Ranger's 211 Reata is a versatile boat good for the whole family. This year has caused us all to do some serious financial and family planning. If boating is a way of life for you, then you need to figure out how to afford the cake and eat it too. Good boats are expensive and frankly, buying one first for fishing, then trading it in on a sportboat for a young, growing family, then trading again into a screaming fishing rig when the kids are gone means you’re going to be losing a lot of bucks along the way. The folks at Ranger have given serious thought and have a very good solution – buy one very well-built boat that is versatile and keep it a lifetime.
Competition Steering Wheel
Cranking Battery with Tie Down
Flush Mounted Remote Throttle Control
Minn Kota Power 70 Power Drive 54"
Recirculating Aerated Livewell with Automatic Timers
6 x 2 On Board Charger
Walk Thru Windshield
Built In Two Drawer Tackle Box
Recessed Storage in Gunnel
Trailer Features Aluminum Wheels with Matching Spare Tire & Wheel
Ranger Boats 211 Reata (2009-) Specifications
21' 4'' 6.5 m
2,215 lbs. 1004.71 kg
93'' 2.36 m
43 gal. 162.77
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
There’s more to life than bass fishing, which is why Ranger builds the Reata Series. One could be your boat for a lifetime.
The problem facing died-in-the-wool boaters who want to enjoy great times on the water with their family when it is growing up, yet still be able to do some serious fishing – all on a budget, is not an easy one to solve. That’s why we are impressed with Ranger’s solution. Essentially it is a dual purpose boat that is designed to be of use for you and your family not just for a few years but for a lifetime. Ranger calls it a “Fish-n-Play” boat, and yes, it is a good boat that will be great for bass fishing as well as wakeboarding or tubing. And when your kids leave home and you get tired of bass, you can use it for walleye and pike. Then, the grandchildren will be coming.
The Ranger 211 Reata has seating for four or five in the cockpit, plus more seating in the bow. Use the casting platform as a swim platform as well.
But to our way of thinking, the Ranger Reata Series from 18’ to 21’ is not just another “Fish-n-Ski” boat. It is a much more strategic concept than that. Most of those fish-n-ski boats on the market are either fishing boats trying to be a sportboat, or a runabout trying to also to be a fishing boat. Usually they don’t do a very satisfying job of either. And in a few years they are invariably traded in on one purpose-built boat or the other.
Purpose Built for a Lifetime…
But the Ranger Reatas are purpose-built for a lifetime of versatile freshwater boating. Indeed, its warranty is specially designed for the person who plans on keeping a boat for a lifetime. The Ranger warranty says: “Defects in structural parts, including the hull, stringers and transom: Warranty Period runs for the duration of the first retail purchaser's period of ownership.” There couldn’t be anything more clear than that.
With a one-time investment in this boat you and your spouse can enjoy your kids as they are growing up on the water, and you can sneak out early on a Saturday morning and get some casting practice in. Get this -- the 211 features both an optional wakeboard tower and a trolling motor. Ranger calls it “the perfect blend of fishing and fun.” We think of it more as long-term financial and family-fun planning.
The Reata series is a good choice for a young married couple. That young man has a lifetime of boating fun in front of him and his parents will enjoy every minute of it.
Financial Planning for Fun...
Not everyone can drop 35k on a dynamite bass rig and have peace around the homestead. And most people can’t afford to have a tricked-out bass boat and something for Mom, little Johnny and his friends to ski behind, as well. With a Ranger Reata you are investing in a well-built boat that should last you and your family for 30 or so years. We think a boat of this type should be looked at as a long-term investment. Fiberglass is nearly indestructible and with thorough semi-annual gelcoat compounding and buffing, checking and changing the engine’s fluids, and TLC, your boat will looking much better after 30 years than your house or automobile (which by that time will have been recycled several times).
With the Ranger name on the side of the hull you won’t be embarrassed when other anglers see you sneak it out early on a Saturday morning for a little casting practice. And once the kids are out of the house you can use this for bass fishing every weekend until you’ve got grandchildren. They’ll love the boat just as much as your kids did. And best of all, you won’t be embarrassed by having to fish from a boat that was really meant for pulling an inflated banana.
The Ranger Reata 211…
There’s plenty of walk-around room on the 211, so you don’t need to worry about the tower getting in your way. As for storage, the 211’s comparable to any boat in her class. The console placement is somewhat forward, so you’ve got a little more living space in the cockpit, enough for five seats plus an aft deck for sunning, sitting or fishing. And there’s ample space in the storage compartments for everything you’ll need for your own brand of “fishing and fun.”
Here’s a good lady who knows how to keep her man happy…and vice versa with the 211 Reata.
The 211 carries 43 gallons of fuel, and with power options running up to 225 hp by virtually every engine maker, I’m sure you’ll find something that suits your fancy. With a 21’ length and a 93 inch beam, she is big enough for six or seven people on reasonably boating days. Take a look at her spec sheet -- she’s got everything you’ve come to expect from Ranger as standard equipment, things like a livewell, gauges and electronics, adjustable bucket seats, a stainless-steel boarding ladder and their pultruded fiberglass transom. (In fact, there are dozens of pultrusions all over the boat to add stiffness without adding weight. Ranger is one of the few builders that uses the process which is costly, but one heck of a lot better than plywood. No plywood here.)
In case you haven’t noticed, Ranger boats are not the least expensive on the market. But their lifetime (for the first owner) hull, stringers and transom warranty, plus the fit and finish and reputation for reliability is what you are paying for. And with a Reata you can amortize that cost over several decades of fond memories. We think for many freshwater families the Reata is a good investment.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Ranger Boats 211 Reata (2009-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
= Standard = Optional
Ranger Boats 211 Reata (2009-) Warranty
Ranger Boats 211 Reata (2009-) Warranty Information
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