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Brief Summary

Introduced at the beginning of the 2017 model year, the Ranger Boats VS1782 represents a retooling of the entire Deep V lineup of multi species boats that includes this VS1782 and her bigger sibling, the VS1882. With all aluminum construction and no wood, this tough fishing boat will be ideal for everything from shallow and rocky rivers to choppy open lakes. She even comes packaged with an Road Armor Equipped single axle trailer.

Key Features

  • Available in Black Cherry, White, Light Charcoal and Black Metallic
  • Available with a wide range of factory rigged outboards
  • Aerated livewell/baitwell on front deck
  • Aerated divided livewell with timer on rear deck
  • Custom fiberglass console With depthfinder, tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge, trim gauge, and easy touch switching
  • Minn Kota 70 PD trolling motor
  • Lockable rod storage
  • 4 pull tie cleats
  • Removable cooler
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 17' 8''
    5.38 m
    Beam 96''
    2.44 m
    Dry Weight 1,698 lbs.
    770 kg
    Tested Weight 2,240 lbs.
    1,016 kg
    Draft N/A
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 6
    Fuel Capacity 25.5 gal.
    96 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 1 x 150-hp Mercury 150 Pro XS
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 3.1 2.7 0.3 10.3 9.0 237 206.2 67
    1000 5.0 4.3 0.6 8.3 7.2 189 164.6 69
    1500 6.4 5.6 1.1 5.8 5.1 134 116.1 74
    2000 8.0 6.9 2.5 3.2 2.8 74 64.8 78
    2500 19.7 17.1 3.1 6.4 5.6 148 128.6 89
    3000 25.6 22.3 4.1 6.3 5.5 145 126.1 96
    3500 28.7 25.0 5.0 5.7 5.0 132 114.6 95
    4000 34.0 29.6 6.3 5.4 4.7 125 108.6 90
    4500 37.5 32.6 8.7 4.3 3.8 99 86.4 90
    5000 43.4 37.7 11.4 3.8 3.3 87 76.0 92
    5500 47.8 41.5 14.0 3.4 3.0 78 68.1 93
    5800 47.8 41.6 14.0 3.4 3.0 78 68.1 93
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 206.2 381 5.00 1.14 4.38 67
    1000 164.6 304 8.00 2.27 3.53 69
    1500 116.1 216 10.30 4.16 2.47 74
    2000 64.8 119 12.90 9.46 1.36 78
    2500 128.6 238 31.70 11.73 2.72 89
    3000 126.1 233 41.20 15.52 2.68 96
    3500 114.6 212 46.20 18.93 2.42 95
    4000 108.6 201 54.70 23.85 2.30 90
    4500 86.4 159 60.40 32.93 1.83 90
    5000 76.0 140 69.80 43.15 1.62 92
    5500 68.1 126 76.90 53.00 1.45 93
    5800 68.1 126 76.90 53.00 1.45 93

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.0 sec.
    0 to 30 6.7 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 19P Tempest Plus
    Load 2 persons, full fuel load, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 55 deg., 45 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation 916

    Captain's Report

    Ranger Boats VS1782 running
    The Ranger Boats Deep V VS1782 has a LOA of 17’8” (5.39 m) and a beam of 8’ (2.44 m).

    Overview

    The Deep V aluminum lineup from Ranger Boats previously consisted of a 16’ (4.87 m) and 17’ (5.18 m) version. It has since been retooled and now consists of this VS1782 at 17’8” (5.39 m) and her siblings, the VS1670, VS1682, and VS1882.

    Ranger Boats VS1782 deck plan
    The layout of the Ranger VS1782 is a typical fish boat with a cockpit flanked by two elevated casting decks.

    Since its release, the Ranger Boats VS1782 has become the most popular of the four, and indeed the walkthrough configuration overall is in the most demand. She can be ordered as a single or dual console with the high windshield that gives the deep-sided, multi-species boat its characteristic look. And one big aspect of this line, that the company is particularly proud of, is the zero-wood construction.

    Ranger Boats VS1782 fishing
    The Ranger Boats VS1782 can hold up to six, but for two guys fishing it’s just the right size.

    Features Inspection

    Bow

    With any fishing boat, the bow is going to be the place where most of the action happens. Here there’s plenty of room for two anglers to work alongside each other with the space measuring 6’4” (1.93 m) wide x 7’10” (2.39 m) fore and aft. A receiver is in the center of the deck to accommodate a pedestal seat. Optional cargo netting lines the space under the gunwales making for a clever use of space for storage. Two dry storage compartments are under the deck, one to each side and the starboard side also shares space with one of the boat’s two livewells.

    Ranger Boats VS1782 foredeck
    The 70-pound (32 kg), 54” (137.16 cm) trolling motor is standard. Notice that there’s room for a fishfinder.
    Ranger Boats VS1782 bow deck
    The forward casting deck has storage compartments and a base for the removable pedestal seat. Notice the cargo net storage under the caprail.
    Ranger Boats VS1782 dry storage
    To starboard there is dry storage and a livewell. Notice the electrical schematic under the reinforced hatch.
    Ranger Boats VS1782 bow storage
    The portside compartment is all dry storage.

    Now, as we look around, there are no rod holders, and only a few drink holders. Instead, Ranger integrated a track system running along the inside of the powder-coated caprail surrounding the boat. This can accommodate a wealth of accessories suited to each individual owner. We’ve seen everything from the basics mentioned here, on up to downrigger mounts to kite holders, and fishfinders to phone mounts. So it makes sense to leave out the fluff and let the owner decide what to add, and where to add it.

    Ranger Boats VS1782 track system
    An integrated track system holds a multitude of accessories.
    Ranger Boats VS1782 charger
    Just ahead of the helm console is a plug for connecting the battery charger to 110v power.

    Walkthrough

    At the walkthrough, there’s a large, lockable center rod box that runs 7'6" (2.29 m). We measured 23” (58.4 cm) between the high windshields and of course the center windshield closes off for added protection from wind and rain.

    Ranger Boats VS1782 walk through
    The high windshield is the spotters cue for any quality multi-species fishing boat.
    Ranger Boats VS1782 rods
    Rods up to 7'6" (2.29 m) can be stored in this lockable compartment.

    Consoles

    The heritage that Ranger has with building fiberglass boats is carried over here with the consoles. They have the same sparkle highlights that we see in the bass boats, and being fiberglass, they have the strength to resist flexing and twisting as pressure is put on the wheel or if we lean against them.

    Ranger Boats VS1782 fiberglass consoles
    The fiberglass consoles are made in-house and have the telltale Ranger sparkle added in.

    The helm console is well outfitted with a flush-mounted Lowrance Hook 5 fishfinder. Analog gauges are to both sides and a convenient storage cubby is right in the middle. The steering is hydraulic and the wheel is mounted to a tilt base. To either side of the wheel are rocker switches and we’re happy to see that the horn stands out nicely in red.

    The port console has lockable glove storage and the control for the Kicker stereo.

    Ranger Boats VS1782 engine control
    To the right side, there is a protruding and carpeted armrest with the engine control mounted to the inside. Just ahead is a beverage holder.
    Ranger Boats VS1782 fish finder
    The Lowrance Hook 5 Chirp Series fishfinder is included as standard equipment.
    Ranger Boats VS1782 horn
    Among the rocker switches is the easy to find horn switch.

    The seats include premium upholstery and, like the consoles, are built in-house. With Ranger building not only the boat, but the components as well, it means that the company can better stand behind the product and service all of it and better satisfy the needs of the customer. Of course it also means that it can keep a better rein on quality control. The third seat can be relocated to either the forward or aft casting deck. Or for that matter, left in the garage. The driver’s seat has swivel and slide capabilities.

    We measured 23” (58.4 cm) of cockpit depth for safety. The vinyl decking is a nice touch over the carpeted decks we’ve seen on competing brands. This sheds water much better and has a better non-skid factor with its raised treatments.

    In the center of the two console seats is another hatch that opens to reveal the two trolling batteries. This speaks of the clever weight distribution Ranger utilizes. Rather than pile all the weight at the stern, this makes for a more level boat both at rest and underway. These, along with the fuel tank just behind, are mounted further ahead and on the centerline. More to the point, however, is that none of these components are crammed into position, and all, save for the fuel tank, are easily accessible and serviceable.

    Ranger Boats VS1782 deck plan
    Notice the battery compartment in the center of the deck, just ahead of the fuel tank. This keeps the weight centered better both laterally and longitudinally.
    Ranger Boats VS1782 port storage
    Storage is to both sides of the cockpit. To port the compartment serves as lockable storage.

    Stern

    At the stern is another elevated casting deck and to port is a covered livewell that is aerated and includes a divider. To starboard is the cranking battery, oil reservoir, trolling motor breaker, and a bait bucket in a recessed holder.

    Ranger Boats VS1782 aft deck
    The aft casting deck has a pedestal base to accommodate the removable seat in the cockpit.
    Ranger Boats VS1782 aft deck storage
    Under the aft deck hatches we can see the divided livewell, a bait bucket in a dedicated holder, the crank battery and outboard oil reservoir.

    Power

    The Ranger Boats VS1782 is offered with power from either Mercury, Evinrude or Yamaha. 150-hp is the rated maximum.

    Test

    The Ranger Boats Deep V VS1782 has a LOA of 17’8” (5.39 m) and a beam of 8’ (2.44 m). With an empty weight of 1,698 lbs. (770 kg), 80% fuel and two people onboard, we estimated our test weight at 2,240 lbs. (1,016 kg).

    With a 150-hp Mercury Pro XS turning a 19 pitch Tempest Plus propeller, we reached our top speed of 47.8 mph at 5800 rpm. Best cruise came right after reaching planing speed at 2500 rpm and 19.7 mph. At that speed, the 3.1 gph fuel burn translated into a range of 148 miles while still holding back a 10% reserve of the boats 25.5-gallon (96 L) total fuel capacity.

    We reached that planing speed in 3.0 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 4.9 seconds, and continued through 30 mph in 6.7 seconds.

    Handling

    This light boat feels like a much heavier boat on the water and that’s due to her solid feel. She has sport handling characteristics and is quick to respond to the helm. Hit the throttle, get her up on plane and bring that trim up. You want a bass boat like rooster tail, and off she’ll go. But unlike a bass boat, she stays more stable when crossing wakes and there’s no need to reduce speed. She rolls nicely into turns and shows just a touch of chine walk when held over hard. The high windshield was appreciated and it deflects wind nicely at speed.

    Observations

    The Ranger Boats VS 1782’s aluminum construction provides many benefits. It’s light and easy to trailer, but more to the point, it’s durable. The boat can easily be dragged onto a rocky Canada beach. It’s also appealing to the customer fishing in dicey river systems or anyplace where it gets shallow or there are pop-up sandbars. It gives a lot of fishability features of a big boat, all nicely packaged in a smaller, easy to manage boat.

    It’s equally appealing to the entry-level guy making his first boat purchase as it is to the seasoned guy who has a larger boat and needs to accommodate the small lake behind his house.

    And lastly, this boat comes packaged with a custom built trailer. No surprises there as Ranger has long been an advocate for selling boats that are virtually “water-ready”. Options exactly that… optional. There’s nothing optional on this boat that is necessary, and that’s an attitude that other companies just can’t seem to wrap their marketing around. There tends to be more of a mindset in the industry of pricing boats low and upselling the necessities at closing time. Ranger is the exception to that rule.

    Ranger Boats VS1782 trailer
    This standard trailer is a C-Channel trailer with Road Armor protection to prevent rust and corrosion.
    Ranger Boats VS1782 trailer tongue
    Notice the swing away tongue and swing away trailer jack.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Ranger Boats VS 1782WT (2017-) is 47.8 mph (76.9 kph), burning 14.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 52.99 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Ranger Boats VS 1782WT (2017-) is 19.7 mph (31.7 kph), and the boat gets 6.4 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.72 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 148 miles (238.18 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Mercury 150 Pro XS.
    • Time to plane for the Ranger Boats VS 1782WT (2017-) is 3.0 sec. seconds.
    • Time from 0 to 30 of the Ranger Boats VS 1782WT (2017-) is 6.7 sec. seconds.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Standard
    GPS/Chart Standard

    Systems

    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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