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**** 2012 Regal 1900 ****
The Regal 1900 has been around for a long time but it has gone through the natural evolution of model changes throughout the years. This latest version combines a sporty hull with good performance and a pleasing comfort level inside. A boat reviewer recently tested this latest launch, and they came away impressed with her performance.
* FasTrack hull design
* Wide beam
* Large swim platform
* Transom walk-thru
* Sun Sport seating
* StoreMore bow lockers
* Fiberglass hatches
* Removable cooler
* Flip-up bolster
* Fusion marine stereo
The Regal 1900 has been a popular bowrider for years, but if one has not seen the model take a look because Regal is never standing still.
Regal 1900 Mission
Regal's mission with the 1900 was to create a 19' (5.79 m) bowrider that offered more features than the competition. The builder's target market is not the beginner looking for the lowest-priced boat on the market, but rather that group of boaters who understand that the beauty of small boats is in the execution of a lot of little details. By adding features that are typically not found on boats in this class, the Regal 1900 should appeal to a more discerning buyer.
- FasTrac Hull. Even though the running surface of the 1900 is basically a deep V with 22-degrees of deadrise at the transom, the running surface offers a lot more. Starting around midships is a step in the hull which starts at the chines and moves toward the keel. Typically this design adds a knot or a little more to the boat's top-end speed. This design may also help speed a boat on plane.
- Sport Seating Standard. On many boats in this class the sport seating is an upgrade, and the portside back-to-back seating and dual seats to either side of an engine box is standard.
- Wide Beam. The 1900 has an 8'3" (2.5 m) beam and if you do some comparing you would find that there are very few boats in class that share this dimension. Most come are considerably less.
- Fiberglass Ski Locker Hatch. - Most often we see plastic or King StarBoard but Regal uses a finished fiberglass piece, back gelled and supported by a gas assist strut.
- Removable Cooler. - We usually see a space under a seat that can accommodate a cooler but few provide the cooler...Regal does.
- Marine Stereo. While it's so easy, and more cost-effective to simply add an automotive stereo to the boat the longevity of the unit comes into question. Regal uses a Fusion sound system purpose-built for the marine environment. It also conceals your i-player to keep it protected as well.
Performance and Handling
My history of testing boats with stepped hulls shows that while they're very fast in a straight run, the turning performance can sometimes suffer. Regal's FasTrac hull seems to have the opposite effect where high speed turns showed her to be pretty much glued to the water. Naturally, when turning through our self-generated waves some oscillation occurred but regardless of how aggressive I got in the turns she remained solid and stable in calm water.
Since we can't show the FasTrac hull on the trailer, we'll do the next best thing.
I measured a roughly 16-degree bow rise upon acceleration and because the bow is so close to the helm there was no loss of visibility to the horizon. When taking power off, the 1900 remains fairly flat as she settles back into the water. In high speed turns I measured a 24 degree bank angle. Regardless of how aggressive I got in the turn the lower unit showed no signs of ventilating.
The Stern. The full beam swim platform is rather large and two spaces in the forward section allow you a visual check of the tie-down rings. And here's an interesting feature, Regal adds brake lights to the 1900 transom that connect to your tow vehicle via a patch cord at the bow. In this manner, when you apply the tow vehicle breaks, the trailer brakes will light and the boat's brake lights will illuminate as well. Regal is the only builder that we know of that does this.
The sun pad measures 29" (73.7 cm) x 5' (1.5 m) and is comfortably padded. The walkthrough to the cockpit is 16" (40.6 cm) wide and Regal thoughtfully added a fire extinguisher discharge port to the bulkhead on the side of the walkthrough.
The engine compartment is accessed by releasing a catch underneath the sun pad. The hatch is held open by two gas assist struts and the installation is roomy enough to provide access to three sides of the engine. To the right of the engine compartment is roomy storage, which is separated from the engine space by cargo netting. Two more rare items can be seen here for a boat in this class: first a battery switch is provided as standard equipment and second is an automatic bilge pump with float switch, where we usually see only a manual pump activated at the helm.
The engine compartment is large and allows for roomy access to the sides of the engine while still accommodating an additional storage compartment to port.
It seems like common sense that a bilge pump should have a float switch but it's rarely seen in a sportboat in this class. The Regal 1900 not only has a float switch, but it is incased in a plastic housing designed to keep it from sticking open or closed.
The bench seating across the stern leaves a 16" (41 cm) space for the walkthrough which still makes for comfortable three across seating. The bucket seats are mounted on pedestal bases which can be reached with your feet from the bench seat for bracing yourself in aggressive turns. There are upholstered highlights added into the bulwarks as well as storage space.
Underneath is a 25 gallon (94.6 L) cooler that is accessed by lifting up the seat base. The cushion is held open by a gas assist strut so you don't need to hang onto it while you reach into the cooler. For safety, the average height of the bulwarks is 26-1/2"(67.3 cm).
The three-across bench seating has a cockpit walkthrough to the starboard side.
The bucket seats for the captain and companion are comfortable but I found it was fairly easy to fall off of the bolsters when sitting in the elevated position.
The Glove Box
The navigator or spotter gets the usual glovebox but there are some features that I find interesting with this one. First, it's top loading which means you can add more into it without having the contents dump out when you open the door. This one is also extremely deep; I could literally insert my whole arm inside.
Lastly, the lid utilizes very clever hinges that will actually hold that lid in the open position without the use of struts. In this manner, Regal is able to maintain an uncluttered look while still maintaining accessibility with one hand. (Not many glove boxes warrant a full paragraph or two in a Captain's Report.)
The 1900 comes standard with sport seating consisting of two bucket seats and an aft bench seat.
The sole storage locker is huge measuring 28" (71.1 cm) wide and running fully forward to the bow. A mat lines the base to prevent scratching your gear. The hatch is full fiberglass and back-gelled and held open by a gas assist strut. With an opening measuring 15-1/2" (39.4 cm) wide it will accommodate any skis or wakeboards.
Helm console. The helm looks great with a wood grain finish panel. Regal went with black-faced gauges with chrome bezels that look classy against the panel. The depth gauge, to port, is standard. Rocker switches are to either side of the wheel eliminating the need to reach through the steering wheel, but in the blank space between the switches I'd like to see a recessed area for putting stuff
Good-looking panel is uncluttered and very functional. Note the standard depth gauge to port.
Stereo. On the lower panel to the left is the Fusion stereo, and I'm always happy to see a stereo mounted at the captain's position instead of a remote. Also, the stereo is purpose-built for the marine environment so it should be good for the long run. Additionally, the faceplate opens to reveal iPod storage which will keep your equipment protected as well.
The walkthrough to the bow measures 21" (53.3 cm) and the walkthrough windshield panel is held in the open position by a magnetic catch. The space up forward is a little tight but characteristic with any boat in this class. In the lounging position my feet were hard up against the forward cushion.
There's an anchor storage locker under the forward seat and the seatback for this forward position makes this an equally comfortable spot for watching the end of the towline with the added advantage of remaining in the captain's line of view.
Due to the size of this boat alone, the Regal 1900 may be considered "entry level". However, Regal has done an outstanding job of adding a lot of quality features that, in my mind, move the target of this boat away from a typical entry-level buyer and into a market composed of more veteran boaters. These would be boaters more sure of themselves, and ones wanting greater horsepower not only for higher speeds but also for more raw towing power. Certainly with all of its features and three power options, the Regal 1900 could fill that bill.
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