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Re: Ranger 37 - should I??

Here's one of your pics:



Looks like a Mull Ranger 37 to me.. but if built in 82 in may be a version built by someone else who purchased the tooling and molds. The rest of your pictures have the Ranger look too, to my eye.

Here's more info on the US version

RANGER 37 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

Look familiar?

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Re: Ranger 37 - should I??

Thanks for the response 'Faster' - I already saw those Ranger specs and it looks the same. Mine might even be a 1980 Hull.

Here's what a more experienced cruising friend advised: May be a bit flimsy. Also, may date back to the 1970's I think...prone to osmosis.


One item...the keel...draft seems to be between 5ft6 and 6 feet in the ones I had a look at. The keel is deep and short fore and aft, similar to our Duncanson. Such keels work well, but the draft can be a bloody nuisance...very restrictive with regards places to anchor...estuaries, idyllic coral atolls with dusky maiden beckoning, etc. Also...not Easy to go aground with..tippy.....and difficult on some slipways also.


If I were to get another yacht, for cruising, and if I were not fussy about speed, only seaworthiness....then I would go for something around the same size...37 feet is fine...but with a longer cruising keel and no more than 4 ft6 draft!!!!! Much better...maybe not so good to windward, but what the hell!


Seems this boat may be unsuitable for the Great Barrier Reef and Corel Seas ????. And maybe bob about too much for comfort?

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Re: Ranger 37 - should I??

Does look like the right boat. They're nice. Decent sailing qualities from what I've heard. The pictures make it look like she's in good shape w/some nice gear. The draft may make gunkholing difficult, but for the Great Barrier Reef - you're either floating or aground, no?, pretty much regardless of your draft. If the price is right...

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Re: Ranger 37 - should I??

John, I would put money on a Gary Mulls Ranger 37. Faster may be right with someone else building it but if this one is built by Ranger in Calif. I wouldn't consider it flimsy. The 1977 Ranger I owned was built extremely well in my opinion. Every time I got into a project I was impressed with the construction.
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Re: Ranger 37 - should I??

...and I'm prevented from sending the link to the actual advert but anyone interested can to google:
SPARKMAN & STEPHENS 38 boat details - BoatPoint Australia
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Re: Ranger 37 - should I??

Well, from looking at the listing..

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It's definitely the Mull boat, at least externally. Comparing the interior layout to the specs on sailboatdata.com there's quite a difference. Someone's confused about the S&S label, but interesting that the layout is much 'cruisier' than that shown in the specs.

I think she'll be a pretty nice boat, looks cared for and well equipped. As with any 70s IOR design you're going to have to be sensible about sail selection and sailing angles, esp in a real breeze. Motivated seller by the looks of it too.
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Re: Ranger 37 - should I??

Osmosis is common on plastic boats of that era. But lots of very strong, long lasting boats were built back then. Get a survey. Hard to have confidence in the build by an unknown manufacturer (1982 is long after the end of production by Ranger in Costa Mesa).

They sail very nicely.
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Re: Ranger 37 - should I??

Thanks everyone for saving me from the hole I almost fell into thru my naivety and gullibility. The lack of 'pedigree' gave me time to think while I followed up on some suspicions:

1. The surveyor confirmed the summary page and signature of his report was forged - I noticed this in a mis-spelling of the company name!

2. The seller has several different aliases on the various documents.

3. Your opinions and advice convinced me I'd be better off with a 'cruiser' for long term cruising and live-aboad.

Lesson learned: 'buyer beware'.

Thanks again!! J
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