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Regal LS6 (2019-)

1 x 350-hp Volvo Penta V8 350 EVC Cat



Brief Summary

The Regal LS6 is a luxury sportboat with a cockpit and bow area loaded with versatile seating to welcome aboard a large crowd. Meanwhile, a single 350-hp Volvo Penta V-8 matched to a Duoprop sterndrive and a stepped FasTrac hull creates the kind of performance to keep them all entertained while running around the lake or river, or on the bay.

Key Features

  • Flexible seating
  • FasTrac stepped hull
  • Volvo Penta V-8 sterndrive propulsion
  • Large lockers for gear
  • Glass-dash helm
  • Low, extended swim platform
  • Head compartment
  • Rumble seats
  • Premium-grade upholstery
  • All-composite stringers

Test Results

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
650 3.7 3.2 0.8 4.9 4.3 324 281.8 61
1000 5.8 5 1.4 4.3 3.7 282 245.4 68
1500 7.4 6.4 1.9 3.9 3.4 254 221 68
2000 9.1 7.9 3.7 2.5 2.1 162 140.5 73
2500 11.9 10.3 5.1 2.4 2 155 134.6 84
3000 17.6 15.3 6.5 2.7 2.3 177 154.3 82
3500 26.1 22.7 8 3.3 2.8 215 187.2 82
4000 31.3 27.2 10 3.1 2.7 207 179.7 84
4500 37.1 32.3 14 2.7 2.3 175 151.9 87
5000 41.2 35.8 16.3 2.5 2.2 167 144.8 88
5500 46.5 40.4 21.7 2.1 1.9 141 122.7 83
6000 50.5 43.9 26 1.9 1.7 128 111.1 85
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Specifications

Length Overall 26’ 4'' / 8.03 m
Beam 8’ 6''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 5,350 lbs.
2,427 kg
Tested Weight 5,987 lbs.
2,716 kg
Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom 22-deg
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance 7' 9''
2.36 m (max)
Fuel Capacity 73 gal.
276 L
Water Capacity N/A
Total Weight 5,987 lbs.
2,716 kg

Price

Base Price $146390.00
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 2.9 sec.
0 to 30 7.5 sec.
Ratio N/A
Props N/A
Load 2 persons, 3/5 fuel, no water, no gear
Climate 86 deg., 85 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: <1

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 350-hp Volvo Penta V8 350 EVC Cat
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power 1 x 350-hp MerCruiser 6.2 350 DTS Catalyst
1 x 350-hp Volvo Penta V8 350 EVC Catalyst
1 x 380-hp Volvo Penta V8 380 EVC Catalyst
1 x 430-hp Volvo Penta V8 430 EVC Catalyst

Captain's Report

Contents of Report

Regal LS6 running

The Regal LS6 has an LOA of 26’4” (8.03 m), a beam of 8’6” (2.59 m), and a dry weight of 5,350 lbs. (2,427 kg).

Mission

The Regal LS6 is first and foremost a luxury sportboat with a single V-8 sterndrive for propulsion. To welcome family and friends aboard, seating spans the beam of the boat from the windshield aft to the swim platform, where wide lounges are equipped with versatile features that encourage comfort facing forward or aft. The bow seating area adds still another social area.

Distinguishing Features

  • Versatile aft lounges serve as seats in the cockpit, but also have backrests that fold forward to create aft-facing lounges. Even better, additional backrests built into the lounge seats are rumble seats that fold up from the flat seating surface to create an additional seating position.
  • The redesigned cockpit seating has evolved from previous models, using more of the 8’6” (2.59 m) beam to offer edge-to-edge seating that’s reconfigured to have 15% more seating and 17% more storage, according to the builder.

Regal LS6 seating

Cockpit seating ensures plenty of space for family to stretch out, or even bring along friends.

  • Dual 7” helm displays are available to show digital engine gauges, digital charts, and also share other onboard data in ways not often seen on boats of this size and type.
  • Low, extended swim platform gives terrific access to the water for swimmers and tow-sports enthusiasts.

Peformance Test

The Regal LS6 has a LOA of 26’4” (8.03 m) and a beam of 8’6" (2.59 m). With an empty weight of 5,350 lbs. (2,427 kg), 61-percent fuel, and two people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 5,987 lbs. (2,716 kg).

Regal LS6 running

The Regal LS6 combines a single sterndrive with a stepped hull for noteworthy performance.

With a single catalyzed 350-hp Volvo Penta V-8 spooled up to 6000 rpm, we reached our top speed of 50.5 mph. Best cruise came in at 4000 rpm and 31.3 mph. It was at that speed that the 10 gph fuel burn resulted in 3.1 mpg and a range of 207 statute miles. Range numbers are calculated by holding back a 10-percent reserve of the boat’s 73-gallon (276 L) fuel capacity.

Regal LS6 hull

The Regal LS6 FasTrac hull design makes the most of her single sterndrive with top speeds over 50 mph.

Acceleration

When we pushed the throttle to the stop, she came on plane with a minimal 8-degree bow rise. We reached planing speed in an average 2.9 seconds, continued through 20 mph in 5.1 and reached 30 mph in 7.5 seconds. In turns she has a 10-degree roll into the turn and loses only 1 or 2 mph in all but the hardest turns. With the flat-calm lake conditions we saw on our test, we really can’t comment on how she handles any substantial chop.

Regal LS6 turning

Powering into a turn, the Regal LS6 showed very little loss of speed.

Regal LS6 running

The Regal LS6 has a 22-degree transom deadrise that allows for softer landings than shallower-deadrise hulls, but doesn’t require quite as much power to plane as a deeper V design.

Features Inspection

Let’s have a look at the many features of the Regal LS6.

Regal LS6 profile

The Regal LS6 we tested has a sleek, handsome profile.

Regal LS6 layout

The layout of the Regal LS6 shows an evolution of design over previous models, with more space on board for the whole crew.

Swim Platform

The swim platform projects 2’3” (0.69 m) from the transom and is topped with SeaDek nonskid matting. There is a folding reboarding ladder to the port side, mounted underneath the platform. The placement and position of this ladder matches the spirit of the ABYC specification, which mandates a ladder that extends 22” (.56 m), and can be deployed by a person in the water while allowing the person to stay as far from the prop as possible. There’s a grab handle on the transom as well as a pair of speakers and a stereo remote control. A transom trim switch is a great idea, as it allows a boater to adjust the trim of the sterndrive when the boat is on a trailer, without having to clamber aboard.

Regal LS6 swim platform

The swim platform is finished in SeaDek for a combination of comfort and low maintenance.

Aft Lounging Area

Mounted on a 12” (30.5 cm) elevation are two lounge seats that Regal calls UltraLounges. They are wide enough to share, and each has a beverage holder set right into the seating surface on the outboard side. The bulwarks are padded here as well for optimum comfort. These lounges are divided by a 13” walkthrough to the cockpit on centerline. A stainless tow pylon pops up at the aft end of this walkway, but it is flush to the deck when not in use.

Regal LS6 lounges

These lounges will no doubt be a popular spot on board when the boat is at anchor.

Regal LS6 back rest

Pop-up backrests within the lounges pop up to create rumble seats facing aft on fold-and-lock hinges to set the position. This makes for comfortable seating facing both fore and aft simultaneously.

Regal LS6 aft

This image gives an idea of what the aft portion of the cockpit looks like with the backrests flipped forward for the lounge position.

Regal LS6 cockpit

From the cockpit we can see how the seating is positioned with the backrests in the forward-facing position.

Regal LS6 aft lounges

Both aft lounges fold up on gas-assist rams to offer access to the stowage beneath on either side of the engine.

Cockpit

The cockpit on the LS6 has been designed to use more of the space available within the boat’s 8’6” (2.59 m) beam for seating and stowage, and it’s widened 6” (15.24 cm) from comparably sized models, according to Regal. It all starts at the aft end with the transformative lounge seating. The grab handles positioned across the tops of the aft seatbacks simplify the moving of the seatbacks fore and aft, but also add a measure of safety for family and guests moving around the boat, to the swim platform and back. There are blue LED courtesy lights that make it easier to get around aboard in low-light conditions while also making a striking statement.

Regal LS6 seat backs

In the aft position, the seatbacks turn the aft lounges into forward-facing seats wide enough for more than one person. Note the “Comfort Curve” design at the aft ends of the port and starboard benches, which allows a person to sit in the corner.

Regal LS6 filler cushion

An available filler cushion rounds out the aft seat, and can be used to face either forward or aft, depending on the seating configuration.

The upholstery on our test boat was finished in a tan color with silver piping enhanced with diamond-stitched accents and custom embroidery, all done in-house. Regal calls the interior color scheme shown on our test boat Hitch and says it’s a combination of warm and cool colors, using a light tan with gray accents. There are other colors of upholstery available with white with titanium gray, blue and red accent colors, as well as a tan color scheme called Pebble Beach.

Regal LS6 beverage

The beverage holders, speakers, and grab handles are recessed well into the bulwarks – close at hand yet out of the way. Beverage holders are stainless, as befits a luxury sportboat.

The cockpit is lined in fiberglass that drains the water off deck surfaces, and have molded-in Diamond MarineTred nonskid, which the manufacturer says is a less abrasive pattern that is easier to clean. There are scuppers in the deck aft both port and starboard. Both sides of the cockpit have inboard-facing bench seats that use the padded coaming bolster as a backrest.

Regal LS6 benches

Port and starboard cockpit benches have 33” (.84 m) of legroom between them.

Regal LS6 lounges

Both cockpit benches can convert – in combination with their forward seats – to aft-facing lounges by sliding the seatbacks at their forward ends toward the bow for use at anchor (at least in the case of the helm seat).

Regal LS6 scuppers

We would like to see a less restrictive grate on the cockpit scuppers.

The cockpit benches to port and starboard have stowage underneath, with lids held up by gas-assist rams. The locker to port reaches all the way forward, beneath the companion seat, where a pull-out cushion grants access to that end of the space. The starboard locker has a dedicated spot for a carry-on cooler, which helps keep the deck free of clutter.

Regal LS6 lockers

Lockers beneath the cockpit benches stow a load of gear.

Regal LS6 batteries

Batteries are in boxes at the aft ends of the port and starboard lockers.

Regal LS6 tower

An available PowerTower comes in white or black and adds a dimension to the profile while offering a high tow point for wakeboarders, and a place to mount speakers and board racks. It lowers at the touch of button to simplify passing beneath low bridges and for trailering or dry-stack storage. A Sunbrella sun shade is also available.

This companion seat opposite the helm has a flip-up bolster and is wide enough for two to share. Just ahead are a grabrail, and to port is the control for the standard Fusion stereo equipped with Bluetooth and six cockpit speakers.

Regal LS6 companion seat

The companion seat has an upholstered spot to hold small items like sunglasses, smartphones, and more.

Regal LS6 bolster

A flip-up bolster changes the view for the observer on the Regal LS6.

Regal LS6 lockers

Between the helm and companion seats are lockers for stowing longer items, such as water skis or beach umbrellas.

Regal LS6 locker

An additional locker at the forward end of the cockpit can stow wet items such as towels and lifejackets, and is plumbed to drain.

Head

The LS6 has a head in the port console just forward of the companion seat that Regal tells us is the same size as on the 2800 bowrider. Inside we found 4’1” (1.24 m) overhead clearance with 3’ (0.91 m) of sitting headroom. The head comes standard with a chemical toilet, solid-surface countertop, an overhead light, a soft-step sole treatment, and stowage for toiletries. A portlight and stainless sink are also available.

Regal LS6 head

The head promises to improve the quality and quantity of time spent aboard.

Helm

The helm has a light-colored dash with an extended, upholstered brow over the main panel. Available dual 7” (17.78 cm) screens made up the selectable displays of the glass-dash concept on our test boat, eliminating the need for analog gauges. The hand-wrapped wheel is mounted to a tilt base. Rocker switches are located to the starboard side. There’s a 12-volt accessory plug. The entire helm and companion-seat area is surrounded by the wraparound windshield, topped with a stainless steel frame, and there’s a central walkthrough to the bow area. The helm is equipped with an electric horn beneath a stainless steel cover.

Regal LS6 helm dash

While the brow over the helm dash coordinates with the upholstery, we think a darker-colored top to the dash would help reduce glare on the windshield when the driver is seated.

Regal LS6 display

The 7” touchscreen displays are set in a black panel within the upholstered gray and tan helm dash, a continuation of the company’s proprietary Hitch upholstery color scheme.

Regal LS6 helm seat

The helm seat can accommodate two and includes a flip-up bolster. It power adjusts fore and aft.

Regal LS6 bolster

The flip-up bolster adds more flexibility to the driver’s position.

Regal LS6 wind shield

The windshield’s center section blocks wind through the pass-through and flips open on a hinge on its port side.

Bow

The bow is laid out in typical bowrider fashion with seating in a U-shaped configuration, but the increase in interior space is evident. The forward seat is a bit wider than usual and the forward bolster makes a comfortable aft facing lounge. Two forward-facing seats have flip-down armrests that don’t require unlatching to stow.

Regal LS6 details

Have a closer look at the upholstery details, including contrasting gray piping, diamond-pattern stitching and custom embroidery. Note on the deck just abaft the seatback, there’s a SeaDek pad to simplify boarding from a high dock.

Regal LS6 bow area

The bow area can be used as a pair of forward-facing chaise-style seats, or, with the padded bolster all the way around, allows inboard-facing seating for a group.

Regal LS6 grab handles

As we’ve come to expect, the recessed area below the bolster has grab handles per ABYC specification, beverage holders, and stereo speakers.

Regal LS6 stowage

There’s stowage beneath the helm console, accessible from the forward side.

Regal LS6 seat storage

Lockers beneath the seats mean there’s plenty of room for everyone’s stuff to stay dry and also out of the hot sun.

The ground tackle is managed forward, where it is tucked under a SeaDek covered hatch at the foredeck, that opens with a lift-and-lock latch. There’s Lewmar windlass that leads to a through-the-stem anchor roller with a polished stainless steel Lewmar plow-style anchor. Rode access is starboard and there’s also a master switch next to the up-and-down rocker switch. There’s a cleat to secure the rode and relieve pressure on the windlass. Farther forward is a foldaway navigation light.

Regal LS6 forward seat

The forward seat offers a spot to kneel to open the anchor locker forward. Note the large mooring cleats port and starboard.

Regal LS6 windlass

The windlass has a tidy installation in its foredeck locker.

Regal LS6 strike plate

A stainless strike plate is positioned behind the anchor and another one is behind the tow ring lower down on the stem. Bow docking lights are set in stainless fittings.

Hull and Construction

The FasTrac hull has a single step and a 22-degree transom deadrise. The boat uses all-composite stringers for lightweight construction that delivers strength where it’s needed. The boat is laid up with a layer of vinylester resin to form a barrier coat to protect against osmotic blistering. The boat is equipped with a battery switch standard and weather-resistant Deutsch electrical connectors. The boat is constructed to NMMA, ABYC, USCG, and CE Certification standards, according to Regal. Hatches are built with resin transfer molded fiberglass and finished on both sides.

The hull is available in ten colors with a selection of nine different bootstripe colors. The bootstripe is added at the gelcoat stage for better durability than vinyl graphics.

Engine

The engine compartment is easily accessed with a manually opening hatch assisted with pneumatic struts that also hold it open. A 27” (68.58 cm) opening gives plenty of room to perform daily checks and maintenance.

Regal LS6 storage

The wide-opening engine hatch also has additional onboard stowage.

Regal LS6 engine

The single Volvo Penta 350 V-8 has the service points all at the front of the engine.

Sterndrive Benefits

With the vast improvements of outboard motors seen over the last decade and the advent of pod-drive systems, sterndrive power has seen its market position ebb significantly, but the benefits of a sterndrive for a boat of this size and type are undeniable.

The sterndrive allows for an actual swim platform, rather than swimmers being shunted to either side of a glorified outboard mounting bracket. And because the sterndrive’s lower unit is positioned so close to the transom, it can be tucked well under the swim platform, so guests can sit and relax with their feet in the water, and kids can jump in and climb out of the water over and over (as they do) without fear of bumping the propeller.

Regal LS6 fun

Enjoying the boat without fretting about props or getting around outboards – that’s what sterndrives are all about.

The Engine is in An Engine Box. The sterndrive on the Regal LS6 is matched to a Volvo Penta V-8 engine that wasn’t engineered for size to fit beneath a cowl like an outboard. All service points and components are accessible and visible, a great advantage when eyeballing an engine looking for leaks or potential trouble spots.

Contra rotating propellers mean even a single engine does not “walk” to one side while underway due to the propellers’ rotation.

Trim adjustment is another way sterndrives improve the running attitude of a boat. Because the engine’s lower unit can be trimmed, it adds another dimension so that a boater can tune the ride.

Sterndrives are Quiet. Think about it: The engine box provides plenty of air to the engine (air-intake noise reduction is a big challenge for outboard-motor engineers). That engine box also can be well insulated both inside (with foam panels designed to attenuate sound) and outside (the foam of seating and lounges helps, too). Plus an engine in an engine box is mounted on large vibration-damping mounts.

Sterndrives Offer Performance at a Competitive Price. All of those new outboards are the result of huge investments on the part of the manufacturers and that drives up the price. The development of sterndrives stands on good, established engineering, and they benefit tweaks and adjustments that dial in performance. Plus they’re usually powered by less expensive automotive-based engine components. All in all, the price per horsepower on sterndrives is very competitive.

Noteworthy Options

  • • Engine options include 350-hp MerCruiser 6.2 350 DTS Catalyst matched to Bravo 3 sterndrive, 380-hp Volvo Penta V8 EVC Catalyst match to Duoprop sterndrive, and 430-hp Volvo Penta V8 EVC Catalyst matched to Duoprop sterndrive. Also the Volvo Penta OceanX sterndrive unit is an additional option
  • • Automatic fire-extinguisher
  • • Dual battery switch with second tray and cables
  • • Battery charger
  • • Black water pumpout fittings
  • • Gas vapor detector
  • • Trim tabs
  • • Transom shower and pressurized water system package
  • • Bow and cockpit covers
  • • Travel and storage cover
  • • PowerTower with shade top
  • • Bow walkthrough doors
  • • Stainless flagpole
  • • Teak cockpit table on offset base
  • • Bow filler cushion
  • • Aft bench filler cushion and backrest
  • • Seagrass mat for cockpit
  • • SeaDek sole mat
  • • Fender clips
  • • Power swim platform
  • • Portlight in head
  • • Blue underwater lights
  • • Bow walkthrough doors

Observations

The Regal LS6 is built to be a luxury sportboat and to our mind that category encompasses three traits: a comfortable, well-though-out interior finished to a high level, a hull that can perform at speed, and sterndrive propulsion. While the last criterion seems very specific, it’s hard to deny that the sterndrive provides many of the benefits, and makes the boat better all around.

The true swim platform makes a big difference for swimmers and even tow-sports enthusiasts will appreciate having that launchpad for their on-water sessions. And one cannot put a price tag on the peace of mind for the captain and any parents on board, to have that propeller out of the way and also a view aft unencumbered by outboards.

The aft lounges will be the most desirable place to sit at anchor, and they’re that much better for the open view of the water. The cockpit, too, has better views aft and the low sound levels improves everyone’s day on the water.


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