Recommendations on a 22 - 26 ft weekender?
The Ranger 23 and the Seafarer 23 are extremely different boats. The Ranger 23 is a Gary Mull design that benefits the fact that Gary Mull was one of the most tallented designers of that era and from his involvement in some of the best funded Grand Prix racing efforts of that day.
The Seafarer 23 was a McCurdy and Rhodes design and was not a very good design by any stretch of the imagination.
While the Ranger of that era were not exactly paragons of build quality, having worked on both boats, the Seafarers really lacked the build quality of a Ranger.