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September 21, 2007

Ranger 168 Phantom

Designed to stalk fish in just inches of water, the new 168 Phantom from Ranger Boats is the latest addition to the company's line of flats boats. Key features include a "non-slap" hull, abundant lockable storage, non-skid decks, wide walkaround gunwales, flush-mounted pushpole holders, recessed trim tabs and a large cockpit and deck area thanks to its 83" beam.

Under-gunwale storage for rods up to ten feet have individual organizers to cradle each rod for better tackle protection and easy access. The large, aerated live-release/bait well features a high-speed pickup and in-line filter. A forward-canted poling platform helps maintain optimum weight distribution and a level profile front to rear reinforces its shallow-draft capability and easy poling attributes.

Rated for a maximum of 60 hp, the 168 Phantom comes factory-rigged with a wide range of precision-matched outboards, and features fiberglass stringers, upright level flotation, no-feedback steering and a self-bailing cockpit. A custom-fitted, aluminum RangerTrail trailer with torsion axles, exclusive RangerTrail C.O.O.L. oil-bath hubs, aluminum wheels, removable tongue and matching spare tire and wheel complete this shallow-water package.

Ranger Boat Co., Flippin, AR; (870) 453-2222; www.rangerboats.com.

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SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 16' 9"
Beam: 83"
Fuel: 17 gals.
Weight w/o engine: 650 lbs.
Draft: 6"
Max hp: 60
Base price w/ 60-hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard: $23,995