We Say: When you see the Regal 2000 ESX fly by with its cool graphics and profile enhanced by the Power Tower, you’ll be impressed. In this newly designed 20-footer, many other attributes back up that first impression.
Start with what you can see. Regal designed this boat to maximize seating space while making it convertible as well. In the cockpit, the corner seats along the transom bench have built-in notches to create more legroom. The backrests are also angled to increase comfort. The seating in front of the port console has an adjustable backrest to face forward or aft. It also slides on a track system to create a deeper seat whichever way you face. The bucket seat at the helm also rotates fully around so the driver can join the conversation at anchor.
The stylish windshield offers evidence of Regal’s build prowess. It’s supported underneath by a glassed-in horse collar that gives it rigidity and durability over time. The whole boat never shakes or rattles, thanks to a solid-stringer grid and deck that are fused to the hull with Plexus adhesive.
Regal is known for having efficient hulls, thanks to a stepped-hull design it calls FasTrac. The midship step flows air underneath the hull to help break surface tension and friction underway. It’s a smooth-handling ride that zips to a top speed approaching 48 mph.
Who’d Want One: Boaters looking for a sporty yet trailerable bowrider.
Another Choice: The Sea Ray 205 Sport ($45,057 with a 220 hp MerCruiser 4.3L Alpha One sterndrive) has a tow arch option.
Bottom Line: $33,460 (with test power); regalboats.com