We recently had the opportunity to again tour the Ranger plant in Flippin Arkansas. This was our 18th or 19th trip through the plant and to be honest we really were not that excited about doing it again. Once you had seen it once that was enough…or at least that is what we thought. That changed very quickly as we began the tour. From the recently built atrium entrance to the new robotic water cutting tool area this is a new Ranger and it was even more clear that the attention to detail is even more pronounced with the new plant additions and processes. More automated processes, better materials and superior workmanship are all combined to build a better, more effective Ranger Boat, and one that each customer is proud of.
As mentioned in Part I the new thermostatically controlled mold/plug room is also new to Ranger and starts the process. The hull of the boat is where it all starts to take shape. The next step is the stringer system. It is the guts of the boat, the nuts and bolts of dependability, and the beginning of the one-piece-feel Ranger. The pre-cut stringers are glassed to the hull and run from the front of the boat to the pulltruded transom and gussetts. The strength of the boat really begins here. Built with the best materials and put together by skilled craftspeople each Ranger is built to withstand the harsh conditions of Lake Erie or Sam Rayburn. As a Ranger owner you may never have to put it to that kind of test but each boat is built so it could.
Each subsequent component in the boat build becomes another layer of performance and durability. Much like the theory behind the Geodesic Dome the Ranger Boat gets stronger with each layer. We will continue to walk you through more Ranger Differences in Part III.