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Ranger 23
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Description: Ranger 23
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed December 17, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The R23 is a Gary Mull design that is still one of the best racer/cruisers in its size class. It came in a tall or standard rig, has 4 berths, large cockpit, and cruises well with a 4-9 hp outboard. The PHRF rating is around 232, but a well-equiped and well-sailed R23 can easily beat its rating. It is a stiff boat that sails best in moderate to heavy winds, but they also do surprisingly well in light airs (if the bottom is clean). We sailed our boat for 12 years in the heavy offshore winds of Oregon and now sail in the light airs of the southern Puget Sound. R23s perform very well offwind--I have often been able to keep up with faster 27-30 sailboats on spinnaker runs by sailing smart. It is easily single-handed, although a crew of 3 is best for racing.

On well-maintained R23s you will often see a few (recommended) changes to the original boat. Many owners have added genoa tracks, adjustable backstay, moved the traveler to mid-cockpit, and changed to full-batten mainsails. Things to watch for in used boats are leaking around the chainplates or around the keel bolts and tired spreaders. Both sources of leaks are easily solved, as long as they do not indicate structural damage. The original spreaders were wood and after 25 years they may need to be replaced.

During the 1980s, an owners association was started that put out a quarterly newsletter. I do not know if it is still active, but the newsletters provided a wealth of information on R23s.




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Review Date: Sat March 28, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Ranger 23 Owners and Class association contact Mr. Arvel Gentry,1808 175th Place NE, Bellevue, Wa. 98008 or E-Mail Arvel_Gentry@email.msn.com
Just under 100 active members and frequent newsletters each year, topics on racing, rebuild technicals, cruising, and owner info. Arvel does a wonderful job as editor, and brings forth the useful application of sail trim and sailing insight that he has generated in his R-23 Kittiwake over its' highly successful racing career.

. Strong hull and rig when compared to other contemporary
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Review Date: Mon March 1, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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As the family cruiser for the past 14 years our Ranger, Crazy Horse, has been a very comfortable ride in the moderate to heavy winds of the SF Bay. Under moderate conditions the helm is light and easy to manage but tends to gain significant weight as winds rise. Stability is excellent for a boat of her size though, providing an easy motion in all but heavy wind and chop. The hull has proven stiff and has shown itself to be a wonderful balance of speed and comfort. Interior volume is particularly nap-worthy and large enough for weekend getaways for 2 or more.

As in the other owner reviews, we have seen the sour end of chainplate leaks. Left neglected, both sides have rotted the bulkhead and created a large project that has cut into our sail time. If kept up yearly though, this should not be a problem and any potential owners should not feel overwhelmed if a fix is needed. We're in the process of overhauling right now (3-1-99) and it appears only mildly damaging to pocketbook and mental health. Wooden spreaders have shown to deteriorate as well, as would be expected after 25+ years.

We've been very happy with the boat and would recommend this design to anyone in the 22-24 foot market. Against Catalinas and other pocket cruisers, the Ranger is an absolute bargain -- a big boat in a small package.
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Review Date: Mon March 20, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Love the boat and agree with all of the performance review.

Just acquired my Ranger. Notice water damage on the bulkhead where the chainplates attach. What is the preferred yearly (or more often) maintenance for for the chainplate issue. please e-mail. thx
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tgpuravida
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Registered: March 2001
Review Date: Sun March 4, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have a ranger 23-tall rig,have raced all over S.F. bay inluding ocean and as far as the Santa Barbara race two times. PURA VIDA is always just a swamp below,we re-calked the toe rail,re-bedded all tracks,cleats,winches and chain plates. From what I'm hearing we need to look more closely at the chain plates.Any help please e-mail tgpuravida@msn.com. For any one intrested we love the ranger 23 she is a great & stable yacht & win more races than boats twice the price, bang for the buck it a great toy.
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Registered: April 2001
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Review Date: Sat December 28, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The R-23, designed by Mull in '71 is a quick and stable mini-yacht. Ranger Yachts of Costa Mesa, CA built a stout solid hull. Weak points are water leaks at chainplates and other deck penetrations if caulk has been ignored by previous owners, and original O/B mount not strong enough for the heavy 10hp-4 strokes often seen on them.
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Review Date: Sat September 4, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned my fun 23 for serveral years and plan on keeping it for ever. Had lots of other sailboats, but still enjoy this boat. Very quick, great in light air. Single hand most of the time, strong sail plan and well designed controls. No problems with the boat and feel very comfortable in light and strong air. On steady wind days even fly the spinnaker single handled. Mast is a little hard to step with one person, due to winch position just aft of the mast foot. Great boat to learn something new about sailing each time I go out.
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northoceanbeach

first sailed january 2008

Registered: March 2008
Location: California or bust
Posts: 1196
Review Date: Fri April 19, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $4,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sails well in heavy weather
Cons: Small, cramped interior

So far so good, sails well and is fast. The quality of the build is obvious compared to a Catalina 22 I used to own.

Big, sturdy spars. Excellent layout and sailplan. Very stiff and stable. It takes alot to make it heel. Good looks.

Very basic interior is the main negative. Spartan. Quality again and good looking, but not much there, but for a 23 foot boat I guess you can't ask for too much. You can tell they did not sacrifice performance for comfort, and built the cabin they could after designing the boat they wanted to sail.

If you want to race or day sail, or if you don't need alot of headroom I think this boat will get you where you need to go. Just not in the same comfort other boats would, but with easy maintenance, and a feeling of security when the wind and waves pick up.

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