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The Regal 3300 is a versatile bowrider that serves as a day boat for entertaining a large group, a watersports platform, and because she has a head and a large berth below, she can even be a weekender.
The swim platform is the main boarding area and comes out 4’8” (1.42m) from the transom. There’s a single seat to port and then a three across seat with an articulating seatback to accommodate seating facing aft, cockpit seating, or with the back rest full down – creating a large sun pad. There’s storage underneath both and speakers are below adding to the enjoyment of the area.
LED lights can be selected at purchase to add relaxing atmosphere to a nighttime event. Two stereo speakers sit, aft-facing, along the transom, with the ship’s stereo’s remote control panel to starboard.
To port in the swim platform is a concealed reboarding ladder which faces the port side of the boat, thus getting as far away from the props as possible. Pull-up cleats eliminate the toe stub hazard. A hot and cold freshwater shower is just ahead. A stereo remote, engine hatch switch and cockpit lighting is just at the cockpit walkthrough.
A telescoping reboarding ladder sits under a small latched recessed into the port side of the platform.
Entering the cockpit through a passage, we discover a fold down step to aid guest board from a fixed dock. This is a useful detail and we’d like to see more builders add it.
The cockpit is large and has padded bolsters that include diamond patterned stitching and multiple tones that give the boat an upscale look. Seating wraps around from the stern to the port side. The corner seat is curved so that we can take full advantage of that space and have someone sit there. The double-wide companion seat also has a reversing seat back that allows this seat to be part of the cockpit action. In the aft functionality it makes a good spotters seat.
Storage and More Details. Beverage holders are in recessed bulwarks. There’s shallow wet storage for towels and bathing suits under the aft seat and the heat from the engine will dry these out quickly. More storage is under the side seating with the aft one housing the battery and main breakers, flagpole, and pedestal table in a dedicated location.
The forward facing companion seat the seat includes a flip-up bolster. Glove storage and a grab handle are ahead on the hatch to the head.
Refreshment Center. To starboard is a refreshment center with plenty of open Corian counter space for food prep or a buffet lunch. An optional grill can be added here. Trash is under a flush hatch. Just aft is a sink. Below is a switch that actuates the electric lift housing a 20” (51cm) TV. Beneath the counter is a refrigerator freezer next to enclosed storage. On our test boat we had -- around the side -- another refrigerated drawer.
Overhead is a tower that can provide shade with fore and aft Bimini tops, and supports an elevated tow-point for wakeboarding. This arch articulates down to aid passage under low bridges.
The helm console has “soft touch” vinyl upholstery with a 12” (30.5 cm) multi- function display housed in an aluminum panel. Just below is a recessed and beveled area to hold smaller items and drains are in the corners. Two stainless drink holders are to the sides. Below and to the left is the Fusion stereo. The steering wheel is mounted to a tilt base. To the right are the engine controls, trim tabs, joystick, and a switch panel.
A Change We’d Like to See. After testing the boat we found the placement of the control binnacle for the twin engines in an awkward position, requiring the operator to lean forward to reach the controls. We would like to see the switch panel moved to where the control binnacle is. Then the joystick moved back and the binnacle put there. In this way, the driver’s right hand will fall naturally to the controls and be more comfortable to reach.
Otherwise, the 3300’s helm is ergonomically designed, with a roadster-style steering wheel that features power-assisted steering and a dash wrapped in hand-stitched vinyl.
The windshield is framed in stainless steel and is curved. The helm seat is extra wide and has a flip-up bolster. The operator can reduce the bridge clearance by lowing the power tower and the driver can still remain comfortable at the helm with the tower in the lowered position. This also makes it convenient for rack storage.
The helm features a GPS as standard, as well as a digital depth sounder, autopilot, Fusion UD750 stereo, and twin Binnacle controls. Joystick navigation is available via optional upgrade, as is what Regal refers to as the “glass cockpit.” This 12” display includes read-outs for navigation, engine data, warnings, alarms, auto-pilot, and EVC Easy boating features in one customizable, high-tech touchscreen.
The head is two steps down from the cockpit, with the landing made from soft-step flooring that, while comfortable, may raise some issues in cleaning without much overall benefit.
That being said, the head has ample headroom, with a light overhead and portlight to port, just above the moon crystal solid-surface counterspace and glass vessel sink. The cabinets below the countertop have a rich wood finish with stainless steel finishing.
The head itself sits immediately forward of the entry and is electric, with overboard drainage for easy, quick clearing of the tanks.
The bow seating is among the most versatile we’ve seen in class. It starts with a lounge to the port that wraps around the front. A seat and a half wide chair to starboard lets you sit with your feet on the deck. The seats are well padded seats that also include wraparound seatbacks. When sitting down, there’s added support just under the legs.
Side bolsters make for comfortable armrests and flip-down ones to the opposite side complete the picture. A grab rail non-skid decking both add safety. The port filler chaise cushion pulls out to make the lounge into a chair similar to the one on the starboard side. Now two guests can fast forward.
A carry-on 25-quart cooler has dedicated storage under the front cushion. A side mount pedestal table adds still more versatility. A stereo remote, speakers and beverage holders are recessed into the bulwarks. There is storage in the deck under an RTM hatch for a finished look inside and out.
Ground Tackle and Gear
Fully forward there’s a hatch with a lift and lock latch that opens to reveal the anchor windlass, anchor, chain and other gear. There’s a master power switch alongside with a control switch just above to activate the electric windlass. Access to the rode locker enables managing any tangles of the line or chain. A cleat takes the load off the windlass, something we like to see but rarely find these days. The anchor is mounted through the stem which looks cool and keeps a mess off the deck. Further forward, the navigation light rotates up from its protected position for night-time.
The starboard console with a forward-facing seat opens to reveal a modest overnight cabin with steps leading down. Inside is a berth, measuring 6’8" (2.03 m) long and 4’10” (1.47 m) wide. The clearance over the berth varies between 17” and 18” (43.2 cm and 45.7 cm) while at the entrance it’s 4’3" (1.29 m) high. A hull side window adds natural light and curtains close for sleeping. Storage is alongside the stairs.
Regal offers the following options in sterndrive power:
Twin Volvo Diesel D3 EVC Joystick OceanX 440-hp.
Twin Merc 6.2L 300 Bravo 3 DTS Catalyst 600-hp.
Twin Volvo Penta V8 300 Catalyst EVC Joystick 600-hp.
Twin Volvo V8 300 OceanX Catalyst EVC Joystick 600-hp.
Twin Volvo V8 380 Catalyst EVC Joystick 760-hp.
Twin Volvo V8 380 OceanX Catalyst EVC Joystick 760-hp.
Note the bolded are the only power options that are compatible with the joystick controls.
The Regal 3300 has a LOA of 34’2” (10.41 m), a beam of 10’4” (3.15 m), and a draft of 21” (0.53 m). With an empty weight of 11,400 lbs. (5,171 kg), 80% fuel, and 2 people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 12,540 lbs. (5,688 kg). Powered by twin 380-hp Volvo Penta 6.2L, we reached a top speed of 58.5 mph at 6000 rpm. At that speed, we were burning 59.0 gph for a range of 134 miles.
Best cruise was 25.7 mph at 3000 rpm. At that speed, the fuel burn was reduced to 13.0 gph while still holding back a 10% reserve. We reached time-to-plane in 2.9 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 4.8 seconds, and continued accelerating to 30 mph in 6.7 seconds.
Regal offers a “Limited Lifetime Hull Warranty” with the 3300, as well as a five year limited warranty protection plan covering the engine and boat accessories. These warranties can be transferred to the next owner of the boat, within the terms of the agreement, which helps in potential resale value.
OPTIONS TO CONSIDER
One of the keys to the Regal 3300’s appeal for those in the bowrider market is her scope -- it isn’t necessarily the biggest bowrider on the market, but it is close, and it can accommodate a substantial party of guests. When entertaining up to the 3300’s capacity, the head and refreshment center are a big plus, as is the versatility of the seating spaces. The berth is a nice touch of convenience, although considering it a reliable spot for a night’s sleep may be a bit of a stretch. Still, for big families or kids-and-all-their-friends type excursions, the 3300 will not let you down both on the water and onboard.
Test Result Highlights
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Test Results - Change Measurement Unit
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. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.