Boat-show season has arrived, so potential boat buyers and enthusiasts, get ready - a new breed of boats awaits you. Whether you are an angler who prefers to spend your time fishing the shallows for snook, redfish or striped bass or someone who'd rather make the long run into blue water for big pelagics, there's a new boat out there for you. You will notice a few models with subtle but notable updates, some that have undergone massive face-lifts and, finally, a few that are brand-new from the hull up. This roundup is meant to give you a sneak peak of what to look for, so if you find one you like, find your closest dealer and take a ride for yourself.
Ranger Boats 220 Bahia
It's always nice to step on a boat that allows you to keep your fishing options open, just in case you have a midday change of plans. The new Ranger Boats 220 Bahia offers versatility, performance and fishing features to suit any inshore situation. The boat measures 21 feet 5 inches in length and is rated for 150 hp. On the port side, there's a 7-foot-6-inch rod locker and eight stand-up rocket-launcher-style rod tubes mounted along the console. In the bow and stern, there's plenty of storage, as well as passenger seating on top of the livewells. It's also easy to get access to the batteries and breakers thanks to an access hatch located near the transom. The Bahia comes paired with a custom-built RangerTrail trailer.
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