Ranger Tugs-inspired Cruisers

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.

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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 deep in the hull to keep the center of gravity low and the draft shallow, says Mansfield. The engine location also allows a 6-degree shaft installation.

The skipper pilots from a starboard-side helm, and the boats include such cruising amenities as a

V-berth master stateroom, a galley and a head with stand-up shower. The Cutwater 26 and 28 come with an impressive list of standard equipment, including a windlass, bow and stern thrusters and a spotlight, says Mansfield. A genset is optional. The CW28 has an aft steering option.

Both the CW26 and CW28 have 8-foot, 6-inch beams, draw 28 inches and have 9-foot, 1-inch bridge clearances with the mast down. The 26 carries 80 gallons of fuel, while the 28 carries 100 gallons.

The CW28′s base price is $169,937 with the 260-hp 6-cylinder Yanmar, and the CW26 is $139,937 with a 180-hp 4-cylinder Yanmar. The East Coast debut of both models will be at the Feb. 17-21 Miami International Boat Show. Contact: Cutwater Boats, Monroe, Wash., (800) 349-7198. www.cutwaterboats.com