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The Ranger 26 is a great little boat, in good shape and well sailed is a real PHRF sleeper (meaning she'll be a threat in fleet races) No bad habits.
My concern here is that it looks like she's been low in the water forward so there may be substantial damage to the bulkheads and other woodwork esp forward as she appears to have been considerably down by the bow. You could be looking at wholesale replacement of much of that - not a small task but as a structural part of the boat it has to be done properly.
As has been said many times here .... sometimes the most expensive boat is the free one.... But good luck anyway. She's got good bones.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)