Jim and Lisa named their boat Kismet, Turkish for “fate” or “meant to be,” because it captures the joy they feel in finding each other, and discovering their shared passion for boating.
After doing the Loop in 2005-06, and subsequently turning that voyage into being live aboards for five years, the Favors decided to sell their 40' trawler, move ashore and buy a trailerable boat. They wanted a small trawler with the ability to go fast when needed, as well as the ability to travel at trawler speeds for maximum fuel economy. They also wanted a comfortable saloon, large cockpit and a single diesel engine with bow and stern thruster. They decided on a Ranger Tug R27.
Type of Vessel : Ranger Tug R27 Semi-displacement Trailerable Trawler
Year built : 2011
Builder : Fluid Motion LLC, Kent, Washington
Length Over All : 27' 1"
Length w/Swim Step : 30' 1"
Beam : 8' 6"
Draft : 26"
Dry Weight : 6,200 lbs
Fuel : 100 gal
Fresh Water : 40 gal
Black Water : 30 gal
Propulsion : Yanmar 4BY2 180 HP Diesel with a Kansaki KMH40A transmission and Acme 17X16 3 blade prop
Fuel Burn : at 7 knots 1.86 GPH, 13.5 knots 5.8 GPH
Hull : Hand laid solid fiberglass with vinylester resin
Auxilliary Power : 2.7 KW Mase diesel generator
Navigation : Garmin 12” GPS/Chartplotter 5212, 4 KW HD radar dome, GPS antenna and transducer and a Garmin 200 VHF radio
Ground Tackle : Lewmar 12V 1000 stainless windlass w/gypsy, 16.5 lb. claw anchor with 50' high-test chain and 200' 5/8 line
Type of Towing Truck: GMC Siera 2500
For towing their trailerable Ranger Tug R27 cross country, down south or anywhere in between the Favors wanted a truck that could do the job effortlessly and dependably. After considerable research they found that the 3/4 ton HD’s from GMC, Chevy, Ford or Dodge, properly equipped, could have all done the job. However, they ultimately favored the GM model for several reasons, including the logic that Motor Trend used when they awarded the Chevy Silverado the HD Truck of the Year for 2011 and by association they felt the GMC Sierra shared the award. They chose the GMC Sierra 2500 and equipped her with a Duramax Diesel engine, 4WD, trailering towing package and a few creature comforts to make their travel days more relaxing. Besides the 11-year dependable track record of the Duramax they liked the fully boxed frame, diesel exhaust brake, automatic locking rear differential and the StabiliTrak that came with the GMC. To read more about these features check out the more in depth description in the Favors May 15, 2011 BoatUS log: http://www.boatus.com/cruising/kismet/previousarticle.asp?bid=3193
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