When inflatable dinghies came along
40 years ago cruising powerboats quickly adopted them – then discovered that there
was no good place to carry them. Unless you had a large motoryacht or convertible,
you had to stick them on the stern somehow, somewhere, as in the photos above.
But none of those solutions are ideal because they are all in the way of boarding,
ugly, and unhandy. Med mooring with them is nearly impossible.
We should hasten to point out that Regal was far from the first builder to solve
the problem of the unsightly, in-your-face dinghy. No, boats with garages in their
transom or stern were first introduced in recreational boats in Europe 15 years
ago or more. And it is fitting that the Italians should solve this problem first,
because when med mooring, one needs unobstructed access to the stern platform.
While American builders started adopting “Euro” lines in the mid 1980s, they didn’t
incorporate the concept of a garage because, we guess, they didn’t have to, nor
did they have much room. Large motoryachts and convertibles simply installed davits
aboard and put them on the aft section of the flying bridge or on the foredeck.
But now that a dozen or more U.S. companies are building large express cruisers,
and finding eager customers in Europe, it is little wonder that Regal has been the
first American express boat builder to utilize the concept.
To find out how well the
Regal system works, we sent BoatTEST.com’s Christopher Hughes, to take a video look…
Watch our video demo of
the “Regal Solution to Stern Pollution”…
See test and videos of Regal boats...
An electric lift raises the garage, out slips the tracks and in no time flat
you can launch your 9’ inflatable.