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May 09, 2011

By Dean Travis Clarke

"If you put quality of design and construction above all else in a boat, then the Regulator 32 should be the first boat you look at."
"-the most significant difference between this boat and any other Grady is its new running surface design."
I awoke and immediately tried to figure out a diplomatic way to get out of fishing this boat. I could see a 20-mph north wind blowing the icy rain sideways. Discounting wind chill, our balmy Florida temperature registered 37 degrees. The thought of running this 23-footer between the sand bars of Sarasota, Florida, into the rough seas offshore certainly didn't appeal to me. But since getting cold and soaking wet is still better than a day in the office, off we went.
Thanks to a northeast wind meeting an outgoing tide, we encountered 3-foot rollers marching through the Lake Worth Inlet. Running at 25 mph as we were, a flats skiff would have launched and pounded and soaked us before we reached the ends of the jetties. The Sea Pro, on the other hand, couldn't have been more genteel, running smooth and dry on every point. In fact, I purposely tried to stuff the bow coming back in, and we still remained bone dry.
You're looking at the most expensive 35-footer in the world. It's a product of Predator Yachts' philosophy: Discerning customers don't mind paying a premium when the product is without question the finest, most advanced of its kind anywhere.Instead of using a stepped hull (current wisdom), Predator uses a pad -much like a slalom ski -down the centerline of the keel. This develops more lift, which the designer claims reduces the Predator's wetted surface (and friction) at cruising speed by 50 percent.
With a little knowledge, you can stretch your boat-buying dollars in the used market.
Surveyor's checklist(Boat must be hauled out for complete survey)• Hull: osmotic blistering problems(water seeping into the fiberglass laminate)• Bulkhead and stringer tabbing(attachment to hull)• Gelcoat condition (chalking, cracking, abrasion)• Condition of electrical systems• Hydraulics (tight and leak-free; steering, tabs and engine tilt all functional)• Electrolysis (engines, running gear and thru-hulls)• Rot, mold, mildew in decorative or structural areas• Engine(s) and generator(s)performing up to par for
The performance characteristics of this hull really only make sense for one purpose - going fast in big seas over long distances.
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"Following in the footsteps of its older siblings, the 246 profile will never be mistaken for anything but an offshore boat.
As I idled through the canals, no fewer than six people shouted from backyards or other boats about wanting to swap their boat for mine.