Join Date: May 2014
Location: Higganum, CT
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Re: Ranger 22 - Restoration Need Help!
Hi: I bought a Ranger 22 near hospice in 2008, and am still doing things yearly to bring it back.
First about your backstay. Mine is shortened because I race Reepicheep (feisty mouse of Narnia), and like to be able to flatten my main going to weather in heavier air. My backstay has a 6:1 ratio. I suggest, whether you race or not, the adjuster makes sense for mainsail shape, therefore control in heavier air.
If you are going to do keel work you can do it all with exception of the very bottom when you are hauled and on poppets. The seriously accommodating yard I am in raised me up for two days to do the last bit of work on the keel bottom (looked like a relief map of the Himalayas in miniature). This required epoxy work before bottom painting.
Also, FYI, I spent 20 hours last fall sanding down the bottom to the gelcoat in order to apply four barrier coats (Interprotect 2000). This barrier coat will be good for 20 plus years, so won't have to sweat that one in my lifetime (pushing 78). A word of caution. If you do have to re-barrier coat your Ranger bottom, it is CRITICAL to make sure and apply the first coat of bottom paint when the last barrier coat is still tacky, or else the bottom coat won't bind to the barrier coat.
There has been a fair amount of leaking through the deck fittings, stanchions, cleats, sail control hardware, etc. If you are going to take them off, do it in the fall when you haul, cover your boat and let the balsa core dry through the winter. I've been told by riggers to use "life caulk" rather than a silicone sealant because the latter doesn't like stainless steel a lot. I have used "flex shot" for deck fittings, drawing a bead around all the fitting bases. So far, it has worked well, especially around the chain plates.
I've also used Loctite "blue" on all fittings that have a washer and nut on one end. This is most important on fittings that move, like the traveler and main sheet systems. Had the main sheet pop[ off when racing one evening a couple of years back. Loctite blue did the trick nicely.
A five HP outboard is more than ample to drive your boat. In fact you'll be wasting horsepower, but having an engine that has a five gallon tank attached is nice if you are going a fair distance. I've sailed to Martha's Vineyard from Westbrook, CT five times now, and the engine (Tohatsu) performed very well. Don't forget to add enzyme treatment to your ethanol gas. Four stroke engines do not like ethanol.
Hope this isn't TMI. Good luck, good sailing.