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February 23, 2009

Regulator 34 SS

Regulator has always built terrific, seaworthy boats. But the 34 SS marks the company's irst foray into nontraditional layouts. And it works just fine.

About the only fishing compromise I discovered comes with the starboard-side seating/storage compartment. Yes, it makes a comfortable seat while trolling, so you can see the spread, and holds lots of tackle. But if you need to take your rod forward while fighting a fish, you'd best plan on taking it up the port side. Of course, with a decent skipper at the helm, you really shouldn't have to take your rod out of the cockpit at all.

Design and Construction
Certainly the most significant innovation for Regulator is the huge sit-around area forward of the console. Put a table in the center of this wraparound and you could easily seat 10 for dinner! You'll also find mammoth storage spaces (including special rod racks) under the forward seats.

Regulator still considers this a center console, and by all rights, it probably is. However, it qualifies as trés luxe by virtue of the console containing Corian counters, a polished stainless-steel sink, VacuFlush toilet, twin-size berth, refrigerator, microwave oven and shower! Not your average center console, I'd say.

Another change finds Regulator going to a frameless windshield - admittedly much more aesthetically pleasing than the company's previous industrial-strength metal framework. The dashboard easily accommodates twin 15-inch navigation displays. The terrific standard leaning   post boasts flip-up bolsters, and you get numerous other cavernous draining storage boxes under the foredeck sole. However, there's nothing under the front console seat. That merely provides headroom for the mammoth console interior with its twin-size V-berth.

I have always been a Regulator fan,   and despite its dramatic departure from company tradition, Regulator has done nothing to dissuade me.

LOA......38 ft. 6 in.
BEAM......10 ft. 11 in.
DRAFT......2 ft. 3 in.
DEADRISE......24 deg.
WEIGHT......11,115 lb. (dry)
FUEL......380 gal.
MAX HP......Twin 350 hp OB
MSRP......$229,995 (w/ twin 350 hp OB)

Regulator Marine / Edenton, North Carolina / 252-482-3837 /