New R23 buyer with questions

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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby Water Bill on Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:06 am

Tim,

I took Mystery Girl to King Marine Canvas Products on August 2nd and they used my boat to make the pattern for their first R-23 camperback enclosure.
Here is a link to some pictures I took while they were putting it all together.
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I used the camperback at Yellowstone Lake in August after leaving King Marine on the way back to South Carolina. it was definitely a worthwhile investment. Laura is right about the price being in the $4,000 range.

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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby Salish Seaker on Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:23 pm

So we took delivery of our brand new 2018 R-23 on November 15th and we're very excited. Kenny and the factory were gracious enough to trailer the boat up to our marina near Anacortes since we didn't choose to buy a trailer. The orientation went very smoothly as Kenny did a great job. We are so impressed with the customer service Ranger Tugs offers, especially the job Andrew has done in getting us this boat and staying with us through the entire process. We're now looking forward to our day 2 orientation on the water with Tim. It will be fun learning how to dock this much bigger boat than we're used to, especially mastering the bow thruster.

I have a question now that we took delivery of the boat. I've been looking through the pictures and noticed that a lot of boats don't have the boat names on the boat. Is there a reason for that? For the boats with the names on the boat, where is the typical place most owners put the name decal on? I would especially be curious to hear from other R-23 owners and see pictures as well. For some reason, I don't see a lot of albums for R-23 owners either.

Thank you for putting up with an obviously excited new owner.

Peter
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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby baz on Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:30 pm

Peter: There's no need to apologize for being excited about your new boat at all. The R-23 is a fantastic boat and very good value for the money IMO.

Most (if not all) of the RT in my marina have names.

For our new R-27/OB we had it documented with the USCG & Homeland Security. The current rules call for the name to be on the bow/hull and on the transom along with the Hailing Port.

Good luck with Tim and your 2nd day. Tim's instructions are top notch and ask as many questions as you like of him. Run the boat through its paces and practice docking several times if you have the time. Being able to see the motor out the back and its orientation will help you guide the boat to port and starboard with ease. Go slow docking as there's no rush... just take your time and if you get it wrong just pull back out and try again.
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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby Salish Seaker on Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:20 am

Thanks Barry. I got pretty good at docking with the nimble C-Dory but the R-23 Is definitely bigger, longer and heavier. I have a feeling the bow thruster will be a welcome addition. :D

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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby tjiann on Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:14 am

Salish Seaker wrote:Thanks Barry. I got pretty good at docking with the nimble C-Dory but the R-23 Is definitely bigger, longer and heavier. I have a feeling the bow thruster will be a welcome addition. :D

Peter


The bow thruster is one of the greatest inventions ever. :D Enjoy the new boat.
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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby Salish Seaker on Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:53 pm

More questions...

Does anyone know the size of the center cockpit storage area on the R-23. I'm looking at purchasing an inflatable dinghy and storing it deflated in that area. The shipping size states 41" x 24" x 12". Will it fit?
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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby jagizzi on Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:46 pm

Hi Peter,

I am not with my boat until Sunday but am pretty confident that the dinghy would fit in that space given the measurements that you gave. I thought I had that compartment measured and on my phone but it is the only one that I didn't measure.

As discussed before, that space gets wet with rain. Not a lot of water by any means but it would be wet during the winter months. I am guessing that you plan to remove the dinghy for winter storage but mention the moisture issue as mildew is a killer on inflatable boats over the long haul.

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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby Salish Seaker on Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:54 pm

Thanks Jim. I was about to pull the trigger on the dinghy due to a special temporary seasonal price but decided to hold off for a day. We will be doing our day 2 orientation tomorrow with Tim and so I can measure then. Like you, I think its large enough too but wanted to make sure. Hopefully the dinghy is still available tomorrow afternoon. :)

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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby baz on Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:51 am

I have the SeaEagle 385ft FastTrack inflatable kayak which packs down into its bag measuring 25" x 18" x 8" and easily fit into our R-27/OB center cockpit locker with tons of room to spare. I can even place my wife's collapsable wheelchair in the locker along with the kayak as well as two large full size fenders and all the kayak accessories, and still have room to spare. I think you will find the R-23's center cockpit is very accommodating for your deflated dinghy.
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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby baz on Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:49 pm

Salish Seaker wrote:More questions...

Does anyone know the size of the center cockpit storage area on the R-23. I'm looking at purchasing an inflatable dinghy and storing it deflated in that area. The shipping size states 41" x 24" x 12". Will it fit?


I was at my R-27/OB today and measure the usable space in the center cockpit's locker.

It was 31" wide, 18" high from the aft flooring and 54" long from aft bulkhead to front of the sea water strainer.

As an aside, I still notice 1.5" of standing fresh water in the center cockpit's bilge area. I now have a pretty good explanation for this.

1) It's rain water... and we''ve had a lot of rain in past few days and the transom platform is expose to rain fall.

2) The water enters the bilge area where the auto bilge pump is located via the 3/4" seep hole between the cockpit's center locker and the well area under the rear transom platform. Somehow rain water is entering the well under the transom platform. The only way I see this happening is through the center drain plug in the engine's well. What I did was to place some food coloring liquid in the well under the transom platform after soaking up its water. The water in the bilge area with the auto bilge pump was colored with the food coloring. Proof enough for me. :o :D

3) A further test will be to place a bucket of fresh water in the engine's well to see how on earth it works its way into the well beneath the platform and eventually into the bilge area via the 3/4" seep hole and where the auto bilge pump is located. There's a leak somewhere for sure.

I'm getting very tired of soaking up this fresh water in my attempt to discover where the heck it's coming from. ;) :evil:
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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby Salish Seaker on Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:50 pm

Thanks for the measurements Barry. I also had a chance to measure today and I think the length was a little shorter but the width and depth were about the same. So I went ahead and purchased the dinghy.

I'm sorry to hear about your water leak problem. I'll keep an eye on it on our R-23.

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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby SgtAlf on Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:24 pm

"The shipping size states 41" x 24" x 12". Will it fit?"

You will never ever fold it to that size again, if you're good, you'll get close. I use the 12v air pump reversed to vacuum the air out, even then it just doesn't fold up as small.
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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby Salish Seaker on Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:08 pm

SgtAlf wrote:"The shipping size states 41" x 24" x 12". Will it fit?"

You will never ever fold it to that size again, if you're good, you'll get close. I use the 12v air pump reversed to vacuum the air out, even then it just doesn't fold up as small.

Good point. It'll be interesting to see how small I can get it. There is wiggle room however.
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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby Chimo on Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:04 am

baz wrote:I have the SeaEagle 385ft FastTrack inflatable kayak.


That is one BIG kayak! ;)
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Re: New R23 buyer with questions

Postby baz on Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:42 pm

Chimo wrote:
baz wrote:I have the SeaEagle 385ft FastTrack inflatable kayak.


That is one BIG kayak! ;)


Yes.... very good catch... :lol:
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