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48 minutes ago, Champ188 said:

Yes, it's wrong, Dave. Badly wrong. But fortunately the similarities are only "decal deep." LOL

So far.   I'd like to have a crystal ball, things could work out the opposite of popular opinion that Ranger quality will suffer, maybe Nitro's will get better. 

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I hate to say this out loud, but I have been working on a couple of late '80's - early 90's Rangers lately, and quite frankly I am very unimpressed.  One is a big ol' 393 battleship, and other than having a thick heavy hull.....Yuck! Totally not impressed. Soft/soggy transom, Plumbed with garden hose and non-stainless hose clamps? Really?  Plain old wood screws and top cap rivets that were never squeezed up tight? Wow.

When I say "working on" I mean I have all the deck lids off, fuel tanks removed, plumbing and wiring removed, ect.   And yeah, when you begin reverse engineering one of these boats you really get to study how it was put together. 

I see things here that I'd be embarrassed about if I was a "top of the line" boat builder.  Rediculous.  

My point:.  Johnny can't hurt this crap at all !    I have a 1989 Tracker 180FS that is built better than that.

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Maybe they will up the standards to that of a Nitro wrench. 

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47 minutes ago, Champ188 said:

So the three criticisms of Ranger in this thread have come from two tin-boaters and another in a 30-year-old Nitro. :huh:

? Oh I'm not knocking them, I've always loved Rangers, but I was sure surprised by the lack of quality during the assembly process of these two boats.  The things that are hidden under carpet and behind panels can be a bit disturbing.   It's all above 14 laminates of hull material though, so yeah it's a tough boat ! No denying that.  And even though the transom on the 393 is spongy.....It ain't going nowhere.   It would take a large bulldozer and two fifths of whiskey to actually destroy it. 

Seriously though, the dude in charge of plumbing during that period of time.....I hope he got fired and couldn't collect unemployment.   And I wish the same on the clown with the rivet gun.

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In all seriousness, I know Tracker Marine is spending the dough to invest in the latest laser scanning technology to accurately measure their hull molds. I know because I sold it to them. They are serious about improving things.

"Honor is a man's gift to himself" Rob Roy McGregor

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