Ranger, is a replica of the "J-Class" yacht which defended the Americas Cup in 1937. This sophisticated yacht was a labor of love by the Owner. While chartering Endeavour for a classic regatta, it came to him to build a replica of the “Super-J” Ranger. A stellar team contributed to the successful build of 136’ Ranger, finally launched by Danish Yachts in 2003. Naval architects Studio Scanu, Reichel-Pugh, and Fred Elliott worked with the original lines of Starling Burgess and Sparkman and Stephens to create a sailing superyacht that not only wins honors in regattas, but cruises in style as a proper luxury yacht. A departure from the original, she carries a central cockpit and doghouse as well as a splendid classic mahogany interior boasting 4 staterooms aft for Owner and guests with 3 ensuite baths - all created by Glade Johnson Design. In addition, the classic interior is extremely quiet, as acoustical engineer Joe Smullin was in charge of isolating it from the hull, greatly reducing vibration and noise. Whereas the hull is steel, true to the original, the new teak doghouse is carbon fiber underneath and the classic raised panel interior is actually Nida-cored to keep weight down. Countless hours were spent on fitting modern technologies and living concepts into the matrix of a vintage sailing yacht that conformed to the J-Class Association’s rules and regulations. She is the epitome of a "spirit of tradition" yacht.
Sailing yacht Ranger accommodates 8-10 owner/guests in four staterooms aft. The beautifully appointed full-width master stateroom with ensuite bath is accompanied by three other guest staterooms and two more baths. Two staterooms have a ceiling Pullman and one of the heads serves as a day head. A small navigation/desk area is forward of the master stateroom.
Up to eight crew are housed forward of the galley in three cabins with two heads. The forward cabin sleeps four while two crew share in each of the other cabins.
Superyacht Ranger’s salon features a formal dining area and large lounge area as well as a hidden entertainment and bar area. A classic, beautiful butterfly hatch allows plenty of light into this lovely room. Ranger’s interior is exquisite, raised mahogany panels with crotch-cut flamed centers and all appointments corresponding with the J Class original era. The traditional 1930’s interior, designed by Glade Johnson, was crafted in Sardinia to the highest quality and shipped to Denmark for installation. The interior is completely isolated from the hull, so it is extremely quiet and peaceful below. Underneath the old-world craftsmanship is a state of the art foundation of Nida-core to keep the interior weight light.
Galley and crew mess are forward of the salon.
Engine room access is from the galley sole or from a door in the guest corridor. The engine room has been ingeniously designed to house the engine, generators, as well as all modern systems with 360 degree access. In addition, custom refrigeration/freezer and dry storage is incorporated below the sole.
Companionway stairs lead up to the deck house, a haven during inclement weather; two glove-leather settees and a navigation area grace this area. Step from the deck house directly to the cockpit where settees surrounding a teak table provide outdoor relaxation and dining.
(1) Bosch range
(1) Bosch oven and grill
(1) Panasonic NE-1757 R microwave
(1) Custom refrigerator in galley and tank deck (major overhaul 2018)
(1) Custom freezer in galley and tank deck
(1) Hoshizaki icemaker (new 2017)
(1) Miele T1415 washer
(1) Miele W1215 dryer
Electronics & Navigation
(1) Furuno FR-2115 BB radar; range: 72 miles
(1) Liffon CPlath 0735-02 gyrocompass
(1) B&G 2000 depth sounder
(2) Leica MX 420/8 Inc AIS GPS
(1) DualNav 150 racing GPS
(1) Transas chart plotter (software not operational)
(1) Furuno NX 500 Navtex
(1) B&G Hercules 2000 wind and speed indicator
(1) Furuno Felcom 18 Inmarsat C (new 2017)
(1) Fleet Broadband 250 (new 2017)
(1) Panasonic KX-TD816 telephone system
(1) Pepwave integrated cellular data system
(1) Standard RS-8400 X2DSC with DSC control unit VHF fixed
(4) ICOM VHF handheld
(3) Lenovo ThinkCentre ship computers (office, nav, alarm & monitoring)
(1) Dell computer for engine room (new 2018)
(1) Dell computer for galley
(1) Toshiba race laptop w/ handheld Panasonic tablet
(1) HP Envy 5530 printer
Apple TV system with iPad control and a movie server playing on televisions in the master stateroom and main salon.
AV equipment updated 2017.
(1) Ship's server unit (storing movies)
(2) Northern Lights MP445D generators; 40 kw, 1800 rpm each; 208 volts, 3 phase, 60 Hz
Port generator: 7032 hrs since rebuild in 2014 (June 2018);
Stbd generator: 5275 hrs since rebuild in 2014 (June 2018);
Electricity: 120/240 Volt AC; 12/24 Volt DC
Shore power: 190 - 440 volts; 3 phase; 50/60 Hz
Main engine starting: 1,200 A/H charged by: charger & main engine
Generator starting: 200 A/H charged by: charger & gensets
General service: 1,200 A/H charged by: 2 x 100 Amp Sonnenschein Dryfit A600 WE (new 2014)
Emergency: 200 A/H charged by: charger 25 Amp
Deck & Hull
(1) Lewmar hydraulic anchor windlass system (Self-stowing hidden anchor system that
deploys underwater through the hull in the sail locker)
(1) PHHP 125 kg galvanized anchors; w/fortress anchor as backup
(1) U2 Anchor chain & rode; 230m x 16 mm
Tender launching arrangement is with a Spinnaker halyard and hydraulic winch
(1) Carbon fiber manual stern boarding gangway
Sails & Rigging
High modulus carbon fiber rig (Southern Spars, NZ)
High modulus carbon fiber boom (New lighter boom spring of 2009 by Southern Spars)
Carbon EC6 standing rigging and new carbon spreaders to accommodate the new rigging, all by Southern Spars N.Z. (upgrade new 2009)
All standing rigging returned to US for survey and testing in 2013/14 work period.
(2) Carbon spinnaker poles: One is a Southern Spars spinnaker pole (new 2017)
(16) Lewmar hydraulic drum winches
(1) Manual Lewmar winch on the mast
Primary winches have been completely overhauled and upgraded by Lewmar
Winches constantly upgraded and serviced.
Sails by North
Cruising Main Carbon Spectra (new 2015)
Mainsail is fully battened with a delivery trisail sheeted to the deck
Trisail storm sail
Race Main 3Di Raw by North (new 2017)
Cruising Mainsail (new 2016)
Genoa (new 2016)
G1F 3Di (2015)
Gennaker staysail (2015)
Staysail spinnaker (2014)
Ranger’s full inventory of race sails is continually being updated.
(15) Fire/heat/smoke detectors (located throughout vessel)
(1) Fixed fire fighting system
(5) CO2 portable (forepeak, engine room, pump room)
(12) Fire extinguishers (located throughout vessel)
(2) Seawater fire fighting stations (forepeak, cockpit)
(1) Ship safe (master cabin)
(3) Ocean Safety - Shanghai Star 8 person life rafts (new 2017)
(4) Life ring
(1) ACR Globe EPIRB
(20) Pains Wessex flares
(2) Lifeguard 8 man life rafts for racing
(1) MSOS MCA offshore first-aid kit
Hull material: steel
Sub deck material: steel/aluminum
Superstructure material: carbon fiber deckhouse w/teak veneer overlay
Deck material: teak with varnished teak trim
Ballast: 80 Tons
Lloyd's + 100A1 SSC Yacht Mono, G6; LMC, under 50m and under 500 GRT; MCA - up to 60 nm offshore
Engines: (1) Lugger diesel, 6125A, 425hp
Engine hours: 1152 hrs since rebuild 2014 (June 2018)
Gearbox: Mekanord; ratio: 3.81:1
Propeller: Hundested VP-7 controllable pitch
Bow thruster: Lewmar retractable; 50 hp (overhaul by Lewmar 2018)
Steering: Manual chain, cable, quadrant
Backup steering: Manual
Air conditioning: Aqua Air; 10 tons 120,000 BTU with 13 Air-handling units; fresh air make-up thru A/C unit; 35 cubic m/hr.
Watermakers: (1) Matrix @1500 Silver Series; 6000 liters per day
Fuel filtration: (1) Racor triple unit
Bilge water filtration: Waterboy
Sewage system: Hamann Mini Norwegian
Fresh water system: (1) Ampco stainless steel AC pump, (1) Groco DC pump; New hot water tanks
Fuel capacity: 1585 gallons/6000 liters
Water capacity: 1800 gallons/6800 liters
Gray/black water: Forward tank - 370 gallons/1400 liters; Aft tank - 190 gallons/705 liters
(1) Novurania 430 TR (2008) with 40 Hp Yamaha F30 outboard (new 2017)
(1) Water ski
(2) Mares diving gear
(12) Snorkeling gear
Major Work List
As in every year, Ranger completed her annual Lloyds Class, including MCA, and Cayman Islands surveys/work.
In addition, during the annual yard period, particular attention was paid to servicing hydraulics, all sailing and deck gear, refrigeration overhaul, bow thruster overhaul, electrical upgrades, engine room details and paint work.
Particular attention was paid to works that would make Ranger faster on the course, from rig optimization increasing sail area and speed to fine fairing of the underbody, new sails and gear.
Completed 10-year Lloyd’s Classification and Cayman Islands surveys, as well as rebuild of engine and generators; 10- year rig/rigging removal, survey; teak decks completely refurbished.
Hull painted and primary winches upgraded to handle 10 tons of load.
Replaced rod rigging with EC 6 composite rigging from Southern Spars; New spreaders and new lighter main boom.
Racing history available upon request.
A complete list of exclusions shall be available upon request.
Due to the unexpected passing of the Owner, Ranger is now an Estate Sale and very keenly for sale.
The original design brief of sailing yacht Ranger called for a yacht purposely used as a family cruising yacht, a racing yacht, a business tool and a charter yacht. To this end, Ranger was built with all the amenities of a cruising yacht, to specifications of the J Class Association and further built to Lloyds Class and MCA compliance for potential charter. Over the years, J Class rules and technology have evolved. Super sailing yacht Ranger has kept pace with upgrades and refits in lighter weight, rigging, and gear that keep her comfortable for cruising and in the winner’s circle for racing.
Ranger has won the St. Barths Bucket overall, Les Voiles de St.Tropez first place in the IRC A division and last year among six J Class yachts racing in Bermuda, Ranger triumphed with a second place trophy in the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta and third place trophy in the J Class World Championship raced in Newport. If a new owner wishes to campaign Ranger or even casually race in a couple regattas, the new owner would be completely set up to begin immediately, equipped with a container full of sails, an eager, professional crew and seasoned manager.
On the other hand, if cruising is in order, the stanchions are placed, dorades installed and cruising sails hoisted. The Owner’s family, corporate guests and charter guests alike have enjoyed Ranger’s luxurious living arrangements and her stunning sailing performance.
While Ranger’s beauty and refinement evoke the era of the 30s, the conveniences and technology aboard can only be attributed to our modern age. Built to Lloyds and MCA compliant, Ranger is the epitome of having the best of both worlds—a beautiful, high performance racing yacht and a beautiful cruising yacht with all the amenities of a modern, luxury yacht. The purchase of Ranger is an opportunity to become a member of the elite J Class Association with all its accompanying benefits. Whether for racing or cruising, Ranger is ready to set sail.
Seize this remarkable opportunity that Ranger's sudden new course has created.