I have not driven the boat with a 4 stroke 115, but I can tell you from my experience with other brands of boats the Pro-XS will more than likely have a little more top end speed between the two. But for a lot of guys speed isn't everything..........you will need to decide between the two motors based on your needs. For instance if you do a lot of trolling, idiling, like to talk to your buddy at mid-range speeds, and don't like to have to add 2 stroke oil then the 4 stroke may be the way to go. For guys that like to wring every mile per hour out of their rigs and need a slightly lighter weight motor, plus the "cool factor" of the Pro-XS graphics, they might consider that one.
I have seen first hand the two brands side by side in the factory a couple of different times. I made the following observations between the boats while I was there, and have pictures of both. Here are some things for you to consider:
The Ranger has a Ranger Trail "C" channel trailer with Road Armor, a heavy duty swing away tongue, and integrated traction surfaces. Very similar to the way the glass boat trailers are built. Triton has an OUTSOURCED, painted tubular steel trailer.
When you compare the seating between the two brands you will quickly see that Ranger surpasses them in quality of materials for more durable, comfortable seating that will stand the test of time.
Ranger has custom mats on the bow and under the seats with the integrated Ranger logo. Triton has the cheaper traction mat on the bow with carpet under the seats.
Ranger has a top of the line console with milled designs.........see pics below and judge for yourself.
You can see the difference in quality in the steering wheels in the pictures as well.
Ranger incorporates Pultrusion in their transoms, Triton does not.
Ranger has the more expensive metalic paint for a more "custom" look, Triton does not.
I too love the idea of the 4 stroke, for me I leaning towards the Yamaha 4 stroke. But after owning a 115 regular optimax on a Ranger 170vs glass boat, I gotta admit they are fuel efficient as any 4 stroke and not very loud either.
Last edited by spinningreel; 01-26-2013 at 08:10 AM.
Pete, what did you think of the white RT188 vs the other metallic colors? The white is not metallic, correct? Is there a difference in the quality? Thank you.
I love the look of the white boat. And you are correct sir, the white is not metallic. Same high quality paint. VERY sharp looking color package with Silver Fox Mist consoles. Here is the RT 178c in white:
I'll make two comments here fwiw: the motor in the above picture looks tiny compared to the overall size of the boat, and guys jumping on the 4 stroke bandwagon should maybe pause and reconsider the awesome track record of the smaller E-Tecs. I wouldn't trade my 200 H.O. for another motor, and a vast number of pontoons and smaller fishing rigs are getting stellar performance from the mid-hp etecs. They are light, powerful, economical, quiet, and use so little oil that it's a negligible purchasing factor. I've been an outboard owner-operator for more than 50 years, and although I understand the temptation of "I add no oil!" in 4 stroke motors, it's my experience that an outboard owner who takes care of his equipment doesn't find running a 2 stroke troublesome, while someone who just puts a 4 stroke in the water and expects it to run with no effort or thought on his part will soon find that nothing runs with no maintenance.