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Old 09-01-2017, 06:31 AM
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The amount of people that won't by a regulator anymore because they don't offer the classic design is A LOT of people. Should listen to customers you are losing.

Even Sea Hunt listened to customers. People wanted a coffin box instead of forward seating option. Now the 27 and 30 have that option. Regulators cost twice as much and seem to be hardheaded about listening to customers. They already have the mold. So it wouldn't be something that would cost a lot to change.




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I'm guessing they build what sells. If forward seating sells - they build it. If open deck was selling better - they would build that.
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Old 09-01-2017, 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by captain28570 View Post
The amount of people that won't by a regulator anymore because they don't offer the classic design is A LOT of people. Should listen to customers you are losing.

Even Sea Hunt listened to customers. People wanted a coffin box instead of forward seating option. Now the 27 and 30 have that option. Regulators cost twice as much and seem to be hardheaded about listening to customers. They already have the mold. So it wouldn't be something that would cost a lot to change.
They do not have the mold??? It would require another deck mold to offer one without forward seating. They can not build anymore boats then what they are building now, they do not pump out 2,000 boats a year like SeaHunt, more like 235.
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Old 09-01-2017, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Bluewater352 View Post
I don't have a dog in the fight, but I think contender has the better video. Just saying. Contender has well endowed ladies in bikinis on the leaning post next to the driver while going 60 mph. Regulator's commercial is not as titilizing.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wA-CPl8sFQ

True!

Both should show their boats running in less than optimal seas.
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Old 09-01-2017, 09:39 AM
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I've heard enough people say they would only buy a Regulator again if they offered an open bow to open a fiberglass shop that takes brand new Regulators and cuts the forward seating out and make it like it never happened...
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Originally Posted by captain28570 View Post
The amount of people that won't by a regulator anymore because they don't offer the classic design is A LOT of people. Should listen to customers you are losing.

Even Sea Hunt listened to customers. People wanted a coffin box instead of forward seating option. Now the 27 and 30 have that option. Regulators cost twice as much and seem to be hardheaded about listening to customers. They already have the mold. So it wouldn't be something that would cost a lot to change.
Please quantify "A LOT of people". Maybe they lost one but gained two. Maybe they gained three. Do you have the numbers to verify that they made a bad business decision? If you can't, then perhaps they know their business better than you do.
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:06 AM
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So they sold the old classic mold to somebody ? Be a shame if they did.

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They do not have the mold??? It would require another deck mold to offer one without forward seating. They can not build anymore boats then what they are building now, they do not pump out 2,000 boats a year like SeaHunt, more like 235.
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:28 AM
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The classic vs FS argument for Regulator has been beaten to death. They picked up a much larger market with the FS than with the classics, so for them, the numbers work.

As for the molds, they never made classic molds for any of the new hulls, but they did make them for the 23, 26, 29, 32 - ALL of which have been changed/discontinued. The original molds for those boats are locked away, I assume to never see the light of day again.
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by captain28570 View Post
So they sold the old classic mold to somebody ? Be a shame if they did.
No, I thought you meant the no forward seating on the new style boats. Nobody liked the step up on the old ones with or without Forward seats......"I'd buy a Regulator if not for the step midship"....have all them people bought?
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:53 AM
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I spoke with a Regulator dealer last year about this... He said that they were selling so few classics that it wasn't really worth it to continue the model.. He also told me that Grady experienced the same thing... I like the FS on my 26, but I also use my boat for family time ...
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:54 AM
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i cant say I have come across a 1" thick hull side and 2" thick bottom, maybe in the back with the overlap from the transom layup but not on the rest
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Old 09-01-2017, 11:13 AM
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Just for my own edification, but when did Regulator discontinue the "Classic" model?
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Old 09-01-2017, 11:14 AM
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I looked at TONS of boats before deciding on my reg.

The finishes and details on Contender were terrible compared to reg. Looking at a brand new Contender 28FS, the deck cap looked like someone eyeballed it and cut it out with a sawzall. The leaning post rocked back and forth, and we looked for loose bolts or screws. Nope, just seemed like it was a case of thin material in the leaning post. I couldn't imagine 2 people over 200lbs leaning on that while running and it not coming loose.

But yeah, so many boats we looked at, and narrowed it down to a few, and ultimately went Regulator, and couldn't be happier!
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Old 09-01-2017, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Raybo Marine NY View Post
i cant say I have come across a 1" thick hull side and 2" thick bottom, maybe in the back with the overlap from the transom layup but not on the rest
Ducer hole 28 reg - good call
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Old 09-01-2017, 03:07 PM
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Ducer hole 28 reg - good call
that looks like hull, putty, and inner liner.
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Originally Posted by Bluewater352 View Post
I don't have a dog in the fight, but I think contender has the better video. Just saying. Contender has well endowed ladies in bikinis on the leaning post next to the driver while going 60 mph. Regulator's commercial is not as titilizing.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wA-CPl8sFQ
I cringed when I saw all the balsa core.
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Old 09-01-2017, 03:49 PM
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I cringed when I saw all the balsa core.
I thought that's what that was!
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Old 09-01-2017, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by captain28570 View Post
The amount of people that won't by a regulator anymore because they don't offer the classic design is A LOT of people. Should listen to customers you are losing.

Even Sea Hunt listened to customers. People wanted a coffin box instead of forward seating option. Now the 27 and 30 have that option. Regulators cost twice as much and seem to be hardheaded about listening to customers. They already have the mold. So it wouldn't be something that would cost a lot to change.

Ive worked at a Regulator dealer when they 'classic' hulls, and I still work there, and all they have now is 'FS' hulls.

From what the factory tells us, you have the facts completely backwards.
From 1996 to 2008, less than 15% of each model leaving the factory was a 'classic' model.

We have been a top ten dealer since our first year, and we only sold ONE classic model, it was a 32. That was in 2008 (might have been 2009).


Listen, I get it. I am a fisherman way before a pleasure boater (or boat salesman).
I totally agree they should have a classic hull option.
But their sales speak for themselves, and their sales say they are doing just fine without them.
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Old 09-01-2017, 04:35 PM
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I got a poll started on here today with choices being Classic or FS.

Right now the Classic is winning vote wise. 15 to 13.
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Originally Posted by captain28570 View Post
I got a poll started on here today with choices being Classic or FS.

Right now the Classic is winning vote wise. 15 to 13.
Sales speak louder than polls.
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Old 09-01-2017, 05:10 PM
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If you don't sale it then you never know. A 26 foot boat with FS that's really a pure fishing boat is mighty tight up there. Use up a lot of useable fishing space.
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