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Boat Review - Ranger 2260 Bay

Boat Review - Ranger 2260 Bay
The Ranger construction standard assures a solidly built smooth riding vessel built to stand up to exposed waters on windy days.

Ranger boats celebrated a milestone few companies ever get to enjoy, their 50th year in business in 2018. Along the way boating has undergone a host of changes and innovations in boat building have evolved with the sport. Dating back to their earliest days in business, Ranger has been an innovator in the industry, leading the way to developing original USCG standards for flotation in boat hulls and patenting the first aerated live bait well designs to keep tournament catches alive. Drawing on decades of experience building bass boats the transition into salt water bay designs was a seamless one and the Bay Series has proven to live up to the standard Ranger owners demand. The 2260 Bay is the entry model in the series but packs a lot of toughness into 22 feet. This high performance hull design features a pultruded heat cured laminate reinforced transom to stringer bond along with a foam filled hull interior for a rock solid feel in a stiff bay chop.

The 2260 Bay is built on the traditional bay boat deck layout with both forward and aft raised casting surfaces. The forward deck is elevated to within several inches of the gunnel, leaving enough toe-kick to offer security while casting from a rocking boat. Matching 8-foot long rod lockers to port and starboard accommodate a full assortment of rods or can be used for gear storage. A large center deck located storage compartment is easily large enough to handle tackle bags and life jackets/safety gear. A pair of live wells, one under the forward console seat and a second release well under the center casting deck aft are standard equipment. The rear deck also includes a pair of flip-up jump seats which are always a smart use of space on a bay boat. Tackle storage options are found both in the console face forward and beneath the leaning post style helm seat. Eight more rod holders molded into the outline of the console keep extra rods at the ready within a moment's notice.

Ranger boats has found a comfortable place to occupy in the salt water market offering a familiar feel for fresh water enthusiasts making the crossover into the world of salt water angling. This is a solidly constructed, stylish and functional option offered as a total boat, motor, trailer package at a price point that is well below average for boats in this class.

Ranger 2260 Bay Specifications

Length: 21 feet 5 inches

Beam: 8 feet 6 inches

Draft: 13 inches

Inside depth: 19 inches

Weight: 2600 pounds

Maximum horsepower: 200

Fuel: 49 gallons

Base price: $45,095.00

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