Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 (2013-)
(w/ 1 x 250-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS)

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Pontoon boats are popular as roomy, stable platforms for entertaining, angling and cruising on protected waters. Sun Tracker’s Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 is a tri-toon model that targets those who want a comfortable, feature-rich boat on which to welcome guests for cruising, watersports and entertaining. This boat is surprising luxurious.

Key Features

  • 3 high-performance pontoon logs with strakes for maximum speed
  • 2 wraparound bow lounges
  • Starboard aft refreshment center
  • Captain's helm with hydraulic tilt steering, tinted windscreen and full instruments
  • In-console mounted stereo with convenient dash-mounted remote
  • Removable tournament-style ski tow pylon
  • Aft padded sundeck with pop-up changing room, bench and storage
  • Aft L-lounge with lockable dry, underseat storage and lockable lounge arm dry storage
  • Removable serving/game table with soft-touch non-slip surface & molded-in drink holders
  • Color-keyed 11' (3.35 m) polyester Bimini top with LED lights

Specifications

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 (2013-) Specifications
Length Overall 27' 3''
8.3 m
Dry Weight 3,715 lbs.
1,685 kgs.
Beam 8' 6''
2.59 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft N/A Fuel Cap 35 gal.
132 L
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap none
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 (2013-) Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 200-hp Mercury Verado
Tested Power 1 x 250-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS
Opt. Power 1 x 200-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS
1 x 250-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS
1 x 250-hp Mercury Verado

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 (2013-) Captain's Report

By Capt. Dan Armitage

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3

With a top speed of 50.4 mph and comfortable seating for 11 people, this 250 XP3 makes a good combination of high-speed performance and low-key luxury.

Mission

Tracker tells us that the Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 is built for boaters who engage in an active on-water lifestyle with friends and family members that may number more than a half dozen at a time. Two demographic markets are targeted: parents in their 40s with active teens to accommodate and “empty nesters” in their 50s and 60s. These boaters usually want a boat that is large enough and versatile enough to bring family members together for quality time on the water -- and for watersports appropriate for kids from three years old to gramps.

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3

The Regency Party Barge features comfortable, deeply padded, pillow-topped seating throughout. All seating is built atop Roto-molded bases.

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3

We really like the storage compartment built into the back of the forward lounge to port, which is large and lockable.

Comfort Features

We found the Regency 250 XP3 to offer an excellent balance between the amount of seating and deck space. The seating upholstery is filled with high-density foam that is moisture-wrapped and covered with quality marine-grade vinyl that is double-stitched and under-turned with all fastening hardware discreetly hidden. We also thought the deck space remained open enough to allow passengers some elbow and knee room aboard -- and to walk around when underway.

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3

The starboard aft refreshment center is large enough to be practical yet not dominate the deck, and offers on-demand fresh water, food-prep area, drink holders and two lockable storage drawers.

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3

Stereo speakers are paired with dual cupholders in molded panels that inset discreetly into the base at the forward end of the bow bench seats aboard the XP3. Note the tight seams and precise fit in the upholstery that accommodates the panel, and the angle of the speakers to direct sound aft into the cockpit.

The helm console and seat are raised on a platform to allow the operator visibility over the deck. The console offers decent legroom and a reclining, high-backed captain’s chair with flip-up armrests.

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3

The full-featured helm includes multi-function gauges with tachometer, voltmeter, speedometer, water pressure, fuel level and trim readouts. We like the in-console mounted stereo feeding four Kicker speakers with a dash-mounted remote. The tilt wheel is power assisted with hydraulic steering standard.

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3

One of two storage compartments in the helm console to port of the dash reveals a handy 12 volt accessory receptacle and is pre-wired for USB and MP3 jacks.

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3

A full-sized Lowrance fishfinder with GPS and chart-plotting capabilities is standard equipment and flush-mounted in the dash.

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3

The throttle control is secured to an angled panel on the starboard gunwale, a position we found handy and comfortable from the helm.

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3

A portable competition-style tow pylon can be mounted aft when enjoying active water sports.

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3

The Sun Tracker is constructed atop three 26" (66.04 cm) diameter multi-chambered pontoons. The standard 11' (3.35 m) Bimini top has built-in LED lights and a polyester, color-keyed two-tone protective boot.

Construction Features

The three multi-chambered pontoons supporting the 25 foot XP3 are made using .100 aluminum and are fitted with wave deflectors and performance strakes. The deck is built of 7-ply pressure-treated marine plywood supported by full-width, extruded Z-bar supports and surrounded with a heavy-duty extruded rubrail with oversized insert and corner castings. The Regency’s fence panels are vibration- and sound- deadened and elevated from the carpeted deck for added ventilation and drainage and braced with 1.25” (3.18 cm) rails.

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3

All three access gates aboard the Sun Tracker feature Posi-lock latches that are self-locking and easy to operate – unless you are a toddler. Note the fence panels are corrugated for strength and are available in black, blueberry or black cherry high-gloss color schemes topped with a two-inch-wide extruded aluminum rail.

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3

Speaking of access, the Regency’s three-step boarding ladder conveniently flips and folds for storage against sturdy handrails that are high enough to offer excellent assistance to those boarding the full-width swim platform.

Recommendation

Powered by Mercury 200 L OptiMax Pro XS the rig will retail for $36,995. This new Sun Tracker tri-toon Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 has much to offer in the form of comfort and functionality. Tracker is known for being a low-price point builder, but it has done itself proud, in our opinion, when it comes to the upscale aspects of this boat. We think boaters in the market should put it on their short list and use it as a benchmark.

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 (2013-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 (2013-) is 50.4 mph (81.1 kph), burning 22.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 83.65 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 (2013-) is 14.6 mph (23.5 kph), and the boat gets 4.00 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.7 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 137 miles (220.48 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 250-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 (2013-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
GPS/Chart Standard
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Exterior Features
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 (2013-) Warranty

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 (2013-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

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Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 (2013-) Price

Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 (2013-) Price
Pricing Range $39,995.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.


Test Results   (Printer Friendly Page)

Test Power: 1 x 250-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS
  Range  
RPM MPH Knots Total GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM   KM    KPH    LPH    KPL   dBA
660 2.9 2.5 0.3 9.7 8.4 331 287 533 4.70 1.14 4.11 69
1000 4.9 4.2 0.7 6.9 6.0 237 206 381 7.90 2.65 2.95 72
1500 6.8 5.9 1.3 5.4 4.7 186 162 299 10.90 4.92 2.31 74
2000 9.7 8.4 2.5 3.9 3.4 132 115 212 15.60 9.46 1.64 75
2500 14.6 12.7 3.7 4.0 3.5 137 119 220 23.50 14.01 1.70 80
3000 19.0 16.5 5.3 3.6 3.2 124 108 200 30.60 20.06 1.54 83
3500 23.1 20.1 7.3 3.2 2.8 109 95 175 37.20 27.63 1.36 85
4000 26.1 22.7 9.0 2.9 2.5 100 87 161 42.00 34.07 1.24 88
4500 31.9 27.7 12.3 2.6 2.3 89 77 143 51.30 46.56 1.11 88
5000 40.6 35.3 13.1 3.1 2.7 106 92 171 65.30 49.59 1.32 89
5500 45.7 39.7 16.7 2.7 2.4 94 81 151 73.50 63.22 1.16 90
6000 50.4 43.8 22.1 2.3 2.0 78 68 126 81.10 83.66 0.97 91

All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

Test Conditions

Test Power: 1 x 250-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS
Time To Plane N/A
0 to 30 8.3 sec.
Test Power 1 x 250-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS
Transmission Mercury
Ratio 1.75 : 1
Props 14 x 17 Inertia
Load 2 persons, 1/4 fuel, 0 water, 25 lbs. of gear
Climate 81 degrees, 36% humidity, 0-5 wind, calm seas