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Old 11-10-2018, 09:45 AM
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is this boat really a turd? Read so many reviews of poor ride with horrific fuel economy. Any actual owners not studio gangsters care to share info?
I get it when they had 250s but how are they with newer 300?
help me understand how ride can be bad?
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:06 AM
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Forget about getting an answer to your question.Half will tell you they suck the other will tell you it’s a beast.The only way is to demo the boat yourself.Your bad ride is fine for me.
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:07 AM
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I owned one of the earlier ones with F250s for four years. The ride was good, just what you would expect from a heavy deep-vee boat. They are indeed big, heavy 32 foot boats. What I found was that by changing to four blade props, the performance improved markedly and the boat planed at a better running angle with less trim tab, consequently improving efficiency. I thought it was just fine, able to cruise about 30-31 kts easily. In my local rough New England waters, there aren't many days when you can go faster than that in comfort.

Last year a friend got a 32 with F350s. It certainly got up on plane faster and could cruise easily around 35-38 kts. The fuel economy is not great, less than 1 nmpg running in the low 30s.My boat did better with the F250s, maybe 1.2 npmg at 28 kts. I have never run one with the new F300 but I would bet it might do very well losing the extra weight of the F350s but having more power than my old boat with the F250s.

If you are a Florida guy with that nice smooth warm water and want to go 50 kts, you don't want a 32 Regulator.
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Old 11-10-2018, 01:52 PM
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I have one with f250s and dont get the negative reviews. Plenty fast enough for me. Not as fast as a contender or YF riding on top and more thirsty than those boats. But here in NJ where itís almost always 2-3s on a good day and 15 knots on the way in this boat gets it done in comfort and without any spray unless itís more than 20. The boat is a beast. We almost always burn 200 gal riding out to the edge and up and down the caynons.
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Old 11-10-2018, 02:46 PM
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For some reason can't edit my post above; meant to add the 200 gal is about 200 mile round trip so it almost always works out to be about 1 nm/gal on fully loaded offshore trips.
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Old 11-10-2018, 02:56 PM
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Buddy of mine had one repowered with 300 zukes. He said it was a great ride, heavy, not a speed demon and so so fuel economy (1mpg). He did have minor transom issues which was easily addressed (not a major thing) related to the torque and weight of the 4 strokes and the fact that he fishes in some rougher stuff.

He's about 8 boats later now but he does say that reg was the driest boat he's owned
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Old 11-10-2018, 04:02 PM
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Fished one and wasnt impressed. Slow, sucked fuel and the distance form the stern coaming pad to the motors was stupid long. The wet feet got old too.

Id buy a 26 wayyyyy before one of those and fish the same days.
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Old 11-10-2018, 05:24 PM
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Have always been a Reg fan but only have time in a 26 classic. Great ride. Always wondered how the 29 with 300 motors stacked up against the 32 with like power? OP just trying to bring some insight as well. Not trying to get off topic..
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Old 11-10-2018, 05:51 PM
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Tell us again how you had wet feet in a 32 Reg




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Fished one and wasnt impressed. Slow, sucked fuel and the distance form the stern coaming pad to the motors was stupid long. The wet feet got old too.

Id buy a 26 wayyyyy before one of those and fish the same days.
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Old 11-11-2018, 04:24 AM
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Had one of the last 32's made w/F350's. Very comfortable in the snot, but those F350's were heavy and the boat required a lot of tab and could porpoise. I was going move from the 3 blade to 4 blade props to get a little stern lift, definitely needed it. Wet feet, the transom door needed an apron at the bottom edge. Could easily get some water in the cockpit drifting w/full load and livewell full. Decided I couldn't deal with the forward seating and ordered a 33' Onslow Bay.
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Old 11-11-2018, 04:46 AM
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Originally Posted by TheJetty View Post

Tell us again how you had wet feet in a 32 Reg




The water puddled from the side of the console to the step up in the bow when at rest. If you washed the deck it didnt drain until underway. When drift fishing it was a PITA. Funny... Green machine had the same experience and so would Willy Wonka.
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Old 11-11-2018, 06:01 AM
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With the F350's on the back, I didn't have a problem w/deck draining!

My boat was bottom painted and always run w/a full tank. My use average 1.1-1.2 mpg. Boat and motors really felt comfortable at 4300-4700 rpm at 31-35 knts. You could actually hear the engines liking those rpms, less than 4300 not so much. It wasn't unusual is the chop to move the throttles up a bit and ride improved.Less than about 21 knots, hull felt uncomfortable and plowed and ass heavy.
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:01 AM
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Obviously you need to ride on a few other boats to make an educated decision. I made the choice to trade off a lil fuel economy for confidence and comfort when the seas are less than desirable. There are some really good deals on the regulator 32 rite now.

I have a 2008 with yamaha 350s. No bottom paint, lifted motors to highest possible mounting location, and a set 19p ecos. It will hit 58 mph with a light load. It is a completely different boat after you lift the motors and swap to ecos. I can get 1.2-1.3 around 45 mph. I've never had a mid ship puddle while the boat is in the water. Everyone who has been on the boat is impressed with the ride in ruff conditions. I fish days I would have never considered before I got this boat. Extremely dry.
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:41 AM
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Ride is great. Esp if you make a tweaks from the factory setup. ie Raise motors, four blade props, move batteries (depending on year). I have the classic so I dont have the forward seating but I have heard ppl complain about the distance from the livewell to the motors. and IMO, its not much of a difference than contenders or other boats. And esp not the new cats everyone raves about. IMO, I think you would have a hard time finding a better riding 32ft boat in the slop. but when it is slick, others will go faster and burn less fuel. downside of having a heavy deep V boat.
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Old 11-27-2018, 07:48 PM
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I have a 32 for sale now...twin 2014 Yahama 300s. Best set up from what I’ve seen. Boat rides big for its size and if you know how to drive it, very nice ride. Boat tops out at 50 MPH med load and can cruise home at 35-40. Much better ride if you let the bow ride a little proud and much more fuel efficient. Selling to get faster 36 YF just to feed my ego...����. I have the nicest and best equipt 32 for sale at any price. Boat is leaving HH Island, SC and heading South Florida to be listed in two weeks.

Previous and only owner owner dropped the 250s in the drink and put these 300s on in 2014 after much research with Regulator...older boats than 2006 aren’t rated for more than 500 HP from what Al at Regulator told me...please fact check me.

And i I just installed SeaDek in the cockpit...no more wet feet...��...idiot...��

I’ve owned several boats...best ride and favorite boat to date. Period!
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A mechanic friend took me out on a 32 with Yamaha 300’s on it. It was a typical northeast day with a good sized chop. I thought the boat rode great. Very dry in both directions. I can’t speak to fuel use as I didn’t check the gauges.
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Old 11-28-2018, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by RegulatorHHI View Post
I have a 32 for sale now...twin 2014 Yahama 300s. Best set up from what Iíve seen. Boat rides big for its size and if you know how to drive it, very nice ride. Boat tops out at 50 MPH med load and can cruise home at 35-40. Much better ride if you let the bow ride a little proud and much more fuel efficient. Selling to get faster 36 YF just to feed my ego...����. I have the nicest and best equipt 32 for sale at any price. Boat is leaving HH Island, SC and heading South Florida to be listed in two weeks.

Previous and only owner owner dropped the 250s in the drink and put these 300s on in 2014 after much research with Regulator...older boats than 2006 arenít rated for more than 500 HP from what Al at Regulator told me...please fact check me.

And i I just installed SeaDek in the cockpit...no more wet feet...��...idiot...��

Iíve owned several boats...best ride and favorite boat to date. Period!
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Old 05-31-2019, 01:29 PM
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I realize this thread is a few months old but I felt that I could add some value here. I’ve owned a 32 Regulator for 13 years. I’m a 200 hour a season user and fish out of Montauk. The only time I have ever gotten wet feet on the boat is when we float fish in through the back door. By that I mean backing down hard enough to get water under the fish on purpose. I Have 2 live wells in the back of the boat filled regularly and have never had an issue with wet feet, ever, and I’m A nut with the wash down hose also.

With F250’s the boat is 32-35 knots burning 28.4 to 29.7 gph at 5000 rpm’s depending on how much of the bow you have in the water swinging a 15.25x 19p wheel. Putting the tabs down on take off the boat flops on plane quickly with whatever load I have in it. I have also run a lot of 32’s with the 350’s they are a 39-41 knot boat at 5000 rpm’s burning 49 gph again depending on how much you have her in the water. Also, the tank size never changed when they hooked the 350’s on the back. So with that said the 350’s will get you to the canyon 20 minutes faster and the same getting back home at a cost of 70 gallons for the trip. 180 gallon canyon trips with the 250’s , 250 gallon canyon trips with the 350’s. With the 250’s you can leave Fire Island inlet and go to Hudson canyon if the fish are bitting in the Fishtailes you can run there and still have plenty of fuel to get home with about 50-60 gallons to spare. Been there done that. You can’t do that with the 350’s. With that said I have recently repowered mine with what will hopefully be the happy medium F300’s. I am in the prop testing mode at the moment. I ran it the other day with a set of 15.25 x 19p yammy props and was not happy with the results. WOT turned 5400 rpm doing 41 knots. At 4400 rpm I saw 33 knots at 29.8 gph. At 5000 rpm I was doing 38.4 knots at 40.1 gph .Motors are mounted in hole number 3. I believe these wheels are to big, I am going to try a pair of 17p tomorrow and see what they will do. I have read every thread here with mention of this set up and also on red reg.com but not any real hard facts on prop selection and numbers to back them up. There has been some mention of Rev 4’s 17p but I’m not interested in 4 blades at this point.

RegulatorHHI I would be interested to hear what blades you running or anyone else for that matter with F300’s. If you have any supporting information as well that would be great. Thanks. Enjoy the weekend everyone
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Wango if your in the NE Area I’ll be in Montauk for the season in a week or two. I’ll take ya for a ride on an outgoing tide and a southwesterly 15-20. You should be able decide the rest on your own after that.
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Ok...good times. So I sold my boat and it is now located in Wildwood NJ to a wonderful new owner that will be more than happy to compare notes with you. One of the secrets, so to speak, is not using Any tab At All when you run that boat with the 300s. The more tab you use, the shittier the ride and the worse the fuel economy. I don’t remember what props I was running, but I think they were right. I was able to get 1-1.2, depending on the sea and load. I did ride on one boat with 350s and the feel wasn’t right...I felt that right off the bat. The 300s are the right choice...and I’m not here to argue with anyone who has the 350s, I’m just saying what my experience is. I bought mine with 300s over the newer boat and the same money on a boat that had 350s.

All that being said...I always budget 1 to 1 on offshore trips. Interesting enough, you can run the boat a little faster say 48-5200 rpms on the way home, and the fuel economy is about the same...again...NO TAB. The 32 is designed to ride soft and as efficient as possible with this type of hull, without any tab. It’s perfectly balanced with the 300s...maybe by accident but whatever. Above is the screen name of George, the new owner. He will be more than happy to compare notes with you.

Side note...I just repowered my new to me 36 YF with 3 brand new 300s...I could have put anything on there and I chose to keep the original power, just new.

Side note 2...My wife and I are in The Bahamas for our annual trip as we speak. We crossed over from Florida with the. ENE Small Craft advisory in place on my “New To Me” 36 YF....I shit you not at the end of one of the longest days of my life, 206 miles in 15-20 ALL DAY even running the Bahama Bank, my wife says to me, “I sure do miss the Regulator....” FML ...smiley face! The 32 Regulator is still my favorite boat on my list...don’t get me wrong, the 36 YF will run 50 mph in 2-3s with ease and is Very Impressive, but if you can’t get on top, there is no running at 16 knots like in the Regulator. All boats have their good and bad and everything is a trade off. My 32 with the 300s never let me down. I put 600 hours on that machine in less that 2 years.
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