Ranger has extended its Z500 Comanche line to include the new L Series with the Z520L Comanche and Z521L Comanche.
"Ranger consistently strives to improve, but on many levels, I didn't think that was possible with the current Z boat," said Hank Parker, television host and tournament angler. "But the new L Series, from the console and style lines to the new seats and LED lighting, has unquestionably raised the bar. This is the absolute Cadillac of tournament fishing rigs."
Each boat retains Ranger's running surface. New molded style lines paired with an exclusive L.E.D. light package highlight the boats' fit and finish. Wraparound SRS cockpit seating is covered in marine upholstery comes with molded-in footrests.
"The new wrap-around seats are going to be a big hit with both tournament anglers and weekend fishermen alike," said Ranger Design Engineer David Stoner. "With a wider seat and SRS suspension, the L Series gives a superior and more comfortable ride. Combine this wider space with the adjustable front-to-back seat track, both the cockpit and passenger seats will fit anglers of just about any size."
The Z520L officially measures 20 feet, 9 inches, with a 95-inch beam and comes standard with a Minn Kota Fortrex trolling motor. The Z521L measures 21 feet, 7 inches, with a 97-inch beam and is fitted with a Minn Kota Fortrex trolling motor as well. Both boats are rated for up to a 250 horsepower outboard.
The bow of each boat features a redesigned workstation, replete with tool holders, integrated drink holder and accepts electronics up to 12 inches. The padded front deck is large enough for multiple anglers to fish together. Underneath the casting deck, the patented Power Ventilation Rod Storage system keeps rods and gear dry. All storage compartments are gel-coated and lined with custom rubber mats for quicker drying times, while the rear deck offers additional storage and dual, aerated livewells with removable divider and automatic pump out.
A new console accepts electronics up to 16 inches and is outfitted with redesigned digital switching keypads and keyless ignition. Both boats are offered in single- or dual-console configurations and come standard with Lowrance HDS electronics at the console and bow.
"Boating electronics continue to evolve with bigger and better equipment," said Ranger Design Engineer Brad Garringer. "We have worked hand-in-hand with our partner companies to build a boat that can accommodate these new products as soon as they come to market. We want to be on the forefront of innovation and you see that with the new L Series, from integrated 15- and 16-inch screens with engine data incorporation, to extra USB ports and automated light functionality to keep anglers Coast Guard compliant at night."
Other features include a running rod rack with retractable straps, adjustable driver and passenger seats, integrated fish ruler and recessed trolling motor pedal. The two new boats also come with gas spring lid assists, lockable storage compartments, upright level flotation, integrated bow navigation lights, pultruded fiberglass transom and fiberglass stringer system.
The Z520L and Z521L are both paired with a new custom-built, tandem-axle Ranger Trail trailer design with updated fenders and wheels. The trailer is also equipped with a Road Armor finish, L.E.D. lights, aluminum wheels and a COOL Hub lubrication system as standard equipment. Further equipped with torsion axle suspension, swing-away tongue, full-size spare and matching fiberglass fenders.