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Regulator 28 Pro's and con's

Old 02-13-2018, 06:27 PM
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Default Regulator 28 Pro's and con's

Thinking about buying a 28 just looking for some info. Thanks
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:49 PM
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Intended use? Mostly fishing, or family? Inshore or offshore? Mid-atlantic or somewhere else?
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:07 AM
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I can tell you I looked very closely at one and I thought the boat exhibited quality everywhere I looked. However, I fish in SWFL and we use a lot of live bait. For my needs I thought the livewell system was totally inadequate. The 28 Reg. has a 25 gallon livewell. Most boats in this size range that are fishing boats have 50 gallon livewells. Even the livewells on larger Regulators are too small IMO.
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Old 02-14-2018, 04:24 AM
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Fishing out of NJ inshore/offshore also considering a 32' with 350's but 28 has so much better fuel economy and bullet proof 300's
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Old 02-14-2018, 06:10 AM
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When the seas get to 3 feet you will be happy you went with the 32.
look for one with the second or 3rd generation 350s on it.
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Old 02-14-2018, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by mako 26 View Post
Fishing out of NJ inshore/offshore also considering a 32' with 350's but 28 has so much better fuel economy and bullet proof 300's
You plan on keeping her indoors in a boatel, or in the water? Do you plan on trailering her? Most places can handle keeping a 28 indoors in a boatel, but not the 32. The 300s are also a plus. Note that I am probably biased, given that I have a 28.
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Old 02-14-2018, 07:26 AM
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No experience with 28 Reg, but a ton of time fishing and running 29 & 32 Reg offshore. Both boats handles and fish great in the mid atlantic canyons. 32 is an 09 that was repowered with F300s (Rev4 props) and that was a big mistake, fuel economy (heavy offshore load) is 0.9 - 1.1 ml/gal pending on sea conditions and the 32 needs the extra weight of the F350s for optimal balance. 32 Reg sits in IRI indoor boat rack and trailers fine if you have a diesel truck. I have heard good things about the 28 Reg, just have not fished one, its your boat and $s, test ride both boats in real world conditions and see which one fits your needs best.
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I have fished on a buddy's 28 reg at the canyons several times.

Pros- great fit and finish, quite fast, and very economical, (he was getting 1.5 mpg running faster than optimum cruise), good looking boat with clean surfaces. Nice fishable space on the bow.

Con's- space in stern is very tight if you plan to troll primarily, ride is ok, but wasn't quite what I expected, good when flat and cuts up a small chop but boat would porpoise and launch in an offshore swell more than I would like. Also a bit tipsy. Boat feels small for a boat that is 32' overall (including bracket) and is priced like a bigger boat. Fuel tank is a little small for the canyons (235 gallon tank), my buddy had to use a bladder.

I would think that the boat would be great for run and gun casting for tuna, and extended day trips, but my opinion is that there might be better long range and trolling platforms in this price range.
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Originally Posted by Hepatitis Sea View Post
I have fished on a buddy's 28 reg at the canyons several times.

Pros- great fit and finish, quite fast, and very economical, (he was getting 1.5 mpg running faster than optimum cruise), good looking boat with clean surfaces. Nice fishable space on the bow.

Con's- space in stern is very tight if you plan to troll primarily, ride is ok, but wasn't quite what I expected, good when flat and cuts up a small chop but boat would porpoise and launch in an offshore swell more than I would like. Also a bit tipsy. Boat feels small for a boat that is 32' overall (including bracket) and is priced like a bigger boat. Fuel tank is a little small for the canyons (235 gallon tank), my buddy had to use a bladder.

I would think that the boat would be great for run and gun casting for tuna, and extended day trips, but my opinion is that there might be better long range and trolling platforms in this price range.
I have the 25 and noticed same thing with porpoising, but found that using the tabs helped tremendously. You get the bow down in the right spot matched to the right speed and you can cruise into a head sea all day. Takes some trial and error for sure.

The cockpit is def small for a 30' boat (in my case). I often think maybe I'll go 28 or 32 but wasn't sure if its worth it.
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Hepatitis Sea View Post
I have fished on a buddy's 28 reg at the canyons several times.

Pros- great fit and finish, quite fast, and very economical, (he was getting 1.5 mpg running faster than optimum cruise), good looking boat with clean surfaces. Nice fishable space on the bow.

Con's- space in stern is very tight if you plan to troll primarily, ride is ok, but wasn't quite what I expected, good when flat and cuts up a small chop but boat would porpoise and launch in an offshore swell more than I would like. Also a bit tipsy. Boat feels small for a boat that is 32' overall (including bracket) and is priced like a bigger boat. Fuel tank is a little small for the canyons (235 gallon tank), my buddy had to use a bladder.

I would think that the boat would be great for run and gun casting for tuna, and extended day trips, but my opinion is that there might be better long range and trolling platforms in this price range.
For as economical as it is, the lack of fuel capacity makes fishing for us in Mass a headache w bladders. I'm sure for your closer canyons in NJ it's not a big deal, but if you start going east, you'll need a bladder for sure.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:03 AM
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235 gal and 1.5mpg should be a non issue for most canyons out of NJ. I could see Hudson & Norfolk being out of range if you are out of Cape May on the NJ coast. The range on the 29 & 32 that I fished were about the same and both boats out of IRI fished as far north as Toms and Norfolk to the south.
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Real life mpg on a 28 is not 1.5 mpg in typical chop. Assuming small whitecaps, you're looking around 1.2 mpg (statutory miles) average on canyon runs. Around 1.4 mpg in good conditions. I've found my comfortable range out of OCMD is no more than 100 nm each way. Also, think my tank is 220 or 225 gallons (not 235).
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Originally Posted by claluja View Post
Real life mpg on a 28 is not 1.5 mpg in typical chop. Assuming small whitecaps, you're looking around 1.2 mpg (statutory miles) average on canyon runs. Around 1.4 mpg in good conditions. I've found my comfortable range out of OCMD is no more than 100 nm each way. Also, think my tank is 220 or 225 gallons (not 235).
Thought 1.5 might have been exaggerated for real world #s with canyon load, I put 900 hrs running my 29 Reg to the canyons and saw 1.1 to 1.3 mpg (statutory) with 300 lb of ice and full offshore load and like you 100 nm was a comfortable run to the canyon. The 32 is no different in range with 0.9 - 1.1 mpg.
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You are right, only a 220 gallon tank. From Falmouth, my buddy could realistically do the atlantis canyons without the bladder for a day trip, 90 nm 1 way plus trolling hours, but any canyon east or west of there required a 50g bladder and anything east of hydro required a 50g bladder and a top off on nantucket when heading out.

I do believe that the 32 has better range, as I know guys that fish out of my area from the Fishtales to hydro without a bladder in 32s. These boats had the old F250s. The new 31 Reg might be a nice compromise, giving you the new design innovations and the bigger fuel tank. They were only asking 325K for it at the boston boat show this week!

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Real life mpg on a 28 is not 1.5 mpg in typical chop. Assuming small whitecaps, you're looking around 1.2 mpg (statutory miles) average on canyon runs. Around 1.4 mpg in good conditions. I've found my comfortable range out of OCMD is no more than 100 nm each way. Also, think my tank is 220 or 225 gallons (not 235).
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Old 02-14-2018, 05:20 PM
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Thanks guys i haven't been on a 28 yet looks tight in back been on a couple of 32's plenty of room, i'm leaning at the 32. just need a few decent one's to come on market!!!
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Did you end up buying one?
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