Chesapeake Ranger Tugs News
Chesapeake Ranger Tugs Under New Ownership
Fluid Motion has announced a transition in the representation of its Ranger Tugs dealership in the Chesapeake region which will provide many benefits to the area’s trailerable yacht enthusiasts. Mark and Tony Schulstad, owners of Mass Enterprises and Cutwater Marine Sales have acquired Chesapeake Ranger Tugs formerly owned by Chuck Wistar. Cutwater Marine Sales is part of a yacht dealership based in Grasonville, MD, and Mark will retain the Chesapeake Ranger Tugs office in Annapolis, MD. Both locations will give customers access to Ranger Tug and Cutwater Yacht models.
New Ranger 31' Debuts
Many who visit Rangers at boat shows, online, or in person ask if a larger Ranger is in the works. Well, here it is! Ranger Tugs has responded to a lot of input from customers and prospects, looking for a larger, roomier, and even better performing Ranger Tug.
The answer is the Ranger 31’, equipped with a flybridge for the first time. This yacht has all the quality fit and finish Ranger Tugs is noted for, and as usual features an extensive list of standard features as well as a list of options to let an owner customize his Ranger to his specific cruising needs.
The Ranger 31’ is trailerable. She has two heads and the cockpit is huge with seats that fold out for an expanded entertainment area. On the foredeck, seating with a table extends the entertaining options.
Chesapeake Ranger Tugs’ Spring Open House
April 2-3, 2011 Features All Chesapeake Ranger Tugs Models
Chesapeake Ranger Tugs will host their spring open house April 2-3, 2011, at the Bert Jabin Yacht Yard located at 7310 Edgewood Road, Annapolis, Maryland. The Open House will feature all Ranger Tugs models—the R21, R25, R27 and R29—all of which embody the Ranger Tugs core value of being efficient diesel cruising vessels. Chesapeake Ranger Tugs is the dealer for the popular trailerable vessels and has a special Chesapeake Edition of the R29 and R27 outfitted with the Bay cruiser in mind.
The Revolutionary Ranger Tug: R27 is Adventure Ready!
Cruising alongside an R29 through the waters of British Columbia, PassageMaker Magazine editor, John Wooldridge, had an opportunity to compare--and enjoy--the features of the R27 and R29. His experience easily went from one of comparison to one of complete understanding of the capabilities of the R27 and all it allows cruisers to do. Equipped with solar panels, a watermaker, portable freezer, kayaks and a dinghy, the boat handled off-the-grid cruising like any capable trawler. An efficient hull design in combination with fuel-efficient equipment made moving from one remote anchorage to the next a non-event. Click here to read John's complete experience including his review of the boat's performance, equipment and layout.
Ranger Tug 27: Gulf Island Getaway
In the December 2010 issue of Motor Boating magazine, Peter Janssen discovers that the R27 proves to be an ideal platform for a short cruise through the Canadian Gulf Islands. He had the opportunity to pilot a new R27 from Nanaimo, British Columbia, to Anacortes, Washington, and was able to put the boat through her paces all the while following an R29 on the 100 mile cruise. From the Garmin electronics to the amount of living space on board to the ability to trailer the boat, Peter was both pleasantly surprised and comfortable during his time aboard. Click here to read the full article and picture yourself with a similar, Chesapeake-style adventure!
Ranger Tugs Second Annual Rendezvous
12/15/10 Ranger Tugs hosted the second annual Owners Rendezvous for Ranger Tugs owners and their crew at the Port of Bremerton Marina in Washington. The company welcomed 42 boats in September, 10 more than the number that attended the inaugural event in 2009, according to the builder.
Based on the popularity of the event, Ranger Tugs is already planning for next year. The event again will be in Bremerton and will be held Sept. 9-11. Registration is available on the owners' group website. The 2011 goal is to welcome 75 boats and their owners and crew.
Highlights this year included a Tug Crawl - an open house that allows owners to see models of all sizes and share insights and ideas on equipment, decor and other touches. The weekend included several educational opportunities.
Ranger 27 Featured in Latest Motor Boating Magazine
11/20/2010 The December issue of Motor Boating Magazine has a feature article on the new Ranger 27. A great writeup on a cruise aboard in the Pacific Northwest. Almost reads like a cruising guide, but there's plenty of insight into the design and features that make the Ranger 27 so instantly popular. To read it, click here.
Ranger Sales Success
11/1/2010 The fall show season has been a resounding success witht the sale of a Ranger 29, three Ranger 27s, and a Ranger 21. The 29 and 21 are being delivered now and the 27s are in the production schedule for spring arrival. Until Thanksgiving, the boat show special incentives remain in effect. Contact us now for more details. Or call Chuck or John at 410-280-5688.
Ranger 29 Featured in Chesapeake Bay Magazine
11/15/2010 - The December issue of Chesapeake Bay Magazine carries a feature article on the Ranger 29. Written by Capt. John Martino after some runs on the Severn River with Chuck Wistar, the clear message is that the 29 packs a ton of thought and features into a boat also hailed for its value. For the full article, click here.
New Ranger 27 Delivered!
9/7/10 The first Ranger 27 in this region was delivered last Friday and visited for inspection and sea trials already. There will be an open house between 10am and 2pm on Saturday - please call to reserve a time slot. You'll be welcome aboard to inspect and trial this great new addition to the Ranger Tug fleet! She will be presented in TrawlerFest and the Annapolis Power Boat Show.
See the new Ranger 27 here!
8/23/2010 - The first Ranger 27 on the east coast is arriving right now! It combines the very best features of the classic Ranger 29 and the Ranger 27SC plus some innovations not found in either. Many more details including a video tour, specs, and a description of our unique "Chesapeake Edition" are available - just click here.
We have schedule an open house on Saturday, September 11 and can schedule a specific appointment with you between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to see it.
R25 "Bay Ranger" Blog
8/9/2010 - Ed and Elaine Henn are taking a grand tour of the Canadian canal and river systems in their dependable Ranger 25 this summer - from Annapolis to Ottawa and many stops in between. One winter ago they cruised from their home in Annapolis all the way to Sarasota, FL. Great cruisers on a great cruising Ranger Tug.
Follow their blog on Tugnuts - click here. If you are not a member of the Ranger owners and enthusiasts group, you can register for free, get a Ranger Tug hat, and enjoy all that is shared on the site.
New Ranger 27 Video
8/1/2010 A new video tour of the Ranger 27 is now available. Click here!
Chesapeake Ranger Tugs Introduces the New Ranger R27
7/7/2010: Chesapeake Ranger Tugs is proud to announce the all new Ranger Tugs R27, a fully-equipped cruising vessel that continues the Ranger Tugs tradition of creating trailerable seaworthy tugs. “Ranger Tugs has done it again,” says Chuck Wistar of Chesapeake Ranger Tugs. “The new R27 is the perfect choice for cruising in this region thanks to its shallow draft, comfortable interior, and solid engineering. This is one great trailerable tug.”
The R27 shares many of the same characteristics as her larger sistership, the Ranger 29, and hits the mark with an attractive design and technical upgrades. The new R27 features an expanded cockpit and aft deck or “back porch.” With nearly 50 square feet, it provides 25% more cockpit space than the popular Ranger 25. Comfort and convenience are not compromised; the new layout offers easy access to a standard 180hp Yanmar diesel while removing engine noise from the cabin.
6/30/2010: A 135 watt solar panel, mounted on the cabin top, is now available for the Ranger 25, 27, and 29. It will keep the house bank up while at anchor, and in combination with the standard inverter on the 27 and 29 will extend the usable time on your entertainment systems and other electrical appliances.
It fits nicely on the standard overhead racks and is compatible with the kayaks and other things commonly stored by Ranger owners.
A Nice Ranger 27 Article Published
6/27/2010 Oceanlines, a widely read e-newsletter, just published an article on the new Ranger 27. You can read it if you click here.
Another Ranger Delivered
6/17/2010 Just before Father' Day a new Ranger 21 was delivered to the home of Dr. John Muhr in Havre de Grace, MD. John will be using for a lot of local socializing, visiting the many nearby destinations in this wonderful region where the Susquehanna River flows into and expands to form the Chesapeake Bay. Fair winds, John!
Coming Soon - Ranger 27
5/18/2010 The Ranger 27 is being introduced this week at TrawlerFest in Anacortes, WA. Contact us for a preview!
Ranger 29 at Yacht Collection Sale
A new show, the Annapolis Yacht Collection Sale, will feature over 60 boats in the water at Chesapeake Harbour Marina this weekend, May 1-2. A Ranger 20 will be presented for your inspection. If you'd like more details, contact us - particularly if you're planning to attend. We welcome your visit.
Bay Bridge Boat Show
4/26/2010 The Bay Bridge Boat Show, 4/22-25 was a great success. There are new Ranger 21 and Ranger 25 owners now scheduling deliveries!
Rangers Ready for Sea Trials
3/10/2010 - We finally got the snow shoveled off and launched our Ranger Tugs. In the sea trials we ran, their performance was excellent – sometimes even exceeding the factory-provided specs. She turned out to be impressively stable in beam seas and remarkably quiet. The standard bow and stern thrusters took all the adventure out of docking!
NEW! Ranger 25 Sport Cockpit
March 9, 2010 - Ranger has announced a new model of the popular Ranger 25 - the Sport Cockpit option. The Ranger 25 SC features a larger cockpit - a full 49 s.f. - making it even more friendly to the fisherman and to those who savor ourdoor leisure and activities. All this is done with a 14" expansion of the cockpit with a similar shortening of the galley counter which still provides plenty of room for cooking and entertaining.
For those seeking a bit more exterior room, the best news is that the Ranger 25 SC is actually a bit lower in base price than the traditional Ranger 25. The new model was introduced at the Seattle Boat Show and if you'd like a video tour you can click here --> to See the video.
For more information, Contact Us!
3/1/2010 - Time to go boating - snow's gone (mostly) - and the Rangers are ready. Today we splashed our Ranger 25. She fired right up and after some cleaning will be ready for visits from prospective Ranger owners. Let us know if you'd like to visit us and try a Ranger on for size.
Jabin's Yacht Yard in Annapolis is the new home for the tugs themselves. It is nearby our offices and convenient for taking short demonstration runs. Today we took a demonstration run from the Travel Lift pit to a slip - probably all of 100 yards as you can see from the track on the Garmin plotter, but she ran great. We'll do some more serious shaking down this week.
2/7/10 You may have heard - we had a bit of snow over the weekend. Our Tugs are none the worse for wear - turns out they are watertight from the top down as well as from the bottom up. That is a good thing.
Team Chesapeake Ranger dug out the cockpits to deal with the inevitable thaw and freeze behavior of Mother Nature, and to prepare for another 6-12" forecast in the next two days.
Baltimore Boat Show
Chesapeake Ranger Tugs Appointed New Dealer for Chesapeake Bay Region
For Immediate Release
January 12, 2010
Annapolis, MD—Ranger Tugs of Kent, WA, has appointed a new dealership for the popular trailerable boats for the Chesapeake Bay region. Chesapeake Ranger Tugs, located in Annapolis, Maryland, will be responsible for promoting, selling, and managing the commissioning and service of the Ranger Tugs line of boats for small trawler aficionados throughout the area.
Built in the U.S. at the company’s factories in Kent and Monroe, WA, Ranger models include the Ranger 21, the Ranger 25, and the new Ranger 29. All models are trailerable making them ideal for exploring the many regions of the Chesapeake Bay—and beyond—and the new Annapolis dealer is well situated to cater to customers throughout the region. Mark Mansfield, Sales Director for Ranger Tugs, says, “We are excited to have Chesapeake Ranger Tugs on board. We think it’s a perfect cruising ground for these small trawlers and look forward to growing their presence in the area through Chesapeake Ranger Tugs.”