I've had it on the water 2x so far. It's a fun boat to drive and I've got some learning to do again. It's been about 25 years since I've driven had a boat with this much motor.
Here in Colorado, running a 17in prop Hit 47MPH with a full tank and loaded with gear.
We don't have many big lakes to stretch it out but it will do great for the ski n tube portion of it's life. I like the fish ability of it as well.
Planned changes are -
adding Rod holders
Upgrade TM to 24 V 80LB I-pilot
Extended front casting deck
Install bow mount trim switch.
Just thought it was time to post some photos of my Rig: 2011 Ranger 211VS Reata with 225 Yamaha SHO.
I sold my Ranger bass boat last summer, went to a bay boat, then settled-in on what Ranger calls a Fish & Play.
She's only been on the water a few times (total of 3.4 hours), but it was apparent from the first time that I took her out that I made the right choice for my family's needs (My Dad, my son-in-law and three grandsons, oh yeah, almost forgot the wives).
I've made several modifications to make the boat more "fisherman friendly" which includes: Lowrance HDS-7 at the console, HDS-5 at the bow, hour meter, seat risers (the bucket seats are too low), front casting deck extension, Minn-Kota Terrova 80 with iPilot and I removed the center section of the rear bench seat and made a step (much easier to get on the back deck).
I'm running the Yamaha Pro Series 21P prop but am going to try a Mercury Rev 4 x 21P.
Here's mine, just about one year old. Took it straight from dealer to my buddy's house on Seneca Lake in NY state on April 29, 2011 for a weekend of break-in (dock side photo.) Then dipped in Crescent Lake, Maine over the Memorial Day weekend and that is where she stays. I can't wait to unwrap her next week - I live in NJ so it is a haul to make for a weekend trip.
Great to have a fish and ski forum but I noticed a lot of guys getting guff about not having a real bass boat. Mine is a bass boat! Its configured for family use just to be politically correct (and win approval of the important people.) I noticed a distinct trend in the boats posted on this forum - they are all bass boats similarly configured with politically correct features! I did not see one Glastron, Larson, Rinker, Wellcraft, Bayliner, SeaRay or other such family line of boats trying to be configured for bass fishing. They just don't work for us. Skeeter is a bass boat company and that is why I bought the Skeeter. Just saying'.
Thanks for the opportunity!