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Regulator 25: A New Classic
The all-new Regulator 25 center console: Carolina blue water trolling, here we come.
Fishbox capacity is a significant high-point, on the Regulator 25.
Few center console fishing boat manufacturers have a reputation as good as that of Regulator, and as we mentioned in our review of the Regulator 23FS, they’re pure fishing boats, through and through. Same goes for their newest model, the 25, which was recently introduced at the Fort Lauderdale boat show.
The Regulator 25 sticks with the company’s tried-and-true 24-degree deep-V deadrise hull design, and rigged with a pair of Yamaha F200 four-stroke outboard, it runs like the wind. Top-end breaks 50-mph and at a 4500 RPM cruise, the boat runs at 36-mph while getting close to two MPG. Speed is great, but speed through rough seas is harder to attain. If you’ve never had the pleasure of standing on the deck of a Regulator while wave-hopping through three or four foot seas, you’ve got to try it to believe it. IMHO their hulls deliver a ride that’s in the top three or four of all monohulls on the water of equivalent size, period. And although I couldn’t take it for a ride in Lauderdale (it was sitting in the convention center) there’s no reason to believe the Lou Codega-designed 25 will be any different.
One interesting note about the design: Regulator went with an 8’10” beam. This will be a negative for a lot of folks, who are limited by state law to towing a maximum beam of 8’6” without getting a permit. But the fact of the matter is that the bulk of the 8’6” boats built today are designed to be trailerable—not because 8’6” happens to magically be the best beam for nearly every boat between 21’ and 26’. In other words, that 8’10” beam may make trailering a hassle, but it also says something about Regulator: they designed the 25 to be the best boat possible, not to adhere to some arbitrary rules of the highways.
Also note that this boat is a true 25. Regulator doesn’t stretch the tape for marketing purposes, and when you include the bracket and outboards, it actually measures a full 30’0”. Again, an indication of Regulator putting seaworthiness and boat design above marketing and convenience.
Another area of the boat that shows Regulator’s true colors is fish stowage. Usually on a boat of this size you get a couple of barely-sufficient fishboxes under the forward seats, and maybe a pair of micro-boxes in the deck. The Regulator 25, on the other hand, has a mammoth 408 quart hold under the forward deck, as well as a pair of 160 quart boxes under the forward seats and a 120 quart transom fishbox. That transom box is a dead give-away that this is a Carolina-built boat oriented towards bluewater trolling; with so much fish-stowing space up forward, those who are more inclined to live-baiting would be happy to sacrifice the transom kill-box for additional livewell volume. As it stands at 23 gallons, it’s minimal at best for a boat of this nature. A Sailfish 2860, as a point of comparison (LOA – 28’6”), holds 30 gallons in the transom and 35 in the leaning post.
Otherwise, every fishing feature you could want is included on the stock boat. In fact, the options list for the Regulator 25 is shockingly small—because just about everything is already included. Sure, you can add underwater lights, hull colors, and factory-installed electronics packages, but you won’t need a calculator to figure out the price of the boat. Which, by the way, isn’t cheap at around $130K. Ouch. Then again, you get what you pay for. And if you want one of the smoothest-running, fishiest boats around, chances are you’ll want a boat like the Regulator 25.
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