Ranger’s multi-purpose 1850LS is designed to fish, ski/board and cruise with equal effectiveness. With available outboard power up to 175-hp, she’ll have the oomph to pull a slalom skier in a deep-water start or to speed to a fishing spot.With a beam of 100” (2.54 m), she has the interior space and cockpit depth for cruising and fishing. Innovations include a center ski locker that can become rod storage with a quick conversion rack and a patented folding deck extension. What Ranger calls an “ultra-versatile crossover layout” features redesigned seating, gear and tackle organizers and a snap-in carpet.A substantial standard-equipment list includes a ski-tow pylon, Minn Kota trolling motor, Lowrance electronics, an insulated cooler, livewell, battery charger and a single-axle trailer.
Ranger uses “pultruded” fiberglass panels in its boats. Pultrusion is a patented manufacturing process exclusive to Ranger in which reinforced fibers are pulled through resin and into a heated die during which the resin undergoes polymerization. When the pieces of pultruded fiberglass cool, they harden like steel, but are lighter, so Ranger uses them as coring material in the hull bottom, transom and deck. Transom gussets are also formed out of pultruded fiberglass to reinforce the transom. Additionally, the fiberglass stringer grid bonds into the hull as a single piece, and it and all empty cavities throughout the boat are filled with flotation foam.
The Ranger Rite-Track keel is designed to keep more of the boat’s hull in the water while fishing and the lower deck profile means less boat is exposed to the wind. The intent of the design is to minimize lateral drift and promote easier trolling and better tracking when the boat is underway.
For fishing, the 1850LS comes with an aerated livewell with a recirculating pump and automatic timers, a Minn Kota 70 Power Drive trolling motor, Lowrance Mark-5X Pro fishfinder and locking rod storage in the port gunwale. For watersports, the equipment list includes a swiveling co-pilot’s seat, tow pylon and rope locker. Finally, there’s a stereo and an insulated below deck cooler for cruising.
As part of the standard equipment list, the 1850LS’ single-axle trailer comes with aluminum wheels with a matching spare, a swing-away tongue, custom matching fiberglass fenders, hydraulic surge disc brakes and LED lighting. The patented Road Armor trailer finish helps keep the frame looking great and helps retain resale value and peace of mind.
An innovative deck extension has hinged panels that fold out of the way to make it easy to step up onto the 1850LS’ forward fishing deck. Then they fold in place to fill in the area, creating a large flat fishing surface. To port and in the center are large lockers while the baitwell is aft to starboard with a cooler forward. A panel in the bow has space for optional electronics and trim switches for the outboard. There are cup holders on each side of this panel.
We like that Ranger designed the helm with all of the instruments in a row above the steering wheel. This means that the driver doesn’t have to take his or her eyes off the water as the boat skims along. The standard Lowrance Mark-5X Pro fishfinder is to starboard in the panel and the accessory switches are below. Angled footrests beneath the console and an adjustable seat should accommodate a variety of drivers.
Across from the helm, the port console has a locking glove box and the stereo remote. Additionally, the bottom of the console drops down to reveal tackle trays. In between the two forward bucket seats, the ski locker can be equipped with rod racks to enhance versatility. Abaft are two more pedestal-mounted seats and owners can add rear seats as an option. There’s expandable netting for storing a variety of items in the starboard gunwale with a rod locker to port. The aerated livewell is in the center of the stern with access to the battery switches to starboard. On the aft deck to port is a three-step fold-out reboarding ladder and a tow rope locker to starboard.
We haven’t tested the Ranger 1850LS so we cannot comment on her performance or handling. Base power for the 1850LS is a 150-hp 2- or 4-stroke outboard from Evinrude, Yamaha, Mercury or Suzuki with options up to 175-hp.
Options to Consider
The base MSRP starts at $43,000 with standard equipment and a 175-hp outboard.
Limited warranty on structural hull defects for the period of ownership for the first North American owner. For the second North American retail purchaser, the limited warranty period is 10 years. A three year warranty on the following: carpet fade, steering helm, cylinder, hoses and cables, aeration pumps, valves and timers, bilge pump, fiberglass boat electrical system, seat pedestals, fuel tanks, deck hardware, factory-installed battery chargers, and a Ranger Trail trailer. A one year warranty is on gelcoat.
Like many fish-and-ski models built by a fishing boat manufacturer, the Ranger 1850LS definitely can deliver the goods as a fishing model, but it has all the right stuff for watersports and cruising as well.She’s equipped with all of the requisite fishing gear such as a livewell, baitwell, trolling motor and rod storage, and her forward casting deck has space for two people to fish comfortably.The folding deck extension makes the 1850LS’ bow much more usable as a lounge area and the ski locker and tow pylon are at the ready for tow sports. There’s exceptional storage capacity for a boat of this size and the in-sole cooler is something any family will appreciate.The choice of 150-hp and 175-hp outboard motors from all of the major manufacturers should satisfy a wide variety of owners and an 18’8” (5.69 m) boat on a single axle trailer is an easy rig for many vehicles to tow.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Optional|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Oil Change System||Optional|
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