Glatzel rides the edge!
blustery unsettled day with the threat of gale force winds promised to
put a damper on our test of these two new attractive looking Regals –
or perhaps those gales were to spice up the conditions (depending on
who you listen to!). Hot off the production line the 2250 Cuddy & 2200
Bowrider are the first of their type in the UK having caused a bit of
a stir at the London Boat Show.
Regal is a family owned & run boat building business based in Orlando
in that boater’s paradise ~ Florida. Regal have been building boats
for 34 years now with a range that runs from an 18ft bowrider to an
imposing 42ft motor yacht. From among the multitude of US
manufacturers Regal have come to be recognised as manufacturing
attractive, well built craft at the upper end of the price/quality
what are the 2200 and 2250 like in the flesh? These craft represent
the first of the new style of Regal that the brochure refers to as
having ‘aggressive edge styling’. Leaving the copywriters aside for a
moment, irrespective of what you call it, it is a visually distinctive
style with firm angular lines merging into stylish curves and some
beautiful touches that are quite ‘retro’. The enormous integrated
bathing platform on both models works well to create a smooth line
from bow to stern. Sitting on their moorings initial impressions were
positive, nice clean lines coupled to a slightly higher than average
bow gives these Regals quite a forceful presence.
Essentially the two boats are identical except for the obvious
inclusion of the cuddy on the 2250. Boarding at the rear is easy as
the size of the bathing platform presents an easy target for even the
clumsiest of boaters. Once on the platform the first thing you do is
stare, to find a ski pole attractive is frankly rather bizarre but I
must confess to being rather smitten with the beautiful stainless item
Regal have attached behind the engine. The engine cover on both boats
makes for a substantial sunbed with a nifty little contraption for a
head rest. L-shaped bench seats provide accommodation for 3-4 whilst
helm & navigator seats give the option of folding up the seats to
provide a bolster seat. The cuddy version boasts a sink, BBQ and in
the cuddy a portaloo for those all important moments. Steps lead up
through the screen with rails giving some good handholds should you go
forward to anchor. Deck fittings are neat with pop up cleats
(including midships) more normally associated with larger craft.
say these Regals have plenty of storage space would be a crass
understatement. On the 2200 Bowrider I counted at least 10 good size
lockers one of which was large enough to get a 6 foot boat salesman
in! The lockers are secured by means of neat little catches and held
up with hydraulic struts.
the engine compartment sits anything from a 5.0L Mercruiser powering
through an Alpha One drive to a Volvo KAD 32 Diesel driving through a
Duoprop. For the petrol options the available horsepower ranges from
220 to 330Hp which should give them a real turn of speed. The diesel
comes in at 169Hp which in a craft this size/weight is unlikely to
give anything special in the performance terms but then you don’t buy
a diesel for outright performance so this is unlikely to be a real
issue. The engine compartment is sizeable with everything laid out
neatly and the pipes & electrics properly secured. The battery switch
and main fuses are located to the right of the transom when entering
the boat which makes them easy to get to in contrast to some craft.
The single battery is secured in a battery box in a large locker under
the transom gate. The location & size of this locker and the fact that
it has a drain hole tempts its use as a wet locker (ski gloves,
swimming gear etc), given the multitude of available lockers locating
the battery in a totally dry area might be more sensible.
what of the handling? A choppy force 5 blowing across Poole Harbour
promised some lively conditions as we ventured out past Poole Quay.
Regal’s Fastrac stepped hull is claimed to give far more precise
handling in the turns and straights than its competitors and be
quicker to get onto the plane. Without putting boats head to head in a
test this claim is very difficult to substantiate however even in the
tightest turns at high speed I couldn’t induce any cavitation and the
boat handled neatly and tracked accurately throughout the test. The
boats come quickly and strongly onto the plane and whilst we didn’t
get to test the top speed this didn’t stop us getting the 2200 up to
read 50mph on its speedo as we raced back in using the lee of Brownsea
Island to get some flat water.
what do I think? These are classy boats that will attract attention
both when at rest and at speed. They are well specced and have
amazing amounts of storage. Handling is good and there is plenty of
power available from the various engine options with the inclusion of
the diesel option being a useful addition to the range. These are not
cheap craft but then you do very much get what you pay for these are
premium products that will bring many a smile to the faces of those
that own them.