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Ranger 26
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Description: Ranger 26
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Review Date: Thu December 19, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A dagger board, open transom, fractional rig the 1979 Ranger 26 was designed by Gary Mull and sold by Bangor Punta Marine.
Marketed as a sport boat, that could easily be trailered from site to site, the Ranger 26, like its predecessor was a good PHRF racer.
Spartan inside (downright rough around the edges), this craft sails well and is one of the more attractive boats of its time, and remains a fine boat.
Heard from an insurer that one of these boats fell off a flatbed on an interstate highway and had to be dragged to the next exit to be craned. According to the insurer the boat was still in one piece.
A hobby horse in heavy seas, the Ranger 26 performs well in light airs with a heel.

Love this boat!
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Review Date: Tue May 20, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A unique boat. Only 26 feet long yet sails like a much larger boat. Perfect for a first time boat owner. I would suggest one to anybody looking for a dependable, comfortable, roomy, weekend cruiser. Sails great.
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Review Date: Wed April 15, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I agree with the above review - this boat sails like a much larger boat. Comfortable in big waves, able to point quite high for a cruiser/racer style of boat. I'm having problems with water getting in the deck balsa core, may have to cut the deck apart to repair, also the keel bolt washers have all rusted and need to be replaced. Only complaint about the design is the lack of bridge deck and the lack of headroom. Other than these, this boat sails excellently, and is strongly built.
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Review Date: Sun March 21, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Excellent Gary Mull design. A good looking boat that is not dated. I have owned the same Ranger 26 twice. Rebuilt completely in 1997. Extremely strong construction. Sails well in heavy air and rough water (15 degrees heel and she flys), seems like a much larger boat. Very good PHRF and MORC racer. Easily singled handed with roller furling. Keel bolts can become rust problem, should be monitored. There is no comprable boat on the market today.
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Review Date: Tue August 8, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have had the boat about 5 years. Sails great -- light and responsive. Deck construction is a little weak in places, and the gel coat is thin (as is typical for Rangers). Other than windows and chainplate leaks (standard fare) I have had no problems with the boat. A great first boat for a small (short?) family.
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Review Date: Mon September 3, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My only complaint is excessive weather helm. My sailing area is mostly heavey air, I seldom take the 1st reef out of main. The boat tends to round up a little more quickly than I like. Seems to be a common trait with longer models as well. The boat is built strong and the teak interior looks great for a 27 yr old boat.I don't think my decks are balsa core they're fir plywood.
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Review Date: Fri July 18, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Ranger 26 is a excellent starting boat that can be used for racing and cruising. It does have a definetly bad rusting/cracking problem where the keel bolts on. The only other complaint I have is that it dosn't come with a all round light on top of the mast. Running the wires down the mast was a pain. The mast is insulated with a foam which maked for running wires bad. On a good note, I have raced it well with alot faster rated boat's and done well in all wind condtions. I use a 165 jib and reach 6-7 knots in light-medium wind condtions. If your looking to buy a Ranger it is definetly a good Boat that can be sailed with one person.
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Review Date: Mon September 27, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Recently relocated to Bellingham WA. on a temporary basis. Was taking a spin on my bike along the boardwalk in front of the marina and spotted numerous for sale signs on the transom of boats. Staring out at the water and wishing to be home on my C&C Viking 33, I happened upon this very well kept 1970 Ranger 26. Good price, obviously well maintained, and designed by Gary Mull when he was into speed to boot. This boat rocks. Had the racing association president come by to express his concern whether it would be up and racing again, my partner said sure! and he said he was afraid of that. No wonder. He owns a San Juan 27 (a very fast boat) and it paled in comparison to the Ranger in all winds provided the crew knew what they were doing. I experienced this first hand. Eventually I'll lose the semi-permanent knots on the ridge of my head from banging it about in the cabin, but still a very small price to pay for some great sailing. If the price is right and the boat is in good shape, you can't go wrong! My new favorite and I have owned a few good ones.
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Registered: October 2005
Review Date: Sat October 1, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The lines of this boat look great to a novice, reviews by experts are comforting. I am looking at this boat as a first time owner/sailor in Hawaii winds. Rigging and exterior in great shape, interior neglected. Multiple sails. Is $8500 a good price anyone?
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Review Date: Tue August 7, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $6,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: She's Fast and the Cabin's Roomy
Cons: She spins round too fast

I was running with the tide in the Puget Sound in great wind and when I hit 9.2 knts I screamed out a Woohoo--a screaming boat in good wind.
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Review Date: Wed September 19, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Roomy, great for heavy winds
Cons: Hatch a little flimsy

Actually this is my first sail boat, and I purchased it because it rides like a big boat which is great for the neophyte.
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Review Date: Sat September 22, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $5,400.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Fast, stable, racer/cruiser - sails to PHRF well
Cons: No standing headroom

Sailing area is Sarasota bay and the gulf coast from Clearwater to Charlotte Harbor. Have owned the Ranger 26 for two years. Winds in our area range from light 5 knots to heavy 20+. The Ranger is competative in all winds and when set up right can really point. She will stand up well in a blow provided you have a good reef in the main and have the right headsail and sheeting angles. There are only a couple of cruising boats in our fleet that can beat her on PHRF time and they only do so occassionally.

She is easy to single hand and sails herself upwind if your rig and sails are balanced. Her cockpit is comfortable and the high boom leaves pleanty of room for a bimini if you sail in warm areas like Florida. Accommodations are good enough for weekend cruising.

The Ranger is not an off shore boat. She is fine as a coastal cruiser (I like to keep land in sight) and does ride well even when the seas get a bit rough. Most of us try to cruise in fair weather anyway so it's rare that we get caught in big seas. Our biggest threat here are summer time storms that can produce winds of 40+ knots. They are short duration so large seas are not a factor. The Ranger is easy to keep on her feet in a blast like this under reefed main only and running close hauled.

This boat sails well on all points of sail but does require a vigilent helmsman running off the wind with any kind of following sea. The stern gets pushed around easily.
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Registered: November 2008
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Review Date: Tue November 25, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
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In Oct. 2008 I bought a 1973 Ranger 26 (Mull design) to be sailed in Oahu, HI waters.

Please contact me with any trade tips, or eventually, questions that I might be able to answer.

Aloha,
jonwilson@rocketmail.com
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gmbandco
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Registered: January 2003
Posts: 25
Review Date: Mon December 29, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: All-around sailing, speed
Cons: headroom, wooden spreaders

I bought this boat on eBay, as a step up from an Alacrity 19. I sail on the Hudson, north of NYC. The boat was extremely well designed by Gary Mull (too bad he's no longer with us) and sails like a dream. I can singlehand (with a few sail handling modifications), race with a crew of two (in addition to me) and take friends out for a weekend jaunt. The wooden spreaders require regular maintenance, and the 5' or so headroom means it's not a good cruiser, but it's a great daysailer and racer.
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mmeyer
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Registered: October 2002
Review Date: Wed January 27, 2010 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Good looking boat - Points high
Cons: Very Tender

Owned my Mull ranger 26-2 for about 5 years. Dry sailed it weekends on Lake Winnebago and an occasional trip to the Apostles. Always alot of comments on the open transom which is cool looking but serves little function. having the open transom forces it to have a spade rudder that will hit bottom even though the keel is up. Very tender in a blow and she would go right over on her beam in a gust. Really need to have a few extra bodies to use as rail meat. Sails best with considerable heal which takes advantage of the long waterline. Biggest gripe was no opening ports or hatches at all. The cabin is extreemely cramped due the the lifting keel and trunk. gelcoat on mine was pretty much gone. I always felt that this boat was nothing more than a ranger 22 with some extra transom added. Sold it and bought a fixed wing keel boat with a nice cabin.
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