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Ranger Tugs Announces New Ranger 31′

New Ranger Tugs 31' Layout

New Ranger Tugs 31' Layout

New Ranger Tugs 31' Rendering

New Ranger Tugs 31' Rendering


Fluid Motion, LLC, designers and builders of the Ranger Tugs line of trailerable “pocket trawlers” this week announced a new flagship to the fleet — the Ranger 31′.  The new R31 will make its debut at the Seattle Boat Show from January 26 to February 5; followed by an expected East Coast debut at the Miami Boat Show, February 16-20.

I’ll include the text of the company’s press release below because it’s fact-heavy and promotion-moderate, but a few thoughts of my own first.  The R31 extends the fleet logically and will allow current and future Ranger Tugs owners to stay with the brand as their size requirements grow.  This is something of a Holy Grail for boat brands; a model lineup that allows the brand to keep its customers as their needs change.  The R31 includes a flybridge, which is new for the brand and will undoubtedly appeal to buyers in sunnier climes, while retaining the all-weather flexibility of the pilothouse helm station.

Here’s the press copy from Ranger Tugs:

“Kent, WA—Fluid Motion, LLC, the designers and builders of the popular line of Ranger Tugs have introduced the newest model in the fleet—the Ranger 31. The new R31 will debut this month at the Seattle Boat Show in the Stadium Exhibition Center, January 26-Feburary 5. Hull #2 is expected to make the East Coast debut at the Miami International Boat Show, February 16-20 at Sea Isle Marina on Biscayne Bay.

The R31 shares many of the features and qualities of her smaller sisterships but some notable additions to this larger model make her ideal for extended cruising while still being a trailerable trawler. The R31 is the first Ranger Tug to feature a flybridge equipped with electronic controls at both the upper and lower helm. The flybridge also retracts to allow for trailering the 31’. The builders at Ranger Tugs also equipped the foredeck with seating and a table that can be raised or lowered depending on whether the boat is under way or at anchor or dock for entertaining. In addition to the extra seating now available on the flybridge and foredeck the 31’ allows for a larger cockpit area with wraparound seating and extra seating that folds out of the gunwale. When not entertaining, seats are folded leaving the cockpit unencumbered.

The interior layout of the R31 features two staterooms—one large island berth forward with en suite head and a midship berth and day head. Those who are familiar with Ranger Tugs models will recognize the galley layout and lower helm station that maximize interior space. A starboard side door provides easy access from the lower helm to the side decks so crew can get to the bow for line handling.

“We’ve been working on the R31 for the last year,” shares Jeff Messmer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ranger Tugs. “While we do have owners that are eager to upgrade to a larger model, the R31 allows us to introduce Ranger Tugs to a set of boaters who prefer a mid-size cruising trawler. We’ve done well with our trailerable trawlers and we continue to increase sales of the R21, R25SC, R27 and R29. The R31 will help us grow even more.”

Like all Ranger Tugs, the new R31 comes essentially turnkey with standard features and equipment intended to make her owner’s experience hassle-free and allow for ease of handling and comfort under way. Standard equipment includes bow and stern thrusters, an optional aft steering station and a Volvo D4 300hp engine that achieves a 16 knot cruise speed.

Ranger Tugs are built at a dedicated facility in Kent, WA, where the company now also offers a new Factory Delivery program and a Destination Training Cruise for new owners. The first R31 will debut in Seattle Jan. 26-Feb. 5 and will be offered at a base price of $279,937. Ranger Tugs is now taking orders for the first R31s and the first boats will begin to ship to dealers this spring.

For more information, visit www.rangertugs.com or call 253-839-5213.”

 

Ranger Tugs 31 (R31) Specifications

LOA molded                                          31’

LOA rigged (with swim & pulpit)            35’2”

Beam                                                     10’0”

Draft                                                       28”

Fuel Capacity                                        180 U.S. gallons

Water capacity                                       80 U.S. gallons

Holding tank capacity                            40 U.S. gallons

Weight (Dry)                                          10,500              .

Engine                                                   Volvo D4 300hp

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

Nord Star 26 Should Be Your New SUV

Nord Star 26 Pocket Cruiser and Sport Utility Vessel

Nord Star 26 Pocket Cruiser and Sport Utility Vessel

There are not too many boats in this size category that truly work as cruisers, but the Nord Star 26 is the kind of marine SUV (Sport Utility Vessel) that can take a small family for nice summer cruises and be wildly entertaining in between.  It’s all made possible by the mad-crazy efficient layout of the boat and its powerful yet fuel-sipping Volvo diesel.  The fit and finish are equal to the best of old-world craftsmanship and the total package is the perfect way for a young family to get into cruising.

Nord Star 26 View Looking Forward

Nord Star 26 View Looking Forward

A little bit about the company, fromour July, 2009 feature on the Nord Star 31:

First, a little background on the Nord Star brand. These boats, which comprise a model line known fully as the Nord Star Patrol series, ranging from 24 feet to 40 feet, are built in Finland by parent company Linex-Boat Oy, the Lindkvist family-owned firm that has delivered more than 3,000 recreational, commercial and government-class vessels. The patriarch of the Lindkvist family started building wooden fishing and work boats in the 1920′s. Today’s modern fiberglass production facility is certified to the highest ISO 9001-2000 standards and the boats themselves meet the stringent CE Ocean Class B rating for offshore seaworthiness. That last standard means, among other things, that the boats will safely handle seas up to 13′ and winds in excess of 40 knots. Suffice it to say the boat can handle more than you can.

Nord Star Interior Looking Aft

Nord Star Interior Looking Aft

As I mentioned, the 26 reviewed here is probably the smallest cruising boat that can comfortably take a couple or young family on long weekend cruises. But it’s also the kind of boat that you will use not just for cruising but for fishing and regular day trips to your favorite gunkhole.  There’s a vee berth for two, along with a separate head compartment and a small but functional galley below. Ingenious layout in the main cabin includes convertible seating and hi-lo tables — all with a magnificent view.  You can see in the photos here that the company has devised a cool Bimini for the aft cockpit that shades but doesn’t get in the way.

I tested the boat over a couple of hours out of Mattituck Inlet on Long Island, New York. The head of Nord Star USA, John Uljens, brought the boat over from its base in Connecticut and we ran her through a series of test runs.  The Nord Star boats look like a cross between a pocket tug and a government patrol boat. It’s a unique look that draws attention at the dock. But don’t be misled — it’s all about form following function. The reverse rake to the windshield minimizes sun glare from outside and instrument glare from inside at night. The tall house and large windows open things up and make the cabin feel larger than it is.

The boat has a functional aft cockpit and an amazing swim platform that feels like it could host an entire picnic while on the hook.  There are wide side decks to make transiting forward and aft safe.

The performance of the boat is nothing short of impressive.  The modified-vee planing hull comes up out of the water quickly and with minimal bow rise. The Volvo diesel supplies fantastic torque all the way up the RPM curve, unlike a gas engine and within seconds you are skimming along the water in the mid-20 knot range.  There really isn’t any major noise at the helm. Decibel readings (A-levels) stayed below 80, which means low fatigue on longer transits.  A look at the photo below shows the insulated engine compartment hatch, and the roominess of the compartment itself.

 

Nord Star 26 Engine Compartment Showing Volvo D4 Diesel

Nord Star 26 Engine Compartment Showing Volvo D4 Diesel

 

 

Nord Star 26

Specifications

IMCI CE-B OFFSHORE  
Total length 8,4m (27’6”)
Total width 2,8m (9’2”)
Hull v-angle (stern) 18,3
Height in main cabin 1,9m (6’2”)
Transport Height (with cradle) 3,05m (10′)
Max. recommended nr. of persons 6
Max. recommended
propulsion power
298 kw
TANK SIZE CHART  
Water 100L (26 gal)
Septic 47L (12 gal)
Diesel 320L (84 gal)
LOADING  
Max. recommended loading 600 kg
(1323 lb)
WEIGHTS (average)  
Engine
Weight
Volvo Penta D4
3300 kg
(7275 lb)

John Uljens Demonstrates the Sunroof on the Nord Star 26

John Uljens Demonstrates the Sunroof on the Nord Star 26

A Working Bowsprit and Anchor Roller on the Nord Star 26

A Working Bowsprit and Anchor Roller on the Nord Star 26

Roomy Foredeck and Side Decks on the Nord Star 26

Roomy Foredeck and Side Decks on the Nord Star 26

Download the company brochure on the Nord Star 26 here.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats