Best Boats of 2010: Regal 44 Sport Coupe

The 44 Sports Coupe delivers efficiency, precise handling and the ease of joystick docking

Made the List Because: Boasting angular lines and a unique look, the 44 Sport Coupe is no "me too" cruiser. From the climate-controlled comfort beneath its coupe top, to the plush staterooms, to the myriad designer options available for you to personalize its decor, this high style is throughout. Powered by IPS pod-drives, the 44 Sports Coupe delivers efficiency, precise handling and the ease of joystick docking. Yet the 44 made the grade because it was obvious to us that this was a boat built by boaters for boaters.

Examples include the walk-in service access that its forward-hinged engine hatch affords, the trip-free pathways its single-level cockpit provides and stowage that’s dedicated and compartmentalized so that the gear is organized, instead of stuffed into a cavernous box. More subtly, only those with serious time aboard would incorporate toe room under the galley counter and a wide, secure, flat spot on the bow deck for handling anchors and lines. And for comfort and fun wherever you boat, the sliding hardtop is one of the most expansive we’ve seen, opening up to the sky or protecting from the sun.

Lasting Test Impression: A focus on weight reduction allows the 44 Sports Coupe to best 1 mpg efficiency between 24 and 30 mph.