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Old 08-12-2003, 10:53 AM
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Default 1989 RANGER 680 FISHERMAN

I AM LOOKING AT BUYING A 1989 RANGER 680 FISHERMAN AND WONDERING IF ANYONE HAS ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS BOAT; HOW IT RIDES, STABILITY, AND DURABILITY. ANY INFO WOULD BE GREATLY APRECIATED.
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Old 08-12-2003, 04:48 PM
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Default RE: 1989 RANGER 680 FISHERMAN

I'd like to see the answer to this one too. Also, what size motor does he need on this boat? I saw a 681 advertised with a 90 Hp motor and was wondering if that was too small? Are these boats very heavy? Thanks for any answers guys.
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Old 08-13-2003, 07:37 AM
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Default RE: 1989 RANGER 680 FISHERMAN

I have a 92 680 tiller. If it is a tiller model it is rated for 65 HP max. A 90HP should be on the wheel model which would be rated for 115hp.
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Old 08-13-2003, 08:58 AM
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Default 1990 680C. . .

I owned a 1990 680C (console), powered by a 90 h.p. Yamaha.

Plenty of motor for my purposes -- 40+ mph loaded, and trolled like a champ.
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Old 08-13-2003, 12:08 PM
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Default RE: 1989 RANGER 680 FISHERMAN

I have a "90" 680T and it's on it's third motor. It's a great fishing boat, very stable for it's size, a dry ride, and roomy for a 17 footer. Used it to pull kids tubing years ago and worked fine for that. Even use it to pull six planer boards at a time, the only problem there is you have to keep steering and your buddys reel in the lines. Have a friend who has the 680C with a 90hp and it's basicly the same boat and floor plan. Each of these boats are still in great shape for ten plus years. Find one in good shape and you won't be sorry.
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Old 08-14-2003, 05:58 AM
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Default RE: 1990 680C. . .

Thanks for the info guys. All good responses to our questions. Now I have another one. Why are these boats only rated for 65 or 155 Hp engines. Are they on the thin side or shorter than I think. (Thought 17'8", right?)
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Old 08-15-2003, 12:23 PM
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Default RE: 1989 RANGER 680 FISHERMAN

Mine is an '87 680T with a Johnson 60hp on it. I've owned 5 boats in the last 10 years (Tracker, Crestliner, 2-Yars), and this one is by far my favorite. Due to a growing family, I was in the position of having to get rid of a boat payment and found this one cheap enough that I could pay cash for it. Anyway, to answer your questions, I would agree with the statements above, it rides great for a small boat, it drifts and trolls amazingly well, and the layout is great for 1 or 2 guys, and can accommodate 3 if necessary. I'm considering hanging a 4-stroke Honda on mine since I plan to keep it for a good long time.

Buy the boat, you won't be sorry.

EJ
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Old 08-17-2003, 10:49 AM
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Default RE: 1989 RANGER 680 FISHERMAN

I have a 1989 680C ranger with Almond bottom and Red Metalflake on top. I have a 1989 Merc 115 on it and I am getting high 40's low 50's on the boat. I am running a custom lazer II 20 on it that has been modified slightly by a local propsmith. I love the boat and have been in some real bad weather with it as well. Very dependable and strong/rigged design and boat. You will love it. I bought mine a few years ago from my neighbor with only 35 hours on it on the hour meter. I modified my battery comparment for the trolling motors and wired 24V into that instead of 12 as the adapter will let you. I did some other mods on it as well, but I have it setup the way I want know and love it.

Email me if you have more questions,

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Old 08-18-2003, 07:29 PM
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Default RE: 1989 RANGER 680 FISHERMAN

Supr, the 680 series is 16'10" long with a 79 3/4" beam. Tiller model rated for 60, console for 115hp. Considering the dimensions of the boat, and a dry hull weight of only 800 and 875lbs respectively, any more motor than that would be asking for trouble from the U.S.C.G.

I should have added in my post that the only problem I have with my boat is the gas tank being in the rear under the splashwell where ideally battery storage is. They fixed this problem in '93 when the model was changed to the 681 and moved the tank up into the bow and made it hold 23g instead of 12. The 681T of the 90's is the only other boat I would own (until I can afford a new Ranger tiller). Anyone know where there might be one for sale?

EJ
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Old 08-18-2003, 07:29 PM
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Default RE: 1989 RANGER 680 FISHERMAN

Supr, the 680 series is 16'10" long with a 79 3/4" beam. Tiller model rated for 60, console for 115hp. Considering the dimensions of the boat, and a dry hull weight of only 800 and 875lbs respectively, any more motor than that would be asking for trouble from the U.S.C.G.

I should have added in my post that the only problem I have with my boat is the gas tank being in the rear under the splashwell where ideally battery storage is. They fixed this problem in '93 when the model was changed to the 681 and moved the tank up into the bow and made it hold 23g instead of 12. The 681T of the 90's is the only other boat I would own (until I can afford a new Ranger tiller). Anyone know where there might be one for sale?

EJ
 

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