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Regal 23 OBX (2016-)

1 x 250-hp Yamaha 4 stroke 3.3



Brief Summary

The Regal 23 OBX is the first outboard-powered boat from Regal, adding performance and versatility to the lineup. By eliminating the sterndrive engine, more interior space becomes available for guests and gear. She has the broad bow of a deckboat, giving added seating and storage space for a family. A beam-width seat faces aft at the transom, providing a comfortable spot for pre- and post-swim relaxing, and a cooler in the compartment here provides access to drinks without climbing back into the cockpit.

Key Features

  • Fusion Marine Sound with six cockpit speakers
  • Dual bow lounge seats
  • Transom bench seating
  • Courtesy blue LED lights
  • MarineTred non-skid
  • Transom cooler
  • Wraparound Swim Platform
  • Standard Garmin GPS 7607 at the helm
  • 5-position tilt steering wheel

Test Results

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
600 3 2.6 0.6 5 4.3 329 285.7 60
1000 4.8 4.1 1.2 4.1 3.6 271 236 62
1500 6.6 5.7 1.8 3.8 3.3 248 215.5 74
2000 7.8 6.8 3.1 2.6 2.2 168 146.1 71
2500 8.7 7.6 4.5 2 1.7 128 111.7 78
3000 11.6 10.1 6.3 1.9 1.6 122 106 86
3500 23.9 20.8 7.3 3.3 2.9 217 188.3 85
4000 29.1 25.3 9.1 3.2 2.8 210 182.7 85
4500 34 29.5 11.8 2.9 2.5 190 165.1 85
5000 39.7 34.5 15.3 2.6 2.3 170 148.2 92
5500 42.6 37 20.3 2.1 1.8 138 120 89
5700 49.9 43.3 22 2.3 2 149 129.5 89
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Specifications

Length Overall 23' 2'' / 7.06 m
Beam 8' 6''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 3,900 lbs.
1,769 kg
Tested Weight 4,649 lbs.
2,108 kg
Draft Up 21''
0.53 m
Draft Down 36''
0.91 m
Deadrise/Transom 20-deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance 7' 10''
2.38 m (max)
Fuel Capacity 73 gal.
276 L
Water Capacity N/A
Total Weight 4,649 lbs.
2,108 kg

Price

Base Price $52995.00
Price Range
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.

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 4.2 sec.
0 to 30 10.1 sec.
Ratio N/A
Props 20T
Load 2 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 89 deg., 80 humid.; wind: 0-o mph; seas: calm

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 250-hp Yamaha 4 stroke 3.3
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power 1 x 200-hp Yamaha In-Line Four 2.8L F200XB
1 x 250-hp Yamaha V6 3.3L F250XA
1 x 200-hp Yamaha V6 3.3L F200XA
1 x 250-hp Yamaha V6 4.2L F250XCA

Captain's Report

Regal 23 OBX running shot

The 23’2” (7.06 m) long Regal 23 OBX has a beam of 8’6” (2.59 m) and can be powered by either a 200-hp or 250-hp outboard.

Overview

The first outboard-powered boat from Regal is the 23 OBX, a deckboat that has the power, passenger space, and storage capacity for a family during an active day on the water. She’s available with up to 250-hp and comes with a comprehensive standard equipment list that includes a Garmin 7607 digital screen at the helm, a carry-on cooler and a Fusion stereo with six speakers.

Regal 23 OBX

A smart layout with versatile seating gives the Regal 23 OBX a passenger capacity of 12.

Features Inspection

The Stern.

The swim platform wraps around the outboard motor, and because it’s at water level, it facilitates reboarding without a ladder. The aft-facing bench seat is a full-width model so Mom and Dad can hang out and watch the kids swim or friends can watch a surfer do his thing on the wake. To starboard, the bottom cushion and backrest pull aside to permit easy access to the cockpit. A cooler stores beneath the center section of the transom seat.

Regal 23 OBX engine

The swim platform extends aft on each side of the motor, and because it’s positioned at water level, it’s easy to board.

Regal 23 OBX bench seat

The transom bench seat adds seating, so no one will feel crowded on the 23 OBX.

Regal 23 OBX cooler

A carry-on cooler stores in this dedicated compartment in the base of the transom bench and notice the cockpit passageway to starboard.

Regal 23 OBX rod holder

Optional rod holders in the aft corners of the stern add to the 23 OBX’s versatility. They can also hold a BBQ grill.

The Cockpit.

The starboard passageway from the swim platform provides access into the 23 OBX’s cockpit, and we like that the sections are hinged to easily fold up instead of having to deal with snap-down cushions. Horseshoe-shaped lounges wrap around from abaft the helm seat to the to port side where there is a multi-position backrest.
A companion can ride facing forward or flip the backrest to create a lounge where an adult can stretch out facing aft. There are cup holders and speakers outboard on each side.

Regal 23 OBX back rest

The backrest for the companion seat can be positioned for forward-facing travel.

Regal 23 OBX back rest

The seatback can also be laid out completely flat to create an extra-long sunlounge. The padding on the door for the head compartment creates a natural backrest.

Cockpit Storage.

Beneath the port cockpit lounge, there’s dry storage. To starboard, the bottom cushion pulls aside to reveal space for a second carry-on cooler. Forward between the helm and companion seats, the ski locker hatch opens on a single gas strut and has enough depth for skis or boards with high-wrap bindings.

Regal 23 OBX locker

This locker outboard beneath the port lounge has plenty of capacity, and the carpet cushions the ride for the contents.

Regal 23 OBX storage

There’s dedicated storage for a second Igloo cooler to starboard.

Regal 23 OBX compartment

This compartment outboard of the helm seat provides a good spot for the captain to stash a hat and sunblock.

The Helm.

The 23 OBX’s helm is finished in dark colors, quality upholstery, and fine stitching, making the dash panel feel like one in a high-end automobile. The Garmin 7607 provides all engine and navigation information on a centrally positioned digital screen.
The boat comes standard with a depth finder, and the accessory switches are on each side of the tilt wheel. The stereo control is to port, and there is a 12-volt accessory plug. The digital shift/throttle control for the outboard motor is on the starboard gunwale.

Regal 23 OBX wheel

With the standard Garmin 7607 digital screen and rich upholstery, the 23 OBX’s dash panel is a good mix of luxury and practicality.

Regal 23 OBX switches

The accessory switches are clearly labeled, and they light up when activated.

The Port Console.

Ahead of the companion seat, a door in the port console opens a compartment that can be equipped with an optional portable head that can be upgraded for a pump-out. Regal said there is plenty of seated headroom for an adult. The compartment is fully finished fiberglass.

Regal 23 OBX head

The compartment in the port console can be equipped with an optional portable head with enough room for an adult to use it comfortably.

The Bow.

To make the 23 OBX’s bow more inviting, Regal carried the beam as far forward as possible. Two adults can stretch out against the backrests on the consoles with their legs extended toward the bow. There are two cup holders and a grab handle outboard on each side. The center bottom cushion pulls out of the way so passengers can step up to the foredeck where a beach boarding ladder is stored in the anchor locker.

Regal 23 OBX bench

Notice where the stainless steel cup holders are positioned. This protects bottles and cans from the wind, keeping them from getting blown around.

Regal 23 OBX bow

The bow backrests are reclined at a comfortable angle, and there’s good legroom.

Regal 23 OBX bow

Remove the forward center bottom cushion, and there’s an easy step up to the bow.

Regal 23 OBX ladder

The beach boarding ladder stows in this dedicated tray in the top of the anchor locker.

Regal 23 OBX ladder down

When the ladder is deployed, it gives easy access to the anchor. We like that the hatch folds over flush, so no one can trip on it when closed.

Regal 23 OBX bow

Because the 23 OBX’s bow slopes down slightly, three steps are more than enough.

Bow Storage.

The bottom cushions for the bow seats are hinged on each side and they raise on gas struts for easy access to gear. They are carpeted on the inside, which cushions the ride for the contents.

Regal 23 OBX bow cushions

Having the bow cushions hinged forward is smart because onrushing air when the boat is running won’t try to pull them, which would stress the gas strut and hardware.

Test

The Regal 23 OBX has a LOA of 23’2” (7.06 m), a beam of 8’6" (2.59 m) and a draft of 36” (91 cm). With an empty weight of 3,900 lbs. (1,769 kg), 75% fuel and two people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 4.649 lbs. (2,109kg).
With the single 250-hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard turning a 20T propeller, we reached a top speed just a hair shy of 50 mph at 5700 RPM. Best economic cruise came in at 3500 rpm and 23.9 mph. At that speed, we were burning 7.3 gph, which gave us a range of 217 miles, all while holding back a 10% reserve of the boats 73-gallon (276 L) total fuel capacity.

Performance

With her FasTrac hull, the performance was characteristic Regal. Smooth feel, light touch and just the right balance of tracking and slide in the turns to keep the ride comfortable. We noticed only a minimal chine walk when pushing the performance of the turns, but anything that could be described as normal showed none of that.
Only minimal trim was used to bring the bow up to cruising attitude and lowering it before turns kept the prop ventilation from manifesting.

On Track.

The 23 OBX rides on Regal’s FasTrac hull bottom design that has a full-beam step intended to reduce drag and friction. Two inner strakes aft from the bow to the step, and the outer strakes extend full length. Turned-down chines help with planing and give the 23 OBX good grip in turns.

Regal 23 OBX running shot

The bubbles shown running aft from the step show how efficiently the design reduces friction and aerates the running surface.

Regal 23 OBX running shot

The FasTrac hull and Yamaha 4-stroke outboard gives the Regal 23 OBX a good combination of speed and efficiency.

Construction.

Regal builds the 230 OBX with all-composite stringers to save weight and improve strength. A vinylester barrier coat provides improved resistance to blisters, and the boot stripe is molded into the gelcoat instead of using vinyl tape. All deck hardware, the fuel fill vent, the bow scuff plate, and the rubrail are stainless steel.

Price

• $67,965 with a single 200-hp Yamaha F200XB 4-stroke outboard

Warranty

• Limited lifetime hull warranty

Available Options and Price

• Second battery with tray and switch ($325)

• Power Assisted Hydraulic Steering ($2,875)

• Transom shower/pressure water package ($595)

• Portable head ($195)

• Cockpit and bow cover ($1,015)

• Bow filler cushion ($1,847)

• Bow walk-through doors ($535)

• Cockpit carpet ($520)

• Cockpit Seagrass mat ($780)

• Cockpit table ($895)

• Docking Lights ($295)

• Rod Holders ($350)

• Ski Pylon ($285)

• Underwater Lighting ($730)

• PowerTower in black or white ($5,315)

• SeaDek swim platform ($925)

Regal 23 OBX tower

In this photo, the Regal 23 OBX is equipped with the optional PowerTower in black.

Observations

Combining the power-to-weight ratio advantage that outboards enjoy over stern drives with the extra room in the boat for people and gear should make the Regal 23 OBX compelling to many boaters.
Another benefit of the outboard is lower overall weight for the boat and engine package. It’s listed at 3,900 lbs. (1,769 kg). Factor in an appropriately sized trailer and a mid-size SUV or pickup should be able to tow the 23 OBX.


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