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Old 08-28-2020, 06:42 PM
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On march 24 th 2020 my wife and i looked at a 2018 claret red r27 ranger tug outboard model with approx. 25 hrs on it . -----the boat was in a unheated boat house on a boat lift . The boat appeared to be very clean ,it was advertised as ''like new condition bow to stern '' on yachtworld by the ontario area ranger dealer . ----- in june 2020 we traded our 2013 r27 ranger ''bucketlist '' on the red 2018 r27 ranger . ------i arranged boat movers to pickup the 2018 r27 with their hydraulic trailer at 9 am , july 9 th 2020 ( the boat didn't come with a trailer ) . When the movers got there , the boat was not ready at the launch ramp ,they later found the boat at a dock and saw a staff member with a mop & pail , mopping up water in the v birth . The movers questioned this , and where told it was due to '' the air conditioning drain '' . Staff said they would call me on the phone , which they did . The staff told me the same story , i responded '' i want a tech on the boat immediately to look into this problem before shipping the boat '' ------ the boat was then loaded onto the trailer without my knowledge . I was then told while the boat was in transit to hire a tech at my marina and the dealership would pay for it .------- with the boat in the water at my marina , the boat was taking on 12-14 gallons of water per day (no air conditioning on ) . ------- i was in touch regularly with the ontario ranger dealership service manager and the ranger plant to isolate the problem . ------- for days i followed their direction to find the water source . ------- with all possibilities ruled out , i decided to hire a hydraulic trailer to pull the boat out on july 21 st , 2020 . ------- 2 (two ) large cracks in the port side , lower hull where found by crawling under the boat . No scrapes -- no gouges in the area at all . ------ i hired a surveyor to do a full survey and he found 40 '' forward and 60 '' aft of the cracks , 60 % to 100 % moisture readings . ------ there where other survey issues found as well that really surprised me . ------- numerous emails and phone calls with the ranger plant and the ontario ranger dealership has resulted in them telling me to call '' my insurance company '' ------ it has been almost 5 weeks now .........

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Hope you documented communications with the dealership throughout, otherwise you might be S.O.L. Not sure I would have accepted delivery of it until such time as it was deemed to be repaired or at least documented. For the amount of money I’m sure you spent on this boat, if you aren’t looking out for yourself why would anyone else?
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I'm guessing you did not have a pre purchase survey done. Sure 25 hours seems like almost new, but always have a survey done on a used boat.

I remember a dealer selling an 88ft motoryacht that was brand new for a ridiculous price. Turns out it was dropped when they offloaded from the ship and had major hull damage.
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This too sounds like a dropped boat
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I'm guessing you did not have a pre purchase survey done. Sure 25 hours seems like almost new, but always have a survey done on a used boat.

I remember a dealer selling an 88ft motoryacht that was brand new for a ridiculous price. Turns out it was dropped when they offloaded from the ship and had major hull damage.
This is a correct response. Always get a survey. Hire an attorney ASAP.
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Sight unseen, no survey. This is on you.
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Used boat. Good luck on this. Unscrupulous, but you got the shaft and I'd bet a buck there's no recourse.

I'm not saying this cavalierly. Sorry your in this situation.

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What is that? $175,000 boat?
No survey?
No sea trial?

Nice first post. Welcome to THT.

That OP is unreadable
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Yeah, sounds like the boat was dropped or damaged with slings or something similar - basically excessive pressure on the hull with no sliding/movement between the hull and the hard point. (we had a family boat that had hull cracks and broken bulkheads due to being lifted with 2 slings rather than 3 on a travelift)

Sounds like a miserable situation. Time to be talking to your insurance agent and your lawyer ASAP. Also sounds like you did not get a pre-purchase survey, is that correct?

At what point was the ownership of the boat transferred from the seller to you (the buyer)? Who was operating the boat when it was transiting from it's storage location to the waiting hauler trailer?

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Lawyer up, hit the gym, and delete Facebook.

Oh wait, thats for getting divorced. Might still come in handy since your wife is gonna be pissed you bought a wrecked boat.
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Thanks for the responses and reading my story . I have been using ''the hull truth '' as a resource for about 8-10 years now , and just recently joined . I have the same post on the ranger forum '' tugnuts '' ( been a member for years ) . If you want to see pictures of the boat and cracks , go to that site , find '' a ranger purchase story '' and click on my camera icon , the cracks are at the end of the album . My lawyer has advised me not to comment any more , for now . Thanks again
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looks pretty bad
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he says he cant comment further but has it been established he did NOT get a survey?
thats a lot of water I would THINK he would have at least taken it for a sea trial and that water would have been coming in?
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Good troll post. IF you had been a regular reader of THT no way you would have spent that money with out a survey. Either a troll or foolish

its on you. Make sure it’s fully insured and let nature take care of it. Except.... your all over social media. Would be fraud now. Bummer
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Well it’s too late to take that boat ride and call your insurance co. Also too late to put this on the seller. This is now all on you since you took delivery and launched the boat. Good luck proving who caused this. Stop wasting your time and money. Get it fixed and go boating.
In addition we all love a good damage story, but I can never figure out why people make potential legal problems public.
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^^^This^^^^ Fix it and enjoy the boat. Otherwise you are looking at years of laywers pointing fingers and getting nothing accomplished. Fix it, move on
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It's really sad that a Ranger Tug dealer sold this boat like this!
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your issue here seems to be more with the seller/dealer, not Ranger
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Why would you trade a 2013 R27 for a 2018 R27? I mean sure, it's 5-year newer, but that's really not enough of an incentive IMHO.

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