The new Ranger Tug 31 is the latest addition to the fleet of mid-sized, trailerable trawlers built by Fluid Motion in Kent, Washington. This newest model shares many of the features and qualities of her smaller sisterships but there are some notable additions to this larger model that make her ideal for extended Chesapeake Bay cruising while still being a trailerable trawler.
The R31 is the first Ranger Tug to feature a flybridge equipped with electronic controls at both the upper and lower helm. The flybridge also retracts to allow for trailering the 31’. The builders of Ranger Tugs also equipped the foredeck with seating and a table that can be raised or lowered depending on whether the boat is under way or at anchor or dock for entertaining. In addition to the extra seating now available on the flybridge and foredeck the 31’ allows for a larger cockpit area with wraparound seating plus extra seating that folds out of the gunwale. When not entertaining, seats are folded leaving the cockpit unencumbered.
The interior layout of the R31 features two staterooms—one large island berth forward with en suite head and a midship berth and day head. If you are familiar with Ranger Tugs, you will recognize the galley layout and lower helm station that are designed to maximize interior space. A starboard side door provides easy access from the lower helm to the side decks so crew can get to the bow for line handling.
The new R31 comes essentially turnkey with standard features and equipment intended to make her owner’s experience hassle-free and allow for ease of handling and comfort under way. Standard equipment includes bow and stern thrusters, an optional aft steering station and a Volvo D4 300hp engine that achieves a 16 knot cruise speed. The Chesapeake Edition of the R31 also comes standard with the most popular options selected by Chesapeake Bay cruisers such as air conditioning and an autopilot.
- Flybridge with dual station electronic controls
- Pilothouse door at helm for easy access to the bow
- Bow and stern thruster for easy maneuverability
- Two staterooms, with dinette, sleeps six
- Forward stateroom with an island berth, en suite head and shower
- Midship stateroom with double berth and day head
- 15+ knot cruise speed
- Trailerable (Flybridge retracts for trailering)