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Regal 2800 (2015-)

1 x 380-hp Volvo Penta V8


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Brief Summary

Regal knows that people accustomed to larger boats have come to expect more amenities in the boats they buy, even if they are smaller boats. That’s why it created the 2800. She’s designed to appeal to the yachtsman that needs to downsize, but does not want to compromise on quality and amenities. The 2800 has an expanded and convertible social area, as well as big-boat performance. She’s also got the built-in economy of Regal’s FasTrac hull design, which the company says provides better fuel efficiency and faster speeds.

Key Features

  • In-mold gelcoat boot stripe
  • Bow walkthough doors
  • Double-wide companion seat with flip-up bolster
  • 2 insulated built-in coolers
  • Fusion 700i marine stereo
  • Hand-wrapped steering wheel
  • Optional PowerPlatform
  • Pop-up stainless ski tow
  • Bimini top

Test Results

600 3.1 2.7 0.9 3.4 3 322 280.3 58
1000 4.9 4.3 1.6 3.2 2.7 296 257.3 70
1500 6.9 6 2.4 2.9 2.6 275 239 66
2000 8.3 7.2 3.9 2.1 1.9 201 174.4 73
2500 9.9 8.6 7 1.4 1.2 132 114.5 74
3000 14.1 12.3 9.8 1.4 1.3 135 117.1 80
3500 23.3 20.2 11.7 2 1.7 187 162.4 83
4000 30.1 26.2 13.5 2.2 1.9 209 181.5 83
4500 35.9 31.2 16.7 2.1 1.9 201 175 84
5000 41.2 35.8 20.8 2 1.7 185 161 85
5500 45.9 39.9 26.9 1.7 1.5 160 139.1 87
5950 50.1 43.6 29.9 1.7 1.5 157 136.6 92


Length Overall 28' 8'' / 8.74 m
Beam 9'
2.74 m
Dry Weight 6,700 lbs.
3,039 kg
Tested Weight 7,563 lbs.
3,431 kg
Draft 38''
0.97 m
Deadrise/Transom 21-deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 104 gal.
394 L
Water Capacity 11 gal.
42 L
Total Weight 7,563 lbs.
3,431 kg

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 4.3 sec.
0 to 30 9.9 sec.
Ratio 2.32:1
Props FH-6
Load 3 persons, 41/100 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 88 deg., 72 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 380-hp Volvo Penta V8
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power Not Available

Captain's Report

Contents of Report

Mission Statement

According to Regal, the mission of the 2800 is to provide the best 28’ (8.53 m) bowrider on the market with no shortcuts taken anywhere. Regal describes the theme they were going for as “day-yachting.” The customers looking to buy this boat have the ability and the means to buy much larger boats and therefore are accustomed to the amenities, fit-and-finish of those larger boats, but need to scale down for whatever reason to a smaller boat.

Regal 2800 running shot

The Regal 2800 was one of the classiest boats we’ve tested in this size range, both inside and out.

Items that Appeal to Up-Market Customers

For example, the model we tested had a “power platform” that extends an underwater platform below the extended swim platform. This is great for easing the entry and egress to and from the water. It is also something that everyone will enjoy when sitting half submerged on the platform on hot summer days.

Other Up-Scale Options.

She has an option for a bow thruster. This is probably the best optional feature money can buy as it makes docking by anyone as easy as with a far more expensive joystick system. The helm seat electrically adjusts fore and aft with an option for up and down. We had a refrigerated cockpit drawer on our test boat along with coolers for each of the individual areas onboard. The large head is very well finished off with a vessel sink atop a solid surface counter.

Seating is all convertible so when rafted up, or lounging with the bow on the beach, there’s a huge cockpit seating area available with the ability to add two tables. Additionally, Regal wanted to take the upholstery level up a notch from anything the company has ever done. A lot of time was spent on where to put the colors, how many colors to use, what colors to use and even what threads to use in the stitching.

Ergonomics play a huge part in the design of the 2800. This can only be felt through the angle of the seating, foam density, foam thickness and general shape of the seats. There’s a pronounced level of comfort that we just don’t usually see in boats of this size range. For example, the aft sections of the side seats are curved inwards. Regal calls this a “comfort curve” and it allows a person to fully and comfortably sit in the corner of the seating group, thereby maximizing the use of space of the seating area as a whole.

Lastly, Regal focused on a very stylized boat. The discriminating buyer for the 2800 is not going to buy just any boat. Looks are just as important as functionality. If the customer doesn’t like the exterior look of the boat, they’re never even going to bother to see the interior. The extended swim platform also has an extension that continues forward and creates an appealing match to the color of the forward angled sport arch. A little more detail could have been paid to adding color bands to the topsides, but the result is still a class act.

Regal 2800 profile shot

The 2800 has a reverse transom and rounded quarters to give her a classy profile.

Major Features

    FasTrac Hull. No report on Regal’s sportboats would be complete without a mention of the FasTrac hull design. This is Regal’s version of the stepped hull. By drawing air in from the sides of the hull the friction between the hull surface and the water is broken resulting in an improved ride with better speed and less fuel burn.

    A Cooler for Every Area. The bow has a built-in self-draining cooler. The cockpit has dedicated storage for the included carry-on cooler. The transom has another built-in cooler. No need to move to another area of the boat just to get a chilled beverage.

    Four Double-wide Reversible Seats. Both the forward and aft seats have flip backs to convert from forward facing to aft facing.

    Twin Aft Chaises. Both aft seats flip to become aft facing chaise lounges. A filler cushion creates a sun pad.

    Standard Power Helm Seat. The helm seat is electrically adjustable fore and aft. An optional up-down adjustment is also available, and was a welcome addition on our test boat.


The Regal 2800 has an empty weight of 6,700 lbs. (3,039 kg). With 43 gallons (163 L) of fuel and three people onboard, we estimated our test weight at 7,563 lbs. (3,431 kg). Our test boat was powered by a Volvo Penta 380-hp V8 6.0L "small block" sterndrive. This is a 50-mph boat and she delivers that speed with a 29.9-gph average fuel burn. Her most economical cruise came in at 4000 rpm and 30.1 mph. That speed turned in a 13.5-mph fuel burn providing a range of 171 miles and an endurance of over five hours and 40 minutes while still holding back a 10% reserve.

Regal 2800 running shot

Top speed during our test runs of the Regal 2800 was 50.1 mph.

Both that top end and cruise speed are fairly high for a boat of this size and weight. Obviously the FasTrac hull contributed to this fuel performance.

Regal 2800 engine compartment

The engine is under the electrically actuated hatch at the stern. Note how the storage boxes under the aft seats lie to both sides of the engine. This is a good -- and unusual -- use of space that would otherwise go to waste.

Regal 2800 batteries

Although there are two batteries, the switch only has an on/off position. When switched on, only one battery draws current for the systems. If it runs down then the “emergency” position puts both into parallel. In the “on” position, both charge when the engine is running.

Regal 2800 thru hull fittings

All deck and hatch drains lead into a "water chest" and out a thru-hull fitting. There’s only one to each side -- thus eliminating several holes in the topsides.


FasTrac Hull

The handling characteristics of the 2800 have everything to do with the proprietary FasTrac hull. The main feature of FasTrac is the full beam step that draws air in from the sides and disperses that air under the hull. In this manner, the surface friction of the water is broken up and the result is more speed with less fuel burn. This is a representation of how Regal's FasTrac hull works. Air is sucked under the hull through side vents thereby reducing surface friction.

Regal 2800 step

Here we can see the step with the forward section curved to specifically enhance this particular model. Each model gets an individual design.

Furthermore, each FasTrac model is specifically engineered to match the hull and power. A look across the multiple platforms employing the FasTrac hull clearly shows how the geometry changes from one model to another.

Regal 2800 gel work

In this turning shot we can clearly see the Gun Metal Ice Metallic gel work.

Regal 2800 reverse chines

With her reversed chines and flared bottom she throws spray low and wide for a dry ride.

Regal 2800 turns

In turns, the 2800 comes around with a 10-degree bank.

With the 2800, she has the comfortable feel of a heavy boat and that translates into solid performance on the water. She cuts through the wakes cleanly, and we noticed no tendency to pound into them, rather than launching over them. Turns are sedate and equally comfortable with just a slight 10-degree lean into each. She’s got a natural 5-degree bow high cruise attitude. She has minimal bow rise on acceleration and when taking power off she settles into the water slightly stern first.


The control station on the 2800 is artfully implemented with a soft touch dash in Mocha-brown tones that are themed throughout the boat. Titanium is offered as a second color option. The RegalVue display is in the center and its touchscreen can be used to control the speed and stereo. There’s also a GPS map display and a digital readout of the engine systems.

Our test boat had the optional bow thruster installed ($2,580) but we had no trouble maneuvering her without it. What we did come to appreciate, especially our “vertically challenged” test captain [He is 5' 8'' (1.7m). --Ed.], was the electrically adjustable helm seat. Standard is a fore and aft adjustment. Optional is the up and down adjustment.

Regal 2800 helm design

Regal put a lot of thought into the design of the helm and it shows. Trim tabs are standard as is the tilt wheel. The Fusion stereo is to the left and has a drop down faceplate to accommodate an iPod.

Features Inspection


As this is clearly a social boat, let’s start our look at the features with the seating amenities. Regal has a continuing theme of creative use of space and here it is even more evident as the 2800 has a 9’ (2.74 m) beam as opposed to the traditional 8’6" (2.59 m) beam. This allows an expanded gathering area in the cockpit, which means more of an open feel to the space.

Regal 2800 running bow shot

Note the minimal flare to the hull sides, which means that both the boat's footprint in the water and her interior space take full advantage of the boat's 9' (2.74 m) beam.


Seating wraps completely around the cockpit with both the forward and aft seats being convertible thanks to flip seatbacks. Due to the wide 9’ (2.74 m) beam, 12 people can easily sit in comfort in this 86” (2.18 m) wide cockpit with seats 44” (1.12 mm) apart. With the addition of a pair of optional tables, a welcoming cocktail or snack atmosphere is created. Storage is under both side seats with the starboard seat also containing a carry-on cooler, the first of three coolers onboard, one in each social area.

Regal 2800 pedestal table

The optional pedestal table is far removed from the typical white “plastic fantastic” that we normally see, and instead Regal provides a teak table highlighted with accent lines surrounding the inner perimeter.

The aft sections of the side seats also features Regal’s “comfort curve.” By curving in the seat, just a bit, Regal has made a more comfortable use of the aft corners, which in turn maximizes the use of space even further.

Regal 2800 corner seating

Regal’s “comfort curve” allows the use of the corner seating to be somewhat more comfortable.

Regal 2800 cooler

Hinged seats allow access to storage. In the cockpit there’s a dedicated spot for a 25-quart (23.7 L) carry-on cooler.

Both forward seats are 36” (91 cm) wide and include flip-up bolsters and padded armrests to the bulkhead sides. With the seatbacks flipped forward, both become aft facing seats allowing the occupants to enjoy joining in on the social gathering in the cockpit.

Regal 2800 refrigerated drawer

Under the portside observer’s seat is an optional refrigerated drawer ($1,410).

Regal 2800 porta potti

The head is well laid out with a vessel sink over a solid surface counter. The standard toilet is a Porta-Potti. A pump-out version is optional ($290) and includes a 12-gallon (45.4 L) holding tank.

The Power Tower is not only a classy piece of workmanship, it’s standard on the 2800. It provides an elevated towpoint 6’8” (2 m) above the deck. Blue LED courtesy lights are underneath. Both sides have lengthy grab rails. A Bimini top is included. Best of all, it collapses with the aid of an electric actuator controlled from the helm. This allows the 2800 to be more easily accommodated in a dry-stack rack room, and certainly lowers the profile so she can fit under a low bridge and still be driven.

Regal 2800 tower

The Power Tower is standard on the Regal 2800.

Regal 2800 lowered tower

With the tower lowered, it is at the same level as the windshield frame and the helm is usable.


The bow has the traditional dual seats, but as Regal has carried the beam so far forward in the 2800 -- and there is 9' (2.74 m) of it -- there’s much more room. Both seats have flip-down armrests. An elongated grab rail is a bit easier for small hands to wrap around than the more basic rails with a rounded cross section. Speakers and drink holders are in a recessed area at the sides so as not to interfere with the back when sitting while facing the center of the boat. Padded bolsters wrap around from one side to the other.

Regal 2800 bow seating

The bow seating is seen here in the traditional configuration. There’s a full 32” (81 cm) from the seats to the top of the caprail. The seats are 21” (53.3 cm) apart. The footwell is 21'' (53.3 cm) wide.

Regal 2800 built in cooler

Fully forward Regal included a built-in, self-draining cooler.

The Bow Seating is Also Convertible. Removing a cushion from the starboard side allows for an individual forward-facing seat that can be used while both feet are on the deck. A pedestal table can also be relocated from the cockpit to the bow area for al fresco snacks. Storage remains accessible under both seats via hinged seat cushions. There is no option for a filler sun pad cushion.

Regal 2800 seat cushion

With a cushion removed a chair-like seat is created.

Regal 2800 bow table

Add a table to turn the area into a cocktail lounge or just a convenient place for snacks.

Regal 2800 walkthrough

At the 23” (58.4 cm) wide walkthrough to the bow, Regal added a pull-out trash receptacle and a storage drawer.


The aft seats are also convertible and transition from forward facing cockpit seats to aft facing chaise lounge seats at the transom. Both are double-wide and there are no latches to lift, and no pins to pull, in order to complete the conversion. This is just as it should be.

We can never figure out why so many manufacturers insist on equipping these aft convertible seats with latches. If the boat were underway, no one would be in the aft facing seats so the seatbacks are flipped back. They’re not going to pop out of position. In the aft facing configuration, the boat shouldn’t be underway anyway so again, no worry about popping out of position. High marks to Regal for seeing this obvious characteristic and making the seats that much easier to convert.

Regal 2800 transom cooler

Another built-in cooler is located at the transom. Another of the three onboard, making it the third one aboard.

Both of these aft seats have storage underneath, which is another rare commodity. Most simply go with a low profile and rest the seats just above the engine underneath. Here Regal kept the low profile by designing the storage boxes to rest to either side of the engine.

Regal 2800 aft seats

Both aft seats also have storage underneath.

The walkthrough can be filled in with cushions that slide in on tracks. We found this system to be efficient at keeping the cushions in place while underway but a little difficult in getting them to fit properly in the tracks. Once in place a large sun pad is created.

Regal 2800 double wide aft seats

With the seatbacks flipped forward, two double wide aft facing seats are created, both with storage underneath. We like the classic-looking center aisle.

The swim platform was treated with the same Flexiteek non-skid as the walkthrough ($2,070) and it had a nice teak look to it while maintaining the soft feel. It also won’t get hot under bare feet when exposed to the constant onslaught of the bright sun.

Courtesy lights are both high and low at the platform. There’s also a stereo remote and a pair of stainless grilled speakers in addition to a transom remote. A switch to the port bulkhead activates an optional “power platform” ($3,245) that creates an underwater step up to the swim platform. It’s also a welcome place to sit on in the water to catch some cool on a hot day.

Regal 2800 non skid matting

The platform and walkthrough were both treated with the optional non-skid matting. Notice the stainless speaker grilles. The stereo remote is just above the starboard drink holders. To the opposite side is the switch for the power platform.

Regal 2800 sun pad

With filler cushions installed a sun pad is created.

Regal 2800 power platform

The power platform is a nice addition that both kids and adults are sure to appreciate.


The Regal 2800 has a base price of $123,375 when powered with the optional Volvo Penta V8-380 of our test boat. With all the options we saw, the price will jump to $151,155.


We think she’s a well thought-out boat with excellent handling and enough amenities to invite the most discriminating yachting guests aboard. Her FasTrac hull is a definite bonus, as many boats in class don’t have one. We think there is a lot to be said for owning a large sportboat as they are designed for day boating -- which is how most people use their vessels. In that regard, for many people they offer more “bang-for-the-buck” than larger boats.