Going by specs, it's wider than my Cargo and a half foot longer, which is amazing. My Cargo is huge.
It's got the same upswept front end and roughly the same shape as my Cargo. I'm not sure how all those little chines (?) would affect it. I expect not much, but there's got to be some kind of reason for them. Perhaps they give a little extra water resistance against roll to add to initial stability. I can stand and fish easily in my Cargo - even when using the trolling motor. This boat looks like it would be even easier.
The adjustable seats and the rails to ease accessory installation look really neat (but heavy - but if you are considering weight as a determining factor in your boat, this boat is already not for you)
It looks like they started with the Heron/Cargo line and added some features particular to the fishing market.
Rowing, I think it would be good. Powered I think it would be fantastic. Paddled, I think it would be a dog. That's all consistent with my Cargo, but I think maybe a little moreso for the Rangeley because of the additional width.
The only thing I saw that I don't like is the center support rail, but that is probably what allows the adjustable seats to work.
My one piece of advice is to budget for a trailer too when buying it. Based on what I can find on-line, I think it would be real good and versatile alternative to a jon boat for fishing. A 2 to 3 hp gas engine on that thing would get you where you want to go, I think, and still leave you a boat you can easily control in mild rapids with oars. With two fishermen on my Cargo, one can 'surf' a rapid to keep it positioned with very little effort on the oars while the other fishes the tailwater of the chutes. It's hard to do that with a jon boat (though possible).
For the kind of fishing I do, that boat would probably be very well suited.
- Big D
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