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Old 01-12-2019, 04:58 AM
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I agree with you guys...I’ve never used the transom door for anything but the occasional reboarding after a swim usually caused by a line in the prop...when I bought my 28 I had a 26 and just wanted a bit more elbow room...my son was 12 and very content with NE flounder, striper and sea bass fishing...We occasionally went out to the canyons maybe 5x a year and the 70 mile trip wasn’t bad on occasion...I was green as they get when it involved Tuna so we didn’t catch much...The forward seating was great for drifting and fishing and for him and his friends to have a place to sit...He is now 18 and obsessed with offshore fishingand our canyon trips are once or twice a week...He fishes all the major NE white marlin tournaments with another crew and we now actually know what we’re doing...I figured my next boat would be the 34...I tested the 42 and out of my price range and just a bit too much boat...The 34 is basically the 28 but larger and now the forward seats are in the way and the bathroom drops down so much it’s hard to retrieve gear when your offshore...We run with the curtains on most of the time just to keep the wind off us and the windshield/isenglass combo causes a terrible glare...I talked with Regulator and they have plans for a new factory and some new models to fill in the gaps between 34 and 42....Unfortunately I couldn’t wait on speculation and ordered a Freeman...i’ve been in Regulators for 18 years and love them but my fishing has changed...My son is actually featured in the catalog and on the website holding a few big Mahi....so moving on was tough....I still have plans down the road to purchase an older 26 and use it for the nov to Jan striper runs so I won’t be straying too far...again I can’t say enough about how great Regulator is and how well there boats hold up over time....By the way that’s a beautiful color combo...
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:05 AM
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4 blades cure the "hoppyness" ! Major ride improvement especially in a more confused sea condition. Personally I believe they should come from the factory this way...
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:41 AM
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She looks great! Enjoy.

Make sure you keep the screw-in covers on top of the Armstrong bracket tight, so bracket doesn't fill with water. First thing to check if she ever feels sluggish out of the hole.

Transom door is great for bringing wahoo straight in btw. If going at 3 kt or so, get it lined up and put in neutral and wahoo will slide in door real easy. But don't try it with dolphin - they dont cooperate!

Hope to take my old girl out in the keys in next few days!
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by claluja View Post
She looks great! Enjoy.

Make sure you keep the screw-in covers on top of the Armstrong bracket tight, so bracket doesn't fill with water. First thing to check if she ever feels sluggish out of the hole.

Transom door is great for bringing wahoo straight in btw. If going at 3 kt or so, get it lined up and put in neutral and wahoo will slide in door real easy. But don't try it with dolphin - they dont cooperate!

Hope to take my old girl out in the keys in next few days!
Thanks! I already investigated those bracket screw-ins and tightened them down. Going to re-task my fluid evacuator from the cars to sucking the bracket space dry periodically if itís an issue. Can probably just siphon it out when itís on the lift though.

Already have a Key West run targeted for April. Hope the cold fronts cooperate.
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by spearfish25 View Post
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Thanks! I already investigated those bracket screw-ins and tightened them down. Going to re-task my fluid evacuator from the cars to sucking the bracket space dry periodically if itís an issue. Can probably just siphon it out when itís on the lift though.

Already have a Key West run targeted for April. Hope the cold fronts cooperate.
I never had an issue with my 28 but my 26 I sealed them with silicon in the spring and took a razor blade to the sealant in the fall to open and dry...worked great...
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:22 PM
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Let me get this out of the way: buy a freeman.

I've never ridden on one but I currently own a 32 and if I were to downsize, the 28 is what I would get. Moving up would be the 34.
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Old 02-01-2019, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Kidzdent View Post
I agree with you guys...Iíve never used the transom door for anything but the occasional reboarding after a swim usually caused by a line in the prop...when I bought my 28 I had a 26 and just wanted a bit more elbow room...my son was 12 and very content with NE flounder, striper and sea bass fishing...We occasionally went out to the canyons maybe 5x a year and the 70 mile trip wasnít bad on occasion...I was green as they get when it involved Tuna so we didnít catch much...The forward seating was great for drifting and fishing and for him and his friends to have a place to sit...He is now 18 and obsessed with offshore fishingand our canyon trips are once or twice a week...He fishes all the major NE white marlin tournaments with another crew and we now actually know what weíre doing...I figured my next boat would be the 34...I tested the 42 and out of my price range and just a bit too much boat...The 34 is basically the 28 but larger and now the forward seats are in the way and the bathroom drops down so much itís hard to retrieve gear when your offshore...We run with the curtains on most of the time just to keep the wind off us and the windshield/isenglass combo causes a terrible glare...I talked with Regulator and they have plans for a new factory and some new models to fill in the gaps between 34 and 42....Unfortunately I couldnít wait on speculation and ordered a Freeman...iíve been in Regulators for 18 years and love them but my fishing has changed...My son is actually featured in the catalog and on the website holding a few big Mahi....so moving on was tough....I still have plans down the road to purchase an older 26 and use it for the nov to Jan striper runs so I wonít be straying too far...again I canít say enough about how great Regulator is and how well there boats hold up over time....By the way thatís a beautiful color combo...
Kidzdent,

How would you compare the ride and handling of your 28 vs the 26 ?

I am considering a 28' and owned a 26 a long time ago (1993). The 26 was a great little ride back then and was interested in a comparative opinion. The 31 is another option however having a bit of trouble bending over that far.
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Old 02-02-2019, 04:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Luminary View Post
Kidzdent,

How would you compare the ride and handling of your 28 vs the 26 ?

I am considering a 28' and owned a 26 a long time ago (1993). The 26 was a great little ride back then and was interested in a comparative opinion. The 31 is another option however having a bit of trouble bending over that far.
the 28 is a different ride...itís only a 2 ft difference but the extra foot or so width gives it a much bigger boat feel...the 26 is a knife thru hot butter boat that likes to sit on top and slice the waves more of a sports car ride...the 28 is much heavier and runs thru waves more than sitting on top...very dry and very comfortable ride....only complaint is quartering large sea you have to use the trim tabs to keep the opposite side of the boat higher to avoid digging...donít get in these situations often but once in awhile....if your interested in a used 28 mine will be posted here in April ...or just PM me..if your thinking about a 28 mine will be priced more than half off a new..might be a chance to get your feet wet on it before moving up cause thatís what we all do...
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Or a freeman because everyone knows Freeman's are the best
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Old 02-02-2019, 05:12 AM
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20" of space in the cockpit for $200,000.
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Old 02-02-2019, 05:36 AM
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Love my 28. Ride is excellent. As mentioned above, it feels like you're running a big heavy sporty rather than a CC. No porposing Boat reacts nicely to tabs when needed. Fuel tank is a bit small. In-deck storage is weak. Livewell is fine for my use, but I can see it being small for others. Heavily loaded I get about 1.35 mpg at 37mph. Ive seen 60mph light. Not bad for a beast.
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