Most anglers — especially those with kids — are looking for any kind of fishing action, and often the targeted species is flexible. So for Ranger’s 50th anniversary, its engineers went back to the drawing board and redesigned the builder’s popular Angler 2080 Multi-Species. They gave it more room, more family friendliness and more capability to take on just about any fish on any size water.
Ranger Angler 2080 MS – Boat Test Video
The big change is the beam. It’s four inches wider (100 inches) and creates more interior space, especially on the bow casting deck, which is huge, even for its longer 20-foot, 7-inch length. Ranger’s tournament DNA is evident in a recessed footwell for the standard Minn Kota 70 Power Drive trolling motor and a bow panel large enough to flush-mount fishfinders up to 12 inches. Up front is an insulated cooler, a nine-gallon baitwell and a huge centerline rod locker that has 10 rod tip tubes that can accommodate rods to eight feet long.
Four pedestal seats occupy the cockpit and two jump seats are at the stern, and they are all color-matched to the hull. The helm has room to flush-mount a 10-inch fishfinder to the right of the wheel, and an Infinity Bluetooth stereo ($530) is an option. The ski tow option ($537) means dad can be a hero and take the kids tubing or skiing when the fish aren’t biting. To customize, buyers can add a pair of 60-inch Bert’s Tracks ($207), and two rails on the gunwales make it easy to clamp on accessories such as rod holders, downriggers or even a grill. The cockpit deck features snap-in carpeting and at the stern is a 24-gallon tournament-style livewell.
Ranger offers 225 and 250 hp engine options from Yamaha, Evinrude and Mercury. Our test boat had a Mercury Verado 250 Pro, which carries a $3,900 upcharge over the standard Mercury OptiMax 250 direct-injected two-stroke, which is part of a package that comes with a custom Ranger Trail trailer, for $57,595. It also had Digital Throttle and Shift, for smoother control. The performance was outstanding; the 2080 MS planed in three seconds flat and hit 30 mph in just 5.5 seconds. The tall windshield came in handy on a cool Missouri morning as the Ranger reached a 56.6 mph top speed.
Time to Plane: 3.0 sec.
0-30 mph: 5.5 sec.
Peak: 56.6 mph/6000 rpm/ 93 dBA
Cruise: 31.0 mph/4000 rpm/ 81 dBA