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  1. Got Florescent? Table Rock Special's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoatBuggy View Post
    Lots of good ideas here but this is one I'd trade up for.
    And a floor plan like the Z20 and good ole 360V designed for Team Bass Tournaments. Only the Z522 has a rear deck for a human, the rest a Labrador size.

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    How about a better ride? I used to be a Ranger owner, but the ride in ruff water was brutal. I'd buy another Ranger if they could somehow change the hull to make for a better ride.

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    #43
    Quote Originally Posted by Table Rock Special View Post
    And a floor plan like the Z20 and good ole 360V designed for Team Bass Tournaments. Only the Z522 has a rear deck for a human, the rest a Labrador size.
    I'm fine with the Z520c floor plan. I agree that the back deck with a regular seat is a little small for a boat that's almost 21' long but I don't fish from the back of my boat so it's not something I really care all that much about. But it's more roomy with a butt seat or no seat. There is so much room up front in the 520c that two people really have to work hard to get in the way of each other.
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    Dark Fishing, many prefer huge split floor plans. I know many Z20 owner who want new boats but there is no longer a floor plan that fits their requirements.
    520, Z20, were extremely popular and now nothing in that floor plan

    Unless it's a physical impossibility, like most things in life, if you fish sitting on your asz you ain't fishing hard enough.

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    #45
    Quote Originally Posted by Table Rock Special View Post
    Dark Fishing, many prefer huge split floor plans. I know many Z20 owner who want new boats but there is no longer a floor plan that fits their requirements.
    520, Z20, were extremely popular and now nothing in that floor plan
    Fishing at night isn't something I know anything about but I see your point. I rooted around a few Z520s before I went with the 520c and noticed the back deck was quite a bit bigger.

    My ProCraft has a huge back deck. I host a couple of blind anglers every year for a local pike and walleye tournament and they are both able to cast pretty much all day without issue. I'd only be able to take one blind angler in the Z520c.
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    #46
    Take 150 pounds out of the front of the boat and drastically drop the price.

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    #47
    A fine lookin lady in a bikini to clean it up after a long hard day of fishin would be pretty nice.
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    #48
    Quote Originally Posted by mlamb View Post
    How about a better ride? I used to be a Ranger owner, but the ride in ruff water was brutal. I'd buy another Ranger if they could somehow change the hull to make for a better ride.
    Nice 2nd post.....my Z521 lives for rough water

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    Better insulated cooler to keep my Pepsi cold!

    Alarm system with two-way remote!

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    #50
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric521 View Post
    Nice 2nd post.....my Z521 lives for rough water
    Don't take the bait Eric.

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    #51
    So, to recap on the good ideas thus far:
    @cosmo Alarm system with remote
    @TRS a larger back deck and a Z520c rated for 300HP
    @bassbama
    1.An empty conduit that runs from bow to console and one from bilge to console as standard equipment
    2.A removable access panel under the console large enough that you can work with wiring and add-ons
    3.Double bow roller like BassCat so you eliminate your bow from running up under your bow roller on some ramps (Not sure I like this one, but a bonafide suggestion)
    @Jake Grey Solar panels on the top cap wired for a trickle charge as an option
    @jigman51 step and grab pole as factory option
    @bigfishranger bench seat option
    @utinator smaller boats (less then 20ft) with a center rod locker AND tackle storage under the front deck
    @rangerhgm make the rod tubes/rack in the rod box an option
    @fishfry Make a Z519 intracoastal
    @generator a removable console
    @rangerdrew
    1. incorporating power poles so when not in use that fold into the hull
    2. Incorporate structure scan, 360 degree viewing, etc, into the hull like thru-hull transducers
    3. add more little convenience cups to store little items in site while fishing.
    @ Lou R Pitcher
    1. A Ranger engineered, integrated bow trolling motor, retractable and housed when boat is on plane within the hull
    2. Design a House electronics battery, its wiring and battery compartment and charger into the boat as a standard feature
    3. All electronic gauge display using a Ranger installed in dash OLED screen panel.....no more individual gauges or water pressure hoses, speedo tubes or masses of under console wire bundles....all electronics and readouts networked
    @bassman81
    1. White gel in bilge/utility compartment option
    2. Taller windshield
    @htc33 Ability to swap in easily the coin box and the center seat
    @cestratton smooth out the underside lip of all compartments
    @howieranger add the shelf back to the cooler on the 521c
    I have tried to leave out the flippant ones (no offense taken I hope) and I have left off the ones that are already there or are just a vent. Mark Perry seems to be missing on this years post....if I recall right three years ago he nailed all the change requests when they reworked the topcap. Good information gents, thanks and keep them coming.

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    Eric, Sorry if I hurt your feelings (it was not intentional). I am not sure what my number of posts has to do with anyting, but you and some others are the exact reason why I only have two posts. The question was "what would you like to see in the 2015's"? A smoother ride is what I would like to see. How is my response any different than the other numerous requests that have been posted? I am not a Ranger hater. I used to have a Ranger and my fishing partner has a z521. I think the Ranger has the best fishing platform and finish around, but I have been in better riding boats. Is it that terrible to want all three things? I am currently in the market to buy anoher boat. I am not going to turn this thread into something it should not be, so this will be my last response to any flipped or baiting comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlamb View Post
    Eric, Sorry if I hurt your feelings (it was not intentional). I am not sure what my number of posts has to do with anyting, but you and some others are the exact reason why I only have two posts. The question was "what would you like to see in the 2015's"? A smoother ride is what I would like to see. How is my response any different than the other numerous requests that have been posted? I am not a Ranger hater. I used to have a Ranger and my fishing partner has a z521. I think the Ranger has the best fishing platform and finish around, but I have been in better riding boats. Is it that terrible to want all three things? I am currently in the market to buy anoher boat. I am not going to turn this thread into something it should not be, so this will be my last response to any flipped or baiting comments.
    Let me take a stab at this Maybe, just maybe, it is because it's pretty universally understood that "rough water ride" is 90% driver, 10% hull. Am I close?!!

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    #54
    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos H View Post
    So, to recap on the good ideas thus far:
    @cosmo Alarm system with remote
    @TRS a larger back deck and a Z520c rated for 300HP
    @bassbama
    1.An empty conduit that runs from bow to console and one from bilge to console as standard equipment
    2.A removable access panel under the console large enough that you can work with wiring and add-ons
    3.Double bow roller like BassCat so you eliminate your bow from running up under your bow roller on some ramps (Not sure I like this one, but a bonafide suggestion)
    @Jake Grey Solar panels on the top cap wired for a trickle charge as an option
    @jigman51 step and grab pole as factory option
    @bigfishranger bench seat option
    @utinator smaller boats (less then 20ft) with a center rod locker AND tackle storage under the front deck
    @rangerhgm make the rod tubes/rack in the rod box an option
    @fishfry Make a Z519 intracoastal
    @generator a removable console
    @rangerdrew
    1. incorporating power poles so when not in use that fold into the hull
    2. Incorporate structure scan, 360 degree viewing, etc, into the hull like thru-hull transducers
    3. add more little convenience cups to store little items in site while fishing.
    @ Lou R Pitcher
    1. A Ranger engineered, integrated bow trolling motor, retractable and housed when boat is on plane within the hull
    2. Design a House electronics battery, its wiring and battery compartment and charger into the boat as a standard feature
    3. All electronic gauge display using a Ranger installed in dash OLED screen panel.....no more individual gauges or water pressure hoses, speedo tubes or masses of under console wire bundles....all electronics and readouts networked
    @bassman81
    1. White gel in bilge/utility compartment option
    2. Taller windshield
    @htc33 Ability to swap in easily the coin box and the center seat
    @cestratton smooth out the underside lip of all compartments
    @howieranger add the shelf back to the cooler on the 521c
    I have tried to leave out the flippant ones (no offense taken I hope) and I have left off the ones that are already there or are just a vent. Mark Perry seems to be missing on this years post....if I recall right three years ago he nailed all the change requests when they reworked the topcap. Good information gents, thanks and keep them coming.
    I was being serious with my post also...Ranger has never even tried to make a lightweight hull and I for one would love to see them try just once. It would put to bed all of the smartbutt coments on slow rangers and it might even open the door for some new Ranger owners to come aboard that like a little more speed. I know my brother just bought a new FX20 skeeter and the only reason he didnt go with the Ranger is because of about 8mph. I think the initial investment in new building techniques for just one boat model would more than pay for itself in the new Ranger owners flocking to it... I have always thought of Ranger as a company that wasnt afraid of being innovative, and this would be a definate first for them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlaznbyU View Post
    I was being serious with my post also...Ranger has never even tried to make a lightweight hull and I for one would love to see them try just once. It would put to bed all of the smartbutt coments on slow rangers and it might even open the door for some new Ranger owners to come aboard that like a little more speed. I know my brother just bought a new FX20 skeeter and the only reason he didnt go with the Ranger is because of about 8mph. I think the initial investment in new building techniques for just one boat model would more than pay for itself in the new Ranger owners flocking to it... I have always thought of Ranger as a company that wasnt afraid of being innovative, and this would be a definate first for them...
    I love my Ranger but I have to agree. I think it would be an opportunity for Ranger to grab a new group of boat owners.

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    Post derail in progress:
    ML, generally speaking when there are low post counters that come in and post something of that nature in here it is to get the fellas going. Again, generally speaking made and worded on purpose to piss folks off. It is refreshing to hear that your comment is not intended to be inflammatory and we look forward to your participation in other threads.

    Also, keep in mind we have a bassboat and from looking at your profile I cant see where you are from, plus, as Hammer said driver conditioning has a good bit to play in how a boat rides. if you ask some of the other faithful how their boats ride you will get the old "it rides great" answer and I will tell you that my boat rides pretty good. I know there are conditions out there that will just make me beat the snot out of you and then again, there are times that I can get it to ride pretty nice. I am not that an accomplished a driver as I only have 10 years or so driving a bass boat, but I think I am getting there...it just takes time to figure it out.

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    #57
    Quote Originally Posted by BlaznbyU View Post
    I was being serious with my post also...Ranger has never even tried to make a lightweight hull and I for one would love to see them try just once. It would put to bed all of the smartbutt coments on slow rangers and it might even open the door for some new Ranger owners to come aboard that like a little more speed. I know my brother just bought a new FX20 skeeter and the only reason he didnt go with the Ranger is because of about 8mph. I think the initial investment in new building techniques for just one boat model would more than pay for itself in the new Ranger owners flocking to it... I have always thought of Ranger as a company that wasnt afraid of being innovative, and this would be a definate first for them...
    Great post and welcome to BBC Sir. Ranger never will concentrate on building just a fast boat main focas. Ranger will however continue to build the fastest boat they can while still continuing to have the best fishing and all around performance boat that they can. Ranger strives to build the best boat that they can "with" the trolling motor down and they do. With that being said, my boat will run mid 70's and this is fast enough for me.....................Again, Welcome to BBC Sir..................RR

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    Well said Roger, I love my Ranger and I have fished out of quite a few different boats. I will not bash any boat for ride or speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greendragon View Post
    Well said Roger, I love my Ranger and I have fished out of quite a few different boats. I will not bash any boat for ride or speed.
    truth here...its all subjective!

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    I love what i'm seeing here in the list.. Thanks for summarizing CH! I'll chime in and say that I think there's something they could do better for co-angler rod storage. I don't think anyone has mastered that yet. not sure what the perfect solution is.. but i'm not sure they've found it yet.
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