Ranger’s big-water workhorse, the 619VS, got bigger and better for 2007. The legendary fishing boat manufacturer added four inches to both the multi-species rig’s length and beam, which resulted in the ultimate goal of boosting its maximum horsepower rating to 225.
During a recent test drive on a mid-size lake, the light breeze and glass-calm surface couldn’t come close to challenging the boat’s big-water capabilities. But conditions were perfect for assessing its speed and handling.
Powered by Yamaha’s 225 four-stroke, the 191/2-foot hull lifted out of the hole in 4.9 seconds, and GPSed an impressive top end of 50.4 mph at 5,600 rpms.
I’ve always been a fan of the 619; now there’s more to like. The big boat floated over the still surface and felt solid through several series of tight, fast turns. No doubt the new, larger version will handle a long run in rough water as well, or better, than before the redesign.
Its generous in-terior makes the 619VS an excellent multi-species platform. There’s space enough in the stern for two anglers to manage a multi-rod trolling spread with relative ease, and the roomy front casting deck will allow a pair of fishermen to flip or pitch without bumping elbows.
Designers also tweaked the boat’s interior. The dash, with full instrumentation, looks sleek, clean and inviting. An in-floor battery compartment holds three deep-cycles, plus a center rod locker, four storage compartments and a 50-inch livewell provide plenty of room for gear and fish.
Ranger Boats, (800) 373-2628
Length: 19 feet, 6 inches
Beam: 96 inches
Max. Horsepower: 225
Max. Capacity: 2,000 pounds
Price as tested: $43,981