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Ranger 30

Not a Gary Mull boat but is it tough and built like a 33? Kind of a go anyplace anytime boat.
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We had a real close look at a Ranger 30 during our last boat hunt... I would not put it in the same category as the earlier Mull 26/29/33 series. Usually pricier than a R29 but not necessarily a better boat (but, of course, somewhat newer)

The one we looked at was clean enough, but all the hull liner material (carpet..) in the forward berth area was sodden, and it was clear that there were some serious deck leaks at stanchions etc.

The rig was oversized in section and seemed heavy for the boat (good or bad in that depending on your priorities) Nevertheless we did give it some serious consideration but realized that 30 feet was just going to be too small for us, as we were downsizing from 40.
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Faster, would you rather have the Yamaha 30?
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I'd say the Yamaha would be the "nicer" boat, if you like the look of them - some don't really like the tall cabin/tapered window look. For resale I'd try to find a aft-engine model.

The Ranger is a more conventional looking boat of that era. But I'd expect there to be a fair price difference between the two (with the Ranger being less expensive) so that could be a factor for you.

Performance wise I'm not sure what would be in it... but I've always liked the Yamaha attention to detail.
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Faster. your first post about the hull liner on the Ranger got me thinking. this ranger 30 on yachtworld just had it's hull liner replaced. Makes a guy wonder.
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