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.
Regulator 29
MARCH 2007 
 
Length 29'
Beam 9'6"
Draft (hull only) 24"
Weight (w/o engines) 6,900 lbs
Maximum HP 500-hp
Base Price $137,000
Price as Tested $160,520


After stepping aboard the Regulator 29, it only took seconds for me to realize that this boat is a no-nonsense fishing machine. From her classic Carolina lines with lots of flair forward to the working cockpit and wide coamings, everything about this center console boat is laid out for serious anglers.
   
Award-winning naval architect Lou Codega designed the 29 with the specifications for the new Yamaha 4-stroke outboards in mind. With that kind of power and 24 degrees of deadrise, this deep-V hull should handle rough water with no problems, and the significant flair forward will keep the boat dry offshore. 
   
Hull construction is all fiberglass using Divinycell foam and fiberglass for the stringer system. Our test boat was equipped with twin Yamaha 250-hp outboards mounted on an integral platform with walk-through access to the cockpit. A 22-gallon insulated bait box and 30-gallon live-bait well are positioned aft. Underfoot in the cockpit there is a large access hatch for the bilge. The aft side of the leaning post in our test boat featured a bait prep area, tackle center, four rocket launchers and a handrail.
   
The cockpit coamings are lined with rod holders and offer rod storage along the inboard bulwarks. The center-console is capped by a standard fiberglass T-top with a built-in radio box, optional rocket launchers along the trailing edge and outrigger mounts port and starboard.  The console stands fairly high—I’m five feet eight inches tall, and I could just  see over it to spot directly in front of the bow. But the console height allows for six-plus feet of standing room in the enclosed head, below, where you’ll find access to wiring, electronics and batteries (but no sink). The console dash includes an integrated electronics box that can house two 10-inch electronic displays. The boat is equipped with a standard 20-gallon freshwater deck wash-down system.
   
Forward of the console, there is a 130-gallon insulated lockable storage area beneath the deck with room for eight rods. The forward console seat holds an insulated cooler. Our test boat came with optional forward bench seating, which wraps around the forward bulwarks and adds more lockable storage. The forward bicolor navigation light disappears into the deck when not in use, as do the mooring cleats–there’s nothing to snag a fishing line, and you just pop them up when you need them. 
   
Under way the Regulator was quick to get on plane and tracked well in tight turns. Equipped with the optional power assisted steering, she had a very light and agile feel. I had fun whipping her around with one finger on the wheel. Wide open we made 42 knots (50 mph) in calm conditions. Back at the marina, I did some close-quarters maneuvering and found that the power steering made a big difference in my ability to spin the boat in tight spots.
   
All in all, this boat would make a solid serviceable workhorse for anglers chasing stripers or blues in coastal or inland waters.