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Ranger 22
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Description: Ranger 22
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Review Date: Thu March 20, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have raced this boat all summer with the Wayzata YC in Minnesota. PHRF rating of 241 has worked out to be quite fair. Boat will sail closer to the wind than any other boat in the PHRF fleet. This is good for I do not sail a chute and the boat is quite slow off the wind. Boat has original cut main. If I was keeping her I would add a full batten large roach main. Probably would make a big difference. As it is I can usually get enough lead on the windward legs to offset the downwind disadvantage. I do not care for the placement of the main traveler, cuts the cockpit in half.
Cabin top mounted winchs are a bit tough to reach for solo sailing but can be done. All in all a fun boat to sail with good performance, especially compared to my previous Hunter 23.


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Review Date: Tue January 5, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Gary Mull IOR design. Carbon reinforced cored hull. Very easy to singlehand. Points like crazy. Tender and can get exciting real quick downwind. The boat is obviously well made and we're having a ball with it.

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Review Date: Sun February 7, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Designed by Gary Mull as fast upwind boat. She's very well made, close winded and fun to sail. We race and cruise and find that she's a good weekender. On the race
course, Avatar, rating 222 in Lake Ontario, does very well.
"She's as much fun as you can have with your clothes on". For a beginner, there's nothing better on which to learn to sail.
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Review Date: Sun October 10, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is the best looking boat on the lake. People constantly talk about its great design. I love going out on Friday afternoon and sailing into the evening and then dropping an anchor for an overnight with my wife and kids. Three kids take the V-berth and we each take a quarter berth. It sails wonderfully. It handles very well. I truly enjoy this boat over all others owned.
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Review Date: Sun October 17, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've sailed on Ranger 22's since a friend first purchased one new in 1978. I recently bought a used one of my own after sailing Laser's and other small racing dinghys over the years, as well as windsurfing. I've always enjoyed the performance of the Ranger 22 as it feels and responds more like the smaller racing boats that I am used to, but also works fine for weekend cruising and just having a good time too.

The boat's previous owner had a copy of the original sales brochure with comments from Gary Mull on the boats design (it is actually refered to as the Mull 22 in the brochure). Gary Mull said that he designed the 22 with a fine bow with a slight knuckle just below the water line, which gives it its upwind ability, even in chop. He said the midships were designed with relatively hard bilges that curve into a nearly flat bottom, which gives the boat a reduced displacement, increases stability and sail carrying ability, promotes both upwind pointing and downwind surfing, and gives the boat a wider cabin sole. The keel is a NACA design incorporating characteristics to produce the best all around performance with the least amount of drag. The aft section is fairly flat and broad for reaching and running, but is kept narrow enough to reduce weather helm problems associated with heeling. Finally, the spade rudder is also a NACA design, and has an IOR inspired skeg just ahead of the rudder to improve performance and handling. Overall, Gary Mull said that his basic objective was to build a really fast, fun boat in the 20 to 23 foot size range.

Overall, I am very pleased with the boat, as it is very well made and is a good value for the money. A modern full roach, full batten, racing cut main does enhance performance. A 170 genoa also works well off the wind in light air. With the right rig and good sailing, the Ranger 22 will outrun many newer high performance boats and has the advantageous of the generous PHRF rating as well.


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Review Date: Wed October 27, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I just sold Ally Cat after 8+ years, miss her a bit, but moved up in size for a growing family. As similarly mentioned by others under this heading, the Ranger 22 is a great phrf/portsmouth club racer (our club had me rated at 222 phrf, lowering it to 216 as I kept winning). They point tremendously upwind in any wind, but are death off the wind without flying a chute. She ghosts great and does well up to about 10-12 knots WS. After that, they tend to pound in any chop and you need to crack off 5-10 degrees to keep any speed up, they stall if forced. Initial stability is weak, she'll roll to 15-20 degrees fairly easily (10 knots WS), but sets there even after significant increases in wind or puffs. In all the years I sailed her, I never once pulled water over the coming or truly rounded-up, though it felt like it at times. The inboard rudder makes the boat incredibly responsive, but at 12 knots weather helm becomes an issue. I, as someone mentioned here, added a large roach/full-batten main and easily gained 1 1.5 knots on any point of sail. Minimum crew is 3 with skills, 4 w/o and I agree, although I like the layout, the traveller makes it difficult for the driver to help when short-handed. But enough about racing, the boat is stout, no crasing, cracks etc.; only leak was at stern joint which may have been from added alum. toerail bolts (never did find the bugger); only complaint of construction is of burlap/foam headliner fabric which tended to hold mold and eventually pealed away from hull and hard to reattach. Good weekender, our twins literally grow up on it until this year ('99)
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Review Date: Sun October 8, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We've had Showdogs going on a year. Had a great time with her. We have raced and cruised the Gulf Coast with her. First 3 races we had 2 firsts and a second with older racing sails. Fixing to add full batten main and some new headsails. Boat overpowers compared to Wavelength 24 I had for years. Where I am, I really think you need only 2 headsails....a light 150 and a 90 or 100. DOes not seem, to much in the middle for us. Overall, it's a very good boat...we've added lots of storage pouches inside for cruising and with a little creativity, you can cruise for a week or two.

Have back winches and some extra lead blocks which help for short hand sailing and spinnaker flying short handed. We keep improving the deck layout to make it a little more friendly.
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