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POWER REVIEW | RANGER TUGS R-23

A Special Boat
That Defies Being Categorized

Photo courtesy of Ranger Tugs

By | Andy Adams

At the boat shows, the Ranger Tugs' classic tugboat lines
always grab the crowds, with the wives and children most
likely to want to stop and have a better look. Well, they
should, because the Ranger Tugs R-23 deserves a second
look...a long look in fact.
Yes, it's really a "personality" boat that looks great out on
the water, and it will turn heads and start conversations at
the gas docks, the locks, or just about anywhere boaters congregate, but the Ranger Tugs R-23 is far more than just cute.
Specifically, it's a 23 footer (27' 8" including the swim platform), on an 8' 6" beam that has three separate sleeping
areas; a head; a galley where you really can make a meal; side
decks you can walk around; ground tackle for mooring out;
several roof and deck hatches for light and ventilation; at the
stern, a good sized cockpit for fishing or relaxing; a transom
door leading to a swim platform; and finally, our test boat
actually had two engines: A Yamaha F200 as the main engine
and a Yamaha F9.9 as a trolling motor that can get you home
if the main were to fail.
Plus...the whole thing is trailerable. With a regular pickup truck and the optional factory aluminum trailer, you can
take this pretty well anywhere. Keep it at Lefroy Harbour

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Resorts on Lake Simcoe, drive it to the Rideau in a day and
cruise that, cruise the Thousand Islands, go to Montreal...go
just about anywhere.
Ranger Tugs has a selection of models up to 31', and the
R-23 happens to be one of the smallest, but all are trailerable, fuel efficient, and capable of cruising for days or even
longer. Many have been bought by people who wanted to do
the Great Loop - down the Mississippi from the Great
Lakes, through the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, up the
Intracoastal Waterway, up the New York Canal, back into the
Great Lakes at Lake Ontario, to Trenton and up the Trent
Severn Waterway, back out to Georgian Bay and the Great
Lakes again.
This boat can do that.
EXTERIOR FEATURES
Starting at the bow, the R-23 has a sturdy and high bow rail
surrounding a reasonably large forward deck that includes an
anchor locker, a Lewmar electric windless, and an anchor in
a chute. A classic stainless-steel cutwater adorns the bow,
but also protects the fiberglass from the anchor as you are
hauling it in. Handholds on the cabin roof help you to get

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2018

At the Helm: Christmas in June
Travel Destination: Killarney - Killarney Mountain Lodge and the spectacular surrounding cruising offer endless adventures for boaters of all sizes. With all the recent renovations and additional amenities now available, you should give some serious consideration to adding the area to your 2018 ship’s log. By Jennifer Harker
Sail Review: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490
Travel Destination: B.C. Gulf Islands - Now, there is no ice cream as delicious as the ice cream you can buy when your vessel is at anchor. As we prepared to sail further into the Gulf Islands, I was dying to find out what excitement in ice cream lay ahead of us. By Catherine Dook
The Port Hole: June 2018
Club Profile: Bay of Quinte Yacht Club - Bay of Quinte Yacht Club caters to the interests of both sail and power boats and their crews, who enjoy cruising, racing and the camaraderie of the social scene at the Long Reach Bar. By Katherine Stone
Power Review: Ranger Tugs R23
DIY/Tech: Pyrotechnic Distress Flares vs. Electronic Distress Strobes - Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares have only been introduced in the last couple of years - and they aren't CCG approved for use in Canada. But which one is best? And when should you signal for help? By Andy Adams
Life Onboard: The Galley Guys and Our Little Secret
Crossing the Line: BVI Un-trashed
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Intro
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Cover2
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - At the Helm: Christmas in June
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Travel Destination: Killarney - Killarney Mountain Lodge and the spectacular surrounding cruising offer endless adventures for boaters of all sizes. With all the recent renovations and additional amenities now available, you should give some serious consideration to adding the area to your 2018 ship’s log. By Jennifer Harker
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Sail Review: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Travel Destination: B.C. Gulf Islands - Now, there is no ice cream as delicious as the ice cream you can buy when your vessel is at anchor. As we prepared to sail further into the Gulf Islands, I was dying to find out what excitement in ice cream lay ahead of us. By Catherine Dook
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - The Port Hole: June 2018
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Club Profile: Bay of Quinte Yacht Club - Bay of Quinte Yacht Club caters to the interests of both sail and power boats and their crews, who enjoy cruising, racing and the camaraderie of the social scene at the Long Reach Bar. By Katherine Stone
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Power Review: Ranger Tugs R23
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - DIY/Tech: Pyrotechnic Distress Flares vs. Electronic Distress Strobes - Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares have only been introduced in the last couple of years - and they aren't CCG approved for use in Canada. But which one is best? And when should you signal for help? By Andy Adams
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Life Onboard: The Galley Guys and Our Little Secret
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Crossing the Line: BVI Un-trashed
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