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Ranger R-25SC

Smallpower_06_insideNot all small boats revolve around being stripped down. Case in point is the Ranger R-25SC, a single diesel tug that can be equipped with creature comforts: - air conditioning, generator, watermaker - all the stuff you'll find on a much larger vessel.

The 25SC (Sport Cockpit) rides a displacement hull that has some deadrise aft, lending it semidisplacement characteristics. The vessel has a keel, but only has a 26-inch draft so owners are able to trailer it on a normal trailer - no special permit is needed to trailer the 25SC.

The R-25SC replaces the R-25, which was launched in 2006. The SC has a 25 percent larger cockpit, which means the entire engine is under the cockpit sole rather than under the aft section of the pilothouse sole.

The head with shower is abaft the galley and the helm is forward. The helm station has a large vertical panel for multiple electronics displays. The dinette area across from the galley/helm converts to a two-person berth. The forward V-berth is a step down from the pilothouse sole.

At about 16 mph - a comfortable cruise for the tug - the 150-hp Yanmar diesel burns from 3 to 4 gph for 4.6 mpg. Fuel capacity is 90 gallons, giving the 25SC a 331-mile range at this speed. The boat has a top speed of 22 mph.

The builder uses a lead backing to mount the engine to the stringers for strength and vibration reduction. The 25SC has a solid fiberglass hull with a vinylester resin skin coat. The decks are cored with PVC foam.

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