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Content courtesy ofThe luxurious Regency Yachts P65 is a foot wider than most boats in class and also considerably heavier, which means she should be more comfortable in a seaway.
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.
The Regency P65 is designed to fill what the builder calls a void in the market for an owner/operator 65’ (19.8 m) pilothouse motoryacht that can be used at both displacement and semi-planing speeds. Her exterior design is one that should be in style as much in ten years as she is today, avoiding both the excesses of Euro and trawler styling. She is intended for everything short of transoceanic cruising and is equipped as standard to be turn-key ready for the discriminating owner.
Her standard equipment list is extensive, and she is undoubtedly one of the very best equipped yachts we have seen in class. Pretty much all she needs to take off on an island adventure is a load of fuel, some linens, and provisions.
She is intended to be a five-star hotel afloat and to be operated from the arctic circle to the tropics, and to that end has her own diesel and electric heating system in addition to a reverse-cycle air conditioning. Located in the Pacific Northwest, Regency Yachts is particularly sensitive to the needs of boaters planning trips both up and down the west coast from Alaska to Panama.
Even though the P65 has far more equipment than most boats in class, she is essentially the same price or less.
The Regency P65 is one of a new line of motoryachts created by Regency Yachts as an evolution of their original pilothouse motoryacht series, designed by naval architect Howard Apollonio 10 years ago. The P65 has an interior designed by Sylvia Bolton Design and is built by the New Ocean Yachts yard in Taiwan using top-flight finishes and materials and some of the most experienced yacht craftsmen in the world. New Ocean Yacht’s owner, Jeff Chen, has been building yachts since 1965. Jeff Chen and Martin Snyder of Premiere Yachts collaborated closely on the layout and details of the Regency P65.
MAJOR FEATURES -- And All Standard Equipment
The Swim Platform
Boarding the Regency P65 on the aft swim deck, there are teak decks and four stainless steel safety rails along the aft edge. The aft swim deck also has access to the engine room through a large hatch in the transom. Access up to the cockpit comes to port and starboard via wide, teak-lined steps up-flanking the transom. Each side features stainless steel hinged access gates.
The aft deck on the P65 has a dining settee forward-facing along the transom, positioned along a high-gloss wood cocktail table on a stainless steel pedestal. The decks on the cockpit are teak lined, and the overhead covers the entire space with recessed LED lighting and stereo speakers installed for nighttime outdoor dining.
Cool Doors. Access to the salon is forward through tinted, polished stainless-steel lined double sliding glass doors which are curved -- something that we rarely see, and then, only on the most expensive motoryachts. This adds a classy design touch.
Access up to the flybridge is to starboard via a floating-step staircase with stainless steel guide rails and teak steps.
The aft deck also features twin satellite navigation stations to port and starboard.
The Boat Deck
All true cruising yachts in this class will have a boat deck on the aft end of the flying bridge. We recommend against tender garages and strapping down a tender on a hydraulic swim platform in this size motoryacht because they are both problematic. A hydraulic davit is the way to go.
When the tender is launched, this space can be outfitted with folding deck chairs for sunning and makes a good place for cocktail party overflow.
To port and starboard on the flybridge, moving forward, are two separate entertaining consoles that can be outfitted to please. To starboard is a bar, with granite and cracked-glass countertop in an L-shape. The flybridge bar has an under-counter stainless steel sink with Grohe faucet issuing hot and cold water. Underneath the counter is a stainless steel faced U-Line refrigerator that comes with an ice maker as well.
Just above the bar, installed in the flybridge’s overhead, is a Samsung TV and Fusion stereo with DVD player standard.
To port is the P65’s barbecue station. It too has an L-shaped counterspace. The long end of the L-shaped counterspace stretches across the beam, facing forward. This station has a US Coast Guard-approved propane locker, stainless steel infrared BBQ, and specialty LED “task lighting” installed in the overhead just above the barbecue station.
Forward the barbecue station to port is a dining space, with an L-shaped upholstered settee with throw pillows wrapped around a glass cocktail table on two stainless steel pedestals. Forward the dining space to port is further counterspace with storage underneath.
The flybridge helm sits forward to port, with access down to the main pilothouse via stairs to starboard. It has two captain’s chairs, both upholstered, with flip-up bolsters, adjustable stainless steel pedestals, and lifting armrests.
The dash panel on the flybridge is a simplified, sleek design, with dual touchscreen panels above the control and navigation equipment on the flat-space “desk” panel. The overhead lighting is LED and comes with variable intensity dimmer switches.
Importantly, the flying bridge comes standard with a polycarbonate enclosure that turns this space into a three-season cruising venue.
The salon is its own separate venue, separated by a high bulkhead to the galley etched-glass backsplash and four stairs. In this way, the salon is separate, but if the cook wants to be part of the salon conversation, it is possible. With the aft doors open, the salon and aft deck create one large space for entertaining.
To port is an L-shaped leather settee with an aft-facing short end, a glass coffee table, and woodgrain end table on the aft end. Opposite the settee to starboard are two leather lounge chairs with stylish stainless steel arms.
The salon’s entertainment center is one of the P65’s more outstanding features. A recessed Samsung HDTV comes with a Denon receiver, custom Wi-Fi network, Apple TV, Kaliedscape movie system with 6 TB of storage, and a Crestron remote control. The salon entertainment system is also networked throughout the ship. The stereo and speaker system is by Marantz and has surround sound.
The ship’s network, installed by Envision Home Automation, features an Araknis router with a Gigabit, 16-port network with PoE switch, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless access, Marina Wi-Fi antenna, and SureCall Fusion 5s five-band booster kit, which dramatically improves signal for voice, text, and 4G LTE signals.
Wet Bar. Just alongside the media control center, forward the lounge chairs to starboard, is a beverage center. This is a nice feature to keep guests supplied with beverages while keeping them out of a potentially busy galley space. It has a stainless steel and glass-faced wine cabinet, granite countertop, and custom under-counter sink with Grohe faucet.
Lots of Wood
In the boat we tested, the bulkheads were thick walnut veneer with horizontal grain. This pattern is somewhat unusual, as most yachts we see run the grain vertically. We found the horizontal grain treatment more appealing and restful for some reason, as it seems to direct the eye from side to side.
All decks in the salon and pilot house levels are solid hardwood, not synthetic, and are built to accept expansion and contraction.
Moving from the salon to the galley is possible via four LED-lit carpet-lined steps. The P65’s galley was designed to accommodate a chef. It is a space where two can prepare gourmet-level meals. It has granite countertops, hardwood decks, and elite appliances. The galley layout has two parallel counterspaces extending from the port side, with a station to starboard featuring more counterspace.
The galley equipment includes Miele four-burner induction cooktop, Miele oven, Miele dishwasher, GE microwave, Sub-Zero IT-30CIID-RH refrigerator with two freezer drawers, Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers installed in starboard side-station, GE garbage disposal, Franke stainless steel sink with Grohe faucet and fixtures, and a Broan Elite trash compactor. The walnut cabinet space is above and below the countertops in the form of drawers and cabinets.
The galley equipment includes, but is not limited to the following:
Forward the galley is a forward-facing dining settee wrapped around a handcrafted walnut table. The dining space sits just aft of the helm, and the captain’s chairs can actually swivel back to face and join the dining space.
Side Doors. To port and starboard in the pilothouse are side-deck access pantograph doors. This is an important feature when cruising short-handed and the skipper must be in two places at once. Fortunately, there is the autopilot, which is like having an extra hand aboard.
The main helm on the P65 features two Pompanette Platinum upholstered captain’s chairs, which have adjustable armrests and pedestals that allow the chairs to swivel 360 degrees.
Helm Console & Electronics
Most boats come with only minimal electronics, but the P65 has a rather complete list of equipment, all top-grade. The instrument console can hold four large screens, and there is plenty of counterspace for other controls and instruments.
The standard Garmin navigation suite includes the following:
Access down to the accommodations level is via a staircase just to starboard of the helm.
The LED-lit staircase down to the accommodations carry the walnut finish theme from the ship’s upper levels down below.
The Master Stateroom
The master suite is aft of the access stairs. The master is full-beam and has a berth at 67” (1.70 m) wide that is somewhere between Queen and King size. It is flanked on each side by walnut night-tables with drawer storage just below the night-lights. (Under it is the fresh water tankage.) The headboard is an upholstered piece framed on either side by bulkhead-mounted custom light fixtures. Bulkhead fabric treatments are Ultraleather.
The suite has three large rectangular portlights to port and starboard, both above storage cabinets below. There is also a walk-in cedar-lined clothes locker to go along with the spacious drawer and cabinet storage throughout the suite.
The master comes with an HDTV with stereo sound and networking capability with the main salon entertainment set-up.
As in any yacht this size, the furnishing of the master is at the discretion of the owner. If a table or love seat is desired, a chest of drawers can be changed out. For example, the yacht we tested has a large walk-in closet on the starboard side behind the bed, but this could be eliminated for a his-and-hers bath (we do not, however, recommend that change).
The shower doors are glass and inside is a large stall with rain forest overhead shower.
The VIP stateroom is in the bow, with a queen-sized island berth featuring storage drawers underneath. Like many bow staterooms, the hull bulkheads extend from the headboard and create nightstand-shelves on each side of the berth. The décor in the guest rooms are custom-made.
The VIP has air-conditioning and diesel heat, as featured in all the guest rooms, including climate control panels for individual comfort. There is a hanging locker and drawer storage beyond those found under the berth. There is an HDTV and entertainment system as well.
The VIP has ensuite private access to the shared guest head on the lower deck. A slightly different layout than the master ensuite, it still features the spa-inflected design, with a granite-topped walnut vanity, Techma head, large spa shower with Grohe showerhead, and heated granite decks.
This head is shared with the guest head and is also the day head.
Along the portside, abaft the VIP stateroom, is a guest cabin that features two parallel single berths. Each berth is raised to feature drawer storage below, with light fixtures on the upholstered headboard on each, with smaller reading lights installed off the shared center nightstand.
The guest cabin also features an HDTV and entertainment system, air conditioning, and diesel heat, with opening portlights along the portside and an opening hatch skylight overhead.
Unlike the carpeted master and VIP suites, the guest cabin has hardwood decks.
The Regency P65 we tested was powered with twin Volvo D13 900 HP diesel engines with ZF transmissions. However, Regency Yachts also offers the CAT 12.9 engines at 1000-hp, or Cummins engines. All are now Tier 3 compliant.
The Regency P65 is 65’10” (20.1 m) on deck (66’5” (20.2 m) LOA) with a beam of 18’3” (5.56 m) and an estimated tested weight of 95,493 lbs. (43,315 kg) as we only had about 1/3 fuel and 1/2 water in our tanks. Fully laden, the boat will weigh over 101,000 lbs. (45,813 kg). We were swinging 5-blade 33.5” (85.1 cm) x 32.7” (83.1 cm) props. The ZF gear ratio was 2.6:1.
We tested the P65 in 70-degree weather with a light chop on the water and a 10 to 15-knot breeze. Top speed was 21.9 knots, where we were turning 2330 rpm, which was as expected.
Best cruise speeds are pretty linear across the board. At 2000 rpm, we were making 16.8 knots and burning 57.5 gph for a range of 315 nautical miles.
Most people we know when making a long cruise will cruise a boat like this one at about 10 knots. We recorded at 1250 rpm a speed of 10.3 knots, a fuel burn of 15.1 gph, and a range of 733 nautical miles.
Importantly, the Regency P65 is now available with twin CAT 12.9 L diesels that generate 1000-hp.
Regency Yachts lists the standard sticker price at $2,850,000.
The goal of Martin Snyder of Premiere Yachts was to build a boat that was 100% ready to take on a long cruise up to Alaska or down to the Caribbean. We think he has accomplished that because his vessel is loaded with virtually everything we would put aboard. This sets the P65 apart from a number of 65-footers which are designed more for display and light local cruising and entertaining, and not for the real thing -- long distance cruising.
Entertaining. The Regency P65 is also fully equipped for entertaining with a full bar and grill on the top deck, a large aft deck with table and room for folding deck chairs, and a large salon with wet bar. There are at least six TVs on the boat with Marantz stereo, surround sound, and much more.
Easy Docking. With her four control stations, plus the Yacht Controller, the boat should be easy enough to handle for an owner/operator and spouse or companion. Boats this size are not so difficult to handle once you get the hang of it, and our video amply demonstrates how easy it is with the thrusters.
This boat proves that you don’t need pods or joystick controls or both to easily handle this vessel in tight places. Just watch our video. Eliminating pods and a joystick cuts down on cost and eliminates black boxes that can, and often do, go wrong. While the thrusters and engine controls are digital, there is no computer involved with the actual maneuvers.
Engines. When our test boat was built, we were told that only the Volvo Penta D13 had passed Tier 3 requirements, so it was selected for power. But now CAT and Cummins have been certified as well. We expect that the next boats to be built will be powered by twin CAT 12.9 L 1,000-hp engines. We think that this is adequate and reliable power without overkill.
Comparison. When we compare the P65 to other 65-footers on the market, we find her to be beamier and heavier (a combination that goes together) than most other boats on the market in class. This means that she may not be able to go as fast as some others, but she was not designed for people who are focused on top speed, but rather on boaters wanting comfortable cruising with all of the amenities and equipment needed to do it in style and without worry.
She is a foot wider than most boats in class, and 10,000 lbs. (4,536 kg) to 30,000 lbs. (13,608 kg) heavier. That means she’ll be more comfortable in a seaway, and with her Wesmar stabilizers working, even more so. Her extra beam also makes her more stable, as well as to make the staterooms larger and generally add much needed room. Most boats coming out of Europe these days are light as possible, and as narrow as the builder thinks the market will tolerate. They are almost never equipped for serious cruising the way the Regency P65 has been outfitted.
Considerations. For people wanting a family cruising vessel, for operation far from home, we think the Regency P65 should be considered because of her attention to important mechanical details and her equipment list. She is far better equipped than most trawler types we see, and certainly more so than the lower-priced vessels coming out of Europe.
Like most boats in class, she can be built to suit any owner’s special needs.
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Pricing Range: $3,195,000.00Prices, 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 - 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.