Regal knows that brand loyalty starts -- or ends -- with an owner's first boat. Naturally the company’s lineup includes entry-level boats, but in an effort to increase the attractiveness of the brand Regal created the ESX line. What is different about ESX? The single biggest thing is the "edginess" signaled by its aggressive hull graphics. Regal has positioned the boat to appeal to a younger demographic audience. Old fogies need not apply.
- FasTrac hull design
- Helm seat features a flip-up bolster
- 5-position tilt steering wheel
- Courtesy blue LED lights
- 25 quart removable cooler
- Fusion marine sound with 4 cockpit speakers
- Multi-position backrest for facing forward or lounging aft
- Extended swim platform
- Stainless ski tow
|Length Overall||19' 10'' / 6.05 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||5.0 sec.|
|0 to 30||9.1 sec.|
|Load||3 persons, full fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||88 deg., 72 humid.; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: Lt chop|
1 x 200-hp Volvo V6
1 x 200-hp Volvo Penta V6 SX
1 x 225-hp Volvo Penta V6
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The mission of the Regal 1900 ESX is to add some “zing” to a basic entry-level boat. She has an expanded gathering area, sport graphics and new color schemes that Regal expects will allow her to attract more of the younger demographic that this type of boat appeals to. She’s offered in 3 different color schemes, Newport Blue, Electric Green, and Flame Red. All will have the exciting new hull side graphics that, to our eye, gives this sport boat an added bit of “edginess”.
Color Us Exciting.
Historically, Regal had shifted away from doing lots of interior colors, preferring the neutral tones for its interiors, much like those found in up-scale German automobiles. However, with the ESX line, new vibrant color choices on the bolsters and seats are available and set a whole new tone and feel for the boat.
FasTrac Hull Design.
This is the main way that Regal is able to extract the maximum performance from its boats with less demand for power. With its innovative stepped hull, which Regal calls FasTrac, air is drawn in from the sides as the boat moves through the water. That air is then channeled under the hull to break the surface friction and drag. The result is a faster, and more efficient hull.
Expanded Conversational Area.
L-shaped seating across the port and stern, along with the swiveled helm seat creates opposing seating for intimate conversations. The observer’s seat flips from forward to aft facing and is adjustable for tall or short occupants.
Dedicated Anchor Storage.
Something that is usually missing in boats in this class is a storage locker for the anchor. In the 1900 ESX, Regal included one under the forward seat cushion at the bow.
The aggressive designs seen on the boat on this page are standard on the ESX model.
The Regal 1900 ESX has a LOA of 19’10” (6.05 m), a beam of 8’3” (2.51 m) and a 22-degree deadrise. With an empty weight of 3,100 lbs. (1,406 kg), full fuel and three people onboard, we had en estimated test weight of 3,915 lbs. (1,776 kg).
The engine in our test boat
was the base Volvo Penta V6-200 turning an SX drive. Regal offers an option of trading up to the V6-220 ($2,535).
The 1900 ESX had a time to plane of 5 seconds with an increase to 20 mph in 7 seconds and 30 mph in 9.1 seconds.
Her top speed
was 45 mph, which produced a 14.5 gph fuel burn for a range of 98 miles. Best cruise is subjective. If we were to consider best cruise from an economy standpoint, then we would have to say that it was achieved at 3000 rpm and 25.7 mph. That generated a fuel burn of 7.1 gph and a range of 115 miles.
However, bump the throttle up to 3500 rpm and the speed increases to 33 mph while only giving up 3 miles from the range. Fuel burn will now be 9.3 gph, a reasonable tradeoff to adding nearly 8 mph.
As for the installation itself
, it’s a tight fit to be sure, but really, there’s no need for having more space since all the daily checkpoints are right at hand. Side bulkheads can be removed if more intensive work is ever called for. By leaving the space out of the engine compartment, more has been added to the cockpit and it shows. An automatic fire extinguisher is optional extra ($530).
By drawing air in from the sides of the hull, and then sending it under the hull, air bubbles effectively disrupt the surface friction between the hull and the water. With less friction, there is less drag and a more efficient hull. This also means that the boat needs less horsepower to move it through the water and that translates into a direct cost benefit to the boat’s owner.
The Concept Works.
Our tests of a number of brands over the last 15 years with stepped hulls has led us to believe that the concept certainly works if properly executed. And to Regal’s credit, it doesn’t just settle on a “one-and-done” version of its stepped design. Each model is individually engineered to tweak the most benefit from the design. Simply go to the Regal showroom at its Orlando plant and it’s easy to see how the design changes from one model to the next.
As for visibility
, we found that at rest and until the boat's bow started to rise, we were looking directly at the windshield header. At cruise the bow came up and so did the windshield frame, thus allowing us to look through the windshield. This is the trade-off between having a boat that looks sleek with a swept-back windshield and one that provides better visibility at rest. We recommend opting for the helm seat bolster ($155), which most people want in any case. It’s also refreshing to have the wind in the face once in a while.
There is a growing trend among builders of this size boat to eliminate the bow anchor locker. It takes up valuable space that is needed for seating, and that's what consumers seem to care about. Regal has a solution that is the best of both worlds -- which is to provide a locker under the forward seat for the anchor.
Both side seats
were comfortable, allowing an average sized person to stretch out with no problem. The foot well is squared off to provide more room and 19” (48.3 cm) will help keep knees from banging together in the foot well. Space between the side bolsters drops from 5’4” (1.6 m) at the rear to 20” (51 cm) at the bow.
Storage is under the seatbacks
leading into each of the consoles. There’s no storage under the bow seats due to USCG regulation that all powerboats 20' and under to remain afloat and level when completely swamped (full of water). That means added flotation needs to go under the bow seats, but Regal still managed to keep storage at the forefront with the console access.
The helm is basic, as expected, but there’s still a look of class to it. For example, soft tones eliminate any concerns for glare or harsh reflections in the windshield reaching the operators eyes. Three black-faced gauges are surrounded by stainless bezels and mounted front and center.
Several standard items are present at the helm worth noting. First, there’s a digital depth indicator. In our opinion, this is far and away the most important addition to any panel. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is mounted to a tilt base. And a marine-grade Fusion 600 stereo is to the lower left, and an MP3 mount is behind the hinged face plate. Four speakers are standard, two more plus a subwoofer can be added.
One of the aspects of the ESX that distinguishes it from the regular 1900 is the companion seat. On the 1900 it is a bucket seat. On the 1900 ESX it is a double-wide bench seat with a back that gives it utility both forward and facing aft. Even better, the seatback also slides fore and aft to be more ergonomically correct for taller or shorter guests.
Just behind is a bench with hinged storage access. The rear bench cushion can be released with a strap and snap to expose a 25-quart (23.7 L) carry-on cooler. As for the rest of the cockpit, along with the room provided by the tight engine installation we measured 6’11” (2.1 m) between side bolsters. Parents will love the safety of the 28” (71 cm) cockpit depth, and there’s 15” (38 cm) from the seats to the caprail.
Walkthrough to Platform
Most builders focus on the sun pad being full beam, and there’s really no reason for it. People aren’t 8’ (2.4 m) tall. Regal went with a reasonably sized sun pad at 5’3” (1.6 m) x 27” (68.6 cm) while still keeping access to the side with no need to remove cushions. There is no gate for the walkway to the swim platform, and we don't think there needs to be one because of the two steps up from the cockpit sole.
Two steps to the walkthrough and onto the platform make for an easy transition. The decking on our test boat was treated with the optional SeaDek synthetic non-skid ($380) and it was even enhanced with a Regal logo. A synthetic teak SeaDek is also available. The platform measures 7’1” (2.2 m) x 26” (66 cm).
The Regal 1900 ESX has a base price of $35,800 when powered with the Volvo Penta 200-hp V6. Opting up to the V6-225 will raise the price to $38,125. For those expecting to have a load of people aboard when towing, we'd recommend the larger engine. It will also help the boat move on the used boat market when it comes time to trade up.
Options to Consider
Some of the optional items we would definitely add to our purchase order are the Bimini top ($870), the helm seat bolster ($155), and depending on how she was going to be stored, either the bow and cockpit cover ($965) or the trailer/storage cover ($575).
There are some other options to consider
, but these are certainly less essential. Firstly, there is the sports tower ($3,230). This is a fixed, forward leaning, tow arch fabricated from aluminum and powder coated. It will provide an elevated tow-point for tubes or wakeboarders. Otherwise the standard towpoint at the stern will suffice. It will also need its sunshades ($560). SeaDek rubberized matting for the walkthrough and platform are important ($380). Regal makes them available in gray or simulated teak. Cockpit carpet ($415) or Sea Grass matting ($610) would further add a touch of class.
The goal was to provide an upscale entry-level boat with a bit of an edge to attract younger boaters to the game. We think Regal succeeded with the 1900 ESX, and the owners will also be getting a sleek performer with creative solutions regarding use of space.