They were built by Ranger boats in Kent, Washington
, which is why there are more of them on Puget Sound
and around Portland
than anywhere else.
In theory they were designed as a quarter-tonner, or more likely Ray Richards slightly adjusted his design so that someone who really wanted to race
the boats in the 70's and 80's could race
in the quarter-ton class.
PHRF certificates give a general idea how boats perform, here are a few rating from the SF Bay
PHRF committee for similar boats.
24 - 214
Ranger 24 - 219
Mull custom 1/4 ton - 198
Sprinta Sport (23-footer) - 198
Santana 525 - 189
"Cruisers" like Cal
24's and 25's rate about 215-220. A J-24 rates about 168, so is significantly faster.
So in other words, in general overall performance, the Ranger 24 should be more or less comparable to more "cruise" and "daysail" oriented 23-25 foot boats of its era. It will be somewhat slower than boats really designed as race boats. I've sailed the Sprinta Sports, Cal
25's and the Ranger 24 and if I wanted to day-race, or maybe overnight/singlehand and that's it, I'd take the Sprinta Sport. If I wanted to race in the ocean and occasionally cruise
, I'd take the Cal 25. If I wanted to cruise
on SF Bay
and down the coast a bit, *Espeically* if I was going to spend more than one or two nights on the boat, well, the room inside the Ranger 24 is pretty attractive.