Regal Boats has taken its FasTrac hull design and combined it with a deckboat cockpit layout to provide many of the features of both types. On our test we found the 22 FasDeck ESX to be just as roomy as she was sporty to handle.
- FasTrac hull design
- Digital depth sounder
- 5-position tilt steering wheel
- Dual bow lounge seats
- Transom bench seating
- Fusion Marine Sound with 6 cockpit speakers
- Bimini top
- Six 8'' stainless steel cleats
- Diamond MarineTred non-skid
- Courtesy blue LED lights
|Length Overall||22' 4'' / 6.81 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||3.4 sec.|
|0 to 30||7.3 sec.|
|Load||2 persons, full fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||93 deg., 53 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: flat|
1 x 240-hp Volvo Penta V6 Gen 5 Catalyst
1 x 225-hp Volvo Penta V6 225 DP
1 x 240-hp Volvo Penta V6 240 DP Catalyst
1 x 280-hp Volvo Penta V6 280 DP Catalyst
Regal Boats went on a mission to completely redesign what a deckboat could be. By taking its FasTrac sportboat hull and mating it with an original deckboat layout, the design team at Regal has come up with a boat that should appeal to boaters who want a fast deckboat with sportboat advantages that is bound to give the competitive deckboat market a run for their money.
Gas Assist Struts on All Storage Hatches.
This makes for easy opening and no need to hold the hatch open while loading up the compartment.
Large Changing Compartment.
This features a full head and the associated pump-out fittings.
Fusion Marine Stereo.
Regal selected a Fusion stereo built specifically for the marine industry.
One of the weak points of many deckboats has been their low freeboard which can make them wet in choppy, windy conditions. Regal solves that problem with a high freeboard that has been carefully camouflaged with graphics and color to look lower than it really is. This allows it to stay dry in choppy, windy conditions.
Performance and Handling
Her stepped hull offers quick acceleration with a nominal 17-degree bow rise which causes no loss of visibility to the horizon. At speed the bow rise settles in at 6 degrees. The FasTrac hull really shows its performance colors in tight turns.
At about 75% power, the Regal 22 FasDeck ESX will bite even with the wheel full over.
With an empty weight of 4,100 lbs. (1,860 kg), full fuel, two people and test gear, we had a test weight of 4,750 lbs. (2,155 kg).
Powered by a 240-hp Volvo Penta V6 with stainless Duo Props we reached a
at 5500 rpm of 44.8 mph. At that speed, we were burning just over 17.7 gph for range of 101.2 miles.
was found at 3500 rpm and 27.2 mph. At that speed, we measured a fuel burn of 7.20 gph for a range of 137 miles.
The Regal 22 FasDeck ESX reached planing speed in 3.3 seconds, 20 mph came and went in 5.2 seconds, and we continued accelerating through 30 mph in 7.4 seconds.
The walkthrough entryway is on the starboard side. In the center of the transom is a mount for the optional pedestal table ($895), significantly adding to the utility of this aft space.
The wraparound arena seating adds to the functionality of the cockpit. It accommodates a large number of people while maintaining an intimate conversational atmosphere.
Regal offers three standard interior color packages, all featuring the soft-touch vinyl, diamond-stitched side panels. The optional cockpit SeaGrass Mat ($730) is virtually indestructible; it won’t hold water and snaps easily into place for fast removal or installation.
The Volvo Penta 240-hp
V6 5th generation packs a real punch. The new engine touts the latest in engine technology. It has an aluminum-block, saving considerable weight. Of particular interest to salt water boaters is the closed freshwater cooling system to protect the block. It also features Variable Valve timing to maximize performance across the low and mid-rpm ranges. Volvo Penta also offers a 280-hp version of this engine using the same displacement.
Regal does a nice job with its hand-stitched dash. The blue brow on the top of the helm ties in with the graphics scheme of the boat. The steering wheel has a soft feel to it, thanks to the vinyl.
The stereo is waterproof with an internal iPod docking station that keeps the handheld device dry and fully charged. The unit is also connected to six marine-grade speakers as part of the standard package.
Regal also offers the option of a high-performance stereo package ($1,220) that includes an amplifier, subwoofer, transom remote, and two additional speakers.
RegalVue and Watersports
Regal's proprietary RegalVue display
is a touch display screen that provides a wealth of information at a glance. It's highly customizable to suit the captain's needs. When coupled with Volvo Penta installations, a programmable cruise control, any number of operational profiles can be dialed in and named, according to the person at the end of the tow line.
Regal adds a diagnostic page that will allow a boater to diagnose fault codes and receive directions on fixes. While the screen won't show labor-intense instructions, such as "replace timing chain", it will display "inspect water strainer" as well as other more user-friendly guidelines. The display is not only very helpful, but it is also intuitive and user-friendly.
The RegalVue is offered as an option in two different versions. A Volvo Penta version for $2,034, and a Volvo Penta-only cruise control version for $3,140. If the boater plans on using the 22 FasDeck ESX as just a "playing-around" family fun day boat, then we would categorize the RegalVue in the "nice-to-have" category.
But if one intends to use the boat for watersports and plans on doing a lot of towing, then we would relegate her into the "must-have" category.
As an economic compromise, Regal also offers the Perfect Pass cruise control for $1,865.
And certainly if one falls into that latter watersports category, they'll want to give serious consideration to the PowerTower ($5,315). It's a functional wakeboard tower that retracts at the push of a button so that the 22 FasDeck ESX will still fit into a garage or boathouse.
The walkthrough windshield is held open by a magnetic catch, which means that it can be opened and closed on the fly and with one hand. While the windshield frames are certainly beefy in their own right, these are also supported by heavy duty stainless steel supports (see arrows) that easily held my weight.
The bow area itself is nothing short of massive, as one would expect in any deckboat. To the starboard side, the generous storage begins under the helm console and continues all the way to the forward end of the starboard seat, with no bulkheads interrupting the space.
To the port side, the storage is only under the seat as the head occupies the console space. Both seat cushions are hinged from the back and open with the aid of gas struts.
The Regal 22 FasDeck ESX has a base price of $61,285 when equipped with the Volvo Penta V6 240-hp 5th Generation with Duoprop outdrive. There are two other engine options going up to 280-hp.
The Regal 22 FasDeck ESX is built by boaters for boaters. Not only does everything onboard just fit ergonomically, but she's equally comfortable to operate. Obviously, Regal's designers took a look at everything on the market before designing this deckboat. Clearly, the builder’s aim was to do the competition one better in each critical area. It is for that reason that if one is in the market for a deckboat, they should see the Regal 22 FasDeck ESX.