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I recently bought a 1969 or it might be a 1971 Ranger 26. The seller said it was a 1971 but it appears it might be a 1969. I have no idea. I am trying to find out what the sail measurements are for the mainsail. If anyone knows, please let me know. Thanks. (I want to buy new sails)
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There are web sites, harken included, that provide standard dimensions for a number of boats, of which the Ranger 26 would be one.
However, your sailmaker will want to measure your specific rig because there is no guarantee that the boat is still standard.
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I'd agree with Faster... the sailmaker should probably measure your rig specifically.

I've seen boats that had a few inches taken off the mast due to a bridge being a bit lower than they thought...and if the mast was ever replaced, which is not too unlikely on a 35-year-old boat, then it might not be the same as the "standard" mast.
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I've talked with a few other sailers in my marina and they say the same thing. Thank you much for your replies. With winter coming, the big ol hole that is starting in main can go in the garbage soon.
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You can always use pieces of the main to make things like winch covers, weather cloths, etc... so it might be worth keeping it around to chop up.
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Questions about sail dimensions come up from time to time. Use a source even some sailmakers do: www.sailrite.com, the click on sail kit pricing. The I, P, E, and J dimensions of just about every boat are listed there, plus dimensions and area of specific sails. By the way. there were three different Ranger 26s. It took me about 30 seconds to get this info., hope it helps.
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Questions about sail dimensions come up from time to time. Use a source even some sailmakers do: www.sailrite.com, the click on sail kit pricing. The I, P, E, and J dimensions of just about every boat are listed there, plus dimensions and area of specific sails. By the way. there were three different Ranger 26s. It took me about 30 seconds to get this info., hope it helps.
This might be fine if you're the original owner or know the full history of the boat, but if the boat is over 30 years old and you're not aware of the full history of the boat, then an actual measurement by a competent rigger or sailmaker is probably a much better idea. Some one may have damaged the rig in the past, replaced it, or modified it...so the Sailrite numbers may not apply.
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