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Old 10-14-2019, 05:35 PM
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opinions on using a 1750 Ranger Reata on lake like Mille lacs?
concerned it might be too small
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Old 10-14-2019, 05:43 PM
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I've been out there in my old 14' Lund. You'll be fine, just pick your days. Don't go out with a 15-20 mph wind.
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Old 10-14-2019, 10:02 PM
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Just about any boat can get blown off a lake. Just you your brain and don't go out on the days you question it.
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Old 10-16-2019, 06:52 AM
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You ill be fine. Just use "common sense". Don't go out in 20+ winds
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Old 10-16-2019, 09:59 AM
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You ill be fine. Just use "common sense". Don't go out in 20+ winds
First let me qualify my answer , I live on Mile Lacs and own a sheltered harbor on the lake ,You will not be fine ! that size boat , particularly a Ranger with low freeboard is ok some of the time on Mille Lacs , If you have the option of picking your days and the weather any boat would be ok but Mille Lakes has a nasty habit of changing fast from blue bird weather to 30 mph gusts and waves to match. (This past summer they had to remove a Bass Boat beaten to rubble on the shore with a chinook chopper 400 yards from my dock ) If you plan on Mille lacs on a regular basis look into a larger boat with a 4 blade prop or a high 5 . More than once I have checked the proposed weather ,gone out in a relative calm and come back in waves and weather I would never have gone out into . Better safe than sorry .
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Old 10-16-2019, 10:37 AM
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The common sense reply says it all. Until the late eighties, a deep 16 and 50 HP motor was king of the lake. Since then boats have gotten much bigger but common sense is still needed. The 17 Reata has a good hull. I never felt unsafe in my 16 footer but I wasn't out if conditions were too rough. That said, bigger is better. For all big water fishing, buy as big as you can afford.
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Old 10-16-2019, 03:16 PM
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I have a 1850ms and am out there on mille lacs a lot. no issues and the ranger reata 1850 has kept me drive, especially on those days going from isle to garrison in winds 15-20. not fun but felt safe. just takes a hour getting there lol

as one mentioned mille lacs weather can change fast. i waited it out in a harbour or fished the side the wind was coming from. but it sure can change fast
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Old 10-24-2019, 07:58 AM
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Another one with a 2016 Ranger 1850. Works for me on Mille lacs.


Years ago I had a 16 ft lund rebel with Evinrude 40 hp. that I used on Mille lacs and got along fine. Of course you don't go out in 20+ mile winds with something like that.


Be smart and you will be fine with that 1750.
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