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Old 11-01-2017, 09:11 AM
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I've been looking at new boats for the past couple of months. I've been pretty much set on the Lund Impact XS 1875 and a 150 Merc. I added a lot of options and ended up at $47-50K depending on the dealer. Recently I made the mistake of checking out the Ranger MS 1880. I've not really been a glass boat guy in the past but the Ranger has a lot of things stock that I have to add to the Lund. I do see some distinct storage advantages in the Lund, but the Ranger is kind of like the hot chick that moved in down the block and I can't get her out of my head...

I've read about Lund quality going downhill post Brunswick acquisition, but my Explorer was a 2008 and it seemed fine. Now there's a lot of talk about Ranger quality, delivery etc going WAY downhill recently.

I guess I'm going to have to go to a dealer that has both side by side and do a comparison. In the meantime I'm open to suggestions.

Primary use is fishing (trolling) with 2 young grandsons (5 and 8) and possibly an adult or two. Future plans would possibly include some tubing and rec use.
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:15 AM
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Give a call to Rapid Marine in Ham Lake Minnesota. They sell both Lund & Ranger. They might have both on the floor to compare. Check the warranties on both and make your deal. You will need to price both with the same motor to figure out what they are pricing the hulls at.
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:18 AM
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another choice might be MW Marine near Milwaukee, they appear to have one of each in inventory.

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Old 11-01-2017, 09:59 AM
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Take a look at the Kodiak and Frontier models . . . good quality and lots of value to boat..

http://www.polarkraft.com/

Maybe a boat show in the near future to compare ? ? ?
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Old 11-01-2017, 10:03 AM
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Give a call to Rapid Marine in Ham Lake Minnesota. They sell both Lund & Ranger. They might have both on the floor to compare. Check the warranties on both and make your deal. You will need to price both with the same motor to figure out what they are pricing the hulls at.

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Been talking to Jeff at the Ham Lake store about the Lund and recently the Ranger. I hope to get over to see the boats.


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another choice might be MW Marine near Milwaukee, they appear to have one of each in inventory.

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Thanks for the heads up. MW was on my list of possible stops earlier this year when looking at Lund exclusively, but our route did not take us there.


Worst part in all this is the Ranger dealers are all around 3hrs away. Lund 1 hr. Never had my Lund to the dealer in 10 yrs of ownership, but driving 3 hrs round trip to shop on a Saturday can be quite tedious.
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As far as warranty work goes. The Ranger maybe a bit of a drive but there really isn't anything that goes wrong with the hull that is a drop everything and get to the dealer issue. Usually you can schedule that stuff during the winter and not lose fishing time. As far as the motor goes any Merc shop can work on a Merc. any Yamaha shop can work on a Yamaha. Yes, you might not be on the front of the line but if it's something simple I wouldn't let that get in the way. While we all know and say a good dealer is "priceless" what we really mean is know and stay away from a bad dealer.
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Old 11-01-2017, 04:31 PM
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If you are considering glass, and looking at Lund and Ranger, wouldn't it make sense to compare the 189 pro v gl, or the 189 tyee to the Ranger 1880MS?
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I highly recommend looking at all the quality brands in that class. Lund, Crestliner, Alumacraft, Ranger, Skeeter, Yearcraft, Warroir, etc..
You might be surprised to find a real bargain or features you hadn't considered.
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I'm a little bit confused here (not the first time). Having recently seen the 1875 Impact XS talked about, I googled the 1850 XS to see if it was still in production for 2018. So, I see the 2018 Impact XS advertised, but the pictures on the dealer sites show boats with 1875 XS pictured. The length of the 1850 XS is 18' 9". Did they add a few inches to the 1875, or is it the same hull? The reason I ask, is that I bought a 1850 Impact in 2016, pretty well loaded up with options. The price, including tax and transport, barely touched $40,000.00. I realize the prices on all boats are going up, but that seems like a pretty steep rise in two years, unless they made some significant improvements to the hull.
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Old 11-01-2017, 06:07 PM
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The price seems high to me also.
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