Twenty-five years ago, Joan and Owen Maxwell founded Regulator Marine with their stalwart 26-footer, and it was that one model that launched the company to success. After a quarter century the inaugural model needed revamping, and numerological luck and diligent engineering led to the all-new Regulator 25 just in time to commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary.
“The new 25 is the result of 25 years of experience,” said Joan Maxwell while lounging in the boat’s bow at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last fall. “Our designer, Lou Codega—along with the input of customers and dealers—created a boat that fits in perfectly with the line and replaces the 26.”
Regulator boats are first and foremost fishing machines geared for angler performance. Based in Edenton, North Carolina, near the Albemarle Sound and 60 miles from the open water of the Atlantic Ocean, the builder’s lineup includes seven center console models from 23 to 34 feet. For its size, the 25 Center Console offers enough amenities to satisfy families, such as a stand-up head under the center console that’s accessed by a starboard-side door. But it’s the fishing features and accessories built into the rugged 25 that are the real draw. It all starts with the hull and deep-V entry with a 24-degree deadrise.
Regulator’s reputation for a solid ride begins with what it calls the “grillage system”—a molded fiberglass stringer system that enhances hull strength. The grillage system is bonded to the hull to reduce stress at the deck, liner and hull joint, and foam injected into the grillage voids to add strength and lessen noise. Using a high-strength polybond adhesive system, the grillage, deck and hull are joined to act as a solid unit. When boat captains take on the big offshore water of the Atlantic and launch off waves, nothing creaks or rattles underfoot.
“The tempered-glass windshield on the center console comes standard, because if you’re going to go offshore and maybe take green water overboard, and we know our customers do, you don’t want a windshield in your lap,” Maxwell said. “The flush deck we have on the 25 is one of those things we learned from customer feedback. The 26 had a step in the liner near the center console. We took that step out on the 25, so it’s a nice pathway all the way from front to back.”
The expansive dash is rigged with Raymarine electronics at the factory, and the optional multi-function display screen for GPS and chartplotters is 12-inch, but there’s plenty of room for one or even two 16-inch screens, as well as other electronics. The steering wheel tilts and operates using hydraulic control for the engines. The console also features a glove box with a 12-volt plug for charging electronics. Toggle switches for all controls are lighted, and the seat is comfortable whether leaning or sitting. The 25 can be rigged with an optional hardcover T-top that can be outfitted with two optional outriggers.
The fishing cockpit has all the tools and accessories needed to hunt big game fish. The backside of the center console seat features an optional tackle center that includes four rocket launchers, three tool holders and an 8-tray tackle storage compartment below. Built into the deep transom is an insulated 120-quart fish box on the port side and a 23-gallon livewell to starboard that drains overboard. The lids to all the compartments, as well as the usually hidden areas like the bilge, are all finished off with gelcoat, which makes for a clean look that is also—no surprise—easy to clean. A transom seat pulls out and stows completely when fishing, and padded gunwales protect your legs when leaning over the side.
The new 25 has coolers galore. Just aft of the anchor locker on the bow is a 140-quart built-in cooler that drains. On either side are comfortable, facing lounge seats that are long enough to stretch out on, under which are two more 160-quart draining coolers. Then under the bow deck is a 408-quart cooler—with rod-storage racks and locking lid—that has a macerator pump built into the drain so fish debris can easily be ejected, and on the front of the center console is a two-person bench seat that has yet another draining 64-quart cooler. The twin Yamaha F200C four-stroke outboard engines are rigged to a transom bracket that extends the length overall to 30 feet. Yamaha Command Link controls connect the dash to the engines for smooth operation.
It took 10 months from the drawing table to the actual building of the 25, but the idea of replacing the 26 had been rambling around the factory for years. When the Regulator team decided to get serious about a redesign, Codega drafted his initial thoughts, and the dealers were brought in for a think tank. “The dealers gave us input and we sent Lou back to the drawing board,” Maxwell said. “We believe it represents everything about what we’ve learned in 25 years of business.” We believe you’re right.
LOA: 25′ 2″
Beam: 8′ 10″
Draft: 24″ engines up/33″ engines down
Dry weight w/engines: 6,200 lbs.
Water/Fuel capacity: 21/160 U.S. gals.
Power: 2x Yamaha F200 200-hp four-stroke outboard engines
Cruise/Top Speed: 31.2/50.6 mph
Range: 289 miles @ cruise
MSRP w/engines: $130,395
187 Peanut Drive Edenton,
NC 27932 (252) 482-3837
Don Minikus, Southern Boating March 2014