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benboat 08-03-2008 05:49 AM

Ranger 28
We have had a '76 Ranger 28 for a few months now and are in love with it....except a few minor details. does anyone else find that it walks really fiercely to stbd when in reverse. i am a licensed captain, and have dealt plenty with "walking props", but the 28 rudder seems pretty big and i would think it would handle better with even a little water across it. anyone else experience this? we have a 20 hp universal and a 3 blade prop which are both 2 years old. anyone have any strong feelings towards folding props, and if so what size? thanks in advance,

Ben in Rhode Island

chad2072 08-20-2008 10:47 AM

Ranger 28

My wife and I also purchased a 78 Ranger 28 this past spring and also love it! We have been racing and cruising ours with alot of success. As far as folding props go, I have one and can tell you that we get about 6 knots out of it cruising and as far as reverse goes, I havent heard of the term walking, but ours in reverse is very, very, very unresponsive. How fast does your three bladed prop push you?

timgoodyear 11-06-2008 02:38 PM

Ranger 28
I have had a Ranger 28 for the last three years or so. I love the boat, and how it sails, but I am getting tired of being at the back end of our PHRF fleet, so even if we win on handicap its dark and everyone else has gone home, so may be trading up soon. I have a very slim 2-blade prop, and get a huge amount of prop-walk in reverse (the stern swings to port). I've learned to make use of this to reverse into our slip starting out at about at 40 degree angle, but it does take some getting used to.


R-28 TM #69

corny 07-06-2009 04:17 PM

We just bought a Ranger 28 and had it out for our first cruise on Lake Superior this past weekend. Reverse is waaaay different on this than my past experience with primarily powerboats. However, it works ok once you get used to it. You need more throttle in reverse than you'd think, and the minute it starts to actually move in reverse in the direction intended, then back way off or even drop into neutral and let your momentum and the water moving over the rudder do the work.

It's never going to leap forward or backward like a powerboat...everything is going to happen much more slowly and gradually. Don't make abrupt moves, plan ahead, keep speed in the harbor at a minimum needed for steerage and plan a few moves ahead and you should be ok.

solman55 07-15-2010 04:05 PM

I don't want to dig up old threads but I am looking at buying a ranger 28 and it needs all new tanks, so I was wondering if you guys/gals wouldn't mind posting some photos of the tanks and their locations and maybe some dimensions if you wouldn't mind. I am just trying to find out what it would cost me before I step up to purchase the boat. I just figured this may be better than making another thread, it gets attention lol

corny 07-15-2010 10:07 PM

If tanks are all you have to replace, go get the boat. Dimensions be damned. I think all the 28 year models and perhaps some within the same year varied slightly. It also depends on how you want to equip it now.

Ours has the pump-out tank removed, we use a toilet that we can haul out and empty in the marina lutrine. We just have a freshwater tank, located under the seats on the starboard, near the kitchen sink, and the gas tank, located behind and above the engine (Atomic 4). If your boat has been converted to diesel, chances are the tank was changed.

The original tank was a steel 8.5 gallon. Ours is going to be replaced soon, it's a rusty ugly old thing. I believe there's a stock plastic 13 gallon that will fit in it's place avail from West Marine. One note...without a gas gauge, it's a bit of a pain to know how much fuel you have left. One way to solve this is to thread fittings at the top side and bottom side of the tank, seal them in well and run a piece of clear gas line between them as a fuel level indicator that should be viewable from the gunkhole access door that leads to the tank and engine compartment. Alternately, you could mount it on the other side and crank your head down under the cockpit seat to view it also.

Figure roughly 150 for each tank and you should be in the ballpark. I wouldnt think tanks should be over 500 lock stock and barrel unless you have needs far greater than ours.

BTW, ours is a 77 R28 tall rig.

solman55 07-15-2010 10:24 PM

Ok cool thats what this is a 77 tall rig. It needs sails but it does have usable sails.

solman55 07-16-2010 11:41 AM

Could you post some photos of the tanks and their locations so I know what to look at next tome I go look at the boat, also does anyone have the owners manual or where can I get one to see how to step the mast.

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