Regulator 31 Performance
Regulator 31 Performance This entire review can be summed up with what I said to Don Ditzel of Comstock Yacht Sales & Marina, New Jersey shortly before the end of my fishing trip with him in August, Mr Tony Miller of Reel Drag fishing charters and the other journalist Gary Caputi: “The more you know the craft, the more you will like this regulator 31.” Of course, such a brief summary will not. They want all the details, and I’m happy to provide them. So let’s go back to the beginning. We left the docks of Comstock Marina when dawn broke out on the coast of Jersey. Ditzel maneuvered the 31 neatly out of his slip by using the joystick system Yamaha Helm master to control the twin F300 outboards.
The engines ran almost silently as we descended the fairway and created as quiet conversation and camaraderie as we packed in ascending light equipment. What was a disorganized pile of rods, coolers, water bottles, ice, cameras, safety equipment and foul weather equipment that hit the dock just a few minutes before, was completely removed from the huge stowage and the touch of stab holders and rockets The controller 31 swallowed. Launchers. It is a boat where you do not stumble over loose equipment or close lockers because they are full.
I appreciated the clear decks even more when we stopped throwing for stripers along a sedge bank favored by Miller. Caputi and I had both room to step on the V-shaped bow seats to edit our connectors. If we had been off the coast, I might have installed the filler (which can turn into a table), made a complete casting platform out of the bow and thus provide an even safer grip for larger fish in open water waves.
Unfortunately, the stripers did not eat. When we throttled upwards and beamed through the Manasquan intake crushers, we experienced an object lesson about safe stowage: Nothing came past the rudder, no hatch cover beat, and the only thing that blew away was the spray, which was from the reverse chinen of the 31 Was distracted and Carolina bow flare. Suffice it to say that the 31 did what I call the regulator thing. The thing is this: if the boat krietet a wave and starts dropping at 30 knots from a four-legged, then instinct and experience lead to something solid and brace for impact. Instead, hitting never happens.
The uninitiated need a few dozen waves to accept this concept, but eventually everyone relaxes easily. If you asked me how regulator does it, I would say it is a combination of the deep-v hull and a builder who is not afraid to build a heavy boat, the knowledge, weight is an enrichment in terms of movement comfort. Naturally, the naval architect and boat designer Lou Codega, who has designed regulator sleeves for almost 30 years, can explain the reasons for the astral journey in fine detail. (Search for Codega on the runner screen during some of the boat events.)
With Manasquan behind us and Ditzel at the wheel, we headed southeast toward Fluke (Sommerflounder). As we approached the general area, we shrink into a chart on one of the two Garmin GPSmap 8617 screens of 17 in the central console helmet and call the other on a full-screen fish detector. Miller had a special stroke on his head that had produced an oversized rake. With such clear, magnified diagrams and noise images with touch screen control, they proved invaluable in the execution of this crazy mental software that all fishermen must do: weigh the speed and direction of power and pull out the wind.
It is important to note at this point that the regulator measures vessels other than most manufacturers. To put it more accurately, the manufacturer Edenton, North Carolina, calls his models differently. The length of the Transom arm is not included in the model designation number calculations. Instead, the measurement is used by the arc until the end of the cockpit to describe the model. The total length, which also includes the arm, is larger. For example, this slider 31 actually has 36 feet-5 inches.
So while this boat could be empirically the biggest 31 on the market, I didn’t need a tape measure to tell me. A look at the crew that spent the cockpit for action told me everything I needed to know if this boat was big for its size: it’s huge. My boot was equipped with a 40-gallon Livewell, cutting board and sink at the back of the skewed posts, which complements the standard 36-gallon Livewell in the Transom. This module provided some storage space for hooks, bait and leader on one side, and contained a hatch lid top and bottom. (a full fishing centre is also available.)
At the back of the module, I measured 90 square meters of cockpit space — a lot of elbow space for Miller to prepare his fried strip baits and tie rigs for precise dimensions that were rewarded for life on the site. Once on site, I went in the direction of the bow to drop a bait and check numerous other fishing elements. I found an in-brine box forward from the console, which was more than deep enough to stow a cast net in a bucket. The fish boxes in the V-sitting area of the bow overboard; Tights keep their lids open, and foam seals form a waterproof seal. I held a camera in one of these hatches, and she experienced the day in a fine manner.
Pop-up columns are an expected commodity, but those on my check boat were big enough to tie a chum bag and the bitter end of a flying Gaff, while still offering enough unused horn to secure a tail-ropierten mako. The arched rail provided a stable gripping point, and its low profile made it easy for me to drop the rod tip to feed a fluke that chewed the strip bait. The sting turned and several small sea bream entered the rail. Suddenly, Caputi tied a heavier fish to a jig that was full of a bait lane. Miller connected the 7-pound train and raised it to the boat.
After the necessary setback and photos, Miller iced the fluke in the fish crate Transom. The ice that we had loaded at the port had barely started to melt despite the 100-degree temperatures. Back inside the inlet I put the 31 through a battery of power steps, including hard-over curves and notverlangsamungen. The 31 never demanded more than a slight grip on the wheel and inspired confidence at all times.
With half a tank of fuel, a full water tank and a crew of four — and loaded for bear, Tacklewise — the 31 hits a top speed of 53 mph. The gauges showed a fuel efficiency of better than 1 mpg at all speeds in the planer area, up to and including wide-open throttles, but I recorded the best efficiency at 26.4 mph, burning 19.5 GPH and 1.35 mpg networks. My boot has ausgemaxt the speedometer at 5,700 rpm, but the 100-degree weather probably caused a speed loss. In less than brutally hot weather I would expect higher speed and therefore higher speeds.
Regulator 31 Performance
The regulator 31 is an experienced boat boat. Everyone can appreciate the subtle radius of Transom, the obvious attention to shape and line in any accessory and piece of deck hardware, and the good curve of their ascending scissors. But it takes experience in thick weather to appreciate a boat that is so much softer, the much more straightforward tracking at running-Sea, and the much drier-with the wind-abeam running. It takes the hard memory of attaching a clogged shot or replacing a fuel filter on the high seas to really appreciate the broad access to service and strong system deployment.
I could go further, but if you are an experienced fisherman, check out the new 31 by regulator and let us know if you agree that if you know more about boats, you will find this boat to your liking. Kevin Falvey is the editor-in-chief of Boat magazine, a sister publication on sport fishing.
- Power: Power twin Yamaha F300s load 150 gal. Fuel, 35 gal. Water, four crew-top speed 53 mph @ 5,700 rpm time to 30 mph 6.4 sec. Best mpg 1.35 @ 26.4 mph (3,500 rpm)
- Hull: Loa 36 ft. 5 in. Beam 10 ft. 4 in. Deadrise 24 deg. Dry weight 10,500 lb. Draft 2 ft. 1 in. Fuel 300 gal. Max Power 600 PS
- MSRP $242,995 (w/twin Yamaha F300S)