Ranger 20, hull number 345 "Antoinette Bax"
I purchased this good used Ranger 20 from a guy in Longview Washington for $3000 including new dodger. I did some research and decided this would be a perfect boat for cruising the Puget Sound without investing a million bucks. I already spent my million bucks on the kitchen and bamboo floors anyhow, so this is what we get for a sailboat. Full coverage insurance for a year is $120, compared to $1400 to the robbers at Costello for the Nimbus 3.
She needed some sprucing up, a dent in the chine is quickly fixed with some MGS epoxy left over from my carbon-fiber glider days.
The tiller needed a re-finish. Only way to get old varnish off is with a heat gun. This takes me back to my wooden boat restoration days of the early nineties.
After modifying the standing rigging and making a mast stepping system, Antoinette Bax is ready for the water.
Renee and I put her at American Lake, moored at Bill's Boat House. This lake is in Lakewood, Washington, south of Tacoma about 5 miles, 20 minutes from home. About a mile from the Puget Sound. I tried to find a slip in Tacoma on Commencement Bay, but nothing open until the end of September, so this will work for now.
Moored right behind another Ranger 20 "Gust Rider". The 2003 Mercury 5hp outboard runs great.
October 9, 2006 - Columbus Day dawns clear and breezy, so I go down to the lake and install the genoa sheet winch in its new location on the bridge deck where tailing the sheets will be easier for the crew.
Below - the winch installed on an angled pad that I fabricated from wood and coated with epoxy, then 3 coats of green epoxy paint. In the background you can see the old genoa sheet fairlead on the traveler car. I replaced these fairleads with turning blocks and the old winch locations now have a swivel fairlead with camcleat (behind the knife in the background).
Above - the new turning block and the winch that is about to be replaced with a swivel camcleat (below). I'm hauling my tools in the bag Dave and Rebecca Piotrowski gave Renee for Christmas, it's made from old kevlar/carbon sail material and is perfect for hauling gear to and from the boat.
Below - the new jib from Banks Sails - it's excellent!
Below - another beautiful sailing day in Seattle, with Rainier in the background and a 5 knot breeze, the new jib looks wonderful.
9 December 2006 - we haul A. Bax home for some maintenance before putting her in a slip in Des Moines marina. Neighbor Jill recommended Christmas lights, so I did.
Among numerous other upgrades (including a new mainsail from Banks in Portland) I sand paint the bottom, complete with new waterline stripe.
The rudder has been pretty well beaten up over the years, so I sand it down and fill it with some thickened West System. I use wax paper and tape to hold the epoxy in place on the trailing edge.
I flip the rudder over and sand off all the old bottom paint - it was pretty thick and pretty well eaten up in places. The vacuum cleaner keeps the toxic dust to a minimum.
Got some Micron CSC on sale at Boater's World in Tukwila. Good deal - this stuff is not cheap.
Rudder painted first coat and the big dog stares at the rain. It rains here in Seattle, but it rarely ever gets cold, normally 45° to 55° and that's tolerable. Much better than Milwaukee where it seems it was always in the teens, except in July.
Rudder looks better. Nothing keeping it out of the Puget Sound now, just need a dry day to launch and we're ready to go sailing.