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Old 06-11-2015, 05:58 PM
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Regulator ride vs contender ride what's pros cons. How will the contender handle 6 foot seas? Vs the regulator...assuming boat is 31ft
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Originally Posted by chrism6784 View Post
Ok so my other thread got deleted. Let us keep this one "pg". So hydrasport is out.

Regulator ride vs contender ride what's pros cons. How will the contender handle 6 foot seas? Vs the regulator...assuming boat is 31ft
6-8's?

If owned either one, they would handle that forecast from the dock.
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Have spent substantial time on both; 26 and 32 Regulator and 31 Contender. 6 footers are no picnic on any of them. Best to stay home; if stupid enough to get caught by a storm then head home ASAP.
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^^^ X2
Have you ever been out in 6' to 8's?
You do realize that in those seas you can seethe occasional 10' to 12's?
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Originally Posted by midcap View Post
6-8's?

If owned either one, they would handle that forecast from the dock.
Yea, other than heading home, I hope he is not expecting to be fishing in that size boat in those kind of seas.
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Owned both. Both could handle 6 ft, neither would be fun. Contender is a much better fishing layout, and the 32t I currently own rides about the same, if not a little better than my 26 regulator. Fit and finish is about the same. IMO, as a fisherman, contender is a better boat.
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You will survive on either. That is about it. I can't tell if OP has a horrible sense of how big 6' seas are or if this is a troll thread.
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both will run solid 40 mph dead into 6 to 8 footers ... No worries...
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I've got a Regulator 28 (32' 5" overall) and can tell you the ride is amazing. The bow flare produces an exceptionally dry ride and at 10,000 lbs loaded with fuel it crushes rough seas. Last week 6 of us took it 64 miles offshore, seas were 3' - 4' that day. When we got back to the dock everyone was talking about the soft / dry ride.

That said, I'm not interested in leaving the dock in 6' - 8' seas so I can not attest to how it might, or might not handle those conditions.

In the end, there are many very nice center consoles on the market, Regulator and Contender being two stellar boats. I'd recommend you spend some time on the water in both boats so you can experience both.
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2 very different "rides" if you ask me. The Contender has to jump on top to ride, its a good CC ride. The Regulator rides heavier feels more like a big boat. 6-8 unless you are in large period Pacific rollers aren't gonna be comfy in either. You need to try both and if fuel is a factor take that into consideration b/c in my experience Regulators pay for that great ride in fuel. I wouldn't trade my 26 Reg for anything else in that size range.
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Regulator will ride into a head sea better and that's all it does better.
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Originally Posted by sigfla View Post
2 very different "rides" if you ask me. The Contender has to jump on top to ride, its a good CC ride. The Regulator rides heavier feels more like a big boat. 6-8 unless you are in large period Pacific rollers aren't gonna be comfy in either. You need to try both and if fuel is a factor take that into consideration b/c in my experience Regulators pay for that great ride in fuel. I wouldn't trade my 26 Reg for anything else in that size range.
Plus Contender owners are a lot cooler than Regulator owners.
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Regulator rides better....btw I have a contender. There is no replacement for displacment,the heavier boat wins
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I got caught in 10 footers in my 25 Open. Not an experience I care to repeat.......EVER. We were at hull speed in a head sea and for the first 30 mins or so I was deathly afraid the hull was going to break in half each time we crested a wave and the bow slammed down on the backside of the wave. Made it thru about 35 miles of that crap with sheets of rain to boot. Once we broke through the back side of the front, the sun came out and we were cruising 40+ mph in dead slick seas. Really weird.

Either of those hulls would survive given halfway competent seamanship.
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So Contender 27 or Reg 26? Interested in both. Assume equal power.
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Originally Posted by Josh B View Post
Regulator rides better....btw I have a contender. There is no replacement for displacment,the heavier boat wins
Didn't want to say it BUT I'll tell you I have a guy who fishes with me regularly who also fishes a comparable size Contender that belongs to his inlaws. Both he and the inlaw prefer the ride in my Regulator. There is no replacement for displacement. That being said it depends on what you think is the better ride. Take a ride in both in a legit sea condition and decide for yourself. Take into account what you want to do and look at legit fuel burn numbers to see if they are acceptable to you.
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Originally Posted by midcap View Post
6-8's?

If owned either one, they would handle that forecast from the dock.
agreed
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Originally Posted by Josh B View Post
Regulator rides better....btw I have a contender. There is no replacement for displacment,the heavier boat wins
You hit it right on the button. Displacement and a sharp V make for a great ride in the snot.

That being said, I am at a point in my life that I would never take my Reg 23 classic out in such seas. It's no fun. A lot could go wrong. Yes, fuel burns are higher with the heavier hull, but well worth it. Contender makes a great product as well and they appear to have improved their quality over the years.
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I think it depends on what size your looking at ??
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Originally Posted by Josh B View Post
Regulator rides better....btw I have a contender. There is no replacement for displacment,the heavier boat wins
X2...in rough stuff, the Regulator hands down.

As somewhat stated before each boat approaches their designs differently, the Contender is a faster boat and rides on top, the heavier Regulator hull will run at a different angle, sits lower in the water on plane and cuts thru the waves...more closely like a larger Sportfishing or Express boat.

Both boats are well made fishing machines.

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