2018 Ranger Tugs R-27

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Boat Review by: Richard Crowder

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In 2015, BoatDealers.ca reviewed the new at that time, Ranger Tugs R-27. But it was a diesel powered inboard. The most obvious difference with this all-new for 2018 Ranger Tugs R-27 is that it is outboard powered with a standard Yamaha F300 electronically controlled outboard motor. The interior is also all-new for 2018 as are many standard and optional features. But rest assured, there is no mistaking that the Ranger Tugs new R-27 is still a Ranger Tug through and through.

The new R-27 still offers three private sleeping quarters, each able to accommodate two adults; the V-berth with its hi-lo convertible, hinged and sectioned solid wood inlaid table plus filler cushion, the salon four-seater convertible dinette with a hi-lo hinged table, and the mid-cabin occupying the space directly below the dinette.

To starboard a few steps down into the V-berth area is the enclosed, molded head compartment with standard electric toilet, integrated shower, vessel sink, storage, plus very attractive wood cabinetry, moulding, and accenting. Opposite the head on the port side is an open hanging locker plus additional V-berth storage plus a standard 19-inch TV/DVD. An opening, screened overhead foredeck hatch plus two opening screened hullside portlites provide cross-ventilation for the V-berth area.

From the full height opening door from the cockpit into the salon, the port side of the salon is all galley complete with lots of wood cabinets, drawers, plus storage plus standard refrigerator/freezer, sink, and a two burner propane stove and oven complete with two propane tanks in a dedicated and ventilated transom storage locker. A forward facing, double hinged single seat sits atop the counter above the refrigerator at the forward end of the galley providing a single forward-facing passenger seat.

Opposite, the double-wide hinged seatback of the dinette flips to become the backrest for the double-wide helm seat utilizing the forward most dinette seat cushion as the helm seat cushion. Quite ingenious actually and incredibly space-saving. The molded helm of the R-27 is gorgeous with its wood-grain panel faces plus the solid polished wood-rimmed with polished stainless steel spoked steering wheel. A digital Yamaha engine monitoring display is standard along with fuel-flow readout plus a VHF radio, compass, and a standard Fusion AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth capability, USB port, and six speakers.

Above the helm, the pilothouse roof features surrounding atrium windows, six opening screened hatches and surrounding the helm are opening side windows plus a unique curved two-piece windshield with a pair of standard wipers. Visibility from the helm and from anywhere within the salon is full 360-degrees. Curtains and window coverings are standard.

A starboard side full-height window just aft of the salon dinette opens fully into the cockpit and the aft most dinette seatback flips to allow aft-facing seating on the dinette providing direct access into the cockpit. A pair of two seater folding cockpit seats, one along the transom and the other on the aft port cockpit side serve a standard polished solid teak cockpit table. Centred on the top of the transom is a standard Kenyon electric grill. A starboard side transom entry door provides access to the full-width swim platform complete with boarding ladder.

Two very loaded factory option packages are offered. Both packages include batteries, an anchor package to use with the standard electric windlass, a navigation package including a Garmin 7612 in-dash chartplotter with depth/fishfinder plus radar and autopilot, swim platform safety rails, 140 Watt rooftop solar panel, and underwater lights. Then you choose either the Northwest Edition package which includes all of the above plus downrigger plugs and pads plus a diesel forced-air furnace heater. Or, choose the Luxury Edition package which includes the items above, but instead of the two Northwest Edition additions, includes instead reverse cycle heat and air plus a gas generator

There are several notable standard features that Ranger Tugs includes with the R-27 that are not normally found on other boats of this size. In addition to some of the unusual standards mentioned in the above text, others include trim tabs, bow thruster, cockpit shower, cockpit raw water washdown, hot water, sea water strainer, concealed ski tow, sport racks, transom sink, battery charger, cockpit bimini top, 2000 Watt inverter, fresh water level monitor, a vinylester hull barrier coating, a double-wide foldout bow seat, plus front window defrosters.

Other available and notable individual factory options include an aft cockpit sunshade, a Yamaha 9.9 hp kicker motor with tie bar steering, a cockpit refrigerator, and an aluminum, tandem axle trailer.

Fun and flexibility for the entire family. That’s the Ranger Tugs new R-27.

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Length: 31'4" 9.6 m
Beam: 8'6" 2.59 m
Dry weight: 7,000 lbs 3,175 kg
Draft: 2'9" 80 cm
Fuel Capacity: 150 US gals 568 L
Base Engine / Drive: Yamaha Outboard
Engine HP: 300
Fuel Type: Gas
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