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I need 1972 Ranger 26 manual
The R26 would require the typical maintenance of any 30 yr old boat. Things like proper bedding of deck fittings and prompt repair of deck leaks are always a necessity.
Hopefully, the rigging is not original. If it is it should be replaced.
The R26 has a cast iron keel that is prone to surface rust. If yours shows evidence of this it would be a good idea to grind the rust areas out and properly seal the metal before adding fairing material and repainting. If no rust is evident, the previous owner probably had it properly maintained, but keep an eye on it to avoid problems.
Keel bolts may be an issue, but I wouldn''t be overly concerned unless there is extreme corrosion. Either way, they are not too difficult to replace.
Early models of the R26 used screws to attach the deck to the hull. At some point this was changed to through-bolts. Not sure when the change happpened. Bolts are better. If you notice extreme hull/deck leaking or flexing you might check to see what is used on your boat.
Other than that, any maintenance is typical for any boat. You might want to update some hardware if it is original, but that is a personnal choice.
The boat is a dream to sail. Have fun with it.