Latest: Ranger Tugs-inspired Cruisers

Soundings.RangerTugs Fluid Motion, the designer and builder of Ranger Tugs, has introduced two semidisplacement pilothouse boats designed for cruising, fishing and overnighting. “The idea was to take one of the core strengths of Ranger Tugs, which is trailerability and the efficiency of one diesel engine, and add more speed, because the cruiser owner might want to run 30 mph or cruise at 25 mph,” says Mark Mansfield, national sales manager of the new division, Cutwater Boats. The first two boats in the lineup – the CW26 and CW28 – are trailerable and powered with a single Yanmar diesel. The 28′s 260-hp engine pushes it to a top speed of roughly 30 mph, with a cruise of about 25 mph. CW26 performance data was unavailable at press time. “Over the past six months, as I’ve gone to the boat shows, I can’t tell you how many boat owners I’ve met running twin gas engines who want to get out of that boat due to fuel-operating costs,” says Mansfield. “Everyone is looking at cost of ownership.” Designed by Fluid Motion owners Dave and John Livingston, these pocket cruisers combine a semidisplacement hull shape with reverse chines and a keel. The engine is mounted...

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