Test Boat Power: Single 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7L Gi V-8 gasoline DuoProp stern drive with 350 cid, swinging an F3 ss propset through a 1.95:1 reduction.
They Say: Regal’s 2565 Window Express proves that you can cruise comfortably in a 25′ boat. ** **
We Say: The unique foredeck design of the 2565 Window Express provides more than just a window, allowing sunshine and a view. This bi-level bow also provides 6′ of headroom in the forward cabin. In addition, the midcabin berth features a big 3’3″-by-2’9″ entry, made possible because there is no well in the companionway steps above. Besides providing better access, the big entry helps stave off the feeling of sleeping in a cave. A complete galley with a fiddled counter, a standup head, and a standard pump-out com-mode all further substantiate Regal’s cruisabilty claim. Topside you’ll find a portside lounge with a pivoting backrest that allows passengers to focus either forward or turn and enjoy the party aft. Fold the aft bench to open up more cockpit space or access the roomy engine compartment. Note the hatch, which opens to the side so you can access the compartment from inside the cockpit or the swim platform. Regal’s OceanTrac hull has an 18-degree deadrise, which provided a nimble feel on the water even in choppy test conditions. Outfitted with a 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7L Gi DuoProp stern drive, the 2565 Window Express pushed onto plane in under six seconds and reached a top speed of 43.6 mph.
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WHO’D WANT ONE: The discriminating cruiser who appreciates a well thought out design and likes his room with a view. ****
OTHER CHOICES: Bayliner’s 265 Cruiser sports oval windows spanning both cabin sides. Outfitted with a 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI Bravo Three stern drive, it starts at $60,897. ****
THE NUMBERS: $71,542.