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Our Ranger 25 is well factory equipped with a Yanmar 4BY2 engine (875 hours), chartplotter with radar, a Mace Generator (222 hours), a renewed air conditioning (2016), range, and everything you might want to enjoy local cruising or the Great Loop.
She “lives” at a family-operated dry stack marina in Deerfield Beach. The folks there love her as much as we do’ she is washed each time we use her, waxed about once a month, and kept in as near new condition as possible. Everthing works! The interior was oxalic acid washed to remove the old oil when we “adopted” her. After removal, we stained the interior wood with teak stain and applied several coats of polyurethane varnish. In the process, all the dirt and mold that builds up during the normal life of the boat was removed and the fine teak interior was returned to the original appearance.
The console is well laid out, with a view of our last trip around the Little Loop, and each of the necessary instruments convenient to reach. The VHF has been upgraded and integrated with the chartplotter to show positions and names of nearby vessels.
The chartplotter can switch, easily, to a variety of displays, In this case, it is showing the engine revolutions, the fuel level, and the 879 hours on the engine.
The view from the Bridge is excellent, all around comfortable from the helm and a generous Admiral’s station.
We augmented the factory storage with two additional hatches from the same vendor. They can be used to increase the storage or, when guests are using the lower bunk, to add some light and ventilation to their sleeping space.
Visible in the background is the supporting leg for the table and the air conditioning inlet. We replaced the air conditioner with an identical unit in 2016. It cools the boat nicely and operates well on the factory Mace generator. We replaced the sea water strainers on both the air conditioner and the generator with the next larger size so they would operate better in dirty water.
The Shade Screens are our favorite addition to the boat. They provide a sliding combination screen and sun/light shade. Over our bunk, we start the night at full screen, sliding it as the evening goes on to avoid getting cold.
When we start the day, we slide the shade almost shut with the hatch open and get some cool breeze without any sunlight glare.
We use the shower on a daily basis. Over time our factory original teak oil finish began to discolor – as do all natural finish woods. I like the original soft glow of quality teak wood joinery. So, I treated all the surfaces with wood bleach until they were nearly white, stained them with quality teak stain, and varnished them with polyurethane. The surfaces look great and are nearly immune to daily use. Best, there is none of the moldy smell associated with boats!
The Mace 2.5 kW generator has 222 hours on it and starts and runs well. The 4BY2 Yanmar engine has been reliable, powerful at 150 HP, and fairly quiet. It drives the boat at an economical low cruise speed of about 7 knots and a moderately economical high cruise of about 14 knots with a top speed of just about 16 knots. It starts easily, is surprisingly easy to service and we trust it.
The batteries were refreshed in 2016 and inspected routinely. As delivered, the boat had a list to port since the 4 batteries and the generator are all on the same side. I moved the two house batteries to the starboard side so she sits level in the water. The trim tabs easily bring her to a level plane from about 9 or 10 knots and above depending on the chop and weather.