Vitters completes refit of J-Class sailing yacht Ranger

Dutch shipyard Vitters is to relaunch the J-Class luxury sailing yacht RANGER ...

Vitters completes refit of J-Class sailing yacht Ranger

December 18, 2019

Written by Rachael Steele

Dutch shipyard Vitters is to relaunch the J-Class luxury sailing yacht RANGER (a.k.a. J-5) following an extensive refit at the shipyard.

Ranger to be re-launched following refit at Vitters

Constructed by Danish Yachts in 2004, 41.6m/136.4ft RANGER has received an overhaul of her engine room, a new hydraulic system, a complete exchange of all navigation and communication electronics, full service of rigging, a new teak deck, cockpit and helm station and the repainting of her hull.

Sailing yacht Ranger ready for re-launch after refit

Owner’s representative Greg Sloat commented on the completed refit work:

“Together with the Vitters team we brought RANGER in the best shape ever to prepare her for the America’s Cup in New Zealand in 2021.

“The Vitters team proved to be exceptionally flexible with many skilled and creative employees. What I especially enjoyed was the team work between the yard and the crew of the boat. Vitters offered us the possibility to work in the evenings and Saturdays and provided us with everything we needed to finish the job in time.”

“Every day we feel honoured to be working on J-Class RANGER,” says project manager Gerrit Jongman. “This yacht has such a long history and she truly is a piece of art. For people like us, with a passion for sailing, the J-Class yachts will always be something special. With projects on this scale, it is hard to foresee all details from the start. Greg Sloat, Ed Handasyde Dick (captain) and the crew are great people to work with and we all look back on a very fruitful cooperation.”

Sailing superyacht RANGER ready to hit the water after her refit at Vitters shipyard

Following her refit, S.Y RANGE is to be transported from the Zwartsluis facilities to Zaandam for her official relaunch. She will undergo sea trials in the North Sea before heading to the Caribbean to practise racing ahead of the St. Barth’s Bucket in spring 2020. Following her time in the Caribbean, she will sail on to New Zealand to participate in the J-Class regattas during the America’s Cup 2021.

Also currently under construction is a 50m/164ft classic ketch to be launched January 2020, and a 56m/184ft project will begin in March next year.


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