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|Tested Power||1 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 RAVE|
Various Evinrude engine options
Various Mercury engine options
Various Yamaha engine options
Ranger’s big 621VS pairs well with Evinrude’s big Evinrude E-TEC 300-hp G2 outboard.
Mission of the Ranger 621VS
The Ranger’s 21’5” (6.53 m) 621VS was designed for multi-specie fishermen who venture out on large bodies of fresh water. Her Rite-Track keel, beam, bottom shape, and weight, all go to make the ride comfortable, dry and safe. She is the largest multi-specie boat Ranger builds.
The 621VS’s large footprint also carries more gear and more overall weight, and her wide cockpit accommodates 4 people comfortably. She was designed to handle up to a 300-hp outboard, giving her more muscle than her smaller siblings are rated for. Obviously she is intended to go fast.
• Rite-Track Keel. The forefoot of the 621VS is deep with a sharp angle on the deadrise. This allows the boat to slice through choppy conditions rather than to pound through it. The deep keel keeps the bow from falling off, thus keeping her tracking straight.
• Exaggerated Bow Flare. Because she is fiberglass, the 621VS can have contoured bows that are relatively narrow at the waterline, but then flare out to knock down waves.
• Wider Forward Casting Deck. The second attribute of the wide bow flare is to create more width on deck, and therefore more deck space for casting and working fish.
• Pultrusions. Ranger uses pultruded fiberglass -- which generates a more consistent part with higher glass to resin ratios -- in the transom to hold a 300-hp outboard and handle its torque, as well as elsewhere in the boat where reinforcement or stiffening is needed.
• Low CG Centerline Battery Storage. We like the fact that the 621VS can handle 4 batteries and their location is even better -- under a cockpit sole hatch, making them easy to access as well as getting their weight forward.
Evinrude’s new Evinrude E-TEC 300-hp G2 outboard’s removable side and top cowling panels are available in a wide choice of colors, shown here in dark silver with red accents to match this Ranger’s hull and graphics.
Designed for Big Water
The 621VS’ size and weight came into play immediately during our tests. 15 to 20 knots of gusty wind on Lake Michigan whipped up a short, steep chop. This was just the sort of condition the boat was designed to handle so we were happy to be having snotty conditions.
Wide Bow. In part to increase fishing space forward, and also to help keep spray down, Ranger flared the bow of the 621. That flared bow, combined with the high windscreen inherent to Ranger’s VS line, proved the 621VS to be quite dry.
Rite-Track Keel. Ranger molds an actual keel into the bottom of the boat starting with a deep forefoot that cuts into waves, but more importantly helps the boat track straight in following seas.
During our tests, whether it was due to the hull shape or the keel -- likely both -- the boat didn’t pound during any reasonable operation. In our choppy test conditions, the boat settled into a comfortable ride around 30 mph.
Handling Engine Torque. During the test run, easing our grip on the wheel briefly in a following sea showed the boat drifted slightly to port, far less than we would have in a conventional design without the deep keel forward. This is natural due to the tremendous torque of the 300-hp engine, but just a slight touch of the wheel had its power steering keeping us on track.
The keel also helps keep the boat on course while trolling, where some boats are blown off course with every gust of wind.
Ranger keeps the weight of four batteries low and in the center of the boat, in this hatch beneath the cockpit sole, which adds stability and aids handling.
Other Details. Other aspects of the boat that aided her big-water capability are her high windshield, 25" deep cockpit, and the positioning of the test boat's four 60 Amp batteries on the centerline forward of the aft casting deck. This placement moves weight forward to help trim the boat and lowers the CG for greater stability offshore. We also appreciated the Smooth Ride Seats (SRS) which use multiple density foams for support and comfort in bumpy conditions.
Speed Trials. We tested the boat in smooth water so that we could maximize her speed. The Ranger 621VS is 21'5" (6.53 m) in LOA, has a 99-1/2" (2.53 m) beam and a 101" (2.57 m) beam counting the rub rails. Most important, her displacement is 2,270 lbs. (1,030 kgs.), sans engine. With the new Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 RAVE, fuel, gear, and two test personnel, the tested weight was a total of 3,452 lbs. (1,566 kgs.)
With the wind settling and in protected waters, the new Evinrude E-TEC G2 300-hp RAVE engine showed its strength. At wide open throttle, the 621VS averaged 58.8 mph at 5800 rpm in two-direction speed trials.
Best cruise was found to be at 3000 rpm where the boat went 27.8 mph and got 3.86 mpg. This fuel consumption number is big news because it is remarkably competitive with any 4-stroke on the market.
Out of the Hole. Hole shots showed the Evinrude E-TEC 300-hp G2’s inherent torque. Time from standing still past 20 mph averaged 2.97 seconds over three very consistent tests.
0 to 30 mph acceleration averaged 7.2 seconds over three runs.
When running at upper rpms, throttle response continued to be immediate and impressive, quickly accelerating the boat from fast to faster on command.
Turning. The boat clung to turns impressively. Speed fell off with the wheel hard over, but no more than expected aboard boats in this class. Evinrude’s fly-by-wire power hydraulic steering proved smooth and responsive both at speed and at the dock.
Controls.Digital engine controls felt substantial, with a rubbery coating promising positive grip on wet days. Shifting was fluid yet firm, with good tactile feedback indicating when the engine went into or out of gear. Notice we said "tactile" feedback -- not audio feedback. Shifting this engine was as smooth and quiet as we've experienced.
Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 RAVE
The engine that was making all of this speed and good handling possible was the brand new Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 RAVE. Evinrude's new Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 is completely new from the skeg at the bottom to the innovative cowling at the top. The company's engineers have redesigned virtually every aspect of the 2-stroke engine that could be improved upon, thanks to the newest technology.
The result is an engine which can go toe-to-toe with the best 4-stroke engines at best cruise fuel economy as well as top speed, if our test of the Ranger 621VS is any indication. The engine is substantially more quiet than what we have experienced before, and we are told that emissions are lower as well. The "RAVE" designation refers to Rotax Advanced Variable exhaust which gives the engine added performance. It is only available as an option on the Evinrude E-TEC G2 300.
Attention to detail, both in features and in fit-and-finish, separates Ranger from competitors.
Solid Feel and Impressive Fit-and-Finish
A chance to test a boat in imperfect weather tends to show manufacturing flaws, but we couldn’t find any on the Ranger 621VS. Ranger’s always impressive fit and finish, along with their stout, fiberglass hull handled the weather without a squeak, rattle or jiggle. Given that we were testing in 2' chop in Lake Michigan on test day at full speed, that was impressive.
Cockpit Seats. Cockpit seats, made in-house by Ranger, were particularly comfortable. 3 or 4 seats can be installed in the cockpit, and one can be inserted into the forward casting platform.
The aft livewell includes a stainless steel pneumatic lift. All storage lockers in the deck are fitted with latches that pull hatch lids snugly against weathertight gaskets.
Hardware. Stainless steel hardware aboard the Ranger 621VS added to the overall robust feel of the boat. Ranger’s hardware choices are practical, too, such as stainless steel pull-up cleats that won’t snag fishing lines or stub toes.
Because of the rather vertical angle of the windscreen and its height, even though our 6'2" (1.87 m) test captain was looking over the top of the windshield frame wind was deflected up and over his head.
Dual Consoles and Helm
Ranger’s helm and companion consoles provide room for electronics and storage.
It includes a large locking glove box and a cubby for stuff. Fishing rod racks beneath the port console hold three rods securely out of the way against the hull.
A handrail next to the glove box is convenient when seated or when walking through the opening windscreen center section. We rarely see this thoughtful addition on boats in this class and it is certainly a good idea.
The helm console includes space for Evinrude’s engine display and Lowrance’s touchscreen HDS12 combination chartplotter and fishfinder.
Helm. The helm is offered with either a fixed or optional tilt steering wheel, and includes room for up to 12” screen electronics displays.
Evinrude’s ICON Display. Evinrude’s large, easy-to-read digital display includes total engine diagnostics as well as fuel, speed, and rpm data. It also controls the automated engine trim and facilitates tuning the power steering system to best match the boat.
Ranger’s Digital Switching controls the engine, navigation lights, bilge pumps, horn and accessories.
Electrical Switch Panel. To the right of the helm, Ranger’s switch panel keeps control of engines and accessories close at hand.
Kicker Controls. Controls for a trolling outboard fit within a designated area below and behind the main outboard shift and throttle lever.
Drink Holders, Tackle and Tool Storage. Ranger also includes a pair of drink holders at the helm as well as storage for a bit of fishing tackle and tools.
Note the large centerline rod locker forward and the battery storage compartment between the four seats in the deck. A livewell forward of the transom and a baitwell forward of the helm round out the package.
Room to Fish
Four anglers can fish in comfort and still access stowed tackle and gear without banging elbows.
Forward Casting Deck. The boat’s beam carries well forward to create a large bow casting deck thanks to the bow flare. The casting seat puts the angler on a stable platform with a fishfinder read out and trolling motor controls on the deck.
Because she is fiberglass, Ranger is able to give significant bow flare to the hull which is carried to the deck to make the casting deck wider. Note that the aft casting deck actually has a walkway of 3'9" (1.14 m) forward.
Many multi-specie anglers will not need a trolling motor, but for those that do…
Fish-ready Bow. 6-gauge wire runs from a 50-Amp breaker near the batteries up to the bow making the boat trolling motor-ready. Ranger also incorporated room to flush-mount a 9” electronics display alongside a switch panel for key accessories.
Cockpit and Aft Casting Deck. The cockpit is 25" (63 cm) deep and 6'4" (1.93 m) wide gunwale-to-gunwale, thanks in part to the boat’s 99 ½” (2.53 m) beam.
While the raised aft deck is certainly adequate, an optional aft deck filler turns the stern into another huge casting deck.
Successful fishing requires capitalizing on favorable moments when they strike, and having the right tackle along makes the most of unanticipated opportunity. A wide array of tackle also helps to coax bites when fishing is slow. Either way, there is enough storage on the 621VS to pack what’s needed for nearly any contingency.
Stored fishing rods are safe yet easily accessed from this locker just ahead of the windshield walkthrough.
Fishing Rod Storage. Locking rod storage in the center of the forward casting deck includes slots for a dozen 8’ rods.
Live Bait Well and Cooler. To starboard of the rod locker, a 5.5-gallon livewell keeps bait at hand. Across the boat, an equal-sized insulated compartment keeps iced drinks handy, too.
Fishing Tackle Storage Forward. Farther forward, two large lockers provide ample room for tackle bags or gear. Ranger doesn’t set up either of these forward lockers specifically for tackle, where some might prefer dividers for plastic Plano 3700 or similar tackle trays. On the other hand, with dedicated tackle storage aft, it makes sense to use a tackle bag or two here, which can be carried aft to restock when changing conditions require completely different gear.
Aft storage includes 4 lockers -- 2 adjacent the cockpit, and 2 more farther aft (shown here closed) -- where batteries sit on most boats. Ranger instead moved batteries on the boat’s centerline beneath the cockpit sole.
Aft Tackle and Gear Storage. Ranger fits the long, deep locker on the port side of the cockpit with subdividers that keep in place Plano 3700 or similar clear tackle storage trays. An identical locker across the boat is left undivided and carpeted for other gear.
Livewell. A 50’’ livewell across the center of the boat keeps tournament catches alive until weigh-in. An optional, removable divider splits the livewell in two.
Aft Corner Lockers. Lockers in either aft corner of the boat are ideal for lines and fenders, life jackets, or just about anything else. Most boats place batteries in these two aft corners, making these bonus storage.
The battery compartment, in the center of the cockpit, fits up to four Group 31-size batteries.
Batteries Low and on Centerline. Ranger places the batteries down low, beneath the cockpit sole. This improves stability by acting as ballast and better balances the boat when running or at rest.
DC Power. Four batteries handle engine starting, electronics and an electric trolling motor. Ranger offers an upgrade to Absorbed Glass Matt batteries as well as several choices for battery chargers.
The 621VS is not just pre-rigged for a trolling motor. One comes as standard equipment, as does the seat base in the bow.
Standard vs. Optional Equipment
From hardware and seating through engine gauge packages, the 621VS’ standard equipment list exceeds what’s typical.
Ready to Fish with Standard Electronics and Trolling Motor. Ranger installs, as standard equipment, a Minn Kota 24-volt trolling motor at the bow. Standard equipment also includes a Lowrance HDS-7 touchscreen chartplotter and fishfinder at the helm, as well as a similar Lowrance HDS-5 flush-mounted at the bow.
Upgrades are available for electronics, trolling motors, batteries and charging systems, but these are over and above already adequate systems.
Evinrude’s new Evinrude E-TEC G2 300-hp outboard is one of several engine options, but one that sets this boat apart from the fleet.
There are several things we particularly like about the Ranger 621VS:
• The bow flare for a dry ride in sloppy conditions
• Her deep forefoot that provides a better ride and improved tracking
• The deep, 25" (63 cm) cockpit
• And, her performance with the Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 RAVE outboard
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