OMG! A Ranger 26! My Dad owned and sailed one in the Great Lakes
back about 1972-1974 +/-. I LOVED that boat.
There are a lot of people making wild assumptions about that boat that crack me up. Guess not everyone is familiar with boats that size and era. And simplicity.
"Battery under the sole." The only battery
that would fit under the sole would be a D-cell. The battery
was placed in different places on different owner's boats, but is usually in the (starboard?) lazarette or under the (starboard?) seat in the cabin
. Ours was in the cabin
. I think that was factory. Others moved theirs to the lazarette.
"The electrics." This boat was very primitive. (No offense intended.) The only modern boat similarly equipped would be a Colgate 26. The factory "electrics" amount to running lights & cabin lights. Pretty sure that the cable back to the outboard
for starting / charging
came with the outboard
, not the boat. The step into the cabin was the icebox
. No electric
fridge. Even the water
Any knot meter / depth sounder
/ nav gear
would have been added by the owner. Of course, in 40+ years, probably a lot has been added & then removed.
Originally Posted by Jim Cate
Since the OP's decision has been made, perhaps a little drift is acceptable...
I'm kinda astonished by the above quoted statement. Why on earth would keel bolts
be that expensive? They are just bolts, and in the case of this boat, neither very large diameter nor very long nor made of some expensive alloy. Because of the outward turning flange design of the Ranger's keel
, they can be replaced without dropping the keel
(as can many such designs).
Could you explain why you believe in your 10 grand price
Exactly. The keel, looking from the front, is "T" shaped. The top surface extends several inches to either side of the fin. This "outward turning flange" is basically a rectangular (top view) flat plate that sits into a recess in the bottom of the hull.
The keel bolts
are not cast nor embedded into the keel, but regular old 1/2" galvanized hardware
store bolts that push up from the bottom, thru that "T" flange, into the hull. IIR the heads were recessed into the iron a bit and faired over.
You'd probably need a real big breaker bar to get those rusted nuts off, but two average shade tree mechanics could replace the keel bolts in an afternoon for $25 in parts
while the boat sits in its cradle
for the winter.
Above the water
it looks almost exactly like a similar era Pearson
26, but I'm pretty sure the Pearson
had a lead keel and *maybe* the keel & rudder were a more "organic" shape. (The Ranger had a very sharp, mechanical profile to the keel & rudder, like a jet aircraft.)
Yes, it was built like a tank. I used to look forward to "small craft warnings." That mean the wind
was up and that tank would really start to move.