Here you’ll find every scrap of info I can find on your boat. How she is built, how to fix her up and how to improve on what is already great. Thanks to the generous efforts of Ken Wheeler, the former production manager on the Ranger 26 at the Kent factory, who has opened his archive of knowledge, I have many technical drawings, sketches, descriptions and suggestions to help us keep the fleet “together” as it were.
Ranger 26 Specifications
|Boat Model:||Ranger 26|
|Length on Deck (LoD):||24.75 ft|
|Length at Waterline (LWL):||22 ft|
|Sail Area (SA):||320 ft2|
|Displacement (Weight):||4750 lbs|
Mast Raising & Lowering Instructions
Several skippers that have purchased a used Ranger 26’s have asked about the proper steps for raising and lowering the mast. Below are the manufacturer provided instructions.
Personally, I’ve never done it quite this way, but it does work and is probably a bit safer than my “approved” method of putting a snap block on the bowsprit attachment point (the one furthest back from the bow) and then running a long line from the bow stay (tied with a bowline through the turnbuckle), through the block and back to the cockpit wench. I then have a couple of conscripted sailors dead lift the mast by brute force (much grunting and complaining is often heard) into the upright position on the house top mast step, while a higher ranking officer mans the wench to keep tension on the line and act as a safety in case one or more of the sailers gets distracted by a pint of grog mid lift! Once the the mast is up, I secure the bow stay with a clevis pin and then proceed to tighten the stays and tune the rigging while the sailers lay prostrate on the deck, dock or just float off with the current.
Jiffy Reefing Diagram
The Ranger 26 Doesn’t come with a Jiffy Reefing option, but many skippers have added Jiffy Reefing to their boats, and for good reason. Jiffy Reefing lets you drop your sail and keep it all tidy and easy to bungee up for storage on the boom. No more epic sail verses man battles on the high sea!
Probably the one Achilles heel of the Ranger 26 is the centerboard design. What is great about it is that you can pull it up when in 28″ of water, lower it part way when reaching, and put it all the way down to assist when pointing. This humble little swing board turns the ranger from a wallowing sow into a reasonable performer when sailing or even close quarters maneuvering. It also has been know to fall out and disappear. Not many, but a couple times Ranger skippers have found themselves dragging their board, or even losing it altogether. Not fun, but not insurmountable to repair or replace. Here age drawings that will help you do so if you ever find your self up the creek without a centerboard.