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Everglades 273 vs Regulator 28

Old 06-24-2020, 05:50 AM
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Default Everglades 273 vs Regulator 28

I was wanting to hear from owners or people who had taken either of these boats out. I have ridden on both-Regulator was in 3-4 seas and I was very impressed, Everglades essentially smooth water. I ask this question because we are wanting a boat to take offshore mostly and boat with the family out of Morehead City, NC. I like the everglades price and better MPG, but I like the ride and deep V of the regulator. I was curious If the Everglades can do the trick and save some money and gas in the process? Anyone have any input?

Everglades Pros:Less expensive, better MPG
Everglades Cons:lower freeboard, probably a wet boat in nasty water

Regulator Pros:Dry, great ride
Regulator Cons:expensive, thirsty
Old 06-24-2020, 06:11 AM
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You’re comparing two very different boats. 28 Reg is a 24 deg deadrise offshore boat with 27’ 7” to the back of the transom and another 3ft of bracket. The 273 Everglades is a bay boat, 20deg deadrise and 27’ total length. If you’re going offshore mainly, the Regulator is no doubt the better choice. We love ours.
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Given your goal is mostly offshore use, I would pic the Reg 28. It’s a beast... a very expensive and very thirsty beast, but more capable than just about any other 28 on the market. Everglades 273 is their BIG hybrid boat. It’s capable offshore, but wouldn’t be my choice for a dedicated rig. The 295 would be more comparable to the Reg 28.
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I should have also added we don't go out in 5 ft seas, however, you never know what you'll come back home in. We had a bad experience in Destin,FL on the way in one time and it scarred my wife. What fuel burn do you see in the Regulator? When we test drove it was not very loaded and around 1.5mpg, Everglades was around 2.0mpg. I'm trying to justify the extra money or justify not spending as much.......
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Regulator wins in all departments except fuel economy. Better built, better ride, much larger, and arguable much better looking IMO. My 26 Regulator vs the older 26 Everglades wasn't even a question. My boat is faster, dryer, better riding, and better built (and yes I have a lot of time on a 26 Everglades).
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You’ll appreciate the Regulator over the 273 Glades in weather a whole lot nicer than 5’ seas. Even in 2-3’s the Regulator ride will destroy the 273’s. When we go fishing, I cheer a little bit on the inside when the ride home is a straight head sea. The Regulator eats head seas for breakfast lunch and dinner. We ran 180 miles last Saturday and didn’t pound or slam a single time.

Fuel burn on the 28 Reg is 1.6mpg in a flat bay if you’re trying for best economy. I changed to 4 blade Rev4 props which I much prefer for the heavy load ride but lost 0.1mpg. Our 180 mile run had me averaging 1.35mpg for the day, and that was with pushing her up to 50mph on the way home as it flattened out (1mpg at 50mph). WOT is 57mph with 19p Rev4s and 60mph with the standard 21p SWS2s. She takes good care of me, so I let the girl eat.

If you want some boats to compare with the Reg, look at the 295 Glades and 30 Southport.
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There is no wrong answer, but if it were me, I'd go Regulator
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not a fair comparison. i cant think of a scenario id rather be in the 273. the 28reg is bigger than even the 295 everglades.
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As others have said. This is not an apples to apples comparison.

I am a former 273cc owner. I wanted something that did better offshore. I ended up with the 335cc, but looked closely at the Regulator 34 as well. I personally like Everglades more than Regulator (crass to say here, I know )

If you want a better comparison to the Regulator 28 you should be looking at the 295cc.
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A more fair comparison would be everglades offshore models, not their bay marketed hybrid. The 'glades 295 is one of my all time favorite boats, made Pacific waters look like a swimming pool in mild weather. However I've never seen a regulator in person and known it, let alone ridden one.
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I understand its not a apple to apple comparison, I'm hoping to find out that spending the extra money for a Regulator or 295 is worth it. Would it allow me to go out more? Does a 273 really have that many limitations? Are there many days I wont be able to go out in a 273....
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Just look how much freeboard a 295 has vs a 273. Honestly I'm sure a 273 will handle mild to moderate offshore regardless, and if you're picking your days anyway it might be a great fit for you. But if you're going say 60 miles offshore and the weather takes a turn for the worst, which do you think you'll want more?

In my mind, in calm weather you'll likely never say "I wish I got a smaller boat." Then in harsh weather miles offshore, you'll absolutely never wish you bought the smaller boat.
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Originally Posted by Rubbermade View Post

In my mind, in calm weather you'll likely never say "I wish I got a smaller boat." Then in harsh weather miles offshore, you'll absolutely never wish you bought the smaller boat.
Just about every drawback of a bigger offshore boat involves your wallet.


OP, I think it's really about your own comfort level. I had a 243 and took it out on a lot of days other people might stay home on a much bigger boat. If your primary use is offshore, it doesn't make a ton of sense to go with a hybrid, though. I think the thing people are trying to point out to you is that even if it is a question of money, it makes more sense to have it between two comparable boats, like another, cheaper brand offshore boat or a smaller offshore boat. I really liked my 243 but the low freeboard had drawbacks. If I were only using it offshore it would not have made sense to have that boat.
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
There is no wrong answer, but if it were me, I'd go Regulator
I am with you!
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Regulator all day and you get what you pay for. I have one and it is a beast but they are thirsty and if you are the type to watch the fuel gauge all day, this isn't the boat for you. There are other offshore boats that are much more fuel efficient because they are lighter. Regs ride like they do because they are heavy and have a 24 degree deadrise. This formula doesn't equal a fuel efficient boat. Having said this, I love mine and wouldn't want it any other way and when the seas kick up, I'm thankful I have a heavy boat with 24 degrees.
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Next crappy day I'm taking my 28 Reg out and making an inspirational video for all the guys who wonder if they should get the Reg or something else.

Until then, here's a day with a 2' chop and a ground swell. Wind was blowing about 15 knots and the white caps were starting. 32-33mph into the head sea was no issue and no slamming. Watch on a bigger screen to appreciate the sea state because these stupid iphone lenses make everything look like a pond. You'd lose your teeth in a 273 with 20 deg deadrise.


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I just ordered an Everglades 273 to use primarily inshore and very nearshore with my family, and I couldn't be more excited. If I had been looking for more of an offshore boat, the 273 would not even have been on the list. If it is down to these two boats, I'd get the Regulator.
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Spearfish25. That’s awesome. What motors you running? Where do you fish out of?
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I own the 290 pilot, I really like the ride. My buddy has the 28 Reg. Yes different rides, Reg feels like a beast, great ride. Fit and finish is better on some things and somethings not. I must admit I do like the better fuel economy of my boat and the settled in ride. I get just as wet in both rides. Pilot house is definitely more comfortable in snotty weather.
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Spearfish25. That’s awesome. What motors you running? Where do you fish out of?
Thanks. I have twin 300 Yamahas (only thing Reg rigs on them from the factory). Fish out of Naples.

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