Commodore 4160 — By Capt. Stuart Reininger
— June 2000
The Great Expanse
|Regal’s new realm of roominess.|
Boatbuilders face an ongoing conundrum: how to give the buyer the spaciousness he wants without compromising the styling he expects. The issue is even more important when the boat is an express cruiser. Styling isn’t merely important here, it’s everything. Speed? Performance? They’re expected. It’s creating acreage below without slab-siding those sleek lines that really tests a builder’s ingenuity.
So how did Regal provide its flagship express, the Commodore 4160, with 6'6" headroom throughout the main saloon and not just at the foot of the companionway, where most builders place the tape? And how did it manage to lose only an inch or two of headroom in the forward master stateroom without making the boat look like a shiny, white Pennsylvania barn door?
Approach the boat from astern and you’ll begin to get it. For instance, secured above the swim platform is an additional removable step that allows you to reach the cockpit without straining a hamstring. You enter that cockpit through either of two flanking positive-bolted doors, a big plus since you won’t have to think twice about which side of the dock you want to pull up to. That swim platform–bolted on, not molded in–can hold a PWC, but since it’s a few inches above the water, you’ll have to struggle to get a heavy PWC aboard. You might want to consider an aftermarket adjustable platform such as that offered by TNT.
The additional transom height adds to interior spaciousness, but what about freeboard? Well, it doesn’t seem very high, but that sharp upward slope from transom to the cockpit and the gradual slant down of the foredeck leave an area of considerable freeboard in the 4160’s midsection. Innovative touches such as a straight sheer with a dramatic flair aft, gently inward-curving side deck coamings, and an aluminum radar arch with a pronounced forward lower leg that then angles sharply back maintain the sleek lines of the Commodore.
You can’t fool Mother Nature, though. When you’re maneuvering around the dock in a stiff wind, like we were when putting the 4160 through her paces, you’ll have to be quick on the shift and throttle in case you get broadsided by the breeze. But point the bow or stern into the wind, and the Commodore is as docile as can be. I attribute that partly to the V-drive installation and prop pockets that allow a relatively shallow prop angle. Yes, prop pockets have been known to create cavitation and vibration, but neither is an issue onboard this boat. She turns well, too. I did my best to put the 4160 on her side, but all she did was cut tighter circles and keep her props and every other part of her anatomy just where they belonged. Quiet? Check the numbers. That 90 dBA at top end and a chat-in-a-normal-voice 78 dBA at her sweet-spot cruise speed of 3000 rpm (20 mph) is right there in the motoryacht category.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.