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Brief Summary

This 2700 Bowrider is the largest in Regal’s fleet, with seating for a crowd and storage for all their gear. But with Regal’s patented, award-winning FasTrac hull, the 2700 offers 60-plus miles-per-hour performance, plus nimble handling and impressive economy one might expect from a smaller boat.

Key Features

  • FasTrac Hull
  • Removable & rubber backed carpet
  • Refreshment center with Corian® countertop, sink & storage
  • 36-quart cooler
  • U-shaped aft seating
  • Companion seat with leaning post
  • AM/FM/CD stereo
  • Transom sunpad
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 28' 6''
    Beam 8' 6''
    Dry Weight 5,800 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 36''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 24 deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 85 gal.
    Water Capacity none
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    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

    Std. Power 1 x 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 Gi DP
    Tested Power 1 x 375-hp Volvo Penta 8.1Gi gas sterndrive
    Opt. Power 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350M MPI B3
    1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG B3
    1 x 320-hp Volvo 5.7 GXi DP
    1 x 375-hp Volvo 8.1 Gi DP
    1 x 420-hp MerCruiser 496 HO MPI B3

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    550 4.3 3.7 1.2 3.7 3.3 286 249 60
    1000 6.9 6.0 2.2 3.1 2.7 238 207 72
    1500 9.0 7.8 4.6 2.0 1.7 151 132 69
    2000 15.9 13.8 7.7 2.1 1.8 158 137 77
    2500 25.6 22.3 9.0 2.9 2.5 219 190 77
    3000 32.8 28.5 10.8 3.0 2.6 232 202 78
    3500 41.7 36.2 14.7 2.8 2.5 217 188 82
    4000 48.4 42.0 19.1 2.5 2.2 194 169 84
    4500 53.7 46.7 28.1 1.9 1.7 146 127 87
    4800 60.1 52.3 34.3 1.8 1.5 134 117 91
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    550 249 460 6.90 4.54 1.59 60
    1000 207 383 11.10 8.33 1.32 72
    1500 132 243 14.50 17.41 0.84 69
    2000 137 254 25.60 29.15 0.88 77
    2500 190 352 41.20 34.07 1.22 77
    3000 202 373 52.80 40.88 1.29 78
    3500 188 349 67.10 55.65 1.20 82
    4000 169 312 77.90 72.30 1.08 84
    4500 127 235 86.40 106.37 0.81 87
    4800 117 216 96.70 129.84 0.74 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. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 4.0 sec.
    0 to 30 7.8 sec.
    Ratio 1.78 :1
    Props Stainless F7 Dual Prop
    Load 2 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, min. gear
    Climate Temp: 63 deg., humid: 30%, wind: calm, seas: calm

    Regal 2700 Bowrider Line Drawing

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    Captain's Report

    What sets Regal apart from other bowriders? The company says quality hardware and construction, backed by excellent service, and they point to not just one but two 2007 JD Power awards for customer satisfaction. They also stress the importance of their patented FasTrac hull, proudly displaying an IMTEC (International Marine Trade Exhibition and Conference) trophy for product innovation awarded in 1997, not long after the FasTrac design was introduced. So how unique is FasTrac? Therein lies one of the more interesting stories of powerboat history.Not long after Regal introduced their FasTrac hull naval architect Harry Schoell filed suit, claiming it was substantially similar to his patented Duo Delta Conic Hull licensed to several boat manufactures. The case dragged through court and then appeal, lasting through April, 2001 when Regal won largely on the courts concern with one definition included in Schoell’s patent, originally filed in 1990. Schoell is often credited as the father of the stepped hull, but was he the originator? Clearly not; it dates back to at least 1910 in wooden hydrofoil racing, though Schoell’s patent largely defines what we consider the modern stepped hull.So what is a stepped hull, and how does it work? My naval architect friends will consider this an oversimplification, but picture the bottom of an ordinary boat. Saw it in half across the boat’s beam, raise the back half of the hull a few inches, and fiberglass the whole thing back together, forming two individual running surfaces, separated by a “step.” This step, which actually slants aft across the bottom of the boat as is goes from waterline to keel, draws air from the surface down under the boat, so the middle of the boat (starting just aft of the step) rides on a pocket of air, thereby reducing wetted surface and drag. This also increases efficiency, at least as Schoell’s patent explains it, because the air pocket in the middle divides the hull into two short, wide planning surfaces, one near the bow and the other near the stern. Since the leading edge of the planning surface creates most of the lift, having two of them makes the boat inherently more efficient. (This is the same principal that makes long narrow airplane wings more efficient than short, wide wings.)The real question, thought, is just how well does Regal’s hull work? Compared to several similarly sized bowriders, with the same horsepower, similar weight, and even roughly the same deadrise, all the variables that should account for a boat’s performance, Regal 2700 was consistently, noticeably faster at top end and more efficient at cruise. Even one lighter boat built by a company known for “go fast” boats posted similar speed, but with 50 more horses in the stern. Stepped hulls have some drawbacks. Early stepped racing hulls were notoriously difficult to control, and my biggest complaint on some modern stepped boats comes from the sudden increase or decrease in drag when running at slower planning speeds. Bump the throttle up just a bit, and as the boat’s speed increases the step becomes more efficient, accelerating more than anticipated, or decrease the throttle just a bit and as the step looses efficiency you’re suddenly off plane. In fact, it was this transition that led to the first successful large seaplane design in 1912, the Curtiss Flying Fish. Adding a step reduced drag and broke the water’s suction, allowing the seaplane to accelerate faster and take off in shorter distances, and the design of the step was tweaked so this sudden transition occurred right around the proper speed for takeoff. Regal's FasTrac hull eliminates these problems (as have several other stepped hulls.) The secret likely lies in the careful use of running surface angles and planning strakes, but whatever it is, Regal has found it. In our tests, the 2700 rose up on plane evenly, without sticking its bow up in the air first. (This is a characteristic of stepped hulls, since they are “lifted” evenly by both ends, not the middle.) The 2700 also handled remarkably well, aggressively carving tight turns with minimal effort on the wheel, and tracking straight with no effort at all. Regal’s hull also didn’t suffer from the jumpiness I mentioned earlier—the 2700 climbing smoothly and predictably up on plane, and back down again. Regal says their success has to do with the angles of running surfaces both ahead of and behind the step, and in the way the water transitions from the front hull to the back—and these differences seem to be at the crux of their successful patent suit defense.So did Regal tread on Schoell’s step design? The court says no, though the ruling focuses more on whether a few degrees, more or less, change the definition of “substantially flat,” just the sort of thing one might expect lawyers to focus on. Either way, one thing has become clear to me, at least judging by other stepped hulls I’ve run: Proper execution of the design requires careful attention to detail. Whether or not Regal developed a new mousetrap is irrelevant at this point. The fact is, their mousetrap works.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Regal 2700 Bowrider is 60.1 mph (96.7 kph), burning 34.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 129.83 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Regal 2700 Bowrider is 41.7 mph (67.1 kph), and the boat gets 2.83 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.2 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 217 miles (349.23 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 375-hp Volvo Penta 8.1Gi gas sterndrive.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    VHF Radio Optional

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Standard
    Head: Fixed Optional
    Power Steering Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard

    Galley

    Refrigerator Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Standard
    Cockpit Cover Standard

    Warranty

    Hull Warranty
    Transferable
    Lifetime Limited
    Yes

    Deck Warranty
    1-Year
    Engine Warranty
    2-Year
    Powertrain Warranty

    2-Year


    Gelcoat Warranty

    5-Year


    Certifications
    NMMA Certification Other Certification Yes - 9001 Yes USCG (U.S. Coast Guard)
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