Originally Posted by wdegenhart
Sounds like you have a clogged fuel tank vent tube for whatever reason...kinked hose, dirt dobber nest clogging vent, etc.
The 23 and 26 are going to smoke your 21 all day long because both weigh significantly more, both are longer and both are true 24 degree deadrise boats.
I put 500hrs (inshore and offshore) on an 06 26 Reg with twin F250s and have just a few hours on a 26 Glacier bay Canyon runner. No experience with the 23 Regulator.
I have been told that in some sea states the 23 rides nearly as well as the 26 by owners of the 23 that have ridden in both. In certain sea states that may be true but overall I'm fairly sure the 26 rides better. The 23 is going to be significantly more fuel efficient than the 26. However you have a lot more room in the 26. IMO I do not believe the 23 Reg will ride with the 26 Glacier Bay.
Reg 26 vs Glacier bay 26 Canyon Runner..... This is a complex comparison as they are somewhat different animals. Bear in mind these are my opinions only and I really like the ride of my old 26 Reg after raising the engines 1 hole vs factory and putting on a set of Powertech 4 blade props. Transom wedges would probably make 26 ideal.
In a true short interval chop head sea up to 2 or 3' the Reg 26 will cruise faster and probably do so a bit more efficiently. The 26 Glacier bay will ride a little more softly
but not as fast. In a following sea or beam sea the 26 Reg will eat its lunch all day long. The side to side motion of the 26 Reg is more tolerable to me than the 26 GB in a beam sea.
When you get to a true 3' close interval chop like in a sustained 15 to 20 mph wind blown bay the 26 Reg will make it through after slowing down,tucking the engines, and putting the tabs all the way down. It will be a wet ride and you will take some pounding. The 26 Glacier bay is a displacement hull design and it can slow down, remain on plane and ride but slower. You will still take some shots ie pound, but certainly not as many when the tunnel bottoms out but it will be softer overall. You will get wet from the tunnel sneeze. The 26 GB does offer an impressive confidence inspiring head sea ride.
The nice part about riding slower is that you feel more in control. Sometimes the best ride in the 26 Regulator was speeding up and everyone had better be hanging on.
I rode a 26 GB and the 26 Reg on back to back North wind 20 mph days on the Chesapeake bay in some nasty water and frankly I preferred the Regulator for overall ride and performance.
That includes softness of ride, speed of travel through various sea states, fuel efficiency and storage, ease of maintenance of pumps, etc all within the framework of the type of fishing I like to do.
These are only my opinions based on my experience. If you have a tow vehicle for a 21, you might get by with the 23 but you won't with the 26 unless it is 3/4 ton or better already.
I am admitted Regulator fan but only after I proved it to myself when comparing their boats to other brands. For their size Regulators ride soft, but they are not all that fast or efficient.
Frankly I don't care what boat you buy just my attempt above to be objective.