Ranieri International Voyager 26S features all the basic ideas of modern open boats, as seen and appreciated in recent years.
Your boat may look futuristic and sleek, but on-board comfort and seaworthiness is what you really appreciate as a boater. In our case these virtues are coupled to a Suzuki DF250 outboard engine. So, let’s put this Ranieri International Voyager 26S on test.
Ranieri International Voyager 26S: you can tell the differences
With the layout of open boats in this segment being the same for everybody, the differences can be found in materials, finishing, and whole development of the project in terms of hull and set up.
Ranieri International Voyager 26S collects the experience of many years of research and refinement. The dashboard houses the main electronics in a dark section: not only the modern multi-purpose screens but also the digital instrument from Suzuki which monitors the engine. Pity that the latter misses any indication about fuel consumption, also because my feeling is that Suzuki DF250 is quite frugal in this bundle. The windshield is low, but sufficiently protective, with Plexiglas framed by a stainless steel tube which works as handrail.
The hatch by the console leads to a small but complete cabin, with a chemical potty and enough space to change into a swimsuit but especially for setting up two essential bunks. A solution that takes Ranieri International Voyager 26S is the upper level of overnight cruising.
The fore deck is entirely dedicated to the large solarium, which takes advantage of a mid section and its stand, also working as a table when raised. The settees in this case come from the sun bed itself and from the front-facing bench forward of the console. A soft padding and a robust hand rail surround the perimeter towards the bow, which opens into a pulpit perfect for diving. The anchor winch is completely concealed in its locker, while a second, much larger storage is located under the solarium.
The driver’s seat also incorporates the kitchenette, hidden by a lid, while the refrigerator is inside the cabin. If desired, the table can also be set up in this area by exploiting the aft bench that hides another large locker.
Ranieri International Voyager 26S: the test
The white cowling of the V6, 3.6-liter Suzuki DF250 is a perfect match to the boat, look-wise. Unfortunately I can’t say so for the propeller, which seems to be sized for a good response around cruising speed, but not for a good top pace. Still, cruising at 36 knots is more than enough even when you are in a hurry to reach your destination. In 5.5 seconds the Voyager 26 is already planing, another 7.5 and you’re cruising at 30. Minimum planing speed is at 2650 rpm and 11 knots, a low (thus good) value which makes me regret we can’t read the fuel consumption figures.
The hull response on a choppy sea (with increasing wind) was nothing short of my expectations, and even the usual crossing of own wake proved safe and steady. I particularly appreciate the ergonomics and visibility of the helm station, and the protection of the apparently small windshield.
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The numbers of Ranieri International Voyager 26S
- Length overall 8.05 m (26ft 5in)
- Beam 2.50 m (8ft 2in)
- Displacement 1800 Kg
- Maximum output 400 HP
- Engine Suzuki DF250 HP
- Fuel reserve 300 l (79 US gal)
- Fresh water reserve 80 l (21 US gal)
- Passengers 9/8
- Ce design category C/B
rpm knots mph dB
- 600 2,6 3,0 57
- 1000 4,4 5,1 61
- 1500 6,5 7,5 67
- 2000 7,8 9,0 71
- 2500 9,2 10,6 77
- 3000 15,0 17,3 79
- 3500 21,0 24,2 85
- 4000 25,0 28,8 86
- 4500 29,0 33,4 87
- 5000 32,0 36,8 90
- 5500 36,0 41,4 91
- Calm to moderate sea, temperature 32° C (90° F), clean hull, fuel 250 l (66 US gal), water 40 l (10 US gal) , 2 passengers
Indicative price (VAT not included)
- Without engine € 34950