|BLYTHE SPIRIT TIMBER CLASSIC This classic King Billy pine and mahogany Randell designed cruising yacht has cruised extensively in South Australian waters and has been enjoyed and much loved by the same family for over 30 years. Rigged to be easily sailed from the cockpit by 2 people (or 1 if experienced). Detailed maintenance log available. Very well maintained. Slipped annually. Very sound hull. All repairs by Gary Stewart (reputable timber boat builder of Pt Fairy. Current survey.
RANGER is a beautiful, classic timber boat and has been a much-loved part of my family for 30 years. Putting her on the market has been a tough decision. However, the time is right to pass on the custodianship to another wooden boat enthusiast who I know will love and nurture her as I have!
RANGER has mostly sailed in South Australian waters from the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron in Adelaide. She is well known at the Squadron and was originally built for Robert Henshall, a past Commodore of the RSYS. Designed by W. A. 's Len Randell, this 9.2m Blythe Spirit was built in Adelaide in 1964 by A. Mitchell. The hull is carvel planked King Billy pine, and the cabin top is mahogany.
Previously owned by the navigator on Nerida, the handicap winner of the 1950 Sydney to Hobart Classic, Ranger has been equipped for cruising whilst being careful to retain her traditional character and appearance both inside and out. The boat can easily be managed by two people, but can comfortably accommodate an extra two people if desired. It has a roller-reefed mainsail and a self-furling headsail. This minimises forward deck work and enables her to be sailed single-handedly from the cockpit and also eliminates the need to organise crew making her an ideal boat for retired couples. She is equipped with a refrigerator/freezer installed under the chart table and modern navigational instruments. The helm was converted to wheel steering and an Auto helm was fitted to the tiller post.
Ranger has spent many summers cruising within South Australian waters: the two gulfs, the islands around Port Lincoln and the north coast of Kangaroo Island. The inflatable dinghy was stowed on the deck, crab pots and fishing gear were loaded on board. Time would be filled by lazy breakfasts in the cockpit, swimming from the boat, going ashore in the dinghy and walking on deserted beaches, fishing and creating delicious meals from calamari, crabs, and an amazing range of fish and shellfish caught from the cockpit. King George whiting was caught in abundance and was always a favourite! Many safe and beautiful anchorages were enjoyed, often unoccupied or shared with few other boats, and all less than a day's sail apart.
Being an easy and forgiving boat to sail and is an ideal boat to gain experience on.
Currently berthed at Port Fairy in Victoria she has undergone extensive renovations and is in good condition. Over thirty thousand dollars has been spent on replacing the cabin top and general repairs resulting in a dry boat. All timber work and structural repairs are carried out by Garry Stewart, a highly reputable wooden boat builder at Port Fairy. His craftsmanship is outstanding.
I believe traditional wooden boats are now part of maritime history. They deserve to be preserved as historic artefacts and being loved and used on a regular basis ensures their survival in years to come.
Authorised Marine surveyor and Traditional Timber Boat Builder, Port Fairy
"This vessel has been slipped annually and regularly maintained to be in a sound and seaworthy condition. I would assess Ranger's value not to be unreasonable at $55'000". (May 2013)
EVALUATION BY VICSAIL GEELONG (April 2013)
"Obviously well maintained by current owner. True value if was for sale would be $65,000.
PORTLAND MARITIME CONSULTING & SURVEYS (March 2003)
"A well appointed vessel which has been painstakingly renovated, adequate for ocean-going voyages".
ewart (reputable Port Fairy timber boat builder).
||32' 10" - 10.00m|
||9' 9" (3 metres)|
||5' 6" (1.67 metres)|
|Keel / Ballast
||Long keel, 3 tons lead ballast|
||L A Randell|
||Fibre-glassed marine ply|
||Volvo / penta 2BD|
||Diesel (73 litre lockable tank)|
||273 litres (2 copper tanks)|
||Bombard inflatable, dinghy anchor|
||Johnson 4 Outboard|
||Full boat cover and mainsail cover (both new) & sun awning.|
||Full head room
Forward bunk can be either a double V berth or 2 singles.
Bunk cushions & pillows
||Jabsco marine toilet (enclosed)|
||Stainless steel sink
2 burner methylated spirit stove.
Fully equipped with plates, cutlery & cooking utensils.
||Refrigerator/deep freeze (compressor driven)|
C. Q. R. Anchor chain
3 nylon warps
Muir electric anchor winch
||Life buoy with flag and staff
1 hand bilge pump
2 electric bilge pumps with float switches
First aid kit
||2 banks 12 V batteries
2 Amp metres
1 Volt Metre
solar panel & Milli/Amp metre Solar panel
|V D O 3 wind (Direction, Amplifier 7 Velocity)
V D O Depth sounder
V H F Radio (AWA Pilotphone XI)
G P S Rayston 390
Chart Plotter (Garmin)
Speed log (Raymarine)
Cabin clock (Schatz)
Auto Helm & wind vane
Steering compass (Sestral)
Hand bearing compass
|Mast / Rigging
||Aluminium mast, spars & boom.
Stainless steel rigging & halyards.
Reefurl jib furling system
Roller reefing on mainsail.
||Stainless steel pulpits and safety lines
Wheel and tiller steering
4 Halyard winches
2 sheet winches
||Sail cover and full boat cover brand new|