This Ranger Tugs R-23 is a must-see for buyers who want to get on the water. Handles well and is trailerable. Bow thruster, electric windlass, diesel furnace, 9.9hp. kicker, and much more. One owner, low hours. Ready for years of comfortable and safe cruising!
The new Ranger Tugs R-23 is a much-anticipated addition to award-winning lineup of Ranger Tugs. Powered by a standard 200hp Yamaha outboard (with 200 hours) the R-23 bridges the gap between the popular R-21 EC and R-25 SC models.
The forward cabin has plenty of room for sitting around the teak table, separate sleeping for two or sleeping two together with the filler-cushion. The mid berth is great for kids or storage, and the dinette converts to a sleeper as the third berth.
The well-appointed galley is standard with refrigerator/freezer, cooktop, and microwave. The forward head includes a marine toilet with holding tank, shower, sink, and mirror.
The Ranger Tugs R-23 is standard with Garmin 7610 GPS with Depth Sounder/Fish Finder and VHF to stay in touch, illuminated compass, cabin nightlight, cockpit and exterior side trail lighting, and a patented built-in safety trailering lights (brake, turn, and reverse) are all standard equipment making the R-23 ready to cruise.
The cockpit on the R-23 is built to fish and ready to entertain.
Batteries, AGM upgrade
Inverter 1500 Watt
Garmin 741X Navigation Package
Transom platform rails
Yamaha T9.9LP w/Tie Bar, Wireless Steering and Control Box
Downrigger Plates and Plugs
4x Rocket Launchers
Getting on board is safe and easy — a step from the dock to a swim step that is at about the same height above the water as the dock, and then through a transom gate into the very spacious cockpit. Optional staple-type safety rails on the swim step provide good handholds for boarding and are a convenient place to tie up a dinghy. Even with five people on board, the cockpit had plenty of room. It helps that the outboard is mounted on a bracket under the swim step, to keep the cockpit clear, which makes the R-23 a great fishing platform.
Access to the interior is through a glass bulkhead door. Two aft windows, one fixed and one that swings up, allow plenty of natural light into the deckhouse. There is great visibility directly from the helm seat into the cockpit. Opening overhead hatches and sliding side windows provide good ventilation. Along the port side is a raised dinette that seats four and can be converted to a berth. Under the dinette is a good storage space that could be used as a berth for smaller kids.
Accommodations forward are comfortable, featuring twin berths and a dropdown table that combines with the cushion insert to create a standard double V-berth. A pair of overhead hatches and hull windows make the space bright and cheery and allow for good ventilation. A small sink, complete with a pullout showerhead, and a mirror are to port, while a manual head is to starboard. A clever combination of companionway door and curtains allows for an inside shower.
The interior fit and finish through this small cruiser is good, and the materials selected — teak paneling and cabinetry, ebony vinyl flooring, vinyl Sunbrella upholstery and white gelcoat — make the interior very easy to keep clean.
Our test boat was equipped with the standard 200 hp Yamaha outboard. The award-winning, four-cycle, inline, four-cylinder, 2.8L engine popped the R-23 quickly onto plane and we soon spooled up to wide-open throttle of 5500 rpm, which gave us a top speed of 31.3 knots. At that speed, we were getting 1.6 nautical miles per gallon. At a comfortable cruise of about 23 knots (4400 revs), we were getting 2.4 mpg — good mileage for this type of boat. We had five people on board, so we were well loaded down, yet both speed and fuel mileage were excellent given the boat’s load. The outboard-powered Ranger has plenty of space below the cockpit for a small generator.
The R-23 handled very well during our entire test. It responded quickly and immediately to all helm inputs, and the Laminar Flow Interrupters really showed their value during tight turns at speed. Boats with “normal” absolutely smooth bottom construction tend to “bog down” in tight turns at speed. With the drag reduced by the introduction of air created by the Interrupters, the bog-down effect was greatly reduced.