Fluid Motion, LLC, the designers and builders of the popular
line of Ranger Tugs have introduced the newest model in the
fleet — the Ranger 31.
The new R31 will debut this month at the Seattle Boat Show
in the Stadium Exhibition Center, Jan. 26-Feb. 5. Hull No. 2 is expected to
make the East Coast debut at the Miami International Boat Show, Feb. 16-20 at
Sea Isle Marina on Biscayne Bay.
The R31 shares many of the features and qualities of her
smaller sisterships, the company says, but some notable additions to this
larger model make her ideal for extended cruising while still being a
trailerable trawler. The company says the R31 is the first Ranger Tug to
feature a flybridge equipped with electronic controls at both the upper and
lower helm. The flybridge also retracts to allow for trailering the 31-footer.
The builders at Ranger Tugs also equipped the foredeck with
seating and a table that can be raised or lowered depending on whether the boat
is under way or at anchor or dock for entertaining. In addition to the extra
seating now available on the flybridge and foredeck, the 31-footer allows for a
larger cockpit area with wraparound seating and extra seating that folds out of
the gunwale. When not entertaining, seats are folded leaving the cockpit
The interior layout of the R31 features two staterooms — one
large island berth forward with en suite head and a midship berth and day head.
Those who are familiar with Ranger Tugs models will recognize the galley layout
and lower helm station that maximize interior space, the company says. A
starboard side door provides easy access from the lower helm to the side decks
so crew can get to the bow for line handling.
"We've been working on the R31 for the last year,"
says Jeff Messmer, vice president of sales and marketing for Ranger Tugs, in a
company press release. "While we do have owners that are eager to upgrade
to a larger model, the R31 allows us to introduce Ranger Tugs to a set of
boaters who prefer a mid-size cruising trawler. We've done well with our
trailerable trawlers and we continue to increase sales of the R21, R25SC, R27
and R29. The R31 will help us grow even more."
Like all Ranger Tugs, the new R31 comes essentially turnkey,
the company says, with standard features and equipment intended to make her
owner's experience hassle-free and allow for ease of handling and comfort under
way. Standard equipment includes bow and stern thrusters, an optional aft
steering station and a Volvo D4 300-hp engine that achieves a 16-knot cruise
Ranger Tugs are built at a dedicated facility in Kent, Wash.,
where the company now also offers a new Factory Delivery program and a Destination
Training Cruise for new owners. The first R31 will debut in Seattle Jan.
26-Feb. 5 and will be offered at a base price of $279,937. Ranger Tugs is now
taking orders for the first R31s and the first boats will begin to ship to
dealers this spring.