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Regal 26 XO (2019-)

1 x 300-hp Yamaha F300 FCA 4.2LV6



Brief Summary

The Regal 26 XO is an outboard version of its 26’ (7.92 m) single sterndrive cruiser. This model is essentially the same as the sterndrive 26 as far as the helm and cabin accommodations are concerned. It has far more stowage capacity because of the absence of the engine inboard, which allows this boat more functionality. However, her is swim platform is bifurcated by the outboard engine.

Key Features

  • Power assisted steering
  • Double wide helm seat
  • Mid-cabin with double berth
  • Fusion UD650 marine stereo with 2 speakers
  • Salon with seating layout and berth for overnight stays
  • Stainless 4.2 cu. ft. refrigerator
  • Face-to-face seating for 5
  • Multi-position Sunlounge
  • Removable 25 quart Igloo cooler

Test Results

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
600 2.8 2.4 0.7 4.2 3.7 274 238.4 53
1000 4.9 4.3 1.2 4.1 3.6 265 230.1 63
1500 6.8 5.9 2 3.5 3 226 196.5 67
2000 8.1 7 3.3 2.4 2.1 158 137.5 70
2500 9.2 8 5.4 1.7 1.5 111 96.4 74
3000 11.4 9.9 7.4 1.5 1.3 100 87 80
3500 13.3 11.6 9.5 1.4 1.2 91 78.9 83
4000 23.4 20.3 12 2 1.7 127 110.1 84
4500 28.4 24.7 15.3 1.9 1.6 120 104.6 87
5000 34.7 30.2 20 1.7 1.5 112 97.8 88
5500 38.5 33.5 25.5 1.5 1.3 98 85.2 87
5700 40 34.7 26.5 1.5 1.3 98 84.9 87
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Specifications

Length Overall 26’ / 7.92 m
Beam 8’ 6''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 6,100 lbs.
2,767 kg
Tested Weight 6,686 lbs.
3,033 kg
Draft 19''
.48 m
Deadrise/Transom 18-deg.
Max Headroom 6’
1.83 m
Bridge Clearance 9' 1''
2.77 m (max)
Fuel Capacity 72 gal.
273 L
Water Capacity 20 gal.
76 L
Total Weight 6,686 lbs.
3,033 kg

Price

Base Price $94920.00
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 11.4 sec.
Ratio N/A
Props N/A
Load 2 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, no gear
Climate 92 deg., 88 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: 0

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 300-hp Yamaha F300 FCA 4.2LV6
Std. Power 1 x 300-hp Yamaha 4.2L V6 F300XCA
Opt. Power Not Available

Captain's Report

Contents of Report

Regal 26 XO running

Powered by a single 300-hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboard, the 26 XO hits a top speed of 40 mph at 5700 rpm.

Mission Statement

Regal Marine wanted to give buyers a choice of power, sterndrive or outboard, on its 26’ (7.92 m) pocket cruiser. The 26 XO is designed to be equal parts day boat and towable cruiser with versatile seating in the cockpit and sleeping space for four in the cabin. Designers kept the beam at 8’6” (2.59 m) and dry weight is estimated at 6,100 lbs. (2,767 kg), so it can be towed by a full-sized SUV or pickup in all 50 states of the U.S.

Regal 26 XO overhead

All the seats have convertible backrests to offer multiple configurations.

Features Inspection

The Swim Platform

The easiest way to step aboard the 26 XO from a dock is via the swim platform. Regal designed our test boat with a full width swim platform that measures 3’4” (1.0 m) fore to aft on each side of the motor and has about half that space for passing between the motor and transom. This is an improvement on older designs that have an outboard well and no transverse catwalk.

There’s a boarding ladder beneath the port side and a grab rail forward on the transom along with a cleat and the fuel fill. To starboard are the freshwater fill, a cleat, and a shower.

Regal 26 XO swim platform

The 26 XO’s swim platform combines ease of movement and an outboard motor well in a well-designed area. This is a good design allowing easy movement from port to starboard.

Regal 26 XO cleat

To starboard on the stern are a cleat, a pullout shower, and the freshwater fill.

Regal 26 XO grab handle

Opposite to port are the grab handle for boarding from the swim ladder and the fuel fill. We’d prefer that Regal use pull-up cleats on the stern.

The Cockpit

Ascend two 6” (15.2cm) tall steps from the swim platform to enter the 26 XO’s cockpit. The 1’6” (45.7cm) -wide passage closes off with an acrylic and stainless steel gate. After passing through the gate, deck hands can step up to the side walkways that lead forward.

Wide-Body. The design of this boat is known as a “wide body” because there are no side decks. This is not unusual in pocket cruiser designs, as the builders are trying to maximize usable cockpit space within an 8’6” (2.59 m) beam.

Aft to starboard in the cockpit is a lounge with a backrest that can be set up for forward-facing travel or laid flat for tanning. We would like to see a third position for aft-facing lounging while at anchor.

Just ahead is a lounge on the aft side of the driver’s seat and to port is a lounge that can be set in multiple positions. A PowerTower that lowers with the push of a button is an available option in black or white.

Regal 26 XO cockpit

There’s easy passage from the aft gate forward to the helm or cabin entry.

Regal 26 XO aft lounge

With the aft lounge headrest lowered, there’s plenty of space for two adults to stretch out.

Regal 26 XO companion seat

Here we see the companion seat with the backrest set for forward-facing travel.

Regal 26 XO companion seat

Lay down the companion seat headrest to convert the port-side lounge into a full-length reclining chaise. Note that the side deck has been eliminated.

Regal 26 XO power tower

The optional PowerTower has integrated LED lights, speakers, and grabrails.

Regal 26 XO tower down

Push a button and the tower folds down ahead of the driver so he can still pilot the boat.

Cockpit Storage

Opting for the outboard on the 26 XO pays big storage dividends with the compartment that would normally be occupied by the engine in a sterndrive application left wide open for storage. There’s dedicated space for a 36-quart cooler beneath the lounge on the back side of the driver’s seat and a continuous compartment in the base of the port-side lounge.

Regal 26 XO lazarette

The space that would be occupied by the engine in a sterndrive is wide open for storage when the boat is powered by an outboard.

Regal 26 XO aft cushion

The aft cushion on the port lounge raises on a gas strut and the forward bottom pad is also removable, making it easy to get to gear stored in the compartment.

The Helm

The captain and a sidekick should be comfortable on the doublewide helm seat that has a foldup bolster. Outboard to starboard is the Yamaha shift/throttle control and forward, our test boat had the optional Garmin multifunction display flanked by a chain counter for the optional windlass and the fuel gauge.

Accessory switches are ahead of the tilt steering wheel in a vertical panel just below the instrument panel. Just aft to port is the joystick for the optional bow thruster and abaft that control is the stereo remote. Trim tab buttons are to starboard and down low ahead of the driver’s knees are the VHF radio to port and the ignition key to starboard.

Regal 26 XO helm seat

There’s space for the driver and a companion to lean back against the thickly padded backrest at the helm.

Regal 26 XO helm seat

We would like to see Regal split the foldup bolster for the helm seat so the captain could stand up and a passenger could still sit or vice versa.

Regal 26 XO steering wheel

The steering wheel tilts and is hand-stitched wrapped. Notice the stainless steel cup holder so the captain can stay hydrated, or be used to hold a cell phone.

Regal 26 XO helm dash

With the multifunction display on, we can see how effective the dark upholstered eyebrow is at reducing glare on the screen. The gray brow and dash will mitigate glare in the windscreen somewhat. We’d like to see white completely eliminated from in front of the helm and dash under the windscreen all across.

The Foredeck

Steps molded into the cabin companionway hatch and an opening center section of the windshield make it easy to get out onto the 26 XO’s foredeck. The sloping foredeck can be fitted with an optional sun pad. Our test model had the optional windlass with the stainless steel anchor. We recommend this option for most applications. At the pointy end there’s an anchor locker and outboard are stainless steel cleats.

Regal 26 XO steps

Steps molded into the companionway hatch are set at an angle that makes them comfortable to climb.

Regal 26 XO sun lounge

The optional removable sun pad makes the 26 XO’s foredeck more functional.

Regal 26 XO windlass

The 26 XO is available with an optional windlass, stainless steel anchor, and chain rode.

Regal 26 XO anchor locker

This hatch next to the windlass provides easy access to the rode locker. Note the anchor cleat which will take strain off the windlass. This hatch needs a gas assist strut to hold it open, or a clasp on the station, to allow both hands to be free for the crew.

Regal 26 XO battery switch

This battery switch in the anchor locker shuts off power to the windlass.

The Cabin

The cabin door slides open easily and a couple of steps lead to the belowdecks area where there is 6’ (1.83 m) of headroom. Forward is a dinette that fills in with a cushion to create a V-berth and the aft cabin has a memory-foam mattress that measures 4’6” by 6’4” (1.37 m x 1.93 m) and there is 30” (.76 m) of space between the mattress and the overhead. This area has an opening port and LED reading lights.

Regal 26 XO cabin door

The companionway hatch slides open enough for an adult to easily pass through.

Regal 26 XO cabin

Regal says the 26 XO’s bow area is among the most spacious in its class and notice the large side windows that fill the space with light. Four or five people can sit here in cozy comfort for lunch, cocktails, or dinner. A table mounts in the deck hardware.

Regal 26 XO mid cabin

The crawl-in mid cabin has a sliding privacy curtain plus an opening port and LED reading lights.

Amenities. Immediately aft to starboard is a galley with a microwave oven at eye level, a single-burner stove, a sink and refrigerator in the base of the counter. There’s also an electrical distribution panel and Fusion UD650 marine stereo in this area.

Our test model had the optional flatscreen TV on the aft cabin bulkhead. To port, the wet head has a toilet, sink in a cabinet, and an overhead shower nozzle instead of the usual pull-up style.

Regal 26 XO galley

The 26 XO comes standard with a microwave oven and there’s storage in the shelves above the sink.

Regal 26 XO refrigerator

The refrigerator is a 4.2-cubic-foot model with a separate freezer compartment.

Regal 26 XO sink

Under the stainless steel sink there’s storage, plus a wastebasket.

Regal 26 XO shower

Notice what the head sink doesn’t have, a pull-up-style shower.

Regal 26 XO shower head

Instead, there’s a dedicated showerhead, something rare in a boat of this size.

Regal 26 XO toilet

The 26 XO’s toilet can be upgraded to several different electric configurations.

Performance

The Regal 26 XO is 26’ (7.92 m) long with an 8’6” (2.59 m) beam and an estimated dry weight of 6,100 lbs. (2,767 kg). With two people and a half tank of fuel on board, the test weight was approximately 6,686 lbs. (3,033 kg).

Winding up the 300-hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboard to 5700 rpm, we hit 40 mph even.

We recorded best cruise at 4000 rpm where the boat ran 23.4 mph and burned 12.0 gph, which translated to 2.0 mpg and a range of 127 statute miles with 10 percent of the boat’s 72-gallon (273 L) fuel capacity in reserve.

In acceleration tests, the 26 XO planed in 4.2 seconds and ran to 20 mph in 7.4 seconds and to 30 in 11.4 seconds.

Regal 26 XO running

The 26 XO cruises at 23.4 mph and will cover 127 statute miles at that speed, which is her most economical.

Handling

With calm test conditions, we couldn’t get a feel for the boat’s rough-water handling, although her sharp bow entry let the 26 XO slice through the wakes of our photo boat with ease and the deck remained dry.

The straight V-bottom design with 18-degrees of deadrise at the transom leaned into turns comfortably. The boat carved smooth circles and zigged and zagged through slalom maneuvers with impressive agility. Around the docks, the optional bow thruster came in handy.

Regal 26 XO running

With its agility, we could see the versatile 26 XO putting in some time towing tubers.

Regal 26 XO bow thruster

The optional bow thruster is worth considering and it should be noted that it’s not a progressive-style that increases thrust if the joystick is held to one side. It’s on or it’s off.

Price

$94,920 MSRP.

Options to Consider

  • 110-volt, 3.5 kW generator (Make sure it is Low CO or diesel.)
  • Air conditioning (It requires a gen set, but can make warm air, too…)
  • Gas Vapor detector
  • Water Heater
  • Bow Thruster
  • Power Package with 30-amp shorepower, battery charger upgrade, outlets, a microwave oven, and an electric stove.
  • Inverter. This converts D.C. battery power to A.C. Then, at night, AC appliances can be operated without turning on the generator. Obviously, there are limitations on the amount of power available for conversion.
  • Toilet with pump-out or overboard discharge
  • Electric stove
  • Cockpit cover
  • PowerTower in black or white
  • Full camper enclosure with or without PowerTower
  • Gas grill
  • Anchor windlass and SS anchor, all-chain rode
  • Starboard windshield wiper
  • Foredeck sun pad
  • SeaDek swim platform covering
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Garmin 100 VHF radio
  • Garmin 742XS + B60 transducer

Observations

As for the power, the Yamaha 300 is plenty strong, but we’d like to see Regal at least make a 350 available as an option. While it will make the boat only go marginally faster at the top end, it should have more torque at the lower end which would be welcome at lower speeds. As configured, the outboard well will not hold twin engines.

The Regal 26 XO looks a bit chubby, but that is the nature of all pocket cruisers in this class. In order to have 6” (.15 m) headroom below this relatively light boat must be high.

This boat offers great utility for a couple or a small family on a budget. Because she is trailerable, numerous world-class cruising grounds can be reached. Because she can be outfitted with a generator and cruising canvas that encloses the cockpit, she can be a mini express cruiser. With a reverse cycle A/C system and a hotwater heater she can be comfortable in three seasons up north or in the tropics.

Take a look at the real small “trawlers” and displacement cruisers on the market and you will see that they offer only a little bit more utility, but are much more expensive.


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