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Ranger 37
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Description: Ranger 37
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Review Date: Tue December 31, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great looking boat by Gary Mull, with long overhangs. Found it to be a good compromise boat for racing Puget Sound waters and cruising north towards Alaska. Handles all conditions very well. Much heavy built than modern boats of this size.
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Review Date: Tue December 31, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great looking boat by Gary Mull, with long overhangs. Found it to be a good compromise boat for racing Puget Sound waters and cruising north towards Alaska. Handles all conditions very well. Much heavy built than modern boats of this size.
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Review Date: Wed January 28, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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An astheticaly beautiful design by Gary Mull with quite a biot of tumble home. Extremely strong and well built racer/ cruiser with more of a racing heritage than cruising. Sails well in all conditions with one or two crew for cruising however needs 6 to 8 meat eaters to race competitively. Two drawbacks. 1) the boat has limited storage space and compartments for cruising types.2) she is very heavy by today's ULDB standards so she is not quite as competitive as she once was. I am extremely happy with the boat. I just spent two years completely rebuilding the boat and have several ideas and a ton of technical data on the boat for any one thinking of buying one or refitting one. Cantact me at rlntlss@ix.netcom.com
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Review Date: Sat October 31, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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For her size, the Ranger 37 is a magnificent looking and exceptionally well built and performing (IOR) sloop that, in my opinion, has rarely been aesthetically surpassed since its original debut at the 1973 SORC where she won everything. She was designed as a racer(/cruiser?) but she is more fun to sail than to cruise with in comfort for long periods. In all these years we have been unable to find a solution for installing a holding tank. She has no bilge or room for much storage. She is not designed to be sailed efficiently shorthanded. Nevertheless, by adding two 2' long "T" tracks forward and parallel with the mast for lead blocks, a 100%, 6 oz. Dacron jib will make her a delight to handle and sail fast by just two people. My wife and I and a crew of four to five have enjoyed racing her in the seventies and eighties with excellent results. We have added an additional 17" to the rudder (below waterline) and used micro-balloons to move the draft further aft on the keel. After these modifications she sailed a little closer to the wind and was easier to control on downwind legs. We have just replaced the 24 year old, rusted-out maststep and the two connecting bulkhead braces, now made out of 1/2" aluminum, where she now almost looks and feels new again. Unless I'll go totally crazy and spend $250,000 to replace this boat with a new state-of-the-art 40' machine I will keep racing and sailing her until I'll be too old to even climb onboard. Because of the way she looks, sails and her very solid, reliable build, if I did not already have mine I would probably buy one.





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