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Old 09-11-2011, 08:20 AM
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Looking at a 32 foot 1996 Regal Commodore 322 with 5.7 EFI's and BII's. Does anyone have a Regal or familiarity with this brand that can offer some input. We see very few Regals on the west coast so I don't really know what to look for. Seems like a nice boat on the surface, but.......?
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Regal builds a real nice boat. Good construction and often include features that you usually find on more expensive boats. I'm not familiar with that model so I can't give you particulars but they are considered upper mid tier to lower top tier boats.
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Regal a lower top-tier boat? Maybe you think the name they give the boat line has something to do with its relative quality?
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Moveover, do you know something that is making you challenge prober? If so, please let us all in on it. If not, your post was absolutely usless here.
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Originally Posted by StuartT View Post
Looking at a 32 foot 1996 Regal Commodore 322 with 5.7 EFI's and BII's. Does anyone have a Regal or familiarity with this brand that can offer some input. We see very few Regals on the west coast so I don't really know what to look for. Seems like a nice boat on the surface, but.......?







Back in the mid 80's, I came real close to buying a 277 Commodore with twin 350's. I liked the boat, buit I wasn't impressed with the performance for having twins. It was azz-heavy and required a lot of throttle to get up on plane.

The Regal brand was popular up here in NorCal. Sadly, their dealer skipped town leaving a lot of owners stranded (and pizzed off). You see quite a few of their boats from the 80's and 90's still on the water and in the craigslist ads. They kind of lost some of their "spark" (and their business to Sea Ray) in the 2000's.

As with any 15+ y/o boat, a thorough survey (both structural and mechanical) is a must.

Overall, the Regal brand was accepted as a quality brand boat. Not top tier, but better than mid-range... Too bad their latest dealer was a shyster...

I toured their factory one time while we were visiting the house-of-mouse in FL some years ago. They put on a nice show...
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Moveover, do you know something that is making you challenge prober? If so, please let us all in on it. If not, your post was absolutely usless here.
I would call Regal lower top tier as well. I've visited their factory and it is impressive. For what they are designed for, they are outstanding boats. They have also been on the cutting edge of stepped hull technology in the sterndrive boat market.
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Looks like some people actually take the 'reviews' in Power and Motoryacht magazine seriously. I just took a look at the Regal website. The publications they cite as containing reviews of their products is kind of embarrassing.
As for their being "outstanding boats for what they are designed for", that could be very true depending how charitable you are in defining the last clause.
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I do own a Regal, and although it is 15 years newer and not in the same class as the boat you are looking at, we chose it for its fit and finish, cockpit fabrics, layout, large swim platform, ride and value. Regal is a family-owned, independent company and has won or tied in recent years for JD Power awards for the express cruiser and large bowrider segments.

As far as dealer coverage, yes, that can be an issue. We live in Texas and there are only two Regal dealers in the state as of this time. Also, the lack of familiarity of the brand name in your market could negatively impact your resale as well.

For information on the particular model you are looking at, I would recommend checking out the www.regalownersforum.com and ask about it there.

Good luck with your purchase.

Later,
Jon D.
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If they are truly in the upper half, it's too bad they flubbed their west coast debut. We are so Bayliner'd out here it isn't funny. I know, I have owned five of them in the last 20 years. I really want a nicer fit and finish for a change and the Regal look good, at least to the eye.

I will take special note of your experience ABoater and if I go so far as to do a sea trial, I will look closely at the on-plane performance.

Thanks guys.
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Jon D, thanks for the link. I didn't know they had a forum. Unfamilarity in the west is a reality, on the other hand it will help me in price negotiation as the boat I am looking at is out west as well.
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Originally Posted by moveover View Post
As for their being "outstanding boats for what they are designed for", that could be very true depending how charitable you are in defining the last clause.
They are primarily designed for family lake use - primarily. The pocket cruiser market would also be intercoastal boats, for sounds, and sea's on calm days. They do that well. Not sure what your problem is with Regal. Obviously a deep personal agenda.
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I have a client with a 2004 32 commodore and its a nice boat. The layout it nice compared to similar cruisers a little different seating than comparable boats. In terms of performance figures the boat has inboards which are not usually common on a boat like this most run i/os. It cruises at around 22mph and burns roughly 12gph at cruise which is not that good but is a very nice boat and the finish inside the cabin is really nice.

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