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09-13-2013 12:19 AM
jimgo
Re: Looked at the Ranger 26

OK. Not that I do a lot of looking any more, but just in case.
09-12-2013 06:45 PM
LakeMi
Re: Looked at the Ranger 26

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Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
Good, now you're starting to define your wants/needs a bit after having some experience on a boat. Granted, it's a singular experience, but you did the right thing and focused on how the boat would "feel" with you aboard even if that particular boat wasn't the one for you. That's what we wanted. If you want to buy a boat like the Ranger and fix it up, then that's great, as long as you believe it will actually work for your purposes.

What was your budget again?
Well I would love to stay under 5k but up to 8k would be ok.

We are thinking of waiting till after the boats our in there winter storage but before they go in the water in the spring to try and buy.


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09-12-2013 04:46 PM
hellosailor
Re: Looked at the Ranger 26

Lake-
There's nothing wrong with the question, but when I see something like "How much will it cost to replace the running rigging" I have to assume you don't know much about sailboats. Measure the lines, or measure the boat, take a look at some online prices, voila, the numbers are simple math.

But what you don't even have any idea about is what other questions and problems the boat can have that aren't so simple to answer. If there is standing water in the bilge, and rust in the bilge, then it may have weeped into the keel bolts. Those are typically stainless steel and they become brittle if allowed to stay in stagnant water. So even if the rust is cosmetic, you may have a keel bolt failure. You'd need a professional opinion on that to be safe. (Physically or financially.)

The standing rigging, the wires and cables and all the stainless parts that attach them to the boat? Also fatigue invisibly. It doesn't matter what they look like, if there's one meathook in one cable, they all are due for replacement. If they're +10 years old, they are due for replacement. By 20 years they are well overdue for replacement no matter where or how the boat was used.

And water in the cabin can mean the bulkhead has deteriorated from water damage as well. It wouldn't be cheap or simple to replace that properly. Did you inspect the edges of the bulkhead carefully?

What these all add up to can mean another three to five grand in repairs, necessary repairs, making the boat anything but a bargain. The only way to tell is with experienced eyes on the boat.

Now, what happens if you buy the boat for $400 now? Well, the Honda could be worth that. But if you decide you need to get rid of the boat...Ooops. Not so easy. You may need to store it ($$) for six months to a year waiting for the next guy to come along. Or if you can't sell it or give it away, you may need to have it hauled away as hazmat and pay by the pound to have it disposed of. And THAT is going to cost way more than you might expect as well.

So, a $400 bargain? One can always hope. Just be careful about bargain boats, many of them are really more like icebergs: You're only seeing the tip of it, and there can be some nasty surprises if you're unaware of the whole picture.
09-12-2013 12:36 PM
krisscross
Re: Looked at the Ranger 26

Here is Northstar 600 near Toledo for practically nothing:
1975 Northstar 600 26' Used Sailboat - Ohio in Sailboats | eBay Motors
IMO a much better boat than Ranger 26 and one I would consider bringing back to life. Hang an outboard on her and go sailing.
09-12-2013 11:03 AM
jimgo
Re: Looked at the Ranger 26

Have you seen these? I can't vouch for any of them, nor am I affiliated with any of them:

Sailboats - Used Boats of Detroit


1974 Seafarer 31-1 Yawl sailboat for sale in Michigan

1982 Pearson sailboat for sale in Michigan

1975 Catalina C27 sailboat for sale in Michigan

1979 O'Day Sloop sailboat for sale in Michigan

1977 Ericson E27 sailboat for sale in Michigan
09-12-2013 10:54 AM
krisscross
Re: Looked at the Ranger 26

There is a glut of cheap, decent but neglected, boats out there. Don't settle for the cheapest - find a boat that is complete (can be sailed AND motored away now) and matches your needs. I figured that an extra $1000 in upfront cost of the boat can often save you $5000 in down the road expenses (like replacing an engine).
09-12-2013 10:22 AM
jimgo
Re: Looked at the Ranger 26

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Originally Posted by LakeMi View Post
I didn't like the size of the cabin. For what my family wants to do it would not work that good. Every other weekend on a boat I can't stand up in!
Good, now you're starting to define your wants/needs a bit after having some experience on a boat. Granted, it's a singular experience, but you did the right thing and focused on how the boat would "feel" with you aboard even if that particular boat wasn't the one for you. That's what we wanted. If you want to buy a boat like the Ranger and fix it up, then that's great, as long as you believe it will actually work for your purposes.

What was your budget again?
09-12-2013 09:35 AM
blutoyz
Re: Looked at the Ranger 26

Glad to see you passed on this one...good luck with your search.

P.S. - Offering to take something for free could be considered rude, it is better to just say that you will pass. If the seller is interested in giving it away they will broach the subject.
09-12-2013 06:58 AM
LakeMi
Re: Looked at the Ranger 26

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Originally Posted by captnamo View Post
I looked at this boat, too. Smell was enough to sour me on the deal. But, if you take off what the motor is worth, you're getting a pretty cheap boat.

As for the bolts, what reading I've done on the Ranger is that they sometimes leak. I suspect that what you're seeing there is the plate that is built into the hull to accept the keel/bolts. Probably steel. Probably wet since it's been in the water. The bolts are replaceable from what I've read.

I'm a newbie to boats bigger than 14 ft. He was asking 1500. 'Bout peed my pants with excitement when I saw he was down to 800. But, I'm allergic to home improvement projects and about the same when it comes to re-doing boats. Just don't have the vision for it. I did walk away thinking that it might make the right hand guy one heck of a deal.

Good luck!
Oh yes that smell was strong. My wife refused to even get on it. I told her she needed to see if she liked the cabin. She told me that she didn't care if there was gold down there she was not getting on it.

If you liked the lay out of the ranger 26 there is another one for sale on muskegon lake. Asking 2600 and that includes haul,storage, launch in the spring. Take that off the 2600 and the smelly boat really is a bad deal. I didn't like the size of the cabin. For what my family wants to do it would not work that good. Every other weekend on a boat I can't stand up in!

Good luck to you as well.

P.S remember when you find a boat that's nice for cheap. It was mine first! lol




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09-12-2013 06:11 AM
LakeMi
Re: Looked at the Ranger 26

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Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
Any more leads?
No not yet.


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