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11-19-2010 08:50 PM
blt2ski The Kent company is STILL in business! The little Ranger tugs you see floating around here, that is the SAME company, same place on HWY 99 north of Federal Way Wa.! The little Minto sailing dinghy is still available in IIRC Gig harbor now, and a place in BC. Some of the line is still around.

The R26 sailboat is a sleeper! Rated well for what it can do too! There is a local one here in Seattle that cleans our clocks for the most part. We also have one in our club, but they are not up to snuff on sailing it yet. but it did do well in the Bellingham area for a long time from what I have heard about it.

11-19-2010 06:13 PM
Originally Posted by blt2ski View Post
....I do not recall the Ranger offerings when built......
Ranger produced a nice line of boats in the 70s/80s. Also remember there were two Rangers... the California ones and the Kent WA boats too. - very different.

The California Rangers offered were pretty much all Mull designs, with a cruising and a racing line. Under the Cruising line were similar looking models at 23,26,29 & 33 feet. Pretty decent sailing boats, the 26 is a bit of a PHRF sleeper. The so called Racing line featured the 28, 32 and 37, also by Mull, but with racier gear, a bit less room and with IOR based tumblehome hull designs and more extreme higher aspect rigs. Pretty boats, though. My brother owned a 28 for a time, it was a real broach machine in our typical heavy breezes where we lived at the time.
11-19-2010 05:49 PM
blt2ski weephee,

A Columbia would fit the bill too. Sometimes we posting get the more common brands, forget about the lessor common brands. Columbia is probably one, Ranger, San Juan has a 28, 30 and 34. I do not recall the Ranger offerings when built......

11-19-2010 05:35 PM
weephee I have read several of these types of posts and no one ever mentions the Columbia sailboats as an option to really anything. Just wondering why they are never considered. I have an 8.3 that I think may fit the bill. Am I missing something wrt the Columbia sailboat
11-19-2010 09:13 AM
blt2ski A mig 80's Jeanneau Attalia or the slightly smaller Arcadia might fit you bill too. There are 3x as many attalia's around vs the Arcadia. SunDream or sunlight 28 or 30 are newer models in and around the same length.

Reality is, ANY boat with a fin keel, enough SA/disp to move in light winds will be fun and better than what you have. I would suggest closer to 30-32' if you can. Also boats where all of the sheet lines are with in reach of the helm make life easier too. Most Catalinas have the main sheet on the cabin top, which is hard to reach from the helm.

11-19-2010 07:50 AM
JKCatalina310 Good luck Mazzy.

We just went through this and settled on a Catalina 310. We bounced around in budget a lot, from around $75K with financing to $25k for cash.

When we were looking at the $25K range the boats that had my interest the most were the Sabre 28 & 30, the Pearson 28 & 30 and C&Cs in 27 to 30 range. I also considered Ericsons and O'days. Some friends at the marina have an Ericson 27 and an O'day 272. Both boats sail great for the money and there were lots of deals on it. The Ericson was purchased for $15K and the O'day for $6K. Neither were "project" level boats and were sailable with just a good detailing inside and out.

One piece of advice I would give is to try and make friends with a local broker. They typically have access to a sold boats website that summarizes the asking and sail price and length on the market for boats sold through yacht world. In doing this, I was able to figure out that the boat models I was interested in were generally selling for 10% or more off of the asking price. I then recalibrated my search settings on yachtworld and found the boat I wanted in my price range.

The other thing to keep in mind is that boats on yachtworld are through brokers who generally get a 10% commission. Boats through are from private sellers. This is a little far from you, but the URI boat program and the Mass Maritime Academy have donated boats for sale that can often be good deals.

Good luck and happy sailing.
11-10-2010 10:10 AM
Sabreman Those photos are so sad. They're an affront to all things nautical and proper. On the other hand, they make my engine look positively pristine, so I'll show them to the Admiral.

It's quite possible that they run flawlessly, but given the state of the engines and the surrounding areas, I think that it points to the general level of maintenance.

11-10-2010 09:19 AM
mazzy Why bother showing a photo of an engine like that???

Point taken about stowage, but more often than not I will be doing day sails of <6hours with a crew of 0-2, so keeping it around 30' will make me a lot more comfortable single handlling it. I sailed a Catalina 320 for a week and it was a handful trimming and tacking by myself while crew was below. Doable, but it wasn't pretty.
11-08-2010 01:46 PM
tommays I agree the first one looks nice withe the new motor the other two look horrid

11-08-2010 12:17 PM
mikel1 Check out the Ericsons on yachtworld... nice boats... there is a 30' in Northport near you for 21k looks really nice...
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