Another Ranger that has caught our eye, one in particular listed for $9000 at a local boat yard, is the Ranger 28. Gary Mull designed this boat with the first ones being produced in 1976. They had a short run, only lasting two years I believe. Gary had at least 46 designs that went to production, very impressive. He designed the Ranger 28 to be a competitive racer under IOR, yet still be comfortable to cruise with. The ads of the day, stated that just as much attention was given to the cabin as the rigging. The ad makes much about this, and from the drawings, seems so.
- image from www.yachtworld.com
What makes this sailboat attractive to us is, of course the reasonable pricing in todays market, but also it seems to possess some of our other requirements to be considered for boat de jour. She fits into our size requirements of 28 – 34 feet, although just making the cut. Her LOA is listed at 28′ even and displacement is 6000 pounds giving her a D/L of 263.22, placing her in the moderate displacement category. The SA /D is 18.86, this goes to the cruiser-racer category. Our current boat, a Precision 18, is listed as having SA / D of 21.77 and a D / L of 131.87 for comparison. Her theoretical hull speed should be 6.24 knots.
The cockpit seems to be of a decent size, steering is done with a tiller, as should be, in our opinions. Nothing makes my wife happier than having a tiller in her hand and the wind in her hair. And if she’s happy, I’m happy. Power was provided with the Atomic 4 motor, which I’ve decided is just fine by me. Lots of resources for information and parts and service available readily. Down below, the interior is done in all white joinery with teak trim. While we would prefer teak on teak, the white makes the salon very bright and is probably easier to take care of. It is laid out nicely with berths for five, they seem fairly large as well. The galley is laid out cross-ways under the companion way, and although an L-shaped would be preferable, in a 28 foot sailboat, this is a better use of space I think. The way we intend to sail her I don’t think we would be doing all that much cooking underway anyways, at least not initially. The head is also laid out beam to beam, with sink on starboard and the head on port, there are no provisions for a shower. This may be a sticking point for my wife and a stinking point for me (Ha Ha). Forward berth seams to be of nominal size, with an opening hatch above. Speaking of ventilation, the side ports do not open, so this could be an issue for us as too. Oh well, fans are readily available I guess.
- image from sailboatdata.com
Over all, I think that if we should end up with one of these nicely designed sailboats in the future I think we will enjoy her very much.