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post #11 of Old 07-07-2012
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Re: Ranger 33 or Ericson 35-2 for Offshore?

The numbers look so close they are probably irrelevant. I have a 1976 Ranger 33 that I may take offshore in the future. I like how narrow it is for capsize resistance. I like the bronze through hulls, 0.5"+ thick solid hull, 1.5" thick plywood cored deck, good light air performance, moderate keel, and overall good behavior. However, I have it on a lake so can't comment on offshore abilities. Others have definitely gone from CA to HI and other offshore passages. What concerns me for offshore are: no bridgedeck, narrow sidedecks, limited storage compared to beamier boats (but I'll take lower capsize risk over storage!) and the fact that mine leaks, but I blame that mostly on previous owners not Ranger.
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