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Old 02-14-2020, 07:56 PM
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I am in the market for a new to me boat. My boat of choice would be a 23’ Steiger Miami DV, however after going to the boat show the wife has fallen for the 23’ Ranger Tug. I would not purchase new in either model, just looking for info from any who may have owned either vessel. I live on the Chesapeake, common to have tightly spaced chop on the bay. Will be using to fish, cruise, hit restaurants on the water etc. The Ranger has too many “systems” for what I want in a boat but the wife loves them, she thinks it is so practical and it is in many ways however I have concerns about the cost of maintenance, anyone ever replaced a bow thruster for example? Any input by those that have miles under the keel appreciated.
Old 02-14-2020, 08:05 PM
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remember this above all: Happy Wife, happy life! You are comparing two different types of boats. But the systems you talk about are not that complex. And replacing a thruster, not exactly cheap but things can go wrong on any boat.
Old 02-14-2020, 08:10 PM
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Don't listen to Boatmanmark he doesn't know how to give Boat shopping advise. Here is the real deal. Tell your wife you don't pick out her pocketbooks and shoes, you just have an opinion on them, that doesn't really count. Go with the Steiger or regret that other ugly hand bag.

PS - If you are worried about the cost of maintenance, pick HO trains for a hobby instead. That is not meant to be condescending, it's just fact. Boats break. However, you are right in that there will likely be many more things to break and replace on a Ranger Tug than a Steiger. Steiger's are no frills fishing boats meant to blast down with a hose at the end of the day. Ranger Tug is a camper on a hull. If you plan to fish in the ocean the clear smarter choice between these two is Steiger.

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