Regal put its entertainment features in the cockpit, where people will spend most of their time. Check out the two entertainment centers behind the forward seats, one to port and one to starboard. Both have fiddled Corian counters with a lot of space to cut limes. The port center has a stainless-steel faucet with room for an optional refrigerator ($708). Here's where Regal installs the all-weather Kenwood stereo. The face can handle the elements, so there's no flimsy plastic pull-down cover to break off, and you can mount it where the action will likely be, rather than in the cuddy.
The cockpit seating wraps around the transom, and there's an insert for the walkway that conveniently stows in a locker under the port sunpad. To make a full tanning bed on the transom, lift the starboard cushion and a padded insert flips out on a hinge.
To access the removable 36-quart cooler under the starboard bench, lift the seat cushion and the cooler pops up on a gas-assisted strut. Regal took the extra step of molding notches for the cooler handles. The use of gas struts for stowage hatches is one of my favorite features of this boat, making it easy to access the underneath stowage without having to wrestle with the seat cushions.
STYLE POINTS. Look throughout the boat and you'll notice Regal has added many more cool features. Notice how the ladder on the swim platform is mounted to starboard, keeping swimmers' legs away from the lower unit and giving the driver a better view of a swimmer boarding behind. Also note the pull-up cleats on the platform so you can cross tie without chafing the gel coat. Then look at the nonslip on both gunwale topsides to make side boarding easier, and you'll realize the amount of thought Regal put into designing this boat.
Need more? The engine hatch opens aft on a beefy electric ram suited for large cruiser duty. The aft opening allows for maintenance work without bringing greasy tools or footprints into the cockpit. Underneath, you'll notice a screwed-in (as opposed to glued-in) hard rubber gasket around the hatch with a soft rubber insert that deadens sound and keeps out water. There's room for an adult to crouch on either side of the engine for basic maintenance. The welded aluminum fuel tank sits on the centerline so the boat will never list as the fuel level changes. Now look at the screws on the hinges for the deck hatches. Don't notice any? That's because they're all through-bolted from underneath-a sturdier and more corrosion-resistant setup. I could go on with more details, but you get the point. The 2750 Cuddy is a well-appointed, well-designed sport cuddy with the performance chops to deserve its star turn. A