J - Class
Exterior Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Built by Danish Yachts
When RANGER was built, there were only three existing J-Boats, which included the rebuilt ENDEAVOUR, SHAMROCK and VELSHEDA. To one degree or another, all of these yachts were original, if only a very small part of them. RANGER was long gone so she was started with her hull lines and, under the rules of the J-Class, she was designed as the existing RANGER. The J-Class, dictated that RANGER be built out of steel and Lloyd’s was concerned about the loads created by such a powerful rig. In light of the fact that RANGER’s priority is now racing with corporate guests aboard, often, many of the Lloyd’s and MCA designs and specifications led to a heavier and more cumbersome RANGER than a “race” version would have been. This has led to several refits where weight was more centralized or eliminated, with the savings in weight being put in the keel in the form of additional ballast.
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