The 42 FXO proves that in half a century of boatbuilding, Regal has gone from building boating fun to luxury boating fun. And it’s been quick to seize on the growing popularity of the new large outboards to propel that fun.
Our test boat had three of Yamaha’s massive 425 hp V-8 XTO outboards with integrated electric steering, electronic throttle and shift, and Yamaha’s new Helm Master system with joystick and autopilot. The two large Garmins on the main helm and two above all speak to the Yamaha engines displaying all available engine information. Garmin displays are bright enough to be read in full sun.
The helm station has a wide and adjustable seat with flip-up bolsters to clear the way for stand-up driving. Seated driving is comfortable, though a bit of a reach to the wheel. But on boats like the 42 FXO, autopilot will serve to keep the skipper’s hands in his lap anyway. We found the joystick position ideal for seated control.
Regal does a tasteful professional decor job aboard the 42 FXO. Ours sported a bleached beach wood on the main deck in keeping with the summery feel of the brightly sunlit area. The galley had refrigeration, a microwave and a sink. A fold-down TV dropped from the ceiling and was viewable from the salon dinette, which could seat at least six comfortably.
A large atrium opens above the stairs to the living quarters below. Choosing between the forward V-berth and the aft stateroom as captain’s quarters is a tough call. The aft cabin has twin bunks that slide together to create a larger berth. Both staterooms offer privacy via sliding doors, though the forward stateroom provides private entry to the head and shower. A common entry in the galley area is for the rest of the crew. You can opt for a galley here—a nice complement to the one topside—or choose a second head.
In sunny weather, the flybridge offers superior seating, a fantastic view, and refreshments from an electric refrigerator. The foredeck has a large sun pad that converts to forward-facing seating surrounded by a stainless-steel deck rail.
Regal missed nothing in bringing outboard power to luxury cruising.
- Massive lazarette storage with shelves is a welcome rarity in today’s market.
- Seakeeper gyrostabilizer comes standard to smooth choppy water.
- Option to choose either a galley or a second head belowdecks is a great one.
Draft (max): 2′9″
Dry Weight: 26,650 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity: Yacht Certified
Fuel Capacity: 456 gal.
Price: $1,008,920 (well-equipped)
How We Tested
Engines: Triple Yamaha 425 hp XTO
Drive/Props: Outboard/Yamaha XTO OS 16 5/8″ x 18″
Gear Ratio: 1.79:1
Fuel Load: 180 gal.
Crew Weight: 1,000 lb.
Regal Boats – Orlando, Florida; 800-US-REGAL; regalboats.com