The transom is back. The newly introduced redesign of the Regulator 23 is a refreshed center console employing an Armstrong outboard bracket. Designed by Lou Codega, who has designed all the Regulator models to date, the new 23-footer sports a 24-degree deep-V hull, and is the entry point in a line of rugged center consoles. One happy result of that engine bracket is an increase in overall deck space. Gone is the notched transom of the previous version, and that’s just the start of the improvements.
In addition to more room on deck, the 2015 model has a standard transom seat, a 50-percent-larger hardtop (it almost reaches from one side of the boat to the other), a head compartment and a flush foredeck. With its full, radiused transom, the Regulator 23 catches up with the softer, rounded look of the rest of the Regulator fleet. One owner who traded up from the previous version of the 23 noted that the layout is far superior if you have young children on the boat.
The former 23 was available throughout much of its run with two layouts for the bow area—the classic, with an open deck in the bow and coaming pads for all-around fishing access, and a “forward seating” version with bench seats. The classic was shelved in the last years of the run, and no such option is available on the new version.
The bow seating doubles as dry storage. Port and starboard recessed rails extend from amidships to the bow. You can stow rods in a lockable centerline foredeck compartment. There is also a home for beverages—a 55-quart insulated cooler under the forward console seat.
The stand-up console has interior headroom reaching 6 feet and houses a head. The helm dash has room for two 17-inch flush-mounted multifunction displays. In the transom, there’s a raised live well paired alongside a 120-quart raised fishbox.
Regulator has never tried to build its boats light, and the new 23 is no exception: The boat is about 1,000 pounds heavier than the old version because of the addition of the bracket and hardtop and other components. But the weight of the hand-laid fiberglass hull with its glassed-in grillage stiffening structure is part of this Regulator’s charm—it doesn’t get pushed around in a seaway.
Another factor is that Armstrong bracket. Regulator introduced the bracket early on with its 26-foot center console and liked what it saw so much that it has incorporated it into several of its designs, including the 25-, 28-, and 34-foot center consoles. The bracket allows the boat to have a full transom, which adds a livewell and fishbox. It also neatens up the rigging of the outboard. Perhaps most importantly, the bracket helps the outboard do its job better, since the prop gets clean water. The boat is designed to withstand the sometimes sporty sea conditions found off North Carolina, and do it in a fashion that will encourage anglers to leave the dock and use the boat. The boat carries 149 gallons of fuel, plenty of juice for offshore runs to target big game.
The new version of the Regulator 23 achieves the same performance as the old 23, Codega says. Preliminary numbers indicate that it can reach a top speed of better than 40 knots. Cruising at around 25 knots (4,000 rpm), she gets better than 2 nautical miles to the gallon.
Regulator Marine, 252-482-3837; www.regulatormarine.com
: 6,200 lb.
: 149 gal.
: 21 gal.
: 1/300-hp Yamaha F300 four-stroke outboard
: Yamaha with 1.75:1 gear ratio
: 15.5 x 17 Yamaha Saltwater Series II SDS stainless steel