For retiring sailors or trawler enthusiasts looking for a bit more speed or efficiency, the RangeBoat 46 offers 10 knots at
2 to 3 times more range per gallon than other hull forms.
10 Knots – 2.8 gph
Narrow Beam Light Displacement
Renouned British naval architect Nigel Irens, designer of record setting yachts in both power and sail, coined the term LDL to describe narrow and light displacement hulls that offer displacement speeds beyond the previously believed maximum of 1.34 times the square root of waterline, bridging the gap between displacement speed and planing speed. Simply said, the sharper the bow – the smaller the bow wave. Build it light and the result is maximum efficiency. Narrow and light hulls also ride better, slicing through the seas at EVEN TRIM with minimal pitching, not plowing through or pounding on top. The fine entry and round bilge helps avoid the tendency of motor yachts to stuff their bow and trip over themselves. A large skeg offers directional stability and protects the propeller and rudder.
Previous RangeBoats were 39 and 63 feet. The 46, developed on a Nigel Irens LDL hull, is the goldilocks … not too big, not too small.
Ten Fuel Efficient Knots
The RangeBoat 46 cruises comfortably at 10 kts burning just 2.8 gallons/hour or 3.5 miles/gallon. That’s roughly 3 times the range at 10 knots than other hull forms. That’s good for your wallet but more importantly, reduces your carbon footprint. If you’re looking to get there fast, the RangeBoat tops out at 18kts.
For sailors considering the transition to power, the RangeBoat 46 offers similar fuel efficiency as your motoring sailboat but you’ll have the option to punch it up to 18 kts to arrive at your favorite anchorage before sunset. As a bonus, you’ll be standing watch from a protected helm, and you’ll be living on one level from helm to transom. You earned it.
If you’re currently cruising in a trawler of similar size, the RangeBoat offers around 3-4 more knots for the same miles/gallon. In other words, you’ll arrive sooner while burning the same fuel. And, as noted above you’ll have the option to speed up if needed, and will enjoy a much smoother ride.
A minimal wake at 7kts makes the intracoastal or great loop a breeze. The large cockpit and fold down transom are great for fishing, diving, or enjoying the sand bar.
And … at 10′ high and 12.25′ wide, the RangeBoat can be easily trucked from coast to coast or shipped to Europe for cruising the canals
The RangeBoat 46 gets its low displacement, and value, not just from strong(kevlar) and light materials …. foam cored hull and deck .. but also from new technologies and the elimination of features not required for its intended purpose … fuel efficient coastal cruising. The narrow hull and low profile simply require less material. Lithium batteries, solar panels, and variable speed air conditioning will eliminate the need for a generator for most owners. A watermaker can eliminate the need to carry excessive water, and the efficient hull and intended range means you’ll carry less fuel.
We found 46′ to be the perfect size for the old adage, sleeps 2, dines 4, parties 8, and still offer great efficiency. Not too big, not too small.
A cruising couple will enjoy a full season aboard with a centerline berth, full galley, stall shower, 360 degree views from the protected dinette, and a large aft deck. For occasional guests the dinette will convert to a double, or opt for the 2 stateroom interior. Space for a washer/drier and auxiliary freezer will keep your shore chores to a minimum. Folding bikes can be easily stored in the large cockpit lockers.
Rangeboat will be happy to customize the interior arrangement (Galley Up, 2 Stateroom, etc) to meet your individual needs.
SNOWBIRDS: The RangeBoat is perfect for a couple to make seasonal north/south passages quickly and economically, and still have the comfort to spend the season aboard. The low profile opens up the option to truck her to more exotic places, or to cruise the canals of Europe.
Simple - Comfortable - Efficient
Cruising could not be easier.
The photos on this site are the 2017 custom RangeBoat that slipped past us in the Bahamas. We tracked her down, bought her, loved her, and entered into an agreement with Nigel Irens to build more. Interior arrangements and style can be custom designed for each owner.
Specifications and Pricing
The RANGEBOAT 46 will be priced and built in groups of three for maximum builder value and economy.
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The RANGEBOAT 46 is being developed by Lambert Marine, developer of the Outbound 46 offshore passagemaker that is still in production after 25 years. Similar to Outbound, with RANGEBOAT we started with a designer focused first on performance and then optimized his design for comfortable and safe cruising for a couple. Careful attention to systems and ergonomics results in a fuel efficient and comfortable coastal passagemaker.
The Outbound 46 proves that a classic and functional boat will return great resale value for years to come. Outbounds are hard to find on the used market and return a nice value. We expect the same for RANGEBOAT.
The RangeBoat 46 is being developed by Lambert Marine, developer of the Outbound 46 offshore passagemaker that is still in production after 25 years. Similar to Outbound, with RangeBoat we started with a designer focused first on performance and then optimized his design for comfortable and safe cruising for a couple. Careful attention to systems and ergonomics results in a fuel efficient and comfortable coastal passagemaker.
The Outbound 46 proves that a classic and functional boat will return great resale value for years to come. Outbounds are hard to find on the used market and return a nice value. We expect the same for RangeBoat.