The OP seems to be referring to the Ranger Yachts 28 (Mull), Not to the Ranger 8.5 (Schumacher), from Ranger Fiberglass Boats in Kent WA. At least that's my take on it.A sailor out there with Ranger 8.5 (build in Kent WA) experience ? Have not had a chance to speak to any one experienced with the R 8.5. She is frag. rigged PHRF 180 to 192. Sailed her for 2 summers now and had "sweet" success with WARHAWK last season.
Different boats with nothing in common.
I remember Warhawk from the good old days, when I used to own and sail Ranger 20's and 24's. I had friends that raced and cruised their 8.5 Rangers.
Only odd thing about threads like this is framing the question around "racing" or "cruising" when in actual fact either of these boats makes a nice small (and fast!) cruiser. There is a Ranger 28 (Gary Mull designed) in our YC for a couple of decades, and it's a very good sailing boat.