My experiences

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I have fished out of the new Ranger Z521L Comanche bass boat since the early part of May. Ranger workmanship is nothing new to me, since I have owned several and have been part of that boat family for a long time. Since the sale to Johnny Morris’s White River Marine Group, it has been intriguing to me to see what, if anything, had changed. Were corners cut, did they ride differently, was the fit and finish better or worse? 

Although these boats are expensive, around $70,000, you do get what you pay for in ride, options, finish, quality and resale in the Z521L. The Ranger Z521L is not for everyone, but if you have the budget, it’s a great choice!

It has been a couple of years since I sat at the helm of a new Ranger fiberglass boat. For the last few years, I have been kicking tires on the high-powered aluminum boats with pad designs, and I wasn’t sure I could again get used to fiberglass again. The new aluminum boats are quick, lighter and nimble, and I wasn’t sure it would feel the same in a much heavier fiberglass boat. 

Never an issue in deeper water for either material, but aluminum has a huge advantage in shallow water. I was not sure if new fiberglass designs, in particular at the 21-foot length would have the same ability. The Z521L definitely does.

I have owned 20 or so fiberglass boats including Rangers, a couple of Skeeter’s and a Triton or two, but I had no idea how far they have come. All of my prior boats were the top of the line, but man have these boats changed. From fit and finish, to amenities, to performance including lift and hole shot, the Z521L has set the bar for big water bass boats.