Captain's ReportTested by Capt. Bob SmithWhen I first got the call about testing Ranger’s boats I was afraid we would be testing them in the cold and snowy mountains around the plant in Flippin, Arkansas, but as it turned out we would be testing only an hour away from my house, in Kissimmee Florida. Specs Ranger calls this model the “most family-oriented rig on the water.” After testing and riding her around the lake teasing fish for two days, I can see why. She is packed with features for fishing as well as water toys. She sports a wide beam of 93” for stability and roominess and is 21’4” overall in length. She runs best with a minimal of 200 horses and is rated for a maximum of 225 hp, which we tested. She has an inside height of 25” which adds to the safety when aboard (or when an alligator is eyeing you from the water) and a transom height of 22”. The helm forward design really gives you a lot of room for passengers and gear in the cockpit. The 210 carries up to 45 gallons of fuel and weighs in at about 2,215 pounds dry. FeaturesThe trailer has hydraulic surge disk brakes, oil bath hubs and a matching spare tire and wheel. The swing away tongue gives you more flexibility when leaving the boat and/or trailer in a garage or a tight parking lot.The first tip-off of her multi-tasking ability is the Minn Kota 24volt trolling motor on her bow. The batteries will be kept charged with an on-board Dual-Pro charger. Storage spaces are under the starboard and port sides in the bow with rod storage down the centerline of the bow. A casting chair can be mounted in the bow, or you can leave it clear for more casting room. The wide walkthrough windshield has a flip over windshield filler separating the bow from the cockpit. Everyone will enjoy the tunes you can blast out with the Clarion CD and Sirius Satellite ready radio. A handy dry glove box is also located here to keep the wallets dry while having fun on the water. Between the sliding and swiveling seats is a large floor storage space that can handle skis and wakeboards with ease. The boat had hydraulic assisted Sea Star Steering, and all the important switches and gauges were easily visible to the driver. The center of the rear seating area has a cooler below the cushion and behind the port seat is an aerated reticulating baitwell. Behind the starboard seat is another storage space for gear or tackle. On the stern over on the port side is a telescoping boarding ladder with a flip up cover, and on the starboard side is a handy wet locker for gloves and tow lines.Performance and RideWe tested the Reata in mostly calm waters of an inland lake. Our test boat was equipped with a 225-hp Yamaha HPDI outboard engine mounted on the stern. She was a fast rig, with an out of the hole time of only 2.9 seconds. She easily was traveling 30 mph in only 6.6 seconds which should make her fun for skiing or fishing. We found her best cruise speed around 3500 rpms, running 31.2 mph and burning about 8.4 gph. This gave her a great cruising range of 151 miles. At idle, she burned only 1.2 gph, and at a top speed of 56.2 mph, she burned 21 gph. At this speed she can run 109 miles on her 45 gallon fuel tank. Her sound levels were a bit quieter than a typical outboard, partially due to her extra foam flotation.If you have an active family that wants to be able to have fun with the skis and tubes yet still wants to be able to take off early in the morning for a shot at some big bass, then the 210 Reata from Ranger could be a good choice for you.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Ranger Boats 210 Reata is 56.2 mph (90.4 kph), burning 21.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 79.48 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Ranger Boats 210 Reata is 31.2 mph (50.2 kph), and the boat gets 3.74 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.59 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 151 miles (243.01 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 225-hp Yamaha HPDI.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard Sirius Satellite Radio|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Lifetime (original owner)
Yes (10 years from the original delivery date)
|Lifetime (original owner) Yes (10 years from the original delivery date) http://www.rangerboats.com/pages/tradition/bbbb.cfm|
||1-3 years* http://www.rangerboats.com/pages/tradition/bbbb.cfm|