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Ranger Tugs: Where Their Passion Began

A Letter from their President:

Growing up in a family that spent weekends on the water, I can't imagine a life without boating. I had the experience of boating in a great variety of conditions, primarily in the Northwest: water sports on the lakes, crossing the Straits of Juan De Fuca with huge tide changes, strong winds, and rollers from the Pacific; exploring and fishing in Canadian, Alaskan, and Florida's coastal waters. These were family affairs and fun times. We were also testing new models or ideas for Livingston Boat Company, Reinell, Bayliner, Wellcraft, and Regal.

We have incorporated the ideas and experiences of insatiable users into the structure, design, and quality that we want in a boat.

Our company was started in 1958 based on a philosophy of quality and 'doing things right' and the reputation we earned continues today. My father Dave works with me daily and is probably the most accomplished boat designer in the world. Creator of thousands of models for various manufacturers, he can boast that more people have owned a boat that he built than any other designer in the world. We concentrate on one model at a time from ideation through in-house design, testing, and manufacturing. Our sales effort is lead by Jeff Messmer who has an impressive history in sales and customer service. In our shop, boats are put together by some of the most experienced boatbuilders in the Northwest. With an average of 15+ years in the business, our staff works hard to ensure that when you're in one of our boats, you'll have fun on the water.

John Livingston
Ranger Tugs

A Ranger Tug Secret Revealed!

Ranger Tugs R-41 Command BridgeWell, the time has come and Ranger Tugs has not held back. A brand new Ranger Tug 41 has hit the water! This has been a project in the works for quite some time. The boat is 46'9" overall with a 14' beam. Twin Volvo IPS 400's standard with a washer / dryer, diesel heating, air conditioning, Generator, two staterooms, an abundance of storage and some of the most innovative features you will find! The new R-41 is available as a sedan or with the command bridge. More information about the boat is available on our website and Ranger Tugs website. In the meantime contact Brent Reed by email or phone (616-402-0180) if you have any questions about this exciting new model.

Brand new for 2020 is the Ranger Tugs R-25!

Ranger Tugs R-25

The new R-25 is a feature-packed cruiser designed for comfort, ease of use, quality and FUN! You’ll see the Ranger Tugs DNA in every facet of the R-25’s thoughtful design. Our on order model is due to arrive in April. Click here for details.

2019 Ranger Tugs Rendezvous

Ranger Rendezvous

RYS's own Mark Derenne just returned from the Ranger Tug Rendezvous up in Charlevoix, Michigan. What a great time! Ranger Tugs and their happy owners ventured in from all over the Great Lakes for some days of fun and fraternity. The harbor at Charlevoix is delightful spot, adjacent to a lovely downtown park and entertainment pavilion, main street shopping, many restaurants and enjoyable amenities. See photos here of Mark who statyed on a beautiful Ranger Tug R-29 he brought to the event. And check this link filled with Ranger Rendezvous photos and news:

Past Model Updates

Ranger Tugs introduces the all new 2018 R-27! The newest member of the next generation of Ranger Tug, follows the innovative design cues of the R-29S with modern styling features like the curved front window and overhead glass atrium, delivering exceptional visibility throughout the cabin. Add the Yamaha F300 electronically controlled outboard to the dynamic hull design which incorporates reverse chines and our patented Laminar Flow Interrupters, bow and stern thrusters, and you’ll experience new levels of performance, stability and comfort. Go to RYS R-27 page for more details.

Ranger Tugs introduces the all new R-23 for 2017! The new Ranger Tugs R-23 is a much-anticipated addition to our award-winning lineup of Ranger Tugs. Powered by a standard 200 HP Yamaha outboard or optional 170 HP Volvo diesel Duoprop sterndrive, the R-23 bridges the gap between our popular R-21 EC and R-25 SC models.

Ranger Tugs introduces the all new R-29 Command Bridge for 2017! The R-29 CB offers all of the innovative features that we’ve incorporated into the beautifully designed R-29 S but also adds the comfort, convenience, and excitement of a command bridge. The new command bridge features seating for four and a full suite of electronic controls including VHF, bow & stern thruster controls, Volvo engine controls, spotlight remote, lighted compass, and optional Garmin autopilot and Navigation system. Powered by a fuel efficient 260 HP Volvo Inboard Diesel engine that is located completely outside of the cabin for quiet cruising. Standard stern and bow thrusters make docking exceptionally easy.

Ranger Tugs introduces the all new R-31CB hard top and new bridge seating for 2017. The R-31 CB is one of two Ranger Tugs 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’. 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 R-31 CB allows for a larger cockpit area with wraparound seating and extra seating that folds out of the gunwale.


Kenny Marrs, customer service rep at Ranger Tugs in Kent, WA shows us how to replace your impeller on a Ranger Tugs R-27.

FUEL CALIBERATION - Ranger Tugs Factory Tech DIY

Andrew Custis and Kenny Marrs from Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats walk through the process of setting fuel on board using the Volvo engine display and Garmin 7600 series chartplotter.

WINTERIZING - Ranger Tugs Factory Tech DIY

Andrew Custis, Customer Service Manager at Ranger Tugs in Kent, WA shows us how to winterize a Ranger Tugs R-27.

New 2019 Ranger Tugs R-29 Sedan Luxury Edition has arrived!

2019 Ranger Tugs R-29 Sedan Luxury EditionWe just received a new 2019 Ranger Tugs R-29 Sedan Luxury Edition with the new Volvo 300hp diesel. She has the very popular Hero red hull color. She is currently located in our new Grand Haven showroom and will remain there this winter. Call now to schedule an appointment to view her!!

Alex Reed Recounts her Trip on a Ranger Tug R-27 in Lakeland Boating

Lakeland Boating - Ranger Tugs R-27Alex Reed wrote this article that was published and unedited in Lakeland Boating when she was 13. She recounts her trip on a Ranger Tugs R-27 in Northern Michigan.

Original Sign from 1958

Join the Ranger Tugs Family!

Don't miss another Ranger Tugs Rendezvous! This is a highlight video from the 2016 Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats Rendezvous at Roche Harbor Resort & Marina. They had over 150 boats! If you would like to join them in 2017 please find more info at or