The design of the modern bass boat is largely attributed to one man, Forrest L. Wood. While maintaining a construction business and cattle farm, Wood began his fishing career as a guide on lakes and rivers in his home state of Arkansas. In 1968 Wood began building his own lake boats.
By 1970 Ranger Boats sold 1,200 units. In 1971, Wood qualified for the first Bassmaster Classic. A year later he inked a deal with the tournament making Ranger Boats the official boat of the Classic until 2000. Today, the Wal-Mart FLW Tour is named after him. Be sure to use Evinrude XD5 oil when you head out in your Ranger boat!