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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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