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(w/ 1 x 225-hp Mercury Optimax )

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The 521 VX is a sleek, high performance fishing machine designed to deliver a smooth ride throughout the RPM range. In addition to her performance, she’s loaded with features and is also available in either a single or dual console.

Key Features

  • Power Trim
  • Competition Steering Wheel
  • Teleflex SeaStar Pro® Hydraulic
  • Steering
  • Recirculating Aerated Livewell
  • Removable Running Lights
  • Insulated Cooler
  • Lockable Storage Compartments
  • Two Stainless Steel Seat Pedestals
  • Molded-In Driver/Passenger Footrests
  • Trailer

Specifications

Ranger Boats 521 VX Specifications
Length Overall 21' 3'' Dry Weight 1,860 lbs.
Beam 7' 8'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft N/A Fuel Cap 52 gal.
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap none
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance N/A
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.

Engine Options

Ranger Boats 521 VXEngine options
Std. Power Various up to 200-hp
Tested Power 1 x 225-hp Mercury Optimax
Opt. Power Various up to 250-hp

Ranger Boats 521 VX Line Drawing

Ranger Boats 521 VX Photo Gallery

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Tournament-Ready Rig

The 521 ran like a machine on a mission. She handled easily taking turns effortlessly and with little to no slide.

Good overall layout with plenty of room to cast.

The model sports a Minn Kota 24 volt trolling motor out front that was easy to deploy and simple to operate with the foot pedal control.

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Plenty of fishy features for serious anglers.

The helm sports a competition series wheel with SeaStar Pro hydraulic steering that is smooth and responsive. Keyless ignition on this rig takes a lot out of the aggravation of a start and stop day.

Ranger Boats 521 VX Captain's Report

Tested by Capt. Bob Smith

The Ranger 521 VX rode in on a Commanche Trailer, which is a nice package including Road Armor Advantage coatings for long life, L.E.D. lights for long life, form fitting bunks for ease of loading and perfect matching to the hull and an electrostatic matching paint for your rig. Oil baths for the bearings with windows for visually checking the level is a great idea.

Deck Features

The model sports a Minn Kota 24 volt trolling motor out front that was easy to deploy and simple to operate with the foot pedal control. You don’t have to struggle to keep the batteries topped off and ready to power the gear, this rig carries its own three bank charging system, a Dual-Pro On-Board charger.

The Garmin Depth finder up front keeps you informed of the bottom and where the fish are while your partner can look over at the helm and check it out while they’re casting. You can tell she’s a pro-ready rig; with three lockers and expansive bow casting area for rods. The port locker is capable of handling rods up to 8’, the starboard handles up to 6’6” and the center organizer handles up to 7’6” rods in row one and 7’ rods in row two. Just ahead of the buddy console is a small locker that can be a cooler. In front of the helm console is another storage area.

Helm

The helm sports a competition series wheel with SeaStar Pro hydraulic steering that is smooth and responsive. Keyless ignition on this rig takes a lot out of the aggravation of a start and stop day. Once you key in your code in the morning, you are good to go for the next ten hours without needing to re-key, just touch the green button and hand on.

The Runnin Rod Rack on the port side gives a safe and secure place to lay the rods down between holes and there is a grab handle for your partner to hang on to if they get a little uncomfortable with your driving, or the water gets a little rough underway. The rear casting deck is also quite large, even with the cockpit being pushed back for more room up front. The livewell separates two storage areas just behind the seats and access panels to batteries, oil and other accessories is across the back. Casting seats can be placed in positions in the back casting deck or the front casting deck.

Specs

The 521 VX measures in at 21’3” and has a 92 ½” beam. Although we tested her with a 225hp Mercury Optimax, she is rated up to 250 horses. The 521 has an integrated engine setback of 12”, a transom height of 23” and inside depth of 20 ¼”. Her hull weight is about 1860lbs and you can add up to another 1550 lbs of gear, people and outboard motor to the package. She has two 26 gallon fuel tanks for a tota 52 gallon capacity.

Performance

The 521 ran like a machine on a mission. She handled easily taking turns effortlessly and with little to no slide. The keel on this rig really helps control it at low trolling speeds and at cruising and high speeds. The 521 leaped up on plane in just 4.6 seconds and was passing 30 mph in only 6.7 seconds. We had a 225-hp Mercury Optimax outboard motor on our test rig. She seemed to cruise best at about 2500 rpms, and burned about 4.8 gallons per hour and had a range of about 263 miles on a full tank. She topped out at 5650 rpms which burned about 21.3 gallons per hour and had a range of 161 miles on the tank. Sound levels were good for an outboard with a low of 66 dBa at idle and only 93 dBa at top speed. The sound deadening qualities of the added floatation was evident in the muffled hull noises at speed.

If you are a pro on the circuit or fish like one and want the same comforts they enjoy, the 521 VX from Ranger is a good choice to consider.

Ranger Boats 521 VX Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Ranger Boats 521 VX is 73.1 mph (117.6 kph), burning 21.30 gallons per hour (gph) or 80.62 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Ranger Boats 521 VX is 27.0 mph (43.5 kph), and the boat gets 5.61 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.39 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 263 miles (423.26 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 225-hp Mercury Optimax.

  • Time to plane for the Ranger Boats 521 VX is 4.6 sec. seconds.

  • Time from 0 to 30 of the Ranger Boats 521 VX is 6.7 sec. seconds.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

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Standard and Optional Equipment

Ranger Boats 521 VX Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
Power Steering Standard
Trailer Standard
Exterior Features
Ice Chest Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Ranger Boats 521 VX Warranty

Ranger Boats 521 VX Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years Lifetime (original owner)
Transferable Yes (10 years from the original delivery date)
Link http://www.rangerboats.com/staticPages/bbbb.cfm
Deck Warranty
Years Lifetime (original owner)
Transferable Yes (10 years from the original delivery date)
Link http://www.rangerboats.com/pages/tradition/bbbb.cfm
Gelcoat Warranty
Years 1-Year
Transferable Yes
Link http://www.rangerboats.com/pages/tradition/bbbb.cfm
Blistering Warranty
Link http://www.rangerboats.com/pages/tradition/bbbb.cfm
Accessories Warranty
Years 1-3 years*
Link http://www.rangerboats.com/pages/tradition/bbbb.cfm
Certifications
NMMA Certification Yes

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