Filed Under (Boat Reviews) by Debbie on 24-04-2008

While at the Seattle Boat Show we had the opportunity to talk with Jeff Messmer of Ranger Tugs.  Since my hubby and I are getting older, we wanted to look at boats that would allow us to cruise in comfort and be out of the weather when needed.  The Ranger Tugs R25 could possibly be the answer to the cruising boomer’s needs and is our “Cruising Boat of the Year” for 2008.

Ranger Tug R25

The Ranger 25 with a beam of 8′ 6″  is trailerable and means you can move her to the best cruising grounds each season.   Yes, I dream of blue water but I also know that many ‘armchair’ sailors will never cast off that line.  So, if you could hook up and drive to where you’d like to spend time, the chances are pretty good you’ll go.  Plus with a 26 inch draft you’ll be able to gunkhole to your heart’s content!  The R25 sports a Lewmar stainless 12v Windlass so you’ll be able to handle the ground tackel with ease.

A Yanmar 75hp  4-cylinder diesel engine is standard so you’ll have the power when you need it without sacrificing fuel efficiency, although if you prefer you can upgrade to your choice of: 

  1. Yanmar 110 HP Diesel

  2. Cummins 130 HP Diesel

  3. Cummins 150 HP Diesel

Starboard Galley

The cabin is comfortable and offers sleeping accommodtion for up to five.  The galley is to starboard and boasts sink, stove and fridge.  A full head with sink, shower and marine toilet is spacious and a welcome addition to this boats design.  The interior is light and bright with oversized windows and skylight hatches.  While aboard I could easily imagine sitting at the table with coffee in hand while on the hook in the San Juan’s.  One interior design feature I really liked was the flip around seat for dining or travel. 

Port dining 

The self-bailing cockpit offers plenty of room for relaxing or fishing, plus there is a full swim platform just aft of the transom door.  If this boat wasn’t already amazing enough you only need to cast your eyes upwards to find a smile spreading over your face.  The folks at Ranger Tugs have really given some thought to the needs of those who are looking to cruise.  The deckhouse top offers stowage for all your ‘got to have it stuff’ whether it’s a place for that bike, kayak or crab pot. 

If you are a ‘boomer’ getting ready to retire and spend some time cruising, you should give this boat a good look.  The Ranger Tugs R25 is small enough to tow to your dream loction or departure point and large enough to enjoy yourself once you arrive.  Best of all, she’s priced in a range that the average Joe/Jane boater can afford.  If you found this helpful, please remember I have a real estate license and if you’re going to buy or sell I’d love to refer a local agent for an interview.  It costs you nothing and if you use them, they pay me a percentage which helps me keep this blog on the web.  The Ranger Tugs R25 is our “Cruising Boat of the Year” 2008!

6 Comments posted on "Ranger Tugs R25"
teck penland on February 1st, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

I am a boomer getting ready to retire and just beginning to look for the right boat for the job. The Ranger Tug R25 sounds like it might be a possibility. Can you give me some info and where I might be able to see one.

Debbie on February 1st, 2009 at 8:46 pm #

Hey Teck,

The Ranger Tug R25 is a great little trailer-able boat especially as a new boat at that price.

I’ll send you a private email for some additional information to help me get you the right info. Thanks so much for visiting!

David Thompson on February 23rd, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

saw this boat in Seattle as well. Looks great – if anyone knows of any used ones to look at here in Canada, please let me know

Debbie on February 23rd, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

Hi David,

Thanks for visiting, sorry to have missed you at the boat show, we did stop by the Ranger display and really liked the 29. Our heart is still taken with the 25 however.

So, any one know where David might view one in Canada?

Paul Polk on July 3rd, 2010 at 4:22 am #

Have seen great write ups for the Ranger 25SC and the Nordic Tug 26 but never any direct comparison of the Rangers vs. the Nordic Tugs.
At first glance the Nordics seem somewhat pricier which would “infer” possibly higher build quality. Just wondering if anyone can comment on the two products lines. Thanks, Paul in VA

Debbie on July 13th, 2010 at 6:45 am #

Hi Paul,

Well, I’d thought maybe someone would have commented for you but not yet. I don’t know about the Nordic Tugs. There are a few in my club so I’ll try to talk with one of the owners and see what I can find out.

I was able to go on the Ranger at the Seattle boat show and was just very impressed with them. They aren’t real big inside but I like them and they fit on a trailer.

I’ll post up once I get to talk with one of the Nordic owners.

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