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Have spent time on a couple of different Ranger 28s, my brother owned one for a while, friends currently own another. They like(d) their boats a lot.
Our son just bought at well maintained 1972 Ranger 29 that seems to have stood the test of time.
We've seen a Ranger 26 perform really well on the race course, a real PHRF sleeper.
As previously noted, these seem to be really well designed, decent all-round boats a notch above your typical used Catalina (though always dependant on the care and attention they have received over the years)
We looked at a Ranger 30 ourselves in the Seattle area two years ago when we were last boat shopping and were tempted. This particular boat had the typical deck leak issues, all the hull liner (carpet-like material) in the forward cabin was quite sodden, it may have just been stanchion bases, but without further investigation we weren't sure. We neverthless gave this boat some serious consideration. In the end we went for something a bit larger. (a family of 5 might crowd this boat, esp when the kids become adult-sized teens)
Definitely not talking top of the line (read expensive) quality, but good general purpose, coastal cruising/racing alternatives with reasonable resale prospects upon the inevitable onset of 2-footitis.
If you are looking at an Atomic 4 model check that it's FWC, much better long term prospects.
Last edited by Faster; 04-02-2006 at 02:11 PM.