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    Full Circle...back to a Reata

    I bought a new 2015 Ranger 1850 LS Reata when they first hit the market and it's been one of my favorite boats over the past 40+ years. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to use it nearly as much as I'd hoped and it was hard to justify it's cost, so in a weak moment, I sold it a few weeks ago. I instantly had seller's remorse, but knew that I had made a good financial decision.

    My attention then turned to possibly buying an aluminum bass boat (Ranger RT188 or similar), which I could justify financially and a boat light enough to double tow behind my fifth wheel.

    What I found with the aluminum bass boats is that they have a very limited passenger/weight capacity, which wasn't going to work for a PawPaw (me) and a hand-full of grandkids.

    My attention then turned to an aluminum Multi-Species or Fish & Ski. After doing some research and talking to 5 or 6 Aluminum Deep-V owners to get their input of the pros & cons of owning a Tin Boat, I decided that I was a Glass-Guy, not a Tin Man. I also abandoned my double-towing plans, since most of the "higher quality", aluminum V-hulls were going to exceed the 3,000 pound tow rating of my fifth wheel.

    As luck would have it, I found a like-new, one owner 2007 Ranger 1850VS Reata that had been serviced & maintained better that any other boat I'd ever seen (with the exception of my own).

    I feel like I'm "having my cake & eating it, too", since I found a great boat and it cost less than 1/2 of what I got from my 2015 Reata. I think I'll sleep easier knowing that It will be easier to financially justifying it's existence, should I not be able to use it as much as I plan.

    I'm back in a Reata.....Happy! Happy! Happy!

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    Just got my 1850 LS a year and a half ago. I LOVE it. It fishes great and I can take my kids out to ski or tube or whatever.

    Congrats on the new rig!! Letís see some good pics!!

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    Still love our 210, great boat. Enjoy!
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    i think im gonna make a move to a reata.. but not the ski model. the one with flip up seats ..hows the rod storage?
    2000 Nitro 205 sport
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    Quote Originally Posted by 12many View Post
    i think im gonna make a move to a reata.. but not the ski model. the one with flip up seats ..hows the rod storage?
    All Reata's are what Ranger calls "Fish & Play" boats. What I've found, having owned three of them, is that they are much, much more "fishing" friendly than any of the other manufacturer's Fish & Ski boats.

    There are various models/floor plans of the Reata, with some having the bench seating in the back and some having the flip-up jump seats. Definitely go with a model that has the jump seats, as you mentioned.

    The rod storage will vary a little between years & specific models.

    The 2015 1850LS Reata (making payments) that I just sold had good rod storage (maybe 10) in the floor and a lockable compartment for 2 rods in the port gunwale.

    I now have a 2007 1850VS Reata (paid for), with similar rod storage in the floor and an open storage compartment in the port gunwale for 2 rods.

    I owned numerous Ranger & Skeeter bass boats prior to my first Reata and for my lifestyle, can't see owning anything but a Reata.

    A word of advice: There's nothing you can do to a Reata to make it run 67.8mph (like your Nitro).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishinFamily View Post
    Just got my 1850 LS a year and a half ago. I LOVE it. It fishes great and I can take my kids out to ski or tube or whatever.

    Congrats on the new rig!! Letís see some good pics!!
    Here are some pictures of when I picked it up. I'm currently putting a spit-shine on it in my shop. She has to look NICE the first trip to the lake.
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    ya not too worried on speed. just want ride and room..and bigger livewells. i can't box 27 and up walleye. and cant do great lakes fishing.

    so long as it fits 8-10 rods. and 15-20 plano boxes. and has a stand up top for kids
    Last edited by 12many; 04-28-2018 at 09:46 PM.
    2000 Nitro 205 sport
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    Cool boat...

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    Looks great!!!