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Ranger Bay 2300 - Questions

Old 11-06-2019, 10:03 AM
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Any other Ranger 2300 Bay owners on here? I recently purchased an '04 model with a 2012 Mercury Optimax 250 HP (~140 hours on it, half of which were idle speed).

Anyway, I'm looking to see if I can get some performance specs/setup info from any of y'all out there who would be able to help. I've read that the boat should be pushing 49-52 WOT, and should be able to cruise comfortably at 43-44 or so. But that hasn't been the case for me... I can cruise at about 36-37 taking my time and am only topping out at 42-43 depending on the load. I'm running a 19P Tempest, turning about 5750 RPM at WOT. This is the factory installed prop, and it is in pretty good shape... no dings or bent blades or anything. I feel like I should be getting a little more speed out of her, especially with a 250 2-stroke. I've seen where others were topping out at 48 mph with only a 200 4-stroke... not sure what the deal is. I know this is a relatively heavy boat, but I feel like she should have a little more speed in her.
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:08 AM
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Any other Ranger 2300 Bay owners on here? I recently purchased an '04 model with a 2012 Mercury Optimax 250 HP (~140 hours on it, half of which were idle speed).

Anyway, I'm looking to see if I can get some performance specs/setup info from any of y'all out there who would be able to help. I've read that the boat should be pushing 49-52 WOT, and should be able to cruise comfortably at 43-44 or so. But that hasn't been the case for me... I can cruise at about 36-37 taking my time and am only topping out at 42-43 depending on the load. I'm running a 19P Tempest, turning about 5750 RPM at WOT. This is the factory installed prop, and it is in pretty good shape... no dings or bent blades or anything. I feel like I should be getting a little more speed out of her, especially with a 250 2-stroke. I've seen where others were topping out at 48 mph with only a 200 4-stroke... not sure what the deal is. I know this is a relatively heavy boat, but I feel like she should have a little more speed in her.
I have a friend that I fish with all the time. He has a 05 2300 Bay. 250 Yamaha and his speeds are about what you are getting. Not sure what prop he has but cruise in in the mid 30's and tops out at about 45 mph.
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:12 AM
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I've got a 2008 2400 Bay and top out about 50 mph with a Yammi F250.
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:14 AM
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What size prop are you running? Is that at bare minimum weight or full load? I've never ran without fishing gear, 2 people, and 3/4 or more of a tank of fuel... but I don't see that adding but maybe 2 mph.
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Old 11-07-2019, 12:11 PM
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Anyone else out there running a 2300??
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Old 11-07-2019, 06:26 PM
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I had an '03 with the then brand new F225 Yamaha four stroke. It wouldn't get out of it's own way. About 41 MPH wide open. It was my shortest boat ownership experience. I love Ranger and I own an intracoastal Ranger today, but that is not a fast hull.
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Old 11-07-2019, 08:07 PM
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Not sure if it’s the same hull, but I have a 2015 2310/F300/10 inch jack plate...19 saltwater series. Factory T-top and dual power poles. Runs 50 easy with average
load and 52-53 with just myself and full gas. 5800 RPM...jack plate up a an inch or so from bottom.
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Old 11-08-2019, 04:18 AM
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The 2300’s have a hook in the hull which makes them ride good but makes them slow. 45-46 mph is about as good as you will get unless you play with props and setup more. But def not a fast hull. I would make sure your propped correctly the 250 pro xs stops making power at 5850rpm but has a progressive rev limiter which will go up to 61-6300rpm. Good all around boat just not a rocket.
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Old 11-08-2019, 04:30 AM
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The 2000 series of bay boats from Ranger are solid, well built boats. Having ridden in a couple different ones, I can feel the difference, they're fairly heavy boats that ride smooth. If you wanted the 'fastest' boat in your area, you bought the wrong hull, but you bought a solid boat that won't fall apart on you and, in my opinion, runs plenty fast enough.
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Old 11-09-2019, 02:58 PM
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My fishing bud had one.it was a Cadillac fishing boat,very comfortable but not a speedster.We played with several props and motor height best we got was mid 40s. Motor was a 250 yammy.
Great boat though,Iwould rather have that boat than my haul ass bayboat!
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