Ranger’s Z185 might be a bargain in terms of cash, but it represents no shortcuts in terms of ownership satisfaction. The pad hull steps up on top when skimming over the water, hitting mid-50s on the speedo. When it crosses wakes, it holds its ground, skipping over them with minimal sideways rocking. Few bass boats can accomplish this so easily. And when you trim it down and feed in rudder, it cuts an arc on the water that breeds confidence in its handling.