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Fishing boats - Center consoles

Regulator builds larger T-tops for its boats these days, as anglers are more aware of skin damage from the sun. The 28’s extends all the way to the gunwales, and over the leaning post and forward console seat. For weight savings, the builder cores the top with a composite foam in a vacuum-bagged resin-infusion process. The Lee outriggers have integral levers under the hardtop to easily position them.

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The overhead storage box is big enough for two VHF radios. Friction hinges hold open the box’s door. Circular overhead LED lights are useful for anglers who leave the dock before dawn, and the flush-mounted spreader lights illuminate the cockpit and water abaft the transom.

The bow of the 28 is designed for versatility. The port, starboard and centerline insulated compartments can be used as fishboxes or dry storage. The centerline box in the foredeck holds three 6-foot rods. All compartments can be locked. The forward locker is often used for a ditch bag and a throwable PFD. Notice how the locker lids, with stainless air shocks, open wide for full access. Recessing the powder-coated handrail that surrounds the bow keeps the area clear for casting and throwing nets. The compartment tops accept pads for seating, and a table can be inserted in the deck as a casting platform or dinette.

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Regulator kept the leaning post tackle center compact and streamlined, yet it carries out several duties. The rocket launchers sit in the center of the action for quick access to rods. When running at high speeds, anglers can grab the handrail below the rocket launchers for balance. Eight tackle boxes fill the lower portion of the leaning post, and the port-side drawer is a good spot for gloves and tools; there’s a knife block, too. Even diehard fishermen appreciate a well-placed cup holder — there are five here. The raised diamond nonskid covering the deck is grippy but easy on bare feet

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Regulator at a Glance

LOA: 27 feet, 8 inches (32 feet, 6 inches with engines and bracket)

BEAM: 9 feet, 5 inches

DRAFT: 2 feet

FUEL: 220 gallons

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POWER: twin Yamaha F300s

SPEED: 60.3 mph top, 35-40 mph cruise

PRICE: $186,995

CONTACT: Regulator Marine, Edenton, North Carolina,

PHONE: (252) 482-3837.

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June 2015 issue