Clearly the Regal 2100 RX was designed from the keel up to not only impress her occupants but also those following along behind, not just from other boats but from the end of a towline. She’s a premium-level watersports boat with a fit-and-finish that in many ways rivals what we normally expect to see from dedicated inboard ski boats -- and doing it for less money. She’s also built on the FasTrac hull, which gives her some of the best handling characteristics our test captain has experienced in class.
- FasTrac hull design
- Tower sunshades
- Arena seating
- Aft rumble seats
- Removable 25 quart Igloo cooler
- Fusion marine sound with 6 cockpit speakers
- Hand wrapped steering wheel
- Diamond MarineTred non-skid
- Standard choice of Mocha or Titanium interior upholstery
|Length Overall||21' / 6.40 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||3.2 sec.|
|0 to 30||7.5 sec.|
|Load||2 persons, full fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||68 deg., 72 humid.; wind: 0-0 mph; Seas: calm|
1 x 250-hp MerCruiser 4.5L
1 x 250-hp MerCruiser 4.5 Catalyst
1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI Alpha Catalyst
Six Volvo Penta V8 engine options from 225-hp to 300-hp
|Hull Warranty Extended||Limited Lifetime|
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The mission of the Regal 2100 RX is to serve first as a dedicated watersports platform, and second as a premium bowrider without being priced at the top of the heap. She comes standard with the PowerTower, swiveling board racks and performance tower speakers connected to the premium Fusion stereo. For comfort, all it takes is a glance at the pleated upholstery under the bolsters, the contrast stitching on the seats or the soft touch dash to realize that this is clearly an upscale boat.
With steps in the hull drawing air in from the sides, a blanket of bubbles is created under the hull. This serves to break the surface friction between the hull and the water resulting in better performance.
Additionally, when applied to Regal models between roughly 20’ to 25’
(6.1 m to 7.6 m) the handling characteristics really hit the sweet spot and the boat becomes “off the charts” fun to handle and drive, according to our test captain. When someone who drives hundreds of different boats for a living says a boat is fun to drive, chances are it is something special.
Her reverse chines and multiple lifting strakes
give her turning performance that resists sliding off the turn. However, it would be equally incorrect to describe her as being “glued to the water” or “turning like she’s on rails”, popular comments often used to describe other boats. The simple fact is, those two comments describe a boat that occupants can, and will, find uncomfortable. No one wants to be thrown out of his or her seats when the boat executes a turn. With the 2100 RX, no matter now heavy handed the operator, there’s just enough of a grab to hold the turn but not so much to make it uncomfortable. Her bank angle also serves to plant the riders in the seats much better.
Lastly, the 2100 RX is built with a 20-degree deep-V deadrise
that allows her to carve through choppy conditions without undue pounding. We experienced no undue effects during our continual wake crossing tests.
Aft Rumble Seats.
These aft seats bring the social area outside the cockpit and share it with the people in the water. It’s a good place to sit and relax at anytime the 2100 RX isn’t underway. Under the cushions is storage, including dedicated storage for the optional teak pedestal table ($895).
Luxury Interior Appointments.
Nearly everywhere on the 2100 RX there’s a nod to premium details fitting for this upscale boat. French stitched vinyl, brushed aluminum accents and diamond-stitched upholstery are just some of the features employed where many mid-market builders might leave bare fiberglass.
This is Regal’s term for its full wraparound seating that, in this case, includes an aft-facing observers seat. It’s also a key feature to maximizing storage under the seats.
Not content to settle for just a collapsible wakeboard tower, Regal installed an electrically actuated tower that collapses at the touch of a button on the panel. Even in the lowered position, the boat can still be piloted. It also includes premium speakers and swivel board racks.
Fusion 700i Stereo.
This premium stereo includes a head unit that has an opening faceplate allowing for full integration of an iPod/iPhone, and when closed reverts to radio. Plus, the volume can be tied to the performance of the boat with a maximum of 200 Watts available to power the 6 speakers in the boat. Advance the throttle, the speed picks up, and so does the stereo’s volume.
Speakers with an IP65 Rating.
Water intrusion is the bane of all marine speaker systems. "IP" stands for "International Protection" rating as defined by an international standard which aims to provide users with more detailed information than vague marketing terms such as "waterproof". In the case of the Fusion speakers on the Regal 2100 RX, it means that the speakers are "dust tight" (that is the "6") and that "Water projected by a 6.3 mm nozzle against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects." (That is the "5" in the IP65 designation.)
Bluetooth comes standard on the 2100 RX.
The Regal 2100 RX has a LOA of 21’ (6.40 m), a beam of 8’6" (2.59 m) and a draft of 34” (86.4 cm). With an empty weight of 3,650 lbs. (1,656 kg), full fuel and two people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 4,310 lbs. (1,954 kg).
With a new 250-hp MerCruiser 4.5L engine turning a B1 outdrive with a 27-pitch prop, we reached a top speed of 50.9 mph. At that speed we measured the fuel burn to be 20.3 gph giving us a range of 90 statute miles. Her most economical cruise speed came in at 3500 rpm and 31.2 mph. That speed lowered the fuel burn to 8 gph and increased the range to 140 miles.
We reached planing speed in 3.2 seconds, accelerated to 20 in 5.2 seconds, and 30 in 7.5.
If we haven’t already gotten the point across in the FasTrac section of this report, then we’ll say it again. This is among the best-handling boats we’ve tested in class. She has a smooth ride and a solid feel to her behavior. But most impressive was her turning ability where she showed no chine walk and carved through the turns with a comfortable 15-degree bank angle.
The 2100 RX will bleed off a bit of speed during hard turns and that’s easily countered with adding throttle. But in more normal turns, a feature of this new 4.5L engine becomes apparent. It has what Mercury calls "Adaptive Speed Control," where the rpm’s stay constant when additional loads are applied. In other words, when maneuvering through the turns, the rpm’s stay constant so the speed degradation is minimized.
When carving through wakes she showed no sign of wandering off track and just cut cleanly through the wake taking minimal spray onboard.
One of the major features on the 2100 RX is Regal’s clever use of space with regards to maximizing the seating. Usually, boats in this class will have the basic pair of bucket seats with a bench seat behind, and that bench seat is usually only 3/4 length leaving room for a walkthrough to the swim platform.
Regal takes a different approach and provides seating wrapping around the whole cockpit making the most use of the available space. We measured 6’10” (2.1 m) between the port and starboard side bolsters.
We still have the bucket seat for the helm, but other than that it’s all made for multiple people in this 21' (6.40 m) boat. An aft facing lounger to port leads to a bench seat to both sides and across the stern. An optional pedestal table ($895) is made of teak, a departure from the usual composite tables we often see in class. As we said, this is not a price-point boat.
At the stern
, Regal takes full advantage of the popularity of coving. Put the bow on the beach or drop the anchor… either way these aft seats make a great place to relax while watching the kids swim off the stern. With the seats laid flat, a sun pad is created measuring 6’8” x 2’8” (2.0 m x .8 m). By removing the center cushion a walkthrough is created, 12” (30.5 cm) wide leading to the swim platform.
certainly plays an important part of the design for the 2100 RX. We measured a 35” (88.9 cm) cockpit depth behind the helm seat that will keep kids safe. Where the windshield slopes down as it comes to the aft end of the cockpit we measured 14” (35.6 cm) off the seat base. Freeboard measures 33” (83.8cm) at the bow and 11” (27.9cm) at the stern.
The bow seating
wraps all the way around the forward half of the boat. There’s 21” (53.3 cm) between the seats by the consoles and this narrows down to 10” (25.4 cm) moving forward. Space between the bolsters goes from 5’ (1.5 m) at the aft end to 1’ (.3 m) fully forward.
With so many seats available it’s not surprising that this 21’ (6.4m) boat has an abundance of storage as well. There’s storage under each seat, in the deck and in the consoles plus, Regal added storage under the sun pad as well. Making better access to the storage helps add to the volume of storage as well.
The watersports features start with the PowerTower that provides a tow point 6'6” (2.0 m) off the deck. It includes a Bimini for shade and it’s mounted to sliding tracks. Swivel board racks are to either side. A lower tow point is in the walkthrough to the transom in the center of the two aft seats. Additional storage for boards is in the deck.
The Regal 2100 RX has a base price of $56,080. Of course it’s easy to dial in the 2100RX to a buyer’s specific taste with a few optional extras.
Four hull colors and four boot colors are available in both the custom format with its white bottom, or the premier format that carries to the bottom. Additionally, three metallic hull colors are also available ($1,240).
Base power is the new MerCruiser 250-hp 4.5L engine that we had on our test boat. The 2100 RX will take powerplants up to 300-hp and with maximum power she can run upwards of $71,905 before options. We found no disappointing characteristics with the 250-hp engine and as such we’d probably focus our additional dollars on interior amenities rather than more horsepower. While still on the engine room though, we’d add the automatic fire extinguisher ($530) and dual battery switch ($325).
Interior Options to Consider
Start with a choice of either Mocha or Titanium color for the upholstery and build from there. We’d add the bow and cockpit cover ($965), bow filler cushion ($375), bow walkthrough doors ($530), cockpit seagrass mat ($730), the teak table ($895). At the helm we’d add the RegalVue display ($2,695) providing engine data, GPS with chartplotter and full functionality over the premium stereo.
Moving outside the cockpit we’d also add docking lights ($285), four fender clips ($480), and underwater lights ($730), just for the fun of it. They’re great for attracting fish at night, as well as new friends in the marina.
Pricing with Options
With the base 4.5L 250-hp MerCruiser engine and the above options, our tricked out 2100 RX will run upwards of $65k. Of course the price could go much higher with a more bigger engine selected, but as stated earlier, we see no need for it.
With luxury appointments and superb handling characteristics, this is a good boat to consider for anyone looking to have an upscale bowrider rigged for watersports. She’s got good looks and a solid pedigree behind her. Certainly an MSRP of $65,000 does not constitute a price point boat, but the 2100 RX was never intended as one. This is more of a boat for a discriminating buyer, much as the name implies. Those looking for only basic functionality should look elsewhere.