Regal 19 Surf

The Regal 19 Surf goes a long way toward bringing wakesurfing to the masses.

With its surf-friendly Volvo Penta ­Forward Drive, which tucks the Duoprop propeller set under the boat where a fallen rider cannot hit it, and a nationally advertised price of just over $35,000, Regal's new 19 Surf goes a long way toward bringing wakesurfing to the masses. But just how well can a ­19-foot boat produce surf? As our day on the lake running and riding behind this new model proved, it can produce ­surprisingly nice surf waves, especially considering the boat also forgoes the expense and complication of an installed ballast system. The task of generating a surf­able wave falls primarily to a pair of wave-shaping tabs attached to the transom, as well as to the trim of the ­Volvo Penta Forward Drive. With the appropriate tab deployed and a little fine-tuning of the trim, Emily Dale, of our sister publication Wakeboarding magazine, easily found the wave's sweet spot and enjoyed a solid recreational ride suited to all ages and skill levels. Impressive.

Regal 19 Surf
LOA: 19'10" | Beam: 8'3" | Dry Weight: 3,100 lb. | Seating/Weight Capacity: 9/1,170 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 35 gal. | More Information: regalboats.comBill Doster
Regal 19 Surf
Regal 19 SurfBill Doster

When not playing the role of wave ­machine, the 19 is very much a classic bowrider. The forward cockpit features 3 feet 6 inches of seat space to both port and starboard, allowing a pair of passengers to comfortably recline on forward-facing seat backs. Primary storage is located ­behind those hinged seat backs, in the generous area below the port and starboard consoles. In the main ­cockpit, the wraparound-style helm seat is ­complemented by a 5-by-6-foot L-shaped bench, with a flip-over seat back accommodating a ­forward-facing passenger or rear-facing observer behind the port console. ­Stowage is mixed between an enclosed compartment to port and the open nook for a 25-quart cooler below the center seat. A 5-foot-by-2-foot-2-inch sun pad completes the picture for lounging or serves as a great spot to gear up for watersports ­facing the extended swim platform.

Regal 19 Surf
Regal 19 SurfBill Doster
Regal 19 Surf
Regal 19 SurfBill Doster

Forward Drive moves the pivot point farther forward, resulting in a highly ­agile 21-foot craft. It also provides the speed and economy of a regular sterndrive. With the 200 hp version of Volvo Penta’s ­Forward Drive, time to plane was brief, with the bow dropping in a scant 2.6 seconds en route to the boat’s 39.3 mph top speed.

Regal 19 Surf
Regal 19 SurfBill Doster

High Points
* RegalVue display offers touchscreen control of all major functions, including surf tabs and GPS-based Zero Off speed control.
* Quick Launch feature, accessed through the touchscreen, drops tabs to allow the boat to quickly come on plane and automatically trims once the hull is on plane.
* Optional sport tower anchors the towrope high off the water, providing a solid pull and allowing wakeboarders to achieve maximum airtime.

Price: $35,505 (with test power)

Regal 19 Surf
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How We Tested
Engine: Volvo Penta V6-200-C/FWD
Drive/Prop: Forward Drive/K2 propset
Gear Ratio: 2.32:1
Fuel Load: 26 gal.
Crew Weight: 355 lb.

More Information
Regal Marine - Orlando, Florida; 407-851-4360; regalboats.com