Jim and Lisa Favors from Traverse City, Michigan, are hardly new to cruising, or to Ranger Tugs, for that matter. They’ve been boating most of their lives and have completed the Great Loop once (plus many, many side trips), and they’ve trailered their red-hulled Ranger Tugs 27 Kismet all across the United States. But last winter they decided they wanted to move up a bit (and have room for visiting grandchildren), so they sold Kismet – and bought another Ranger Tug, this time a 29. They just took delivery of their new Ranger Tugs R29, also called Kismet, also with a red hull.
What happened next surprised the Favors. They took Ranger’s two-day orientation for new owners – and, despite all the nautical miles under their belts – they learned a lot. Fluid Motion, the parent company for Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats in Kent, Washington, just below Seattle, offers the “New Boat Delivery Experience” for all new owners. It’s tailored to meet each owner’s experience, but the Favors, despite owning their Ranger 27 for six years, said they got a lot of new information about their new 29.
In the two days, they went through a checklist covering every feature on the boat, including the Volvo engine, Garmin electronics and even the dinghy. After the sea trial, Lisa said the new 300-hp Volvo D4 “runs with authority.”
The Favors now plan to keep cruising throughout the United States, trailering their new Kismet behind their three-quarter ton GMC truck. We’ll be following them as they start their new adventures. Read more: