The performance attributes of this large bowrider — or day boat in modern parlance — start with Regal’s signature FasTrac hull design. It’s essentially a stepped hull amidships, which helps to reduce drag from the water flowing aft along the hull while underway. Regal claims the hull leads to 26 percent faster speeds and 30 percent better fuel efficiency. These are the company’s numbers, not ours, but we will say that, after years of testing FasTrac hulls, Regal boats generally achieve comparable speeds with less power, allowing Regal to install smaller engine packages. Take the 2800 Bowrider we tested. Regal outfitted it with a single 380 hp Volvo Penta Duoprop sterndrive. On test day we approached 50 mph, hitting 30 mph in 9.3 seconds. In every hole shot we attempted, we recorded time-to-plane readings of less than 4 seconds. While operating in the 3,500 to 6,000 rpm range, we maintained a fuel burn rate of more than 1.5 mpg, with peak efficiency achieved at 4,500 rpm — 2.01 mpg while cruising at just over 33 mph. With the standard trim tabs, the driver can adjust for the most comfortable ride depending on conditions.