2016 Fishing Boat Buyers Guide: Regulator 41

It fishes like the center console that it is, but offers amenities more common to a cabin boat.

Value is an ambiguous word. To some, it’s linked to engineering the best product for a pinched price point. To others, value describes something of investment quality.

When people with ownership or fishing experience in Regulator boats rank their value in the top handful of brands, they opt for the latter definition. And it directly connects to what they name as a key Regulator attribute: brand reputation.

Regulator began building its rep on North Carolina’s rugged Outer Banks, extending to waters across the United States and beyond in premier sport-fishing boats, 23 to now 41 feet long.

From the start 28 years ago, Regulator’s design team has been led by noted naval architect Lou Codega. Every Regulator boat boasts the deep-V hull and 24-degree-at-transom deadrise that crushes rough seas and provides a soft ride. The effective length of their hulls is extended by lightweight-aluminum transom brackets that set outboards back to maximize lift, thrust and handling.

The hull itself, bonded to a rugged molded-fiberglass grillage system with injected foam, effectively becomes a single, solid unit.

That’s just another example of Regulator Marine’s adherence to its “no-compromise” philosophy. Anglers who know the brand say that’s a major component of value.

41

Regulator Marine’s newest and biggest sport-fishing boat, the Regulator 41, fishes like the center console it is, but it also offers amenities more common to a cabin boat.

It’s a worthy sport-fisher boat, let there be no doubt — oversize deck space, cavernous fish box and storage areas, generous livewells of 40 gallons each. The captain masters the seas and finds fish from within an air-conditioned helm, which also contains enough room for up to three 16-inch displays.

Go below to enjoy the fully equipped galley, heat and air conditioning, big-screen TV/CD/DVD, and roomy head with shower. It’s served by a safe, clean diesel generator. Its cabinets are both spacious and classic, and its cabin table converts to a double berth. Side entry to the cabin saves space.

When you’re between ­fishing and cabin-lounging, flip-up cushioned backrests on the forward seat create a sun bed or a dining table at the push of a button. A forward settee adds seating options.

Your boat can boast triple mezzanine seating behind the helm or a deluxe tackle center with grill, refrigerator, sink and tackle storage. An optional tower offers a dual helm station, with rocket-launcher rod holders along the ladder.

Power? Plenty! Three or four Yamaha 350s on Armstrong brackets are ­joystick controlled.

Quick specs. LOA: 41'3" | Beam: 12'6" | Fuel Capacity: 600 gal | Max HP: 1,400