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2020 Regulator 26XO

The 26XO reigns plying estuaries and near-coastal waters.

Regulator 26XO running shot
Design strength and Regulator’s rock-solid construction make it safe and stable for a family, at rest and underway.Bill Doster

Unlike its offshore sisters, Regulator Marine’s new 26XO reigns plying estuaries and near-coastal waters. In sharp, choppy bay waters our test boat ran dry without pounding at 25 to 32 mph with six people aboard.

Design strength and Regulator’s rock-solid construction make it safe and stable for a family, at rest and underway. This is a long-legged boat for fishing and exploring, with a range over 200 miles. Yamaha’s F300 offers efficient operation in big waters, with plenty of pull for tow sports with an optional, removable tow bar. The hull’s 14-inch draft, moderate deadrise, transom hull pocket and SeaStar hydraulic jack plate make shallow-water operation easy for fishing or sandbar picnics.

Regulator 26XO helm
The Garmin 16 XO Fish Package includes a 16-inch plotter/sonar, VHF and Airmar chirp transducer.Courtesy Regulator Marine

The 26XO makes a good island for family, friends or a couple. The hardtop shades the helm. There’s room to roam, with well-placed grab handles, cup holders and USB charging ports. The console holds a vented, lighted compartment with 60-inch headroom for a portable toilet or a permanent model with holding tank.

Seating? The bow’s port and starboard storage compartments convert to lounges. The console cooler seats two, as does the helm’s leaning post/livewell/tackle center. The stern deck offers three cushioned seats side by side, plus storage and a swim platform with retractable ladder and a transom shower. A four-speaker marine stereo with Bluetooth comes standard.

Regulator 26XO bow seating
The bow’s port and starboard storage compartments convert to lounges.Courtesy Regulator Marine

The 26XO might be Regulator’s most versatile boat. For bluewater duties, choose Taco Grand Slam 390 outriggers, a rocket launcher and a Garmin autopilot/radar package. The Garmin 16 XO Fish Package includes a 16-inch plotter/sonar, VHF and Airmar chirp transducer. Forward of the console is a 70-gallon in-sole fish box.

Regulator 26XO aft seating
The stern deck offers three cushioned seats side by side, plus storage and a swim platform with retractable ladder and a transom shower.Courtesy Regulator Marine

The 26XO also excels inshore, with casting decks fore and aft, optional -36-volt Minn Kota Riptide Ulterra i-Pilot trolling motor, 36-amp charger, and three deep-cycle batteries in a compartment. Hunting Redfish? Snook? Stripers? Even largemouth bass in a tidal river? The 26XO handles all these duties gracefully.

Yep, the 26XO handles multiple -missions. Regulator’s tag line for it is “Go anywhere, do everything.” We agree.

High Points

⋅Classy looks with Regulator sheer line and flare.

⋅New shallow-draft hull design for inshore and near-coastal waters impressed us and was drawn by Lou Codega, noted naval architect and longtime designer for Regulator Marine.

⋅Up/down seatbacks on the bow fish boxes allow lounging while running or sunset-watching.

⋅Huge access under center transom seat to wiring, plumbing and mechanicals will surely put a smile on the face of DIY boaters.

Regulator 26XO performance data
Regulator 26XO Certified Test ResultsBoating Magazine

Specs

LOA: 26′9″

Beam: 9′3″

Draft: 1′2″ (engine up)

Dry Weight: 5,900 lb. (with engine)

Seat/Weight Capacity: Yacht Certified

Fuel Capacity: 107 gal.

Price: $139,995 (with test power)

How We Tested

Engine: Single 300 hp Yamaha four-stroke

Drive/Prop: Outboard/15.5″ x 17″ Yamaha Saltwater Series II 3-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 1.86:1

Fuel Load: 40 gal.

Crew Weight: 600 lb.

More Information

Regulator Marine Inc. - Edenton, North Carolina; 252-482-3837; regulatormarine.com