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Old 29-06-2011, 20:02   #1
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76 Ranger Sailboat 27'

Ok forum, I need help:

I'm interested in my first sailboat. It's a 76 Ranger. Went and took a quick look at her.

Looks like rigging may be a little old, but that's about all I can tell.

I know so little about them, but the price is really good.

So a few questions:

First question, what should I look at and be worried about?

Second question? Does anyone know anything about these particular boats? How they sail, common problems, etc?

Third question? What's a ballpark on the cost of new rigging if/when needed?
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Old 30-06-2011, 15:35   #2
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Re: 76 Ranger Sailboat 27'

Anybody out there with experience with a Ranger 27? Anybody?
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Old 30-06-2011, 16:15   #3
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Re: 76 Ranger Sailboat 27'

Do you know anyone experienced with sailboats? Difficult question to answer over the web. Here's a thread to check: Boat Buying Checklist

There is a lot to look for, one of the the big ones being wet core. Check the decks, sole, and cockpit for squishy/soft spots when standing/walking on them. Look at the sails for rips, cigarette burn holes - yes i've seen them! Inspect the standing rigging as well as running etc... The list goes on.........

Try to keep the excitement in check, don't fall in love with her - stay objective!
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Old 30-06-2011, 17:06   #4
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Re: 76 Ranger Sailboat 27'

In the 1990's I used to race against a Ranger 27'. I had a Niagara 26' at the time. The Ranger would beat me most of the time. I looked over his boat one time and came to the conclusion it was not as sturdy as the Niagara, i.e. it was lightly built, but had about the same sail acreage. This I thought accounted for why he did well in light airs (which were common in the area I sailed at the time). Sorry, that's all I know - oh, apart from the fact that the Ranger's Skipper fell overboard once on a race, because the life line he was leaning against, broke ! Since I was closely behind, I felt obliged to go to his rescue, hence loosing any chance of winning the race !

My 2 cents - buy something newer.
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Re: 76 Ranger Sailboat 27'

how confident are you that it's a 27, not a 26?

Is it a mono or a multi?
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Re: 76 Ranger Sailboat 27'

I sent you a PM, Rangers are very good boats. They are susceptible to core rot but if you know what you are looking for and how to work with them they are a gem!
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Re: 76 Ranger Sailboat 27'

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how confident are you that it's a 27, not a 26?

Is it a mono or a multi?
Not that confident yet. I've only looked at it once, and asked only a few questions. Here's what I've gotten for a descrption:

is a 1976 Ranger 27 foot sail boat that is in XXXXX. It has an 8HP yanmar diesel inboard. It comes with several sails (2 head sails, 2 mail sails) The boat is in sail away condition. It has a keel with 4.5 foot draft. There are some scratches on the starboard side hull and transom from when the boat rubbed the dock during a storm

so far in questions I've asked:


bottom was done right before I bought it a year and a half ago. It probably needs cleaning but I have a couple of suction cups that hold me to the boat and I do it by hand. Easy. The engine is a replacement engine with very few hours on it. I took the boat from XXXXXX to XXXXXXX (about a hundred miles) under power with no problems. Itís kinda fun to cruise around under power actually. The running rigging (all the lines and halyards) have some wear on them but I am not aware of any that need to be replaced. The standing rigging (mast, etc.) is fine as far as I know. .
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Re: 76 Ranger Sailboat 27'

maybe check that.. the Ranger 26 was a Gary Mull design with lots of information available...

Good luck figuring it out ; -)

fwiw; I have found that many Rangers have some issues with deck mountings and leaking. So check the rails and chain plates and stuff carefully!
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Re: 76 Ranger Sailboat 27'

My first boat was a ranger 23. Loved it! Not aware they made a 27. They made a 23, 26, 28, 32, 33 and 37.
As stated designed by Gary Mull and are all strong boats. Not real fancy but solid. Designed for racing and cruising on San Francisco Bay and built to take it.
As stated they do have water issues. Hull is solid glass but topside may be cored. 23 had a stepped on deck mast. The chainplates were attached to the thick marine grade plywood bulk head separating the cabin and V berth. Small leak topside to the chain plates rotted the plywood and I replaced it.
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Re: 76 Ranger Sailboat 27'

Oh well. Looks like the boat sold on Sunday. I never got a response to my last email last week. So looks like I'm back in the market again.
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