Mostly it's multimillion-dollar yachts that dominate this space, so the new Regulator 34SS is a decided change of pace. Indeed, what's interesting about this boat is that she appeals to both serious sportsmen who already own a battlewagon yet want a more efficient angling platform and those looking for a mid-30-foot sportfisherman as their primary (or possibly only) boat.
Part of the 34's appeal certainly stems from her generously proportioned cockpit. With the engines abaft the transom on a bracket, the full 33'1" length of her hull is usable space. And Regulator has made the most of it, fitting the bow with a roomy wraparound seating area and offering a generous center console. The latter houses a stand-up head and an optional microwave oven and has room for a berth or stowage area. The helm itself offers plenty of space for gauges and electronics and is big enough to mount a pair of 12-inch multifunction displays.
Aft of the double helm seat, you'll find a pair of built-in baitwells in the transom and a pair of fishboxes under the sole. There's also a big transom door to starboard, making it easier to bring catch aboard or to take a dip off the stern. Recessed rod holders along the gunwale paired with rocket launchers on the hardtop and in the seat backs mean you can have plenty of lines in the water and still be able to move freely around the cockpit.
Offering more than just space savings, the Armstrong motor bracket increases the waterplane area of the hull when she's at rest, thereby improving stability. But because it does not extend to the bottom of the hull, it's out of the water at speed and thus produces no added drag. What it does do, however, is increase the leverage of the propeller thrust, making the hull more responsive to engine tilt and less dependent on tabs to maintain optimum running trim. Plus it serves as a swim platform.
Fitted with a pair of 350-hp Yamaha four-stroke outboards, the Regulator 34SS may add a whole new dimension to the concept of responsiveness.
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This article originally appeared in the September 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.