Stacer does not call this fantastic boat the Ocean Ranger for nothing. It is built tough for serious offshore fishing and will handle most off-shore condition. Your family will love the expansive interior, large cabin and deep cockpit. Stacer’s plate aluminium range is built tough using 5mm plate bottom sheets crafted into their EVO advance hull offering 20 degree bow entry, spray deflector, reverse chine adding to the stable nature of the hull, and over 700mm height from floor to gunwale internally. The 679 Ocean Ranger Hard Top, creates an impressive appearance that hales “I Am Serious”.
WHAT YOU GET
With a simple layout this boat allows the maximum room and usability for its primary purpose, fishing at all levels. This boat screams fishing dreams, with heaps of room for all angling situations. Once you’ve got your fish aboard, the self draining checker plate floor means a simple hose out is all that’s needed to keep things clean and the 100-litre kill tank has plenty of room to catch your quota.
Access to the live bait tank is easy and the clear side allows you can make sure the bait are still swimming. Boarding access is over the top of this tank which also doubles as a step into the cockpit. The other side of the stern houses a handy fold out bench seat. Above this sits a massive bait board and prep station which also has five rod holders along its rear. This sits at a perfect height, has storage underneath and a replaceable nylon cutting surface keeps your knives protected. The wide gunwale is comfortable to sit on and features several standard rod holders.
The aluminium seats for the driver and passenger swivel and sit atop storage bins that taper away from the walk through to the cabin, increasing foot space in the thoroughfare. The seats are covered in durable upholstery and are extremely comfortable featuring arm rests. Ahead of the passenger sits a large storage compartment and for the driver all electronics are within reach. A switch array sits to the right of the sports steering wheel and a large dash allows for manner of electronic set-ups immediately ahead of the driving position. You could fit a 12-inch model here and still have room for the Mercury Vessel View and trim tab switches. Ask us about the endless options available.
The hard top really sets the character, it includes glass windscreen, windscreen wiper and side sliding windows creating a welcoming and dry area from which to head out to your chosen fishing grounds. The wide walkaround offers a generous foothold while the integrated channels in the roof provide a good handhold while moving to the front of the boat. A hatch in the cabin and an optional anchor winch removes the necessity to walkaround the cabin. There are six adjustable rod holders along the back of the hardtop.
Down below the cabin can features optional carpeted sides and ceiling. This does give the impression of some sophistication and comfort so is an option we would suggest. The vinyl cushions are comfortable and easy to clean. A full length shelf runs either side of the cabin and the hatch allows fresh air to enter and as mentioned access to the front.
We recommend the impressive Mercury 200hp Verado built on a 1.7-litre inline 4 cylinder platform, it is a beauty and performs well with this hull. Flat out speed is not crucial in a serious offshore boat like this as you are often cruising out into chop and swell. The boat climbs onto the plane effortlessly. The engine has plenty on reserve and can deliver power when needed. Max HP is rated at 225HP.
ON THE WATER
The 679 Ocean Ranger Hard Top is built tough, sitting on an internal frame that comprises of some serious aluminium. Eight 6mm aluminium stringers are supported by 5mm ribs arranged in a pattern that offers enormous strength and helps create the EVO hull’s shape. The back two-thirds of the boat has a box frame for added strength and the fully welded checker plate floor sits atop this framework. It creates a very strong hull which also includes a solid keel and some very professional welding, something Stacer prides itself on.
Underway, the boat feels solid and incredibly safe. The ride will impress you and it feels as though it could tackle anything. The boat slices through chop or rises over it and comes down the other side without the classic aluminium feel you may expect. For the uninitiated it feels to be pushing through the water as opposed to riding over it, but the boat uses every inch of the hull length when tackling the water and therefore the 20 degree deadrise is used to maximum effect. Once you get behind the wheel and start initiating some turns, you can feel the hull respond and go exactly where you intended.
ON THE TRAILER
The Stacer comes with an in-house braked twin axle alloy multi-roller trailer that tows well and is lighter than equivalent galvanized trailers. The tandem configuration allows for easy reversing. The rollers ensure the boat slips off with a minimum of effort however launching a boat of this size safely can be a two person job. The entire package including boat, motor and trailer would lie in the 2200kgs range putting you in the larger car market for a tow vehicle.
The Stacer 679 Ocean Ranger Hard Top is a fisherpersons boat. It’s built tough for offshore work and rides well. It is immensely functional and has everything you need to hit the wide blue knowing you’ll be well catered for in any event. The hull is well built and superbly safe in harsh conditions and the 20 degreee deadrise will chew up the chop and swell. It also doubles as a kid proof family boat with ample accommodation for days trips with the family.