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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-25-2016, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Default Ranger 375v - Looking for thoughts

So, I'm thinking about upgrading my beat up old Jon boat this year, and I ran across an older Ranger 375v for sale locally. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with that particular model. I'm going to take a look at it this weekend, so I was also looking for any suggestions on what to look for on an older fiberglass boat. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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ranger boats have always been built fairly good,
so i'd think there wouldn't be too much wrong
unless there were some caved-in spots on the bottom.
most any fiberglass boat the problem areas are
gelcoat and transom. most all older boats can be
had right. what costs is a good motor. if the motor
can't be guaranteed trouble free, i'd pass no matter
how nice it looked.
good luck

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oh and any used motor i buy gets a
new water pump impeller first off
before getting wet

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Default Re: Ranger 375v - Looking for thoughts

Well, I finally got some details. Its a 1991. Looks to be pretty solid. Carpet is worn out, and livewell aerators don't work, but neither of those are a big deal to me. Batteries are fairly recent, and the motor had a complete rebuild 2 years ago - water pump included. I'm seriously thinking about making an offer on this one.
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For used glass boats, check any place where wood or plywood may have been enclosed in the layup. Very difficult to keep water out, especially in craft which were stored outside or in freezing conditions. Look for dry rot in decks, bulkheads, stringers, ribs and transom. Some better grade modern glass boats were fabricated without wood structurals....the Ranger might be one of these. I would call the factory and ask. If you are going to drop a lot of money a professional marine survey might be reasonably priced protection.

Rotted encapsulated wood structural pieces are sometimes feasible fixes but if the transom is not solid probably not worth the effort. Soft structural will lead to fiberglass lamination failure sooner rather than later.

Years ago buddy at work bought a used Larsen, good boat in it's day, should have seen the look on his face when my Buck pen blade slid into the plywood on the transom.
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I was told Ranger used wood in the transom up until 1988. This one is a 1991, so it should be all glass. I bounced the outboard pretty good when I went to look at it, and I couldn't see any movement. I was planning on offering $4500 for it. Its not a fortune, but its enough that I don't wanna throw it away on a lemon, so I really appreciate the feedback!
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Well, I went ahead and pulled the trigger on it. Hope I made the right choice! Stay tuned for pics.
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