Ranger Tugs 25 Photo

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

New Ranger Tugs Available for Sea Trial

Ranger Tugs R-25 Trailerable Pocket Trawler

Ranger Tugs R-25 Trailerable Pocket Trawler

Two prominent Ranger Tugs dealers in the Northeastern U.S. have 2010 models of Ranger Tugs available for sea trials this weekend. Wilde Yachts in Essex, CT, is having an open house this weekend (March 13 and 14) and has the R-21 and R-29 available, as well as the Nordic Tugs 32 and NT-37. Essex is offering 3 years of free dockage and winter storage on some of the models, as well as special incentives and financing. There will be a Ranger Tugs factory rep on-hand, as well. The open house runs from 9-4 each day.

Chesapeake Ranger Tugs in Annapolis has all three Ranger Tugs models available for sea trial — the R-21, R-25 and R-29. Chesapeake is the newest Ranger Tugs dealer in the region and is owned by Chuck Wistar, who is also the owner of the successful Selene Annapolis dealership. Chesapeake Ranger’s formal open house is set for May 15-16, but the boats are in the water now and ready to go.

If you haven’t checked out the Ranger Tugs line yet and you’re looking for a “pocket trawler,” you need to do so. These are truly trailerable trawlers and feature modern, high-tech diesels that sip their fuel and features that make them perfect for overnight cruising in coastal waters. We’ve written about them here on OceanLines.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Industry News, Passagemaking News, People, Powerboats