Regulator 29

Certain Prey: A Shark On the Scent.

The Highs: Ride matches or beats that of any monohull in this size range. Huge glass windshield is far more protective than most. Hatches are fitted perfectly - drop them and they shush shut.

The Lows: Anchor locker hatch folds forward and hits the deck. You'll have trouble finding a 29' center console that costs more - load it with options, and you could break $160K.

Toughest Competitor: Southport's 28 is another center console that's built to last and rides with bigger boats. It's also one of the few that sets you back as much as the Regulator, at $151,000 with twin 225-hp Honda four-strokes on the transom. The Regulator has a sharper bottom at 24 degrees compared to 22 degrees, but the Southport's fishbox is bigger at 728 quarts.

There's a kingfish chewing on the port long rigger bait and a mahi-mahi ripping drag from the starboard flat line. The only reason we have live baits in the water is because Regulator's 29 is a hardcore fishboat that cuts no corners. Flashback to the early morning - I throw a cast net over a school of live ballyhoo. I turn on the 30-gallon livewell and the pump cartridge turns out to be a dud. On many alleged fishboats that would have shut down our game plan. But instead of using the common pump-share arrangement you'll find on lesser boats, the Regulator 29 has separate dedicated pumps for the livewell and washdown. I fire up the raw-water wash, drop the end of the hose in the livewell, and spend the day live baiting as intended.

Other features the diehard angler will appreciate: an 84-quart bait cooler in the transom, a leaning post tackle station with 10 tackleboxes, knife/pliers/rig holders, four rocket launchers, grabrails, locking forward rodboxes, two sidedeck lockers sized to hold five-gallon buckets, a molded-in transducer pocket, and a gaping 520-quart integrated fishbox in the forward deck. You're planning to back down on billfish until you bury the transom? No problem - the huge glassed-in scupper tubes evacuate water as quickly as any I've seen on a boat this size.

Any picky angler who wants the best of the best will also be interested in the construction touches found on this boat. Regulator vacuum-bags the T-top for maximum strength at minimum weight, backs hinges with Whaleboard plates, and resin-transfer molds the hatches for a perfect finish (and they sport a nifty Regulator logo on the underside). The major parts of the boat are through-bolted together before being bonded, and the molded-fiberglass stringers are glassed in place and filled with foam after rigging tubes and hoses are run through them. A bonus for anglers who want their boat to look good years down the line: Regulator uses 963 gel coat, which can be buffed back if you ever mar the picture-perfect finish with a swinging weight or missed gaff shot. You'll be thankful for it when the mahi and kings attack at the same time and mayhem breaks loose in the cockpit.

rpm knots mph gph naut. mpg. stat mpg. n. mi. range s. mi. range run angle sound level
1000 5.2 6.0 2.4 2.2 2.5 557 641 0 60
1500 7.0 8.0 3.9 1.8 2.1 457 526 1 62
2000 8.3 9.6 6.3 1.3 1.5 340 391 2 65
2500 10.3 11.8 9.8 1.0 1.2 268 309 3 68
3000 14.6 16.8 12.9 1.1 1.3 290 334 0 72
3500 23.6 27.2 15.7 1.5 1.7 386 444 0 76
4000 29.8 34.3 21.5 1.4 1.6 356 409 0 80
4500 34.3 39.5 26.5 1.3 1.5 332 382 0 84
5000 38.7 44.5 32.4 1.2 1.4 306 352 0 88
5500 43.3 49.8 40.4 1.1 1.2 275 316 0 90
5800 45.7 52.6 42.1 1.1 1.2 278 320 0 94

LOA: 29'0"

Beam: 9'6"

Draft: (max.) 2'7"

Displacement (lbs., approx., w/o power): 6,800

Transom deadrise: 24°

Bridge clearance: 7'8"

Max. headroom: 6'0"

Fuel capacity (gal.): 285

Water capacity (gal.): 20

Price (w/standard power): $135,000

Price (w/test power): $135,000

STANDARD POWER: Twin 250-hp Yamaha F250 four-stroke outboards.oPTIONAL POWER Twin outboards to 500 hp total.

TEST BOAT POWER: Twin 250-hp Yamaha F250 V-6 four-stroke outboards, with 204.6 cid, swinging 153?4" x 19" three-bladed ss props through 2.0:1 reductions.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT: (major items) Aluminum windshield; 3 batteries w/switches; head compartment w/electric commode, lighting, mirror; hydraulic steering w/tilt wheel; 64-qt. insulated cooler; Ritchie compass; recirculating livewell; 4 gunwale rodholders; 20-gal. freshwater system; raw-water washdown; transom and in-deck fishboxes; Lenco black trim tabs.