wood-free construction should endure for many years. Three custom Ranger-built pedestal seats fit in six bases at strategic points. A WT model, our tester sported a full windshield to protect against chilly blasts. A walk-through panel swings open for easy access fore and aft. The helm comes with a flush-mounted Lowrance Hook 5 fish finder/chart plotter. SeaStar Solutions’ No Feedback cable steering is standard. A Minn Kota 55 PowerDrive bow trolling motor comes standard. A pair of in-deck livewells — one in the rear deck and another forward of the helm console — let you carry plenty of live bait. The Lock Track extruded aluminum rails along the gunwales make it easy to add rod holders. Center locking rod stowage can accommodate up to eight sticks.
If you’re in the market for an aluminum multispecies, make sure you take a close look at the Deep V series from Ranger, including the VS1670WT.
Who’d Want One: Budget-conscious anglers who want a lightweight, easy-to-trailer boat to pursue a variety of species in northern lakes and rivers.
Another Choice: Tracker‘s ProGuide V-165WT ($21,995 with Merc 90)
Bottom Line: $23,095 (as tested with trailer); rangerboats.com
How We Tested
Engine: Mercury 90 FourStroke
Drive/Prop: Outboard/Mercury Vengeance 10.25″ x 15″ 3-blade stainless steel Gear Ratio: 2.07:1
Fuel Load: 18 gal.
Crew Weight: 430 lb.