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Registered: April 2001
Review Date: Wed September 4, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I have had a Ranger 23 (1976) for 3 years. In addition to adding a roler-furler, new jib, and self-tailing winches, I've done a huge amount of repairs. Previous owner let water get into the deck. Immediate removel/rebedding of all deck hardware and chainplates should be first on the list. Preferably use the "drill bigger hole, fill w/epoxy, then re-bed hardware by drilling smaller holes through solid epoxy" method. See "This Old Boat" by Don Casey.
I've sailed the R23 in SF bay in 35 kt winds with a reefed main and just a handkerchief rolled out on the Furlex. Never feels over powered, and that 1500 lb. lead keel is reassuring. This boat was built to the old MORA (Midget Ocean Racing Association) rule, and designed for ocean sailing. As a result, she has a v-bottom, and goes downwind like on a rail.
Problems: Leaking chain plates; often thin laminate in the bow where the pulpit is attached; leaking deck hardware; galvanic corrosion problems with the aluminum plug in the end of the boom, if original "roller furling" eyebolt is still in place. You will also usually have to put blocks on the toe-rail or add cheek blocks to the cockpit coamings for a fair jib lead.
These boats can be had from $2500 - $10,000 (well, that was the asking price). I got mine for $3000 with an outboard and 8 sails. I've since sunk more than $4500 in upgrades and hours of labor into the repairs. I'll never recover the $$, but it's been a great boat and when I sell it, someone will get one hell of a deal!
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