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Regal 42 Sport Coupe (2014-)

2 x 300-hp Volvo Penta IPS400

Brief Summary

We woke up to rain and blowing winds on test day, and thought that surely Regal would cancel the test as well as the shoot. A glance at the offshore data buoys showed seas well over 5’ with a close fetch running against a fair tide. Not a time to show a boat’s best to be sure. To our surprise, however, when we showed up, Frank, Regal’s test captain was singling up the lines in preparation for our departure. Does Regal intend for me to report on rattling deck joints and a pounding hull? We sure can’t run at speeds to get any test numbers but I’ll sure be able to report on her rough weather handing.

Key Features

  • Split forward head
  • Convertible hardtop
  • Custom fit program
  • Windshield walkthrough
  • Aft Euro sun lounge
  • Solid cockpit enclosure
  • Single level cockpit sole
  • Fusion marine stereo

Test Results

700 4.9 4.3 0.8 6.53 5.68 1646 1432 65
1000 7 6.1 1.8 4 3.48 1008 877 65
1500 9.2 8 5.2 1.77 1.54 446 388 69
2000 11.1 9.7 12.7 0.87 0.76 220 192 75
2500 20.5 17.8 17.7 1.16 1.01 292 254 74
3000 29.7 25.8 21.2 1.4 1.22 352 306 76
3500 37.2 32.3 30.3 1.23 1.07 310 269 78


Length Overall 42' 4'' / 12.9 m
Beam 13' 0''
4 m
Dry Weight 20,500 lbs.
9,298 kg
Draft 41''
1.04 m
Deadrise/Transom 18 deg.
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance 12' 4''
3.8 m
Fuel Capacity 276 gal.
1,045 L
Water Capacity 70 gal.
265 L

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 6.5 sec.
0 to 30 13.0 sec.
Ratio N/A
Props N/A
Load 2 person, 1/2 fuel, fullwater, minimal gear
Climate 55 deg.; 60% humid.; wind: 20-25 MPH; seas; 1-2 chop

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 300-hp Volvo Penta IPS400
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power 2 x 300-hp Volvo Penta IPS400
2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta D6 IPS500 diesel

Captain's Report

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

This newest Regal has a lot of features that make for a very practical cruising yacht. With a LOA of 42'4” (12.9 m) and a beam of 13’ (4 m) she takes full advantage of the usable space.

Capt. Steve Says…

For starters, I’ve tested Regal boats before and found them to be pretty good handling boats. Of course wake jumping in a sportboat is one thing, but crashing through green square ones in a cruiser is quite another. This will be quite another. But if the intention is to buy a cruising boat, then one will have to face the fact that not every day is sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it blows and the boater will still want to get moving. Even though it may not be overtly dangerous out, no boat stays still when the water underneath is boiling and confused.

Where Others Fear To Tread

The first indication confirming that this would be a rough ride was seeing other boats coming back in. We tested the Regal 42 Sport Coupe in Long Island Sound on the blustery Monday after the Norwalk Boat Show in September. That meant everyone was on a schedule of getting out of Dodge and on to the next show. One after another, boats would leave only to come back in. And we were still heading out. Once we rounded the end of the no-wake zone, I added power and we were off.

How’s Your Attitude?

The first thing I noticed is that the Regal 42 Sport Coupe appears to ride bow high. She’s an IPS powered boat and that means her engine weight is aft. All her cabin materials are solid cherry that is cored for lighter weight, so having weight aft will bring the bow up. But to be clear, it was only 4-degrees with tabs engaged. It just seems like more because the bow is so far forward of the helm. To give a comparison, the typical bowrider rides at 5 to 7-degrees bow up but it is not noticeable because the boater is right behind the bow.

Head Seas

Then the seas started to build. I was at about half throttle, low 20’s for speed, and figured that once it really started to pound I’d back off and find a speed that matched the timing of the seas. But I kept going, and going… and the pounding never came.
Know that feeling when the water drops out from under the boat and then the next wave is rising to meet the descending bow? We got to that point and I announced to the crowd in the cockpit to hang on… and then… nothing.
We met the oncoming wave, plunged through throwing a ton of water off to the sides, blowing back into the windshield, and then continued on to the next. It was like this over and over again. No pounding, just up and down, hang on and continue. I saw no reason that safety would dictate turning around and heading back to shelter. The Regal 42 is not a bad riding boat when the going gets tough.

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

The convertible aft sun lounge makes a great place to relax anytime the 42 SC isn't underway.

Beam Seas

Coming around to the beam, it was a more pleasant ride. Out to windward it looked like trouble was coming, but the ride said differently. I almost wished that we were operating in the dark so I couldn’t see what was coming. The boat didn’t respond badly, as my instincts said it should. A glance back at the passengers who were relying on me to keep them safe showed them joking and laughing and generally enjoying the ride. OK then.

Following Seas

Bringing the 5’ seas to the stern showed no tendency to push the stern off track. Here’s where the high riding bow comes in handy. I did slow to keep from stuffing the bow, and while I’m not sure if keeping the speed up would have driven us into the forward wave, I had no desire to find out. We were still going faster than the waves so coming down one wave had us throwing water as we penetrated into and over the next. Again, I saw nothing that set off alarms causing me to run to safety.

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

The Regal 42SC has a LOA of 42'4" (12.9 m), a beam of 13' (4.0 m) and a draft of 41" (104 cm).

Through all of this, the 42 Sport Coupe was definitely getting tossed. I mean, it’s still a boat and the seas weren’t calm. The worst part was trying to videotape all of this. The cameraman was having a hard time getting a steady shot so after a while he abandoned his attempts. With no chance at getting test numbers, I turned towards the inlet to go back and get shots of the interior. Safety was not a factor, only the practicality of getting video for the boater to see.
Through all of this I listened carefully for creaking decks, dishes falling out of cabinets, hatches popping open, doors slamming unexpectedly… I got nothing. No one was running to secure anything; nothing was falling out of place. The bulkheads weren’t groaning.
For close quarters handling, it’s an IPS powered boat. Anyone can do it. If there were worries about whether one can handle this boat at the dock or not, rest assured, they can. But feel free to ask for a test ride and prove it oneself. (Hint, let the mate dock it, too.)

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

The opening sunroof serves to bring the outdoors in.

Test Numbers

A week later our test crew flew to Northeast Maryland and got test numbers as well as video footage that was a lot steadier.
Our Regal 42 Sport Coupe was powered by twin IPS400 300-hp diesels that gave us a top speed at 3500 rpm of 37.2 mph with a 30.3 gph fuel burn. At 3000 rpm we were running at 29.7 mph while burning 21.2 gph, getting 1.4 mpg. That gave us a range of 352 miles with a 10 percent reserve.

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

The Layout

This is truly a boat built with people in mind. At every turn there is another example that Regal actually gets onboard their boats and touches and feels their products with a mindset towards continual change to maximize practicality.
Regal 42 Sport Coupe

Notice how the offset berth in the forward cabin gives a little more room on the starboard side while still allowing access from both sides. The mid cabin allows for twin berths that accommodate a filler to form a queen.


The Cockpit

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

The cockpit layout of the Regal 42 Sport Coupe.

Regal is big on allowing access to their cockpits from both the port and starboard sides of the swim platform. This is a welcome change from a single cockpit entry. If more seating is desired, then the starboard side can be filled in with seating easily enough; all the filler cushions have dedicated storage. I prefer the cushions stowed but for a large crowd coming aboard, it’s a welcome solution.

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

The cockpit is quite roomy and not only allows for easy conversation on a single-level deck, but for convenient and practical storage. As a parent, I can appreciate that by simply lifting the back of the aft seat, there is immediate access to life jackets.

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

Opposing seating in the cockpit makes for an intimate conversational atmosphere.

Moving forward, there is the requisite seating opposite the helm, but since this is a Sport Coupe, the area is enclosed and everyone is in earshot. The glass enclosure is welcome and provides ample visibility. I would like to see the side windows open for no other reason than to stick my head out when docking.

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

Grill, sink, and refrigerator all in one spot. The entertainment center on our test boat had the optional electric grill.


OK, I can’t walk away from any boat without at least one gripe, and on the 42 Sport Coupe, I can come up with only one. While this is one of the best laid out helms I’ve seen, I take issue with the placement of the switches. At the right hand are the engine controls. Behind them are the trim switches, then the IPS joystick, and then abaft that are the electrical rocker switches which included the horn switch. I would much rather see these switches forward, and there’s room to the right of the wheel. It would take a different switch panel, but it can be done. Some of these switches are important enough to be in one's face rather than out of sight (horn, nav lights, electrical master…).

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

Notice the vents for heat or air at either side of the Garmin displays. To the right is the IPS joystick and to the left of the wheel is an autopilot. To the left of the autopilot is the remote spotlight controls. Fuel is front and center at the top of the panel. If the boater runs out they’ve got no one to blame but themselves.

Some of the more notable standouts in this area are the electrically operated side vents that open forward to scoop air into the cockpit, and the massive opening sunroof. This is a boat that can convert from warm weather operations to closed cool weather ops with the flip of a few switches and no fumbling with canvas.


Entry below is via a flying stairway that conceals the subwoofer to the salon surround sound. To port is the galley with the usual appliances, and a surprisingly large work area. Most often builders are quick to sacrifice galley space, but even with this large counter, the head on the other side of the bulkhead has an average depth of 32" (80 cm). All cabinetry is cherry, cored for light weight. The sole on our test boat was a contrasting maple. Options include maple and holly, and cherry.

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

Not only was the cabinetry finished to perfection, but the fit was first rate with all grains matching, and door edges lining up perfectly.

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

The galley features a full complement of appliances including a microwave, refrigerator, freezer, and this two burner electric stove. Regal even includes a full set of dishes and silverware.


Regal 42 Sport Coupe

The interior layout of the Regal 42 Sport Coupe.

To starboard is a salon featuring a comfortable settee with double stitched upholstery. The aft seat has a flip-up footrest, and converting the settee to a berth couldn’t be easier. Lift the sofa cushion, flip out the base underneath, and replace the cushion. Done. Three portlights allow natural light in, and there are not only LED lights under the valance, but indirect mood lighting above.

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

Note the high headroom in the salon. A Bose Lifestyle audio system is standard.


The forward cabin is accessed via a pocket door that slides effortlessly and latches in both the open and closed positions. Inside is an offset berth that adds a touch more room while still allowing access to either side. The head is split, to starboard the shower, to port the toilet and sink.

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

The forward stateroom features an island queen with an innerspring mattress. Storage is underneath and steps allow access from both sides.

The mid cabin also features a pocket door and separate twin berths that accommodate a filler for making a queen. To my mind, this aft space would serve as the master as it lacks the claustrophobic atmosphere of most mid cabins and has the split head arrangement I prefer. There is even standing room for getting dressed easily. As is typical on this size of express cruiser, one can’t stand up between the beds.

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

The aft stateroom has a pair of twin berths for the kids. When another couple joins a filler cushion converts the berth into a queen.

I’m looking forward to getting back onboard the 42 Sport Coupe. It seemed that everywhere I turned there was something new to discover, and I was only able to scratch the surface of what this yacht has to offer on my first run. Frankly, I was more focused on the handling, but it’s hard not to notice the fine job Regal has done on the interior.


With an introductory price of $715,000 with the IPS400 the Regal 42 Sport Coupe is a compelling option. Regal tells us that this is “introductory pricing.” We can think of boats this length and longer which don’t have this much room below and cost a lot more. When comparing boats be sure to check their displacement as the Regal 42 at 20,500 lbs. (9,298 kg) will probably be on the lighter side. Nevertheless, the ability to handle the nasty stuff we encountered speaks well of her seakeeping abilities. And light weight means better fuel economy.

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