Regulator boats set a standard for delivering one of the best rides on the water over two decades ago. In that time, countless anglers have made untold trips through the world’s oceans in pursuit of game fish, and they are a loyal bunch, praising their boats and reluctant to trade them in or sell them — unless it’s to acquire another hot new Regulator model.
Now comes the new Regulator 31. Like its fleet mates, this new bluewater center console first took shape on the drawing board of naval architect Lou Codega, a master of the modern deep-V hull. As our daylong sea trial running the inlets of New Jersey — and fishing the Atlantic beyond — proved, this newest Regulator lives up to the reputation the boats that have come before it built. And then some.
Blasting through the breakers of the notorious Manasquan Inlet, the Regulator 31 rose confidently, split the crests, and shouldered aside white-spumed spray before landing level, soft and still on course. All this at 29 mph through 4-footers. Yep, the Regulator reputation for a great ride was safe and secure with the 31.
Of course, in addition to ride, Regulator is known for fishability, functionality and a rugged build. All of this was evidenced in spades throughout the boat. We stowed enough tackle during our trial to fish offshore and inshore, not knowing which way the weather would turn. The boat features a variety of available livewell combinations, and, in short, keeping enough bait alive won’t pose a challenge to this sea runner. I noted with admiration the close fit and smooth finish of all the hatches, whether I was stowing my photographic gear or reaching for lunch. And let’s just say that the head inside the console is large, bright and accommodating enough to please the most discerning crew. An especially well-executed feature was found in the starboard hull side. There, a boarding door allows landing a trophy or going for a swim with equal ease.
Back at the dock, Yamaha Outboards exclusive Helm Master joystick system worked like a charm. We nestled the 31 into a 32-foot-long space, despite wind, current and needing to spin 360 degrees before doing so. Like to run offshore? Don’t miss the Regulator 31.
* Want to know what a good ride is? Sea-trial this boat.
* The Regulator 31 inspired confidence at all times.
* Unrivaled fit and finish.
* The hull-side door eases landing fish or boarding crew.
* Light, bright and airy head.
* Yamaha Helm Master joystick proved awesome.
How We Tested
Engine: Twin Yamaha F300s
Drive/Prop: Outboard/15¼" x 19" 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 150 gal.
Crew Weight: 800 lb.
$262,995 (as tested)
Regulator Marine Inc. Edenton, North Carolina; 252-482-3837; regulatormarine.com