ranger tugs r29: power and grace all rolled into one

ranger tugs r29: power and grace all rolled into one
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Ranger Tugs R29
POWER AND GRACE ALL ROLLED INTO ONE
THE SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW has become the venue of
choice for builders introducing new trawlers, and the January 2009
show was no exception. Ranger Tugs of Kent, Washington, happy
with the successful introduction of its 25-footer at the 2006 show,
launched its new Ranger R29 this year.
The R29 builder is a family-run
company owned by David Livingston,
who is well known for the ubiquitous
Livingston dinghies so prevalent up
and down the West Coast.
Despite very difficult economic
conditions, five of the new 29s were
sold at the show and the company has
been building two a month since then.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
The R29 Sport has a husky, broad30 SEA / AUGUST 2009
shouldered look. Bright, shiny and
highly polished bronze portholes and
port lights in the cabin walls give the
vessel a unique touch. Finishing the
overall, classic look is the cosmetic
smokestack.
The appearance may be reminiscent of the “good old days,” but the
construction is up to date. The hull
is solid, hand-laid fiberglass both below
and above the waterline. The decks
and cabin are cored glass. All of the
windows and skylights (and there are
plenty of them) are top-quality
Diamond/Seaglaze.
The hull is semi-displacement;
designed with the displacement sections forward. The planing sections
and a reverse chine are located aft.
This combination allows for good
speed with modest power and excellent stability in high-speed turns or
at rest. The vessel is also equipped
with both bow and stern thrusters.
ON DECK
Access to the vessel can be either
through a transom door off the swim
step or via port and starboard builtin steps from the gunnel down to the
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cockpit sole. Substantial stainless steel
handrails make boarding easy and safe, and
the swim step itself
has high safety rails.
It is positioned at
about the same height
as most floating docks,
making it an easy step
from dock to boat.
This will be especially appreciated by
boaters with small
children or elderly
parents. The decks
themselves are cored
glass with a moldedin nonskid pattern.
Moving forward from
the cockpit along the
narrow sidedeck is
made possible by a
cabin-top handrail,
but this maneuver
should not be done
under way. Once
you're on the foredeck, handrails provide good security.
The foredeck can also
be reached through a
pilothouse sliding door
at the starboard helm
station or through an
overhead hatch from
the foc’s’le.
The cockpit itself is
relatively large and
has a stainless sink,
with a pullout shower faucet in the
transom coaming. Having water and
a sink in the cockpit of a small boat
is unusual and will be appreciated by
experienced cruisers and avid fishermen alike. Another nice feature is
the built-in steps hinged at the coaming that swing up to allow access to
equipment and a relatively large
stowage space tucked neatly under the
steps.
INSIDE
Upon entering the deckhouse the
first thing you’ll notice is that the
entire area is flooded with natural
light. There are 10 windows and two
bronze portholes in the cabin sides,
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TESTER'S OPINION:
“The R29 represents a good step up from Ranger’s R25. It is economical, capable of a good
turn of speed and handles well. The designers have made smart use of space, and all equipment and gear can be easily accessed for routine service.”
The first thing you’ll notice upon entering the deckhouse is that the entire area is flooded
with natural light. There are 10 windows and two bronze portholes in the cabin sides, plus
the large glass area in the cabin aft door. There are four overhead skylights in the main
cabin, another in the foc’s’le and one in a combination head/shower space.
plus the large glass area in the cabin
aft door. There are four overhead skylights in the main cabin, another in
the foc’s’le and one in a combined
head/shower space. The flood of daylight gives the appearance of more
window glass than fiberglass in the
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The layout is typical for boats this
size; a dinette converts to a berth
along one side (in this case to port
and the galley along the starboard
side). There are two stainless sinks
with a central, single faucet, which
is an excellent feature. Once again
an indication that Ranger designers
are experienced boaters. The galley
also boasts a propane stove with an
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Wallas forced air diesel furnace, Garmin 5215
navigation package with radar, GPS, Sonar,
Garmin autopilot for those longer cruises, 4kw
Mase Generator, air conditioning and more.
oven, a built-in microwave, a 12-volt
refrigerator/freezer and a temperaturecontrolled wine cooler that holds six
bottles.
The forward cabin is bright and
very spacious for a vessel of this size
and comes complete with an island
berth, and a separate head complete
with a small vanity and shower. There
is ample storage space for a cruising
couple.
A second, midship berth is located under the dinette and immediately to port on entering the salon from
the cockpit. It’s not the usual dim,
cramped, space one typically finds in
a setup of this nature. It is larger and
brighter, and the double mattress is
large enough for an adult couple to
sleep comfortably.
The helm station is forward of the
galley, and a lookout seat is located
forward of the dinette. Visibility from
both seats is excellent all around.
A teak and holly cabin sole promises good wear, and the various items
of teak trim are well fitted.
CONSTRUCTION
POWER
The overall construction technique is modular
in design. This eliminates the use of wood for
stiffening. All bulkheads are fiberglass and
part of the interior module or deck. The hull is
hand laid solid fiberglass construction. They
do not use any coring in the hull or stringer of
the boat. The stringer system is a one-piece
fiberglass stringer (no wood) that is laminated
to the hull prior to the boat being removed
from the mold. This prevents the hull from
warping or deforming when removed from the
mold. Ranger uses vinylester resin on the
entire hull of the boat to prevent osmotic blistering. They even go as far as laminating solid
lead ingots into the stringer system to bolt the
engine to. This reduces vibration and noise
and will last forever.
Our test vessel was equipped with
a single 260 hp Yanmar 6BY2 inboard
diesel. This six-cylinder, 694-pound,
common-rail engine displaces only 183
cubic inches, yet at its continuous rating of 3600 rpm it produces 198 hp.
At that speed it’s still almost at the
top of its torque curve.
The engine is freshwater, heat
exchanger cooled and is also turbocharged and intercooled. It operated smoothly, starting quickly and
without smell or smoke. That really
should be no surprise since Yanmar
built one of the world’s first small commercial diesel engines 76 years ago.
They’ve had time to get it right.
Ranger Tugs
R29
SPECIFICATIONS
Length overall
w/swim step
Beam
Draft
Fuel main
Fuel aux
Water
Height on trailer
29 ft.
33 ft.
10 ft.
28 in.
120 gals.
30 gals.
70 gals.
13 ft., 2 in.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT
Yanmar 260 HP diesel engine, bow and stern
thruster for easy maneuverability,propane
stove/oven, 2,500 watt inverter (quiet 110
power when away from the dock),island master
berth, pilothouse door on starboard side for
easy access to the bow and tie lines, level entry
into the saloon from the cockpit w/no stairs,
midship berth with privacy door sleeps two,
large galley with plenty of storage, trailerable.
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT
BUILDER
RANGER TUGS, Kent, WA; (253) 839-5213;
www.rangertugs.com.
UNDER WAY
As expected with both a bow and
stern thruster, moving away from the
dock was no problem. At idle, 670 rpm,
the small trawler ghosted along at 3
knots, burning just less than half a gallon per hour. At 1000 rpm the vessel
made 4.5 knots, consuming .7 gallon
per hour. At 1750 rpm we were making 7.2 knots and burning 2 gallons
per hour.
At this speed I hauled out my deci-
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bel meter to conduct a noise test
(which is really unfair to small, lightly built trawlers). Vessels in this category don’t have either the space or
the weight allowance for a lot of sound
insulation or baffling. At 1750 revs the
noise level was 72 decibels — less than
the average radio — and much quieter than I expected.
At 2500 rpm we moved along at
9.7 knots and burned 4.7 gallons per
hour. At 3000 rpm our speed was 14
knots, and fuel burn was 7.3 gallons
per hour. At the engine's continuous
rating, 3600 rpm, we scooted along
at 18 knots burning 9.8 gallons per
hour.
At wide-open throttle — 4000 rpm
— we topped out at 22.5 knots and
were burning 12.7 gallons per hour.
All test speeds were GPS generated.
Sea conditions at the time of our
test were moderate and the vessel handled them well. We added in some
wake and found that, even with the
added wave height and sea confusion,
the vessel was stable, solid and well
behaved.
We took the way off, cranked the
helm hard over and slowly accelerated to full throttle while keeping the
helm hard over to port. The vessel
picked up a very slight list to starboard
until the engine reached about 1000
rpm and then flattened out and
leaned slightly to port as it dug into
the turn.
We straightened out and after
reaching full speed, cranked the helm
from hard port to hard starboard. The
vessel carved the turns cleanly, without fuss or muss.
IN SUMMARY
The R29 represents a good step up
from Ranger’s R25. It is economical,
capable of a good turn of speed and
handles well. The designers have
made smart use of space, and all equipment and gear can be easily accessed
for routine service.
The ability of the vessel to comfortably live on a trailer substantially reduces operating costs while at the
same time allows the vessel to be
towed to distant cruising grounds. Tow
vehicles get much better mileage
than boats. Overall the Ranger R29
will turn out to be a winner.
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