Ranger Tugs just launched its new R 25 trailerable pocket cruiser at the Fort Lauderdale show. This newest Ranger is powered by a single Yamaha 250-hp outboard and, like all Rangers, it’s packed with enough amenities to make cruising easy and fun.
Over the years, I’ve cruised on several Rangers in the Pacific Northwest. They’re made by Fluid Motion, based in Kent, Washington. It also makes Cutwater Boats, and it’s one of the most successful boat companies in recent times. I’ve always felt that each cruise ended much too soon, as Rangers (and Cutwaters) provide a lot of room and cruising comfort in their various size ranges.
The new 25 has an innovative swim platform that extends aft past the outboard motor, making it easy to step on the boat, board a dinghy or land a fish. You also can back into a dock without worrying about damaging the motor; it even has mini-fenders mounted aft for extra protection.
The salon has large windows and is filled with natural light. The dinette seats four and has a high-low table; it converts to a bed for two at night. A mid-cabin below the dinette sleeps two or can be used for extra storage. The forward dinette seat backrest flips to provide forward-facing seating underway. The aft dinette seats also flips to provide additional cockpit seating through the opening window hatch. The full galley is aft with an electric/alcohol stove, a fridge/freezer combo, a microwave and a sink with hot and cold water.
The master cabin forward has a large bed, opening hatches for ventilation, reading lights, a 19-inch TV/DVD, and a hanging locker. You also can use this cabin as a seating area with a table. It has an enclosed head, with an electric marine toilet and shower.
The new Ranger 25 is cruise ready, as are all Rangers, with a Garmin chartplotter with GPS, transducer and sonar, inverter, bow thruster, cockpit shower, Fusion stereo, and folding seats and a Bimini top in the cockpit.
It comes in two versions: The Luxury Edition has air conditioning, while the Northwest Edition has a diesel forced-air furnace and downrigger plugs and pads. Both have the same base price of $154,937.
Specs.: LOA: 29’6:; Beam: 8’6”; Draft: 2’10”; Disp.: 5,600 lbs.; Fuel: 100 gals.; Water: 34 gals.; Power: 1×250-hp Yamaha outboard. See the video below: