Captain's ReportRanger Reata 1850 Fish-N-Play By Capt. Bob SmithTest CaptainThe Reata 1850 is a great combination fish and ski boat. She is rigged mostly for fishing up front, but you can add some cushions for comfortable riding when needed. The boat has a port locker for storage and can handle up to 7-foot-long rods. A center floor locker also can handle 7-foot-long rods, as well as skis and the ski tow post. The starboard locker in the bow is insulated and will likely be used for the cooler, saving you from hauling a carry-on aboard. Just aft and in front of the helm, is a baitwell with removable bait bucket. All the lockers are gasketed to keep the water where it should be. A Minn Kota trolling motor can be mounted on the port side of the bow and a panel up here has three switches for controlling the lights, trim, and accessories.The windshield has strong supports and is tall enough to deflect away chilly air, but I feel Ranger needs to add some kind of snap-in enclosure at the bottom, to keep it from whipping under the windshield and chilling everyone in the cockpit.Helm FeaturesThe seats in the cockpit can be repositioned in multiple locations on the boat for different fishing configurations. The glove box on the companion side is padded and deep enough to keep all your important items dry. A Clarion AM/FM CD stereo comes standard for your enjoyment, and is also Sirius Satellite reception-ready. A side tip out can handle two Plano boxes full of tackle, and there are two cup holders just below for you and the rider behind. Our test boat was equipped with Sea Star Hydraulic steering, which is standard on all models rigged with over 135-horsepower. A standard Garmin 240 depthfinder is mounted in a panel to the right of the engine. On the wall next to the helm is a 12-volt socket for portable gear, and the fuse box is just below it. Further aft are the controls for the livewells. Seating Area or Casting DeckIn the aft section of the cockpit on the port side, is a side pocket with lockable storage for a couple more rods. The boat has flip-up style jump seats which make them easy to covert into a raised casting deck. Located on the port stern corner are two grab handles and a covered three-step telescoping boarding ladder. You can move one of the chairs in the cockpit up to the casting deck, or insert a tow post for skiing in the rear deck.A nice feature Ranger designed into the bimini system is storage ability. When you are ready to tow the boat, you can quickly disconnect it from the fittings and lay it in the floor of the cockpit. The floor has toe kick space, which the bimini fits into nicely without intruding on the cockpit.SpecsThe Reata 1850 measures 18’5” length overall on an extra wide 8’2’’beam. This gives the boat extra stability when using her as a fish boat. The 1850 is rated for outboards in the 115 to 175-horsepower range, and can be rigged for just about any manufacturer you choose. Transom height is 26 inches and she has a safe interior depth of 24.5 inches. Her fiberglass hull weighs in at 1,780 lbs. and can carry up to 1,700 lbs. of total weight.Performance and RideWe tested the all-new Reata 1850 on an inland lake in the Ozarks. With calm waters and two people on board we had her on plane in just 2.9 seconds and up to thirty mph in only 7 seconds. We found her cruise speed to be about 22 mph at 3000 rpm, with a range of 172 miles. At top end, we were traveling 50 mph with a range of 117 miles. Our test boat was powered with a single Yamaha F150 outboard with a 21 Pro stainless steel prop.If you’re a family that enjoys fishing as much as you do skiing and playing water sports, the Reata brings you the best of both worlds in a durable and good looking hull. Ranger is going after the aluminum cross-over boat business and they are hitting the ball out of the park with this new introduction.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Ranger Boats 1850 Reata (2006-) is 50.0 mph (80.5 kph), burning 14.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 55.64 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Ranger Boats 1850 Reata (2006-) is 21.9 mph (35.2 kph), and the boat gets 5.02 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.13 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 172 miles (276.81 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Yamaha F150.
Standard and Optional Features
|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|