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Our Ranger 25 is well factory equipped with a Yanmar 4BY2 engine (1000 hours), Garmin chartplotter with radar, a Mace 2.5 kW Generator (rebuilt 2018), new air conditioning (2016), range, and everything you might want to enjoy local cruising or the Great Loop.
She “lived” for years at a family-operated dry stack marina in Deerfield Beach until rising water levels made it hard to get under a bridged and forced us to move to a slip in Del Ray.. The folks at Pennel’s loved her as much as we do’ she is washed each time we use her, waxed frequently, and kept in as near new condition as possible. Everything 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 to be the original color 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 to include an AIS receiver 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 hours on the engine.
The view from the Bridge is excellent, all around comfortable from the helm and a generous Admiral’s station. The added front window tinting keeps the glare to a minimum without impeding forward vision.
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 2.5 kw generator (rebuilt in 2018). 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 for all the hatches. 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. The integral screen in each hatch protects the part not covered by the shade.
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. The wood was bleached, stained, and sealed with several oats of varnish. I like the original soft glow of quality teak wood joinery.
The surfaces look great and are nearly immune to the wear of daily use. Best, there is none of the moldy smell associated with boats!
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.
Both the engine and generator compartments have additional soundproofing to help control the Diesel noise.
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 thruster battery was moved forward to better balance the load and supply more power to the forward thruster and the windless. In the process, the two non-standard thruster fuses were replaced with easily reset Blue Sky circuit breakers.
The trim tabs easily bring her to a level plane from about 9 or 10 knots and above depending on the chop and weather. They have been coated with Prop-Speed as has the rudder and propeller. This reduces the need for underwater cleaning and improves the speed slightly.