The Dutch shipyard Vitters has completed extensive refit works on the 41.55-metre J Class sailing yacht Ranger at its Zwartsluis-based facility. Following her departure from Vitter’s facility in the Netherlands, the J Class Ranger will be transported to Zaandam where her official launch will take place. After sea trials out on the North Sea, she will depart for the Carribean, where she will prepare for another season of racing. Photo: Vitters ShipyardOriginally launched by Danish in 2003, the year-long refit included a complete overhaul of Ranger’s engine room; a new hydraulic system; fully upgraded navigation and communication systems; a complete servicing of her rigging; a new teak deck, cockpit and helm station; as well as a fresh coat of paint to her hull. The 120GT sloop sailing yacht Ranger features Fred Elliot naval architecture with Glade Johnson Design interiors. Her exterior design was initially drawn up by the US duo Sparkman & Stephens and W Starling Burgess. Photo: Vitters ShipyardGreg Sloat, her owner’s representative, expressed his excitement about getting back into the racing game following the Ranger yacht refit, commenting: “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.” Photo: Vitters ShipyardSatisfied with the results of the experienced Dutch yard, he adds: “The Vitters team proved to be exceptionally flexible with many skilled and creative employees. What I especially enjoyed was the teamwork 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.”Photo: Northrop & JohnsonRanger’s project manager Gerrit Jongman added: “We feel honoured to be working on the J Class Ranger. 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.” He continues: “With projects of this scale, it is hard to foresee all the details from the start. Greg Sloat, Ed Handasyde Dick (the captain) and the crew are great people to work with, and we all look back on a very fruitful cooperation.”Photo: Northrop & Johnson Keep a lookout for her in St. Barths during the Spring of 2020 and at the America’s Cup 2021 in New Zealand. Photo: Vitters Shipyard
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