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Old 11-10-2019, 06:19 PM
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Default Regulator 28 vs Yellowfin 26

I know these are different classes of boats, but I have narrowed it down to these two choices based on trade-off analysis and wife approval.

The mission is to fish near shore and offshore in the northern GOM as well as trailer a fair distance to the water. In addition, there will be a lot of family cruising and non fishing activities.

I was initially leaning towards the 26 but my wife recently gave me the green light to keep my flats boat so I’ve been tempted by the 24 degree dead rise and off shore capabilities of the regulator.
Old 11-10-2019, 06:50 PM
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Have lots of time on a 26 Regulator and run a boat similar to the Yellowfin 26 that I trailer. The 28 Reg is a LOT bigger than the Yellowfin if you trailer long distances. Make sure you have a solid 2500 tow vehicle at minimum. That said the ride will certainly be great for your offshore waters.
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Thanks, forgot to mention the tow vehicle is a 2500 series diesel, SRW.

I have little experience towing larger boats. Lots of experience with my 18 foot flats skiff.
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The Reg is a great offshore boat that is family friendly. The big console lets the girls change comfortably without being contortionists. The forward seating with back rests is their favorite inshore cruising spots too. When things turn and seas pick up, the Reg eats them. Great boat. If I had a flats boat, my second boat would be a dedicated offshore boat. The 26 YF is a hybrid bay boat. You have to go to the 29 to get into offshore.
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While fast and fuel efficient the YF26 was the boat that made me the most sore I have ever been after fishing. Went out a few times with a friend that had one. Great boat, really quick (with twin 200's) and the ride was great until it wasn't. Just isn't intended for offshore use when the seas pick up a little bit. It's not a "if you go offshore in that boat you will die" THT kind of scenario but your back and knees will be sore like I was. 30 mile run in and the wind picked up to about 15mph and 3' seas fairly tight with that wind on it would have been a slower ride home than coming out in a true offshore hull but still no pounding, both would have been a little wet since it was a crosswind. In a hybrid bay we couldn't stay on plane without pounding no matter which direction he drove in and no matter what speed. My back, neck and knees were sore for 3 days after that trip. You can do it but pick your days and be ready for a beating if the forecast is off a little bit....which is almost every time I go out!
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depends on what you want to do, and I don't think anyone can answer that but you. As a boat that does 90% sand bar and cruising and 10% running out and catching some snapper on nice days the YF wins. If you are planning on running to the floaters and going to blue water the regulator wins. It all depends on what you are planning on doing with it. If you want an offshore boat get the regulator, if you want a near shore boat for limited nice weather days get the yellowfin.
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I have a 28 regulator for sale if youre interested, YF is on its way.
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If you're keeping the flats boat and a 28 reg is in the budget just get a true offshore YF. I think you're fuel burn will be similar in a YF that's a few feet longer than the reg. I don't care how heavy they make the reg you can't overcome the better ride of a few extra feet of length offshore in a deep V. I've only been on a 32 reg, never a 28. Been on a 31, 34, and 36 YF quite a bit and the YF speed and ride along with the better efficiency would be hard to pass up if you're already around that price point.
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Ever considered an Everglades 273? It's a hybrid like the YF but with more beam, longer and heavier. You can even put a trolling motor on it and take it off when not using it. Pretty cool for a 27' with twins but when you're inshore. Like any center console and even more with hybrids, it can certainly be wet when conditions aren't the greatest offshore. But its a solid ride even in tough seas and might be worth taking a look. Regulator is sweet and a bad ass fishing machine. As the other guy mentioned, it ends up being a good bit longer than 28' and I bet a handful on a trailer given the weight. Nothing against it but I was dead set on a hybrid and from what I found, nothing else compared to the Everglades 273. Good luck with whatever path you take.
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What? No recommendations for a 42 Freeman yet? I thought that was the only option allowed for northern GOM offshore fishing.
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The 28 red and 26 YF are definitely in a class of there own. A friend of mine has a 34 reg and that is a big boat. My 31 is available if you do go that route :-)




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Originally Posted by veikx View Post
The 28 red and 26 YF are definitely in a class of there own. A friend of mine has a 34 reg and that is a big boat. My 31 is available if you do go that route :-)



You have a 31 Reg and it gets 1.9mpg at 37.6mph? impossible I say.
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If you are keeping the flats boat 28 Reg.
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Originally Posted by spearfish25 View Post
You have a 31 Reg and it gets 1.9mpg at 37.6mph? impossible I say.
It's a 31 Yellowfin.

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