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Found one again.... For some reason I am just dead focused on them.
The only down side I can find on them is that they don't have standing headroom unless you are only 5' tall. The only other sailboat I have found that I think fits our needs is the Cal 2-27.

We will be spending 70% of our time on Fern Ridge Reservoir here in Eugene, OR. Will be taking the boat up to the Puget Sound doing week long cruises up there as well. We need something that isn't too big for the reservoir or too small to cruise a bit. Also needs to be somewhat trailerable ( I have a F350). We wont be hauling it around every weekend, it will be in the water at the reservoir. We also want it to be able to head out beer can racing and not be a slouch but also not too tender. Oh, and did I mention it needs to be reasonably priced


So whats the crew think? Ranger 26 a good answer to what we would like to do?
Anyone with Ranger 26's please step to the front of the line, I would love to hear what you like and dislike about them.

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Re: Ranger 26

For the uses you describe, the Ranger 26 is a good choice. The Mull designed boats were among the best of that era. One negative would seem to be the difficulty of trailering a fixed keel boat that draws over 4 feet. Doubt you will be able to get it on and off the trailer on a ramp. Maybe with a REALLY long extension bar. Better would be a keel/CB boat like the S2 7.9.
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Re: Ranger 26

Agree with Jim about the trailering issue.. ramp launching, while possible, will not be 'easy' unless you have a specialized trailer. If the plan is to lift the boat onto and off a proper trailer then doing that a couple of times a year seems more viable.

The R26 has a great reputation and is well known as a PHRF 'sleeper' meaning it easily sails to its rating and often does better when well handled. So sailing performance wouldn't be an issue. The S2 mentioned would also be a performer, and with a lift keel a better trailering situation.

But if you 'keep coming back' to the R26 that's telling you something. If you can deal with the transport issue, you're on your way.

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Re: Ranger 26

Thanks for the replies.

We will only really be trailering it once to the reservoir for the season and then back when they drop the water levels in the winter and also for 1 road trip a year to the Puget Sound.

ETA: My first sailboat was a Cal 21, it was a swing keel and incredibly light. After having it, I probably have PTSD from the swing keel. So I have pretty much accepted that I would like a fixed keel even though its not ideal for trailering.

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Re: Ranger 26

That's one if the nice things about a keel/center board vs swing keel. No matters what happens you still have a keel, often ballasted to keep you sailing. Swing keels on the other hand can present some major PTSD inducing problems.
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Re: Ranger 26

I hear your concerns after your experience with the CAL 21. Note that the S2 7.9 has 2/3 of the ballast fixed, and the other 1/3 in the lifting keel. Not really the same as a smaller boat where all the ballast is in the swing keel.

If you would prefer to be able to launch and haul the boat yourself at a ramp, then a boat other than a deep fixed keel is really needed. The S2 7.9 was designed as as trailerable racer and thus is a very good performer with somewhat spartan cruising accommodations. Boat like the Catalina 25 and ODay 25 are trailerable cruising boats. More accommodations at the expense of some sailing performance. Any of these would be a better choice if you want to launch and haul at a ramp yourself.

However if you are OK with having a yard lift the boat on and off at each end, then the Ranger 26 or CAL 27-2 would be just fine.
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Re: Ranger 26

While you are looking around the NW for trailerable sailboats, keep your eye open for a (Kent) Ranger 26. Designed by Ray Richards and a good all around sailboat with a great cruising interior and a deck and cockpit laid out for coastal cruising if you want to do so. Fixed lead keel and a CB for upwind work.

OTOH, if you can "trailer" a boat with a reasonable fin keel, the Niagara 26 I once owned for a decade is up for sale at a PDX brokerage. About 5' 9 or 10" headroom and it is faster than either the California or the Kent Ranger designs. It was designed and built by Hinterhoeller Yachts in Canada.

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Re: Ranger 26

Niagara 26 is a lovely boat.. worth a look in that size range.

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Re: Ranger 26

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OTOH, if you can "trailer" a boat with a reasonable fin keel, the Niagara 26 I once owned for a decade is up for sale at a PDX brokerage. About 5' 9 or 10" headroom and it is faster than either the California or the Kent Ranger designs. It was designed and built by Hinterhoeller Yachts in Canada.
Actually they look almost identical in speed. Base PHRF ratings for the various Ranger 26 models are 189 to 195. Base ratings for the Niagra 26 are 189-192.

Each is MUCH faster than the Cat 25 or ODay 25 which rate about 230.
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Re: Ranger 26

I've seen the Niagara online. Looks interesting and would probably work fine. But that Ranger is just stuck in my mind.

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