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|1 Week Ago 10:30 PM|
Re: Thoughts on Ranger 22
Originally Posted by Alcan View Post
|1 Week Ago 09:45 PM|
Re: Thoughts on Ranger 22
I've owned and sailed the same Ranger 22 for 33 years so far.
Super easy to sail
Goes like a rocket in light air
Points higher than anything in our mixed PHRF fleet
Great deck layout with sensible hardware
All round fun boat to sail
Pinched in old IOR rule transom makes it a handful on a spinnaker reach in a breeze
Not even sitting headroom below
Very tender so must be the first to reef on breezy days
Not really a choice for a comfortable weekender.
Take a look at the old Ranger 23 or even better a Tanzer 22
|12-03-2008 05:36 PM|
I have sailed both boats. The Ranger 22 was designed as an IOR mini-tonner and while it is a pretty nice one design boat, it is a pretty compromised design relative to the Ranger 23 which was designed to be a good all around design and a MORC boat second. As has been said above, the Ranger 23 is a good boat on all points of sail, and across a wide wind range. The Ranger 23 is one of my favorite boats of this size and type and would probably be near the very top of my list of boats to learn to sail on and for a first boat.
I would never recommend the Ranger 22 so highly. The keel issue is possibly true of any small, bolt on fin keeled boat of that era. It is repairable much more easily than repairing a delaminated keel cavity which would be the expected condition on an encapsulated keel boat of that era.
|12-03-2008 11:50 AM|
|bobd43769||I owned a Ranger 22 for a couple of years and loved it. I used it mainly for racing and did very well with it. I also delivered a Ranger 23 for a local broker (4 day trip solo). I liked the Ranger 23 better. It has a bigger cockpit and cabin. It sails the same as the 22 in light air but is faster and handles better in wind over 10kts. I would reccomend the 23 over the 22.|
|11-25-2008 01:17 AM|
I sail a Ranger 23 as volunteer able-bodied skipper for a disabled sailing organization, The Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors in San Francisco Bay. I'll tell you that the 23 is stiff and handles well on SF Bay, where conditions can be severe and changing, particularly important with disabled passengers aboard. The best setup in my view would be for the skipper to have full control of tiller and mainsheet as the helmsman needs to feel the balance in the groove and is able to feel the boat adjusting to puffs. Would think that the 22 is simliar to the 23 in these respects, and if so it's a great boat. BAADS would not ever, every, use a boat for disabled sailors that was not a darned good boat, so the 23 is a good choice in my view.
Originally Posted by kclaybrook View Post
|11-24-2008 03:28 AM|
|bebuch||In researching R23's, it seems fairly common for the keel-to-hull joint to have some issues - e.g., a crack at the joint that can get as bad as the keel loose enough to be moved from side to side. Does the R22 have any sort of reputation for such keel attachement issues?|
|11-17-2008 06:50 PM|
Rangers are great boats
I have an R-26 which I bought on Ebay, believe it or not. I love it. I had an Alacrity 19 before, so this is definitely more boat. Two of us sailed it down the Hudson into a 20-knot breeze, and did fine, although we had to reef the jib. Since then I have singlehanded it in various conditions with no trouble. I have the halyards routed to the cockpit, and mounted shift and throttle controls on the sides of the tiller, and I put Winchers on the primaries and secondaries. I also put a BoomKicker on it, to make lowering the main easier. The only negative is the lack of headroom, but you can't have everything. Go for it!
|09-12-2008 11:46 AM|
|SecondGuess||I have purchased a ranger 22 as my first keelboat this spring after sailing mainly on a c&c 29 and other 30 ish foot curser racers and I love the ranger its much more exciting to sail and will let you know much quicker if you are doing something wrong, if you are looking for a review from an owner who hates the boat i think you will be looking for a long time the only things that I can say about mine that bother me are the outboard is hard to reach on the stern mounted bracket especialy for shifting from forward to reverse, it will pound going into a chop, and unless you mount some winches closer to rear of the boat it is difficult to single hand.|
|07-24-2006 02:17 PM|
|Ericscoth||My thought would be it would be a fun boat to have and learn on and give you the sense of sailing hard. My first keel boat experiance was on a Ranger 22 and it is a fairly fast boat, big deck to get around on, I suspect due to a race design. Kind of small down below so dont expect a week trip out on it. In good wind it heels way over but I was never afraid of it broaching.|
|07-21-2006 11:53 AM|
Thoughts on Ranger 22
I have sailed on a Ranger 26 and would buy one if I were looking for a nice handling, fast daysailer that could be easily trailered. I enjoyed more interior room in the R26 than I see on a Ranger 22. The larger R26 is easily handled by two adults and othe members. It is large enough to allow the entire family to grow with it.
Otherwise, in a couple short years you could find the smaller R22 was outgrown due to your children's growth. But, I would advise you to seek a R26 instead of a Ranger 22 or 23 ft.
Just my opinion.
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