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bestfriend 09-19-2007 08:54 PM

Ranger 23
What are your thoughts? I've heard good things about its sailing performance. Arvel Gentry seems to like his. Any problem areas to be concerned about?

Jeff_H 09-19-2007 09:15 PM

This is one of my favorite boats of that size and era. They were all around good sailors and had reasonable accomodations for their size. They were simple boats, reasonably well constucted. Of course they are typically more than 30 years old and so may have any and all of the old boat issues. Particular concerns might include mast step and supporting structure, deck coring, keel bolts and the rudder and rudder post, plus the usual worn out or outdated sails, outboard, instruments, standing and running rigging, and deck hardware.


uspirate 09-19-2007 09:17 PM

Isnt that the boat that "The Dove" was based on?

bestfriend 09-19-2007 09:24 PM

Thanks Jeff, hoping you would chime in. Which reminds me, I did get your email with the attachment, thank you!

US, don't know, time to google....

It says 23' sloop.

blt2ski 09-19-2007 11:54 PM

The movie used a Ranger 23, BUT in real life, it was another brand, and 24' long! need to go look at my book I have had since a teen!


Jeff_H 09-20-2007 08:04 AM

The original Dove was an early Lapworth 24 a model which became the Cal 24. He finished the circumnavigation on a Luders 33.


uspirate 09-20-2007 01:49 PM

Original DOVE Please Identify hehe
link to page

blt2ski 09-20-2007 01:55 PM

The luders 33 is still sailing, and was for sale recently.

Don't quote me but I believe there are two 23' version. Tenuki has one version, the other is a 1/4 ton IOR design. A neighbor had one when growing up nice design and reasonably fast.


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