Cutwater 28

Ranger Tugs, Cutwater Buyers Can Get Garmin Factory-Installed

Ranger Tugs 25SC Helm Featuring Garmin Electronics

Ranger Tugs 25SC Helm Featuring Garmin Electronics

Fluid Motion, the company that builds Ranger Tugs and the new Cutwater fast pilothouse boats said this week it has a deal with Garmin to provide that company’s marine electronics as factory-installed packages on both lines of boats.  Of course, if you don’t want Garmin gear, you can certainly order your boat without but I think there are some good reasons to consider going with the factory deal.

Garmin has been the up-and-comer in marine electronics over the past several years.  Interestingly, they’ve owned the general aviation  market for navigation and flight displays for many years and when they decided to get into marine electronics they brought some innovative stuff to the market, including the touchscreen.  In fact, here at OceanLines, we did a series on the hypothetical outfitting of a new Kadey-Krogen 55′ Expedition with a full suite of electronics and the package Garmin submitted was, arguable, the most compelling of all the manufacturers.

The packages that Ranger Tugs and Cutwater will be offering may or may not be as cheap as you can buy and install on your own (okay, they probably won’t be…), but you’ll be getting a package fully tested in your boat and, hopefully, well integrated into the specific systems on your boat.

At next week’s Seattle Boat Show, for example, you will be able to see the brand new Cutwater 26 and 28 outfitted with Garmin’s GPSMAP 5212, along with the GMR 18HD radar, GSD 22 digital sonar, GXM 51 XM satellite weather/audio antenna and VHF 200 radio.  That’s a nice 12-inch touchscreen display, with a great radar, sounder and live weather overlay capability.  And that radio can be augmented with up to 3 wireless, full-function handsets, so you could put an extra one in the cockpit.

And on the subject of system integration, all boats in both lines, except for the Ranger Tugs 21EC, can accept the Garmin GHP 10 autopilot, which features what the company calls “Shadow Drive” technology that automatically disengages the autopilot if the helm is turned, a nice feature I wish I’d had on my Robertson AP.

On the Ranger Tugs line, there are also options for the GPSMAP5215, a 15-inch touchscreen, the GPSMAP 740 and the AIS 600.  If you do any extensive cruising in your Ranger Tug, an AIS unit is an important piece of safety gear.  Yes, I know, commercial craft are often filtering Class B AIS transponder traffic, but you can still see them and if you’re doing what you should be as far as watchstanding, that’s better than neither of you seeing each other.  Read the final word on this at Ben Ellison’s PANBO.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Electronics, Powerboats, Technology

Cutwater is New Brand of Fast Cruisers from Ranger Tugs Builder

Rendering of New Cutwater 28 Fast Cruiser

Rendering of New Cutwater 28 Fast Cruiser

Cutwater Boats is the new brand from Fluid Motion, LLC, the designers and builders of the popular Ranger Tugs. The first two models out of the yard in Monroe, Washington, will be the Cutwater 26 and Cutwater 28, express-style, diesel-powered fast cruisers capable of up to 25 knots.  The company said Mark Mansfield has been chosen to serve as national sales manager for Cutwater Boats.  Here’s a description from the press release issued by the company on Friday:

Cutwater Boats are ideal for couple’s cruising with a full beam v-berth master stateroom and en suite head. The living area of saloon, galley and helm are all in the pilothouse space with 360-degree visibility through quality Diamond/Sea-Glaze windows. The saloon and cockpit are on the same level allowing for ease of movement from one space to the next which are separated by a weathertight hinged door. The forward windows are raked so water easily streams off and for better visibility when running at speed. Cutwater Boats also come standard with bow and stern thrusters for ease of operation and maneuverability.

From the innovative hull shape to reliable standard equipment and a practical interior layout, Cutwater Boats are a multi-purpose design for inland and coastal cruising. A functional cockpit includes aft seating with storage underneath and boarding access via a molded-on swim platform. The standard Yanmar diesel engine is housed under the cockpit sole and under deck compartments also store an optional Mase diesel generator plus provide ample storage.

Rendering of New Cutwater 26 Fast Cruiser

Rendering of New Cutwater 26 Fast Cruiser

The boats use a unique stepped-hull with a keel for speed and stability. According to Cutwater, “The Keel Stepped Hull is a blend of a semi-displacement hull shape with reverse chines and a keel which provides superb handling performance. A high pressure bump in the hull allows the engine to be mounted low in the hull contributing to a low center of gravity and when combined with the prop pocket keeps the Cutwater’s draft at just 28 inches. The low engine mount also creates a shallow six degree shaft angle allowing for more net thrust with less horsepower which translates into greater fuel efficiency. This combination of design details contributes to stability, speed and fuel economy.”

Layout of the new Cutwater 28 Fast Cruiser

Layout of the new Cutwater 28 Fast Cruiser

Layout of the new Cutwater 26 Fast Cruiser

Layout of the new Cutwater 26 Fast Cruiser

You can see that the principle difference between the two boats is the length of the aft cockpit.  The company said both boats will make their debut at the Seattle Boats Afloat Show in January and the Miami Boat Show in February. Among the standard features are standard bow and stern thrusters.  When you consider the fact that they’re both trailerable, there will bring a lot of flexibility to cruising couples by greatly expanding the range of operation possible from a chosen splash point.  I’m looking forward to seeing these two in-person, hopefully at the Miami Show.

Here are the specs for the first two boats:

Cutwater 26 (CW26)
Specifications

LOA molded                                              25’ – 7”
LOA rigged (with swim & pulpit)                30’ – 1”
Bridge clearance (with folded mast)           9’ – 1”
Beam                                                            8’ 6”
Draft                                                                28”
Fuel Capacity                                80 U.S. gallons
Water capacity                              40 U.S. gallons
Holding tank capacity                    30 U.S. gallons
Weight (Dry)                                            5,900lbs.
Engine                                 Yanmar 4BY2 180 HP
Base Price                                              $139,937

Cutwater 28 (CW28)
Specifications

LOA molded                                             28’ – 0”
LOA rigged (with swim & pulpit)              32’ – 4”
Bridge clearance (with folded mast)         9’ – 1”
Beam                                                            8’-6”
Draft                                                               28”
Fuel capacity                              100 U.S. gallons
Water capacity                             40 U.S. gallons
Holding tank capacity                   30 U.S. gallons
Weight (Dry)                                           6,400lbs.
Engine                                Yanmar 6BY2 260 HP
Base Price                                              $169,937

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats