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Regal 2500 (2014-)

1 x 300-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 GiC

Brief Summary

Regal is no stranger to modern styling and its 2500 is no exception. We found it loaded with thoughtful touches that raise the Regal 2500 up from mediocrity to something akin to a floating piece of nautical art (her towing arch notwithstanding). Putting the subjectivity of aesthetic considerations aside, her most notable attribute in our opinion is her handling at high speed. Years ago Regal’s designers broke the code on how to take a stepped hull and make it behave during aggressive cranking and banking. Our captain’s keen eye found a wrinkle or two, but how important are they?

Key Features

  • FasTrac hull design
  • Dual bow loungers
  • Stainless windshield header
  • Transom walkthrough
  • Standard chemical toilet
  • Fusion 700i marine stereo
  • Dual UltraLounges
  • Extended swim platform
  • Sunbrella canvas Bimini top
  • Courtesy blue LED lights

Test Results

600 4 3.5 0.9 4.68 4.07 286 249 64
1000 6.2 5.3 1.8 3.51 3.06 215 187 73
1500 8.4 7.3 3.9 2.15 1.87 132 115 71
2000 12.8 11.1 6.9 1.85 1.61 113 98 79
2500 22.6 19.7 8.2 2.76 2.4 169 147 82
3000 29.9 26 10.2 2.95 2.56 180 157 80
3500 36.1 31.3 13.5 2.68 2.33 164 143 81
4000 41.8 36.3 17.6 2.38 2.07 145 126 83
4500 46.7 40.6 20.7 2.26 1.97 138 120 87
4850 50.6 44 22.3 2.27 1.97 139 121 94


Length Overall 26' 3'' / 8.0 m
Beam 8' 6''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 4,600 lbs.
2,086 kg
Draft 19''
0.4 m
Deadrise/Transom 21 deg.
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance 7' 10''
2.3 m (w/opt. top)
Fuel Capacity 74 gal.
280 L
Water Capacity 16 gal.
60 L (optional)


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 4.2 sec.
0 to 30 10.2 sec.
Ratio 1.95 : 1
Props F5 SS
Load 3 persons, full fuel, no water, 25 lbs. of gear
Climate 85 deg.; 80% humidity; wind: 5 mph; seas; light chop

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 300-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 GiC
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power 1 x 300-hp Volvo Penta 5.7Gi Catalyst
1 x 375-hp Volvo Penta 8.1Gi
1 x 300-hp Volvo Penta 5.7Gi
1 x 320-hp Volvo Penta 5.7GXi
1 x 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2 Magnum MPI Catalyst


Hull Warranty Extended Limited lifetime

Captain's Report

Regal 2500 Bowrider

Our tests showed a very fast and capable watersports platform, but with a stepped hull, are we going to see a lack of turning performance?

Board Room

We’ll start our tour as we do most of our walkthroughs, at the boarding area. In this case, boarding is from the stern via the swim platform. The platform itself as an extension of the main hull and its addition not only makes boarding more convenient, but swimming is safer as one will be diving in well past the outdrive’s protruding sharp edges. An optional Flexi-Teak deck is offered (add $1,164), a re-boarding ladder is mounted off to the port side.
There’s a sun pad on top of the engine compartment and with the center cushion removed, a Flexi-Teak decked walkthrough to the cockpit is revealed. This time the Flexi-Teak is standard. The sun pad to either side of the walkthrough opens up gull-wing style to reveal cavernous storage on either side of the engine compartment. The storage areas are so large it was easy to picture securing milk crates with bungee cords and filling them up with all the necessary supplies. A standard transom tilt switch is over on the starboard side, and the corners of the transom are outfitted with Regal’s integral trailer lights. These lights provided outstanding supplementary lighting to the regular trailer lights which have a tendency to fail after being submerged repeatedly. The 2500 will come with a wiring harness that will attach the boat's lights to a car.

Regal 2500 Bowrider

Stainless engine vents are stylish and functional. Notice the engine trim switch in the corner, right next to the trailer light. The standard Flexi-Teak is added to the step around the drink holder.

Engine Room

The engine hatch opens from the stern and there are two ways to do it. One is the lifting latch at the aft end of the walkthrough. Naturally this will require some finger strength, but a more comfortable way of opening the hatch is to lift the gull wing sun pads, and push on them to open the hatch. The hatch is supported by two gas assist struts, and as stated the center mounted engine is flanked by cavernous storage areas accessible by the gull wing pads.
Eleven engine packages are offered from both MerCruiser and Volvo Penta ranging from 300 to 380 horsepower.

Regal 2500 Bowrider

The engine hatch opens from the stern, keeping the cockpit clean at maintenance time. Notice the standard automatic discharge fire extinguisher. Also, note the storage to the sides of the engine.

Regal 2500 Bowrider

Another view showing the side storage. It goes all the way under the seats in the cockpit.


Once inside the cockpit, U-shaped seating will not only offer abundant passenger comfort but additional storage options. Lifting both the port and starboard seats reveals storage underneath, with the starboard side also accommodating a carry on cooler. The storage on both sides carries back to the storage areas on either side of the engine, so long items from skis or wakeboards to fishing poles will easily fit in these areas. The seats are 3'3" (.99 m) apart from each other. As is typical with Regal, anything that opens is supported by a gas-assist strut. Underneath the portside storage was the optional air compressor (add $152) for inflating water toys. Regal has made several options available for the 2500's cockpit area, among the more notable is the cockpit carpet (add $462), a teak cockpit table (add $585) that has a side mount base at the stern of the cockpit as well as at the bow, and a rail mounted grill (add $323).

Regal 2500 Bowrider

A table base mounts to the aft end of the cockpit seating, and it is duplicated at the bow. Notice the LED courtesy light on the left.

Regal 2500 Bowrider

Comfortable bucket seats wrap-around for better stability. They also slide fore and aft as well as pivot.

As this is a watersports boat, Regal built the boat to specifically take best advantage of the optional sport tower (add $4,308). Not only is this tower beefy and solid, resisting any tendency to wobble as we hopped across the chop on our test ride, but it is also mounted on an electrically actuated hinge that will lower the entire tower with the touch of a button. This makes a great feature when trailering one's boat and especially when storing it in the garage.

Regal 2500 Bowrider

The tower not only adds to the great looks of the 2500, but the versatility of the watersports capabilities.

Regal 2500 Bowrider

The tower drops down on electrically actuated hinges to aid in transport and storage. Notice the optional speakers (add $1,423).

Regal 2500 Bowrider

The white all-around light is integrally built into the wakeboard tow point. We love how the Bimini top is built for the tower.

The Bucket List

Moving forward, both the captain and the observer are treated to two very comfortable bucket seats. Both seats feature wide open backs for improved ventilation, and wrap around for added stability. Additionally both seats are adjustable fore and aft, swivel, and accommodate flip-up bolsters. I found visibility while seated in the helm seat to be excellent with my line of sight looking directly through the windshield. When sitting up on the bolster I was high enough to be looking over the windshield with my head in the breeze. This is an area where so many others seem to feel that it’s just fine to have one's line of sight looking directly at the windshield frame. Speaking of windshield frames, the Regal 2500's windshield frame is solid stainless steel, very beefy, and able to support my full (180 lbs./82 kg of mostly water) weight at the walkthrough.

Regal 2500 Bowrider

Here we can see the entry to the head and the Lexan door to close off the walkthrough to the bow. Notice how Regal includes midship cleats as standard.


The 2500's helm leaves little to be desired, save for a flat recessed area for laying stuff in. To the port side is a depth gauge, then a multifunction gauge with a fuel, voltage, oil pressure and temperature, a GPS map 650 with touchscreen display (add $1,485), and to the right a tachometer, and a trim gauge. Just below are electrical rocker switches with the horn all the way to the left, then the switches for the blower, NAV lights, and bilge pump switch. To the starboard side… docking lights, cockpit lights, and an arch tilt. A switch to activate the pressurized water system is added if the buyer decides to add that option (add $638). Our test boat also featured the high-performance stereo package (add $1,077).

Regal 2500 Bowrider

The helm features a panel made with a carbon fiber pattern with a protective overlay. The GPS map is optional. Faria gauges are fog proof and feature chrome bezels.

Regal 2500 Bowrider

The upgraded stereo incorporates MP3 controls and a Sirius radio subscription.

Bow Walkthrough

Between the two consoles is sole storage that can only be accessed by un-snapping the snap-in carpet. I’d like to see a hole in the carpet so that we don’t have to lift up the carpet to access the hatch’s latch. However, by un-snapping the carpet I was able to notice that all of the snaps are stainless steel, and the deck underneath this is textured with non-skid.

Regal 2500 Bowrider

These seats are seriously comfortable thanks to the contoured design that supports the back of one's legs. Flip-up armrests are standard.

The boater is able to close off the walkthrough to the bow with two smoked Lexan doors that secure in the middle with a flip-down latch across the top. Closing off the walkthrough windshield will block off any breeze on those cool days. The stainless steel windshield frame is supported by solid and beefy stainless steel supports that, as I said, are strong enough to hold my weight.
The bow seats are quite comfortable in that they are contoured to give additional support just under the backs of one's knees when sitting in the reclined position. Flip-up armrests complete the comfort picture.
As the seat cushions are hinged from the forward end, storage underneath the seats is accessed by lifting the seat cushion from the aft end, allowing one to lift the entire length, giving better access to the storage beneath.

Head Room

To portside is a head that is tight to be sure, but since it is such a rarely used item in a boat in this class it serves its purpose well. I found 44” (112 cm) of headroom inside, which is sitting room to be sure but still left me slightly hunched over. To be fair, adding any more headroom would only serve to impede the visibility of the portside observer. The head also features a sink, a feature not usually found until getting into larger boats. As there is no entertainment center/wet bar on board, this is where the optional pressurized water system will come into play (add $638), as will a gray water system (add $231), and pump-out fittings (add $177).

Performance and Handling

Regal’s hull design is called FasTrac, and it consists of multiple lifting strikes leading to a reverse chine and a stepped hull. The purpose of a stepped hull is to allow air to enter the running surface and break the friction that bonds the hull to the water. The result is an increase in performance and top speed. Occasionally we have seen instances where the downside of this more slippery running surface results in poor turning performance. Regal’s engineering and design team seems to have found a way around this, as the 2500 exhibited no slippage in the turns. In fact, performance turns can only be described as exhilarating, as the boat turn as if it were on rails.

Regal 2500 Bowrider

Notice the stepped hull. Regal calls this FasTrac. It gives better top speed but will it affect turning performance? Notice how the walkthrough windshield is closed off to block the chilly air.

When entering a performance turn in the 2500, the bank level increases until it reaches roughly 12 degrees. Once that apex has been reached, the bank comes back down slightly and that is when the boat starts to dig in and crank around the turn. At this point, the operator wants to either make sure that everyone is hanging on, or more likely they'll just be entering turns at a more sedate pace than we do when testing the performance envelope. However one chooses to enter their turns one will agree that the myth surrounding poor turning performance and stepped hulls is exactly that in the Regal realm… a myth.
Our test boat measured 26'3” (8 m) in length, had a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m), and with full fuel and three people onboard we had a test weight of 5,608 lbs. (2,544 kg). Test power was a catalyzed 300 horsepower Volvo Penta 5.7 Gi driving a DP outdrive with stainless steel F5 props.
Top speed was reached at 4850 rpm and 50.6 mph. At that speed we were burning 22.3 gph and getting 2.27 mpg for a range of 139 miles. Pulled back to a more economic cruise speed of 3000 rpm and we were running at 29.9 mph and getting 10.2 gph for 2.95 mpg. This translates to a range of 180 miles. Our time to plane was 4.2 seconds, we reached 20 mph in 7.3 seconds, 30 mph in 10.2 seconds, 40 mph in 15 seconds, and accelerated through 50 mph in 23.4 seconds.
Time and again we see how Regal excels at maximizing space. In the Regal 2500, the team at Regal also seems to have been able to combine that trait with very exciting sportboat handling. Adding a tower to this package, and increasing the watersports capabilities while still keeping the roomy entertaining platform is a win-win combination.

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