Reata 200F Performance Review
|Length||19’8” / 6.0 m|
|Beam||8’6” / 2.59 m|
|Weight||1,780 lbs / 807 kg|
|Fuel Capacity||32 gals / 121.13 L|
|Acceleration (mph/sec):||0-20 in 4.2 s|
|Top Speed (mph/rpm):||26.4 / 6,000|
|Cruising Speeds (mph/rpm):||21.5 / 5,000|
|Price||$24,395 USD (w/ 90-hp Mercury FourStroke)|
By: Steven Bull
If you’re at all into fishing, you know the name Ranger, but when you think of the high-end fishing boats you likely never thought pontoons—until now. For 2017 Reata has entered the market, an all-new line of pontoon by Ranger. And when it carries the Ranger Boats nameplate, the bar is already set high. Amazingly, they pulled it off.
The fish-focussed line—in two sizes, the two-log 20-footer and a two- or three-log 22-footer—is an affordable pontoon but with all the hallmarks of quality you’d expect.
The durable and slick looking powder coated logs are standard. The helm has an automotive inspired dash on a fibreglass console and is nothing you’d generally find on a small pontoon. The upholstery is top quality vinyl with fully wrapped cushions and the fishing seats are fold-down swiveling fishing chairs.
The two-log set up of our test boat naturally limited performance of deep banking into turns, but that’s to be expected.
With limited power and a small footprint the 200 Fish is a very easy-to-trailer boat and you get a Ranger-made fishing boat at an exceptional price point. Plus, pontoons have very shallow drafts so while it may take a bit longer to get to the prime fishing spot, you can get in a lot further than your V-bottom buddies!
By: Captain Shawn Banks, Homewreker Fishing Charters, Team Rapala Fish Pro
The 2017 Reata 200F by Ranger is a family-friendly fishing machine, offering a stable, multifunctional platform that keeps fishing in mind. The Reata offers a list of options to satisfy the demands of the entire family and is perfect for the cottage or a day boat.
It has well-appointed fishing stations at the bow and stern. The bow features double pedestal seats, perfectly located for casting and drift fishing. The front access door is raised to allow for the installation of a bow mount motor—one of the first I have seen. An insulated livewell/cooler located under the front lounge seat completes the bow setup.
The rear fishing station is just as impressive, with a casting deck, livewell, and an additional pedestal seat, tactically located for optimum fishability. The helm station is expertly designed and easy to use. Ranger has stylishly located a flush mounted graph amongst the console gauges.
Ranger has always been known for their attention to detail in the fishing industry and now they have introduced it into the more family oriented pontoon market with the Reata 200F. You can bet this boat will be making a “big splash” in 2017.