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(w/ 1 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O.)

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Brief Summary

Ranger offers the Z250C with a range of outboards up to 250-hp. With the new Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. on the transom, turning a Raker HO 14½“ x 26” three-blade stainless steel propeller through a 1.85:1 gear reduction, the 20'9" (6.3 m) long, 7'11" (2.4 m) beam, single side console reached 71.7 mph at 5700 rpm wide open throttle. With throttles pulled back to 3000 rpm, the boat ran 32.5 mph at 3000 rpm, which works out to an even 5.0 mpg. That gives her a predicted range of 203 statute miles with a 10% fuel reserve. Ranger provides a built-in setback at the transom that moves the motor aft for better boat handling. The transom is reinforced with pultruded fiberglass for strength and stiffness.

Key Features

  • Minn Kota Fortrex 80 24V trolling motor
  • Recirculating aerated livewell with divider, pump-Out and Venturi Air
  • LED courtesy lights
  • 2 Lowrance HDS7 fishfinders/chartplotters at the bow and console
  • 1 bike seat with Pro pole
  • Padded front deck
  • Insulated cooler with gel-coat liner and drain
  • Custom color package
  • Integrated tackle and rod management system
  • Trailer with aluminum wheels with matching spare tire and wheel
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 20' 9''
    6.32 m
    Beam 95''
    2.41 m
    Dry Weight 1,825 lbs.
    828 kg
    Tested Weight 2,483 lbs.
    1,126 kg
    Draft N/A
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity 1,650 lbs.
    748 kg
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 45 gal.
    170 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer 25' 9''
    7.85 m
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight 5,000 lbs.
    2,268 kg
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    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

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 1 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O.
    Opt. Power 1 x 250-hp Suzuki DF250TLSS
    1 x 225-hp Yamaha VF225LA
    1 x 250-hp Yamaha VF250LA
    Six Evinrude engines from 225-hp and 250-hp available
    4 Mercury engines from 225-hp and 250-hp available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    500 2.6 2.3 0.3 8.7 7.5 351 305 73
    1000 5.3 4.6 0.8 6.6 5.7 266 231 78
    1500 6.8 5.9 2.5 2.8 2.4 112 98 74
    2000 8.2 7.1 4.9 1.7 1.5 68 59 75
    2500 26.1 22.7 5.4 4.9 4.2 198 172 81
    3000 32.5 28.3 6.5 5.0 4.4 203 176 85
    3500 37.4 32.5 8.4 4.5 3.9 181 158 88
    4000 43.6 37.9 10.8 4.1 3.5 164 143 92
    4500 51.3 44.6 12.9 4.0 3.5 161 140 94
    5000 60.1 52.2 16.7 3.6 3.1 146 127 99
    5500 70.2 61.0 21.8 3.2 2.8 130 113 105
    5700 71.7 62.3 22.1 3.2 2.8 131 114 106
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    500 305 565 4.20 1.14 3.69 73
    1000 231 428 8.50 3.03 2.79 78
    1500 98 180 10.90 9.27 1.18 74
    2000 59 109 13.20 18.36 0.71 75
    2500 172 319 42.00 20.25 2.07 81
    3000 176 327 52.30 24.61 2.13 85
    3500 158 291 60.20 31.61 1.90 88
    4000 143 264 70.20 40.69 1.73 92
    4500 140 259 82.60 48.83 1.69 94
    5000 127 235 96.70 63.22 1.53 99
    5500 113 209 113.00 82.52 1.37 105
    5700 114 211 115.40 83.66 1.38 106

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.8 sec.
    0 to 30 7.1 sec.
    Ratio 1.85:1
    Props 14 1/2 x 26 Raker HO
    Load 2 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 61 deg., 82 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation 801

    Captain's Report

    Ranger Boats Z520C running shot
    The Ranger Z520C is a big bass boat with an overall length of 20’9” (6.32 m), a beam of 7’11” (2.41 m) beam) and a weight of approximately 1,825 lbs. (828 kg).

    Mission Statement

    The Z520C, Ranger’s most popular tournament-ready bass boat

    , is designed for the serious tournament fisherman, with vital features like a broad bow casting area, storage for 20 fishing rods as long as 8’6” (2.59 m) and a large stern livewell.She’s always been available with power up to a 250-hp outboard and the new Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. breathes new life into the Z520C with its prodigious 2-stroke torque and power.

    Ranger Boats Z520C floor plan
    The Ranger Z520C has the space for all of the gear that serious anglers would need for a day of fishing.

    Distinguishing Features

    Bottom Design.

    Ranger’s Rite Track Keel keeps more hull in the water. This minimizes the effect of crosswinds and reduces lateral drift when the boat is trolling or at rest.

    Built-in Setback.

    The Z520C’s stern has the setback for the outboard motor built into the transom structure. This is a more robust installation and it positions the motor farther aft, enhancing the influence that trim has on performance.

    Pultruded Reinforcement.

    The Z520C’s transom is reinforced with pultruded fiberglass that results in a stronger installation for the motor.

    Aerated Storage.

    Ranger’s patented Power Ventilated Rod Storage System (PVRS) uses a blower to circulate air throughout the bow storage lockers to keep tackle and equipment dry.

    Custom Trailer.

    A tournament fisherman spends a lot of time on the road traveling between events. The Z520C rides on a custom-built tandem-axle Ranger Trail trailer that’s designed for the boat. It sits lower on the trailer for easier access when towing.

    Features Inspection

    At the Bow

    One of the most obvious benefits of a bass boat in this size range is the large fishing area in the bow. It measures 3’5” (1 m) wide forward and 6’11” (2.11 m) aft and is 7’7” (2.31 m) long. It also has padding beneath the carpet to reduce fishermen’s fatigue during a long day on the water. There are two receptacles for the fishing chair to accommodate anglers of various sizes.

    Ranger Boats Z520C bow
    The Z520C’s forward casting deck has more than enough space for two anglers to fish.

    Well Thought Out Standards

    Most bass boat manufacturers like to boast that they designed space into a given model’s bow for optional electronics. Ranger provides the space and includes the Lowrance HDS7T Gen 3 fishfinder/chartplotter as standard equipment. The Z520C’s bow also has a Minn Kota Fortrex 80 24-volt trolling motor with a recessed foot pedal, accessory switches, a tool rack and a cup holder.

    Ranger Boats Z520C fish finder
    Ranger provide mounting space for a standard Lowrance HDST7T. Shown here is an optional Garmin GPSMAP display. Humminbird units are also available.

    Bow Storage

    For quick trips between fishing spots

    , the Z520C has retractable straps that click into place to secure reels on rod handles and a soft padded area ahead of the driver’s console where the rod tips can rest. In-deck lockers have hatches that lock, open on gas struts and close on thick rubber gaskets. The portside locker is open and finished in gelcoat and includes a soft rubber mat in the bottom to accommodate rods up to 8’6” (2.59 m) long with removable partitions. In the center locker, there are ten dedicated rod racks. To starboard, the carpeted compartment looks good for lifejackets and other gear.

    Ranger Boats Z520C rod storage
    The Z520C has rod storage outboard to port and in the massive center locker. Note the slots in the center locker for tackle boxes.
    Ranger Boats Z520C pvrs
    Ranger’s Power Ventilation Rod Storage uses a blower in the rod lockers to dry out the equipment after a day of fishing.
    Ranger Boats Z520C retractable strap
    This retractable strap secures fishing rods to the deck when the boat is running.
    Ranger Boats Z520C rods
    When the rods are strapped down, the tips rest on this soft pad outboard of the helm console.
    Ranger Boats Z520C indeck locker
    The starboard in-deck locker has two separate compartments with individual hatches.

    The Cockpit Step

    Working aft to the Z520C’s cockpit, there’s a step down

    into the seating area. The hatch for the step opens to reveal an insulated draining cooler with two drain plugs. There are tool racks on each side and in the base of the cooler is a receptacle for fishing net storage.

    Ranger Boats Z520C cooler
    The insulated cooler keeps drinks handy and the tool racks on each side keep pliers and scissors in quick reach.
    Ranger Boats Z520C ruler
    The ruler for measuring fish slides into a slot to port of the cooler and tool rack.
    Ranger Boats Z520C fishing net
    This clever receptacle for the fishing net secures it when underway and makes it easy to retrieve when needed.

    The Cockpit

    The Z520C comes standard with two thickly padded SRS bucket seats

    and a step with a storage compartment and cup holders in between. Owners can opt for a second console ahead of the port SRS bucket seat. The sole of our test boat was finished in a seagrass-like material, a flooring option Ranger calls “chainweave,” that felt good underfoot. Outboard of the passenger’s seat, there’s storage for six more fishing rods, a rugged grab handle, a storage tray and cup holder. Inboard just below the seat is a second handle that pulls out on a strap. Forward in between the angled footrest, an available plastic panel opens on hinges offering additional storage. Ranger suggests using this area for trash or a “day box” to quickly access items used frequently throughout the day.

    Ranger Boats Z520C second console
    Owners who plan to fish a number of tournaments regardless of the weather might want to consider the optional second console.
    Ranger Boats Z520C port bucket
    This rack outboard of the port bucket seat has space for six more fishing rods.
    Ranger Boats Z520C tray
    Note that the tray outboard of the passenger’s feet has padding to cushion the ride for the contents.
    Ranger Boats Z520C foot rests
    The passenger can brace against these footrests and the available panel in between opens to reveal another storage compartment.

    The Helm

    While the port bucket seat is fixed, the driver’s seat adjusts fore and aft

    and there is a similar footrest configuration with space for a tacklebox or cooler in between. The steering wheel on our test boat was a tilt model with a turn-signal style switch on the column to control the jack plate position. The helm comes standard with a Lowrance HDS7T Gen 3 fishfinder/chartplotter in the center. To the left is a speedometer with an integrated trim gauge and the fuel gauge is just below. To the right of the panel, there is a tachometer and the available Evinrude iTrim controls and screen just below. The throttle is mounted within comfortable reach on the starboard gunwale, with the livewell filler switch and a 12-volt power plug just below.

    Ranger Boats Z520C helm
    The Z520C’s helm has a modern feel with flush-mount accessory switches and keyless ignition.

    Ranger Boats Z520C wind screen
    There is a windscreen on top of the console, and our test captain felt that it could have been a little taller to provide better protection from the weather.

    The Aft Cockpit

    The step between the bucket seats leads to the aft casting deck

    , which is 6’11” (2.10 m) wide and 3’8” (1.12 m) fore to aft with the same carpeting as found up front. There’s a receptacle for a fishing chair. At the leading edge of the aft deck is the aerated livewell that has a divider to keep species separated, and twin sliding acrylic hatches. Outboard to port and starboard are storage lockers and the boat comes with a toolbox in the port side aft locker. In the splashwell, there’s a plug for the shorepower and a switch that controls a remote drain plug. The livewell control is just below the throttle. The ladder is aft to port.

    Systems Access

    Abaft the livewell, a large hatch in the center of the rear deck opens to provide access to the batteries, charger and a spare propeller mount.

    Ranger Boats Z520C aft casting deck
    This large hatch in the aft casting deck opens on a gas strut so mechanics can use both hands to maintain the batteries.
    Ranger Boats Z520C switch
    This switch shuts down the batteries so that the engine can be jump-started.
    Ranger Boats Z520C diagram
    On the underside of the battery box hatch to the right, there is a cable diagram.
    Ranger Boats Z520C schematic diagram
    To port is a full wiring schematic diagram for folks who forget to keep their manual on board.
    Ranger Boats Z520C propeller
    The spare propeller mount is forward of the battery charger so that owners can grab the spare wheel quickly.

    Power and Performance

    Ranger Offers the Z520C with a Range of Outboards up to 250-hp.

    We tested with an Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. 2-stroke outboard turning a Raker HO 14½“ x 26” three-blade stainless steel propeller through a 1.85:1 gear reduction. We hit a top speed of 71.7 mph at 5700 rpm and burned 22.1 gph, giving the boat a range of 131 miles at wide open. Best cruise came at 3000 rpm where we ran 32.5 mph and sipped 6.5 gph, giving the boat a range of 203 miles with a 10% fuel reserve.

    Acceleration

    2-stroke outboards are known for torque, and that translated into strong acceleration from our test boat. She planed in 3.8 seconds, ran out to 20 mph in 5.3 seconds and to 30 mph in 7.1 seconds.

    Ranger Boats Z520C running shot
    With a 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. 2-stroke outboard, the Z520C planed in 3.8 seconds and hit 71.7 mph at WOT.

    Handling

    Forget the idea that bass boats are one-dimensional straight-line bullets. The Z520C handled smoothly through our battery of slalom and circle turns and, when we ran it back through our own wakes, the boat felt solid.

    Ranger Boats Z520C running shot
    The Z520C handled well, tracking cleanly through a variety of maneuvers.

    Construction

    As mentioned above, Ranger builds the Z520C with pultruded fiberglass in the transom for exceptional strength and rigidity. Knee braces extend forward to help absorb stresses on the stern. The fiberglass stringers are foam filled to help dampen vibration and water noise on the hull.

    Power and Price

    Base retail price is $68,000 and, as tested with the Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. 2-stroke outboard, increases to approximately $79,000.

    The Trailer

    The Z520C comes with a tandem-axle Ranger Trail trailer that is custom built for the boat. It has a swing-away tongue, aluminum wheels, a spare tire, rear Boat Buckle tie downs and LED lighting. Ranger finishes the trailer in its Road Armor paint for improved corrosion resistance.

    Ranger Boats Z520C trailer
    Packaged with a trailer, the Ranger Z520C comes ready to head to the launch ramp.

    Warranty

    Ranger Boats provides a Structural Hull limited warranty for the First North American retail purchaser for the period of ownership. For the second North American retail purchaser, the limited warranty period for structural hull defects is 10 years. Cosmetic gel coat warranty is one year.

    Options to Consider

    • Trolling motor from Minn Kota or Motorguide
    • Battery charger upgrade
    • Chartplotter/fishfinder upgrades from Lowrance, Humminbird and Garmin for bow and helm
    • Evinrude G2 panel
    • Port console
    • Ski tow installed
    • Center seat option
    • Choice of manual and hydraulic jackplates
    • Tilt hydraulic steering

    Observations

    Ranger did their homework when rigging the Z520C as a tournament-grade bass boat. With the Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. outboard, she tops 71 mph and during a shotgun start at a tournament, the 2-stroke engine’s torque will help the boat out-accelerate the competition to get to the hot spots first.We applaud Ranger for including such accessories as the fishfinder/chartplotter at the bow and helm and the battery charger as standard equipment. Virtually every owner orders these boats with these items anyway, so Ranger just includes them for convenience and adjusts the price accordingly.Another convenience item is the standard trailer. If an owner knows he’s getting the boat pre-packaged with a motor and a trailer, it makes the buying process that much easier.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Ranger Boats Z520C (2016-) is 71.7 mph (115.4 kph), burning 22.10 gallons per hour (gph) or 83.65 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Ranger Boats Z520C (2016-) is 32.5 mph (52.3 kph), and the boat gets 5.00 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.13 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 203 miles (326.7 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O..

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Standard
    GPS/Chart Optional

    Systems

    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Optional
    Shore Power Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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