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Old 09-08-2013
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Re: Looked at the Ranger 26

My advice? Walk away. Don't even consider it for next season. Want to prove it to yourself? Add up the costs. Running rigging isn't too expensive - expect $400-$500 if replacing it all. A portapotty (yes, you still need one occasionally) will set you back a few hundred, too. Maybe you can get one on craigslist, but don't count on it. Chasing after mold will be a problem, and you'll want to do it right so your wife and kids aren't exposed to mold. That's a good weekend (easily) and you'll also need solar vents or a dehumidifier. If you go the solar vent route, you're looking at $200 more (need 2 at that size). All of a sudden, the $500 boat has you spending another $1000-1500. You'll be amazed at the difference you can buy with that extra money. Most importantly, you'll be amazed at how much more ready the boat will be for your family and you to start enjoying her.
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