Ranger 265

The Hunter Ranger 265 is a modern styled small family yacht packing a lot of accommodation into her length, with 4 adult plus two childrens berths, and 6 foot plus headroom. The hull form is stable and handles nicely, and is matched to a very easy to handle rig with self-tacking jib. Most Ranger 265’s were built with bilge keels although fin keel versions were also built.

British Hunter introduced the Ranger 265 is 1994, and about 100 were built between then and 1999. Designed by David Thomas, the round-bilged hull form flattens into a near-chine aft, improving downwind stability and giving enough volume aft to tuck an aft double berth into such a short hull. Most Rangers were bilge-keel versions, and these had a remarkably high angle of vanishing stability of 147°. The fin-keel versions are possibly going to be better than this – certainly no worse.

The sail plan is a fractional rig sloop, with a self-tacking jib which sheets to a curved track by the mast. Engine choices were an outboard in a well, or an inboard Yanmar 1GM diesel.

It is possible to upgrade the inboard engine to a slightly more powerful engine. Have a look at:  Replacing the Yanmar 1GM10 With the Beta 14HP Twin

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