Martin Latimer, the man behind the SeaRanger project, had sailed and sold hundreds of sailing and motor yachts as an agent for C Kip and Grandbanks. He felt that, size for size, the Corvette 32 was the best boat that he had ever taken to sea. A few minor issues and the fact that she was too small for comfortable extended cruising, led to a meeting with Bill Dixon, the world famous yacht designer, and a decade of development.
The SeaRanger’s hull is unconventional, to say the least. It has an underwater cross-section rather like an old wide-rimmed soup bowl. The shape is relatively flat across the keel bottom, then works its way quite steeply up towards the chine before flattening out again. This modified semi-displacement form allows for speeds up to the high 20s, but without falling foul of a conventional keel, which can make the hull twitch if pushed too hard.
Another advantage is that there is plenty of boat sitting in the water at lower speeds, but there is still a measure of efficient planing area. This gives a uniform amount of lift, so the vessel will not fall into a hole with an adverse amount of trim, even at 11-12 knots.
Ease of getting around is a key perk of the SeaRanger. Moving around the boat is effortless, particularly when it’s rough or when you are carrying food to the bridge.
The wide teak side decks have a gate so it’s easy to hop off and tie the boat down. At displacement speeds, there is plenty of hull in the water so it is not readily pushed around by the wind. Because the drivetrains are a good distance apart, it can be manoeuvred smartly and predictably, but steadies almost immediately once the power is taken off.