John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
Regal 3760
MARCH 2008
 
   
Length overall  38'
Beam 12'2"
Draft(Drive Down)3'
Displacement  15,200 lb
Fuel Capacity  276 gals
Base Price  $264,333


It was a misty morning in late fall when I met with Woody Jackson, owner of Jackson Marine in North East, Md., to review the Regal 3760 express cruiser. On our way down to the boat, I was interested to learn that Regal is actually a family owned and operated business that has been selected by JD Power and Associates as number one in customer satisfaction in several categories. Once aboard the boat, it became obvious that care has gone into both the design and construction of this vessel.

The swim platform, which includes a swim ladder, has room for a sizable storage locker for lines and fenders as well as a freshwater shower. Access to the engine room for service is excellent. Push a button and the whole aft deck rises to allow engine access via a diamond plate stairway into the hull. The engine space is efficiently laid-out and is the access point for the pumps, Racor fuel filters, batteries and generator. It's even roomy enough to store the removable cockpit table.

The aft cockpit area has a transom bench seat, an integrated igloo cooler and storage lockers to port, and a clever garbage locker to starboard. Slightly forward to starboard, behind the helm seat, is a cockpit refreshment area complete with sink, pressure water, refrigerator, ice maker and lots of storage. Moving forward, the helm area (to starboard) is sheltered by the standard fiberglass hard top; its double seat comes with a flip-up bolster that allows the skipper to sit, stand or lean comfortably. A Raymarine C80 electronic display is standard (our test boat had upgraded to a Raymarine E80). To port is a crescent-shaped settee with a teak table. A filler cushion converts this area to a large lounge.

An integrated stairway leads from the helm area up and over the dash and through the windscreen to the foredeck, which has an adjustable lounge pad for optimal sunbathing. The boat comes with a bow windlass, anchor wash-down, and line and fender storage.

Below decks, the 3760's bright and open cabin gives the boat a spacious feel. There is a leather settee to starboard. The galley is directly across to port. A flat-screen TV is within easy view, next to the companionway ladder. The head, port side forward, has a glass shower stall enclosure and a bulkhead-mounted hairdryer. The master stateroom, forward, has an offset double bed to port and a seat to starboard (the saloon TV is easily visible from the master bunk). Aft of the saloon a mid-cabin lounge area is tucked under the cockpit, with a large U-shaped lounge that converts to a second bunk.

Underway, the Regal was nimble and easy to maneuver. After twisting our way out of the narrow marina fairway and into the river, I pushed the throttle forward and was impressed by how quickly the Regal got up on plane (and with very little bow rise). The Volvo diesels provided plenty of low-end torque as well as high speed performance with efficient fuel burn (the Volvos were an upgrade; twin Mercury 6.2 mpi come standard). At cruise, we were running at 2500 rpm, making 20.9 knots and burning 13 gallons per hour. Wide open she was turning 3500 rpm, making 28 knots and burning only 18.3 gph. Tight turns were a blast at speed, with the 3760 digging in and carving the water in a smooth arc.

The Regal 3760 is a well thought out and efficient express cruiser. Considering Regal's devotion to customer service and history of quality construction, the 3760 makes an ideal choice for buyers seeking a good value.