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Old 01-30-2020, 01:08 PM
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Thoughts on either the 25 or 26 Regulator and the 25 Carolina Classic/Albemarle with outboards. I've owned a 26 Regulator and the ride is amazing. I like the idea of an express because you are out of the elements in a nice comfy chair versus a center console. Plus with kidos, the front galley is nice for them to get out of the sun versus putting a bow dodger on a center console. Seems everyone wants center consoles these days and the Carolina Classic/Albemarle with outboard power seems like a very sweet set-up.
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I currently own a Regulator 26 and love it, this crosses my mind as well. Especially where most of my fishing and boating is done on Lake Erie I like the idea of the Albemarle. I just can't part with the Regulator just yet, I love they way she rides. I also wonder how much different the Albe would feel driving closer to the bow.
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Originally Posted by Monkey Business2 View Post
I currently own a Regulator 26 and love it, this crosses my mind as well. Especially where most of my fishing and boating is done on Lake Erie I like the idea of the Albemarle. I just can't part with the Regulator just yet, I love they way she rides. I also wonder how much different the Albe would feel driving closer to the bow.
Agree and why I am asking this question. If the 25 Albemarle rides like a Regulator but has comfy seats and a windshield, this would be amazing. The specs between these boats look very similar.
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The difference is that in the Albamarle your right in that spot that takes the hit in a head or quarter sea. The Regulator your farther back so irs not so bumpy.
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Im not sure how they ride with outboards but I fished one with a big 8.1L under your feet and it was very impressive. It would be hard to find a better riding 25fter out there then the 8.1 version with the I/0. The one draw back was the fishing area was kind of small and I could only imagine there would be even less room with outboards in the way
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it's a 25 foot boat with a relatively steep deadrise, don't expect to be spending too much time down below. There isn't that much room and unless you're in a protected area it will be rocking.
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Both the 25 Carolina and the 26 Reg hulls were designed by Lou Codega. If you look at them from pretty much any angle you will see the similarities. I will comment below on the Carolina as I have not spent enough time on the Reg to provide, what I feel, is a valid review.

I put over 1000 hours on a 25 Carolina with Twin 300's. It was one of the first built with outboards. The boat was fast and we took it out on Lake MI in some stuff that boats in the 30ft range were unwilling to head out in. Maybe we were dumb, but the boat could take it and we never felt unsafe or unable to fish. I went from a 28 Contender to the Carolina. As said above, because the seating position, relative to any CC, is farther forward you feel more of the G loading in a head or quartering sea. The benefit of this is the very large cockpit that allows you to work multiple fish in a trolling situation. For drift fishing the large cockpit is nice, but not a real advantage over a CC. However, since we mostly troll it was a huge plus over the Contender. If people sit in the aft facing seats, only 2ft behind the pedestal seats, the ride is completely different.

For Erie weather, I would take the Carolina 9 months of the 12 we can fish, and 6 out of the 9 we can fish every year regardless of ice. Being able to keep the full curtain set up through May and then take them down for the warmer months was a big advantage over the CC and allowed alot more family time on the boat. Yes, I could always bundle the kids up on the CC, but it was nice not having to on the Carolina.

Also, even if you dont use the cabin on the Carolina, the amount of shade provided by the hard top is at least 50% greater then that of a CC. Alot of people say you never use the cabin on a small express, so why bother. For the shade along with the kids it made a massive difference. And again, since we dont drift fish much, the forward space on the CC wasn't often utilized.

Re; the cabin - it did get use in our family. My wife and I would overnight on it, and the kids would use it to take a nap while at anchor, or the bigger use is for a changing area when we would switch from fishing to swimming. Is it the most lush place on the lake, no. But very very serviceable.

As far as fit and finish goes - the guys at Carolina/Albemarle put out some of the best in the industry. Never had a water issue, soft issue, gel issue, ect.. in the time I owned the boat. And we ran it.

Performance was great in my view - with the 300's I could run 59MPH top end, cruise at 40 getting around 1.8. She is a heavy boat, and with the 300's it wasnt going to be a 2.5MPG boat at 40. If I wanted to run around 30 I would get above 2MPG. The boat would take a head sea great, water away great, follow great, and you needed to be diligent on a quarter on because of the large side profile. It wouldn't pound, but you had to drive it. Coming from a Contender this was no issue, and was never an issue for anyone I let drive it. She was one of the most well mannered boats I have owned, if not the most well mannered.

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Your comparing two very similar hulls. Both are heavy well built deep vee hulls designed by the same person (Codega). Both are proven and legendary in their own class. I like an express and own one very similar. I would agree the Regulator would feel more comfortable in some seas since you sit further aft and it offers 360 degrees of fishing around the boat. The Carolina offers a great ride too, more protection from weather with the hardtop and a small cabin. Two great boat builders built in the same town. You obviously like a quality ride.
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Thanks everyone...this is the exact feedback I was looking for.
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Originally Posted by Grog View Post
it's a 25 foot boat with a relatively steep deadrise, don't expect to be spending too much time down below. There isn't that much room and unless you're in a protected area it will be rocking.
I consider the 25 Carolina and 26 Reg to be a 28 foot boat. A true 25 foot boat would fit inside of these two boats.
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I had a 2009 Regulator 26, awesome boat. I wanted something to sleep on. Got a Hinckley Picnic but too much work and the diesel was annoying to me. Traded to a Hunt Surfhunter 32 and its truly the happy medium of both boats. Awesome hull design, comfortable and possible for two to sleep on. Check out Hunt harrier 26 for a single engine option.

the Hunt 32 is really a 29 hull but 106 beam and much more boat than the Regulator 26. With twin F300 i top out at 46 knots. Thats with 230 gallons and a few people. It is a pretty sweet package and I can haul it behind a 3/4 ton truck.
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