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post #21 of 24 Old 09-11-2008
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Congrats on the new Ranger 22'. We have a 23' Ranger in our racing fleet that usually is quite competitive with us in our Tartan 27' (which I would have mentioned if I had caught your thread earlier).
So you have the new boat and that is a good thing. If your marina has a crane you can put on a bosuns chair and go up to the top of the mast on it to retrieve the lost/broken halyard which is easier than getting hauled up by the mast and halyards.
As to the nasty orange sticky mess left behind by the carpet headliner coming down you will need some solvents and scrubbing done on the sections you want to clean up and/or re-do.
Get out there while there are still phosphorescence in the water.

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Try looking at Com-pac Yachts

You might try looking at Com-pac yachts, they are made in the Clearwater area and were designed for the type of sailing around Tampa. Shoal draft, but very seaworthy in a variety of sizes from 16' to 27' and prices from $2500 on up to over $30,000 depending on size and age. I have sailed a com-pac 16 from the Fort DeSoto park ramp all around the Tampa-St Pete area and out around Egmont Key. Pick your weather conditions right and you can go 5-7 miles offshore easily enough, I've sailed the compac 16 in 5' choppy seas at the mouth of the bay with the tide going out and the wind blowing in.
You just have to be careful of the cruise ships and freighters because you're sure not going to outrun them ! I just purchased a compac 23 and look forward to making some longer trips in it.
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I used to have a Montgomery 17. It was a great little boat and I'm sure it could handle more weather at sea than I.

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Montgomery 17's are very seaworthy little boats. One was custom modified by the factory for a circumnavigation attempt.


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