Registered: January 2000
Review Date: Thu February 5, 1998
||Would you recommend the product? Yes |
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The Ranger 20 is sometimes referred to as the "Kent Ranger" to distinguish it from
"California Ranger" which is another company. The main factory is in Kent Washington
and they have made over 700 boats. Another 50 boats were made by Intermountain
Design in Salt Lake City during the mid 1970's. The Ranger 20 was designed by Ray
Richards and has an LOA of 20' and a BEAM of 7'10". There is a short fixed keel having
550 pounds internal lead ballast. An unballasted centerboard can be lowered from the
cockpit. Draft with the board up is 21" and 3' 1" with the board down. Displacement is
There is permanent flotation beneath the V berth and under the cockpit. I know of two
instances of boats caught in violent weather with spinnakers flying which got knocked
down and filled with water. The boats did indeed float and were bailed out with outside
help from another boat. I have sailed my Ranger 20 on mountain lakes known for violent
winds and have sailed on Puget Sound and in Desolation Sound in the summer. The
Ranger 20 is stiff, forgiving, and well behaved and I have never come close to capsize.
The PHRF rating is around 220. The Ranger 20 moves easily in light air and tacks
through about 90 degrees. The main has 106 sft, the jib 100 sft, and the Genoa 146 sft.
Many Rangers carry Spinnakers. The main traveler is full width and is located on the
bridge deck in a recessed trough having scuppers. Lewmar #6 Winches are standard.
My favorite feature of the Ranger is the open, "convertible cabin" which allows the crew
to sit down "in" the hull while still working the boat. You can erect the Bimini-type top to
create a cabin for camping out or if it rains. You can leave the Bimini attached in the
folded position and swing it into place and snap it down in about 15 seconds. There is a V
berth and the cockpit seats are long enough for sleeping. Several Ranger 20 owners have
I think 2 people is about right for weekending, camping out, or sleeping on a Ranger 20. I have spent a few happy but cozy nights with four sleeping on the boat at anchor. I once saw a family of five, full-sized people cruising for a week, on a Ranger 20 in the Canadian San Juans. Daysailing with four adults is comfortable because of the open layout of the Ranger 20. I have taken 6 adults out for a few hours without feeling like escaping refugees.
The mast has a single spreader, an upper and one lower shroud which attach to the hull
athwartships of the hinged mast step. Note: The factory recommends moving the
attachment for the lower shroud about a foot aft to better support the mast. The factory
will send a sketch showing how to do this modification. The mast is raised from the bow
and is light enough to be lifted by one average person. In Seattle at the annual, Ranger
National Races I once jammed a halyard. I lowered the mast out on the water, between
races, fixed the problem, and raised it in time for the next start. There is an active
organization of Ranger 20 owners around the Seattle area and they are friendly,
enthusiastic, and helpful.
The hull and deck are solid fiberglass and are bolted together with stainless bolts. No core
in the deck means no rotten cores in a Ranger 20! The rudder hangs on the transom and is
fiberglass with a foam core. The last time I launched my boat with the rudder attached I
broke the rudder. Ranger Boat Company made me a shiny new one in a week for $175.
It is an advantage owning a boat whose manufacturer is still in business and will not gouge
There is a thorough review of the Ranger 20, with pictures in SMALL BOAT JOURNAL,
Number 33, pages 44-50, November 1983. This wonderful magazine is no longer in
business. I have a copy and will Xerox it and send to you for a SASE and the price of a
I owned my Ranger 20 for 7 years. I do not currently own a Ranger 20 but I think they are a quality boat and the design is a favorite of mine. The sweet, traditional lines are a pleasure to view sitting on the trailer in the driveway or riding at anchor.
Charless W. Fowlkes
31 Gardner Park Drive
Bozeman, MT 59715