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Re: Newport 27 vs Ranger 28 vs Cal 30
The Ranger 28 is a handsome boat, esp if you like the 'tumblehome' look, Mull did a great job on that. But she's a bit twitchy in a breeze, esp downwind, like so many early 70s IOR influenced designs. The mainsail is extreme high aspect and doesn't do much for the boat, and the headsails are oversized for the same reason.
Of your list, I'd probably go for the Newport, since it's a decade newer and has the fewest issues by the sound of it.
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