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Old 02-24-2017, 06:25 AM
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Hello experts!

I've put a deposit down on the Regal 2000 ES. I'm having some hesitations about the engine that comes with the boat. It comes with a 200 HP Volvo V6 Catalyst engine, but the boat can be upgraded to 240 or 280 HP. The additional cost would drive the price up between roughly $5,000 to $9,000.

My burning question is... will the 200 HP be plenty for the 3400 dry weight boat with their fastrac hull design?

Many thanks!
Old 02-24-2017, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Saythe View Post
Hello experts!

I've put a deposit down on the Regal 2000 ES. I'm having some hesitations about the engine that comes with the boat. It comes with a 200 HP Volvo V6 Catalyst engine, but the boat can be upgraded to 240 or 280 HP. The additional cost would drive the price up between roughly $5,000 to $9,000.

My burning question is... will the 200 HP be plenty for the 3400 dry weight boat with their fastrac hull design?

Many thanks!
The Regal Fastrac hull is very efficient. We test drove the 2000 before we bought the 2200 and with the salesman, my wife, myself and full tank of gas it was plenty strong. If you are consistently going to carry 5 or 6 people I would opt for more horse power. You have bought a very nice boat with great customer service. Congratulations!
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All depends on how you'll use it. If you like cruising at 20 then it will be fine, if you want to blast from one spot to another at top speed then maybe 280 horse would be nice. I'd guess with 200 horse you'd see 42-45 at the top if that's enough then you'll be fine. Higher horsepower will benefit you if you have fat asses like myself who want to try and get up on one ski but at 200 you'll still be able to yank the kid's arms off if you choose. Is it plenty, yes. is it enough, never....... is 80 horse worth 9 grand, yikes
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Thank you so much!
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is 200 HP enough for a 20 foot boat? Absolutely


Nice brand too
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No.

OK, it depends what you want to do and how you want to use it. My V6 Sea Ray 200 with a V6 was grossly underpowered by my standards. It was probably only 175 hp (carb), but it lacked the power and cruising speed that I wanted. I then had a 350 magnum in a 21 foot stringray and was quite pleased.

Very few people complain about too much HP in a boat. Plenty of people complain about too little. And that is reflected in resale prices.
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We have a Regal 2200 with Fastrac Hull and the 240HP and it seems plenty powerful enough. Enjoy your new toy and remember, pics or it did not happen.
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OK, it depends what you want to do and how you want to use it. My V6 Sea Ray 200 with a V6 was grossly underpowered by my standards. It was probably only 175 hp (carb), but it lacked the power and cruising speed that I wanted. I then had a 350 magnum in a 21 foot stringray and was quite pleased.

Very few people complain about too much HP in a boat. Plenty of people complain about too little. And that is reflected in resale prices.
The hulls on Regal and SeaRays are vastly different. We test drove both 20 footers with the 200hp. The SeaRay we had to get my wife to go to the front of the boat so it would plane in less than 2 minutes. The Regal jumped right up and topped out at 48 mph with 3 people on board. The SeaRay salesman didn't understand why someone having to go to the front of a $40,000 boat to make it plane was an issue to me. LOL
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I'll be sure to post pics, but it won't be until after April 30!

I think I'll stick to the 200 HP. My wife hates going over 30 MPH, and we're looking to just do relaxing cruising. Nothing crazy!
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Originally Posted by Saythe View Post
I'll be sure to post pics, but it won't be until after April 30!

I think I'll stick to the 200 HP. My wife hates going over 30 MPH, and we're looking to just do relaxing cruising. Nothing crazy!
That will be no problem for the 200HP with that fastrac hull.
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Originally Posted by Saythe View Post
I'll be sure to post pics, but it won't be until after April 30!

I think I'll stick to the 200 HP. My wife hates going over 30 MPH, and we're looking to just do relaxing cruising. Nothing crazy!
Just keep in mind resale too. Not that you are thinking about that at this point but you may get 2ft itus at some point so.......
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Haha, will do. I don't know if 2 to 4 feet more would fit in my garage.
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I'd order it with the 240 if possible. We've done the 200 hp in that boat and while it is adequate you'll be happier with the 240 in the long run.
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So you didn't let the outboard fishing guys get to you, eh?

Very nice boat. I have always liked the Regal's. Very nice product.
I too feel you have plenty of motor.
There will always be those instances in which you could handle more engine. But they are very far and few in between. I had 6 adults on my 196SSi and couldn't wait to drop them off at a sandbar! My 236SSx handles that number much better.

Like yours my wife doesn't like anything north of 30mph...she might spill her beer!

The only thing I would add is have them install trim tabs before you even pick her up. It will make a world of difference and will make it easy to get on and stay on plane especially when it comes to low speeds and watersports.
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Originally Posted by ziess21 View Post
I'd order it with the 240 if possible. We've done the 200 hp in that boat and while it is adequate you'll be happier with the 240 in the long run.
Personally I feel he will out grow the size of the boat before the lack of power.
JMO
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Originally Posted by Saythe View Post
Haha, will do. I don't know if 2 to 4 feet more would fit in my garage.
Two words . . .

Bigger
Garage

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Originally Posted by SalmonDaze View Post
Two words . . .

Bigger
Garage

2 more...

Boat Slip...
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Easy boys! I don't have the money to be getting bigger garages and boat slips!

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Here's a rendering of the boat I have on special order, I met the owner at the boat show, and he's giving me the ESX windshield on the ES Model, I didn't want the graphics. I'm debating the blue... I kind of like, white or red:

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Originally Posted by Saythe View Post
Here's a rendering of the boat I have on special order, I met the owner at the boat show, and he's giving me the ESX windshield on the ES Model, I didn't want the graphics. I'm debating the blue... I kind of like, white or red:

White is best for not showing dock rash. Red seams to oxidize pretty quickly but since you are keeping in the garage it shouldn't be too bad. Just keep whatever color you get waxed.

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