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Old 01-25-2019, 05:23 PM
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Default Anyone have any experience with Regal's OBX line?

So I'm sorta kinda in the market to upgrade my boat, and I'm looking at outboard powered bowrider styles in the neighborhood of 21'. This will be used in the saltwater, but not really offshore. No fishing, purely used for pleasure boating.

I was at the NY boat show today and checked our several models. The Regal 21 OBX really caught my eye. Other contenders were the Sea Ray 21 SPX and Chaparral 210 Suncoast, and a Monterrey M205.

They were all priced pretty closely, and the Regal seemed to have the best fit and finish. Also a nice 20 degrees of deadrise. The Regal dealer is also only like 20 minutes away by the water, and the salesman was the only one who would commit to sending a tech to my house for a warranty repair if need be (I live on the water and don't have a vehicle capable of towing).

Just curious if anyone has any experience with this boat or maybe one of the similar ones.

Also, is there much wiggle room on the sticker price of a new boat, like there generally is with a car? Or is the price more set in stone?

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Old 01-26-2019, 05:30 AM
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You won’t go wrong with any of those choices. It comes down to personal preference based on how you will use the boat. We spend considerable time floating so a smart transom layout like the Sea Ray appeals to me for instance. Second, service is important and if Regal will service at you house, that is a big deal, but get that in writing.

Price - in that price range many manufacturers do a no haggle price. Also, there are usually boat show prices that are already discounted. I do not think at that price point you will see a big discount off list.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:36 AM
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Yeah that's what I was figuring Probably not much room to wiggle on the price, but maybe I'll try to get an upgrade or two thrown in or something like that.

I'll also be paying cash, not sure if that helps at all.
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If you're buying a new boat, spend the extra 300.00 or so and fly to Florida and tour the Regal plant. They give free tours throughout the plant (it's HUGE), and as a buyer, they will bring you behind the scenes to watch assembly. This gives you the chance to see what's inside the boat before they put the cap on. I worked at Regal for a while and was impressed by the build process. They are not the boat they were 20 years ago. Still family owned, they are literally 5 minutes from Orlando International Airport. You can Uber from the airport to the plant for about $5.
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A friend has the 23 footer with a 250 Yamaha. Itís a damn nice boat with a TON of storage. I was impressed.
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Old 01-26-2019, 03:47 PM
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My dealer carries the regal line so I crawled all over the 23obx in the showroom one day. Really nice setup, lots of room, storage is plentiful and if not fishing, itís a great entertainment boat. Very roomy and top folds down electronically.

I noticed you said said you live on the water, so I assume the boat will be in a slip dock or lift. Just keep in mind that until you get to the bigger models, the smaller obx line doesnít have overboard deck drainage. I.e everything drain to the bilge then bilge pump discharged overboard. So not a self bailing boat. Boat I looked at only had a single bilge pump. Something to be very aware off if the boat will be in the water for extended periods of time.

just an fyi....
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Old 01-26-2019, 04:23 PM
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Regal is top tier in that type of boat. I'd rank it ahead of other two in terms of quality. The dealer is another question....a so so dealer could make overall experience with a great product not so great. There is a decent margin on new boats and thinking boats are not setting sales records this time of year in NY. Cash is king and dealer has holding cost every month in stock.
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:48 PM
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Thanks for the input.

I went back to the show again today to take a closer look, but didn't make any commitments.

The Regal came to about $53k with tax and dealer fees, and the Sea Ray, which I also liked, came in at $50k. They both seem like pretty similar styles boats. Even though they're both 21', the Sea Ray felt a little roomier inside. I'm not big on making a commitment on a purchase this large without being able to do a sea trial though, so I think I may just wait till spring.

The Monterey also came to $53k, but I'm not sure the guy was doing the numbers right.

As a note, both companies made it clear that the sticker price is the price, and there's no negotiating. I didn't even ask - they just told me that upfront as soon as we started talking numbers. I could negotiate the value of my trade in, though.
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Old 01-27-2019, 10:37 AM
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I went back to the boat show.....As a note, both companies made it clear that the sticker price is the price, and there's no negotiating. I didn't even ask - they just told me that upfront as soon as we started talking numbers. I could negotiate the value of my trade in, though.​​​​​
It's a boat show. Go the last deal and see what they say about the price.
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