For nearly three decades, Regulator Marine of Edenton, North Carolina, has been building some of the best center consoles in the United States. The flagship 41 uses the same Lou Codega deep-vee design as the other five boats in the fleet (23, 25, 28, and two 34-footers). The 41 gives anglers the range and rough-water ride of a big convertible but with the bow-to-stern open deck space, draft, maneuverability and speed of a center console and its efficient 4-stroke power.
The console houses an enclosed head and shower, a fully equipped galley (with refrigerator, microwave, sink, and inductive cooktop), a four-person dinette table, a double berth and a 28-inch TV. It’s all blanketed in air conditioning or heat. She comes with an 8-kW genset, a hardtop, and a starboard-side dive door. The console can hold up to three 16-inch displays. The boat has 240 gallons of insulated fishbox space, 265 gallons of stowage, and an 80-gallon live well. She can be outfitted with all manner of fishing equipment and mechanicals—tackle center with a sink, a refrigerator, tool drawers and tackle compartments, a refrigerated transom fishbox, outriggers, and a tower with a second helm.
In the bow, you have a wraparound seating arrangement (with flip-up backrests) and a forward-facing lounge on the console’s forward end. The three-seat raised helm provides excellent visibility. The cockpit remains clear unless you pull out the recessed transom seat.
The boat is built with a solid fiberglass bottom and cored hull sides and deck. The builder hand lays the materials, but uses vacuum-bagged resin infusion to create the T-top and Resin Transfer Molding and other closed-mold technologies to construct various other parts. Regulator says its grillage system—the one-piece stringer-bulkhead grid—contributes to the boat’s stiff, strong structure and soft ride. The builder bonds the deck to the grillage’s wide, flat top surfaces to unify the hull, stringers and deck. The deck cap is then bonded to the hullside tops. The console and T-top follow. Regulator does not skimp on glass or resin (never has), using the boat’s weight to push its vee hull into the waves.
I tested the brand-new Regulator 41 center console last summer, piloting her through North Carolina’s notorious Oregon Inlet. With four Yamaha F350s, the 41 shouldered off the cut’s 2- to 3-foot chop and then knifed through 4-foot swells just off the coast.
I ran the boat in every direction to the sea from 22 knots to a top end of 54 knots. She nestled into a 28-knot cruise (3,300 rpm), and the ride was comfortable enough to sustain for an hour or more. At this speed, the boat gets 0.74 nmpg for a 355-nautical-mile range (with a 20-percent fuel reserve). That’s good mileage for a 41-foot 1,400-horsepower boat.
With tabs tucked, the boat climbed out of the hole with nearly no bow rise—a sign of a well-designed and engineered hull. I could easily reach the wheel and throttles while standing, leaning or seated. Sightlines are clear through the frameless wraparound windshield.
The boat has toekick space and handrails all around, high gunwales and wide washboards. No wonder I felt balanced and secure walking about the deck.
I found great attention to detail throughout. The hullside door has beefy hardware and a fold-out boarding ladder that hides beneath a hatch that’s perfectly flush with the sole.
Back at the marina, I used the Yamaha Helm Master joystick to slide the boat—47-plus feet with the bracket-mounted engines—between the slip pilings.
Regulator Marine, 252-482-3837; www.regulatormarine.com
: 20,100 lb. (dry)
: 600 gal.
: 60 gal.
: 4/350-hp Yamaha F350 outboards
: $649,995 with quad F350s (Yamaha Helm Master joystick system standard)