Ranger Boats might be better known for its legendary fiberglass bass boats, but it also offers aluminum boats, including the VS1670WT that we tested. This is the smallest model in the Ranger Deep V aluminum series, yet it handled the chop smoothly. The 7-foot-5-inch beam combined with foam flotation in the hull voids created excellent stability and enhanced its solid feel.
At 16 feet 11 inches, this boat is a cinch to tow and thrifty on fuel. It’s perfect for anglers who like to pursue a variety of species. The purchase price is also pretty easy on the checking account.
The all-welded, wood-free construction will endure for many years. The VS1670WT is big on comfort thanks to three custom Ranger-built pedestal seats that you can use in six bases at strategic points around the deck.
In the WT models, a full windshield protects you from chilly blasts and stinging drizzle. A walk-through panel swings open for easy access fore and aft. The helm comes standard with a flush-mounted Lowrance Hook 5 fish-finder/chart-plotter combo unit. You also get a tach, speedo, and fuel and trim gauges. SeaStar Solutions’ No FeedBack cable steering is standard. Our boat was powered by a Mercury 90 FourStroke, which represents the maximum horsepower for this model. Our test boat jumped on plane in 3.5 seconds and reached 30 mph in 8 seconds. Top speed was 38 mph.
A Minn Kota 55 PowerDrive trolling motor comes standard on the bow, and special cargo netting along the forward gunwales serves to secure loose items. A pair of in-deck livewells — one in front of the passenger console and another just forward of the helm console — let you carry plenty of live bait or keep your catch alive.
Ranger Boats’ versatile Lock Track accessory-mounting channel on the gunwales lets you easily add and move rod holders, downrigger mounts and other items. Center locking rod stowage can accommodate up to eight sticks.
If you’re in the market for an aluminum multispecies, take a close look at Ranger’s Deep V series including the VS1670WT.
* Lightweight — this boat is easy to tow and thrifty on fuel.
* Wave-taming deep-V hull knifes smoothly through chop.
* Full windshield protects from chilly winds to extend the season.
* Pair of livewells ensures plenty of bait.
Price: $23,095 (as tested)
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.
Ranger Boats – Flippin, Arkansas; 870-453-2222; rangerboats.com