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Brief Summary

The Regal 26 XO is an outboard version of its 26’ (7.92 m) single sterndrive cruiser. This model is essentially the same as the sterndrive 26 as far as the helm and cabin accommodations are concerned. It has far more stowage capacity because of the absence of the engine inboard, which allows this boat more functionality. However, her is swim platform is bifurcated by the outboard engine.

Key Features

  • Power assisted steering
  • Double wide helm seat
  • Mid-cabin with double berth
  • Fusion UD650 marine stereo with 2 speakers
  • Salon with seating layout and berth for overnight stays
  • Stainless 4.2 cu. ft. refrigerator
  • Face-to-face seating for 5
  • Multi-position Sunlounge
  • Removable 25 quart Igloo cooler
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 26’
    7.92 m
    Beam 8’ 6''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 6,100 lbs.
    2,767 kg
    Tested Weight 6,686 lbs.
    3,033 kg
    Draft 19''
    .48 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 18-deg.
    Max Headroom 6’
    1.83 m
    Bridge Clearance 9' 1''
    2.77 m (max)
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 72 gal.
    273 L
    Water Capacity 20 gal.
    76 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 300-hp Yamaha 4.2L V6 F300XCA
    Tested Power 1 x 300-hp Yamaha F300 FCA 4.2LV6
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 2.8 2.4 0.7 4.2 3.7 274 238.4 53
    1000 4.9 4.3 1.2 4.1 3.6 265 230.1 63
    1500 6.8 5.9 2.0 3.5 3.0 226 196.5 67
    2000 8.1 7.0 3.3 2.4 2.1 158 137.5 70
    2500 9.2 8.0 5.4 1.7 1.5 111 96.4 74
    3000 11.4 9.9 7.4 1.5 1.3 100 87.0 80
    3500 13.3 11.6 9.5 1.4 1.2 91 78.9 83
    4000 23.4 20.3 12.0 2.0 1.7 127 110.1 84
    4500 28.4 24.7 15.3 1.9 1.6 120 104.6 87
    5000 34.7 30.2 20.0 1.7 1.5 112 97.8 88
    5500 38.5 33.5 25.5 1.5 1.3 98 85.2 87
    5700 40.0 34.7 26.5 1.5 1.3 98 84.9 87
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 238.4 441 4.50 2.65 1.79 53
    1000 230.1 426 7.90 4.54 1.74 63
    1500 196.5 364 10.90 7.57 1.49 67
    2000 137.5 254 13.00 12.49 1.02 70
    2500 96.4 179 14.80 20.44 0.72 74
    3000 87.0 161 18.30 28.01 0.64 80
    3500 78.9 146 21.40 35.96 0.60 83
    4000 110.1 204 37.70 45.42 0.85 84
    4500 104.6 193 45.70 57.92 0.81 87
    5000 97.8 180 55.80 75.71 0.72 88
    5500 85.2 158 62.00 96.53 0.64 87
    5700 84.9 158 64.40 100.31 0.64 87

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 4.2 sec.
    0 to 30 11.4 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 2 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, no gear
    Climate 92 deg., 88 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: 0

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Regal 26 XO running
    Powered by a single 300-hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboard, the 26 XO hits a top speed of 40 mph at 5700 rpm.

    Mission Statement

    Regal Marine wanted to give buyers a choice of power, sterndrive or outboard, on its 26’ (7.92 m) pocket cruiser. The 26 XO is designed to be equal parts day boat and towable cruiser with versatile seating in the cockpit and sleeping space for four in the cabin. Designers kept the beam at 8’6” (2.59 m) and dry weight is estimated at 6,100 lbs. (2,767 kg), so it can be towed by a full-sized SUV or pickup in all 50 states of the U.S.

    Regal 26 XO overhead
    All the seats have convertible backrests to offer multiple configurations.

    Features Inspection

    The Swim Platform

    The easiest way to step aboard the 26 XO from a dock is via the swim platform. Regal designed our test boat with a full width swim platform that measures 3’4” (1.0 m) fore to aft on each side of the motor and has about half that space for passing between the motor and transom. This is an improvement on older designs that have an outboard well and no transverse catwalk.

    There’s a boarding ladder beneath the port side and a grab rail forward on the transom along with a cleat and the fuel fill. To starboard are the freshwater fill, a cleat, and a shower.

    Regal 26 XO swim platform
    The 26 XO’s swim platform combines ease of movement and an outboard motor well in a well-designed area. This is a good design allowing easy movement from port to starboard.
    Regal 26 XO cleat
    To starboard on the stern are a cleat, a pullout shower, and the freshwater fill.
    Regal 26 XO grab handle
    Opposite to port are the grab handle for boarding from the swim ladder and the fuel fill. We’d prefer that Regal use pull-up cleats on the stern.

    The Cockpit

    Ascend two 6” (15.2cm) tall steps from the swim platform to enter the 26 XO’s cockpit. The 1’6” (45.7cm) -wide passage closes off with an acrylic and stainless steel gate. After passing through the gate, deck hands can step up to the side walkways that lead forward.

    Wide-Body. The design of this boat is known as a “wide body” because there are no side decks. This is not unusual in pocket cruiser designs, as the builders are trying to maximize usable cockpit space within an 8’6” (2.59 m) beam.

    Aft to starboard in the cockpit is a lounge with a backrest that can be set up for forward-facing travel or laid flat for tanning. We would like to see a third position for aft-facing lounging while at anchor.

    Just ahead is a lounge on the aft side of the driver’s seat and to port is a lounge that can be set in multiple positions. A PowerTower that lowers with the push of a button is an available option in black or white.

    Regal 26 XO cockpit
    There’s easy passage from the aft gate forward to the helm or cabin entry.
    Regal 26 XO aft lounge
    With the aft lounge headrest lowered, there’s plenty of space for two adults to stretch out.
    Regal 26 XO companion seat
    Here we see the companion seat with the backrest set for forward-facing travel.
    Regal 26 XO companion seat
    Lay down the companion seat headrest to convert the port-side lounge into a full-length reclining chaise. Note that the side deck has been eliminated.
    Regal 26 XO power tower
    The optional PowerTower has integrated LED lights, speakers, and grabrails.
    Regal 26 XO tower down
    Push a button and the tower folds down ahead of the driver so he can still pilot the boat.

    Cockpit Storage

    Opting for the outboard on the 26 XO pays big storage dividends with the compartment that would normally be occupied by the engine in a sterndrive application left wide open for storage. There’s dedicated space for a 36-quart cooler beneath the lounge on the back side of the driver’s seat and a continuous compartment in the base of the port-side lounge.

    Regal 26 XO lazarette
    The space that would be occupied by the engine in a sterndrive is wide open for storage when the boat is powered by an outboard.
    Regal 26 XO aft cushion
    The aft cushion on the port lounge raises on a gas strut and the forward bottom pad is also removable, making it easy to get to gear stored in the compartment.

    The Helm

    The captain and a sidekick should be comfortable on the doublewide helm seat that has a foldup bolster. Outboard to starboard is the Yamaha shift/throttle control and forward, our test boat had the optional Garmin multifunction display flanked by a chain counter for the optional windlass and the fuel gauge.

    Accessory switches are ahead of the tilt steering wheel in a vertical panel just below the instrument panel. Just aft to port is the joystick for the optional bow thruster and abaft that control is the stereo remote. Trim tab buttons are to starboard and down low ahead of the driver’s knees are the VHF radio to port and the ignition key to starboard.

    Regal 26 XO helm seat
    There’s space for the driver and a companion to lean back against the thickly padded backrest at the helm.
    Regal 26 XO helm seat
    We would like to see Regal split the foldup bolster for the helm seat so the captain could stand up and a passenger could still sit or vice versa.
    Regal 26 XO steering wheel
    The steering wheel tilts and is hand-stitched wrapped. Notice the stainless steel cup holder so the captain can stay hydrated, or be used to hold a cell phone.
    Regal 26 XO helm dash
    With the multifunction display on, we can see how effective the dark upholstered eyebrow is at reducing glare on the screen. The gray brow and dash will mitigate glare in the windscreen somewhat. We’d like to see white completely eliminated from in front of the helm and dash under the windscreen all across.

    The Foredeck

    Steps molded into the cabin companionway hatch and an opening center section of the windshield make it easy to get out onto the 26 XO’s foredeck. The sloping foredeck can be fitted with an optional sun pad. Our test model had the optional windlass with the stainless steel anchor. We recommend this option for most applications. At the pointy end there’s an anchor locker and outboard are stainless steel cleats.

    Regal 26 XO steps
    Steps molded into the companionway hatch are set at an angle that makes them comfortable to climb.
    Regal 26 XO sun lounge
    The optional removable sun pad makes the 26 XO’s foredeck more functional.
    Regal 26 XO windlass
    The 26 XO is available with an optional windlass, stainless steel anchor, and chain rode.
    Regal 26 XO anchor locker
    This hatch next to the windlass provides easy access to the rode locker. Note the anchor cleat which will take strain off the windlass. This hatch needs a gas assist strut to hold it open, or a clasp on the station, to allow both hands to be free for the crew.
    Regal 26 XO battery switch
    This battery switch in the anchor locker shuts off power to the windlass.

    The Cabin

    The cabin door slides open easily and a couple of steps lead to the belowdecks area where there is 6’ (1.83 m) of headroom. Forward is a dinette that fills in with a cushion to create a V-berth and the aft cabin has a memory-foam mattress that measures 4’6” by 6’4” (1.37 m x 1.93 m) and there is 30” (.76 m) of space between the mattress and the overhead. This area has an opening port and LED reading lights.

    Regal 26 XO cabin door
    The companionway hatch slides open enough for an adult to easily pass through.
    Regal 26 XO cabin
    Regal says the 26 XO’s bow area is among the most spacious in its class and notice the large side windows that fill the space with light. Four or five people can sit here in cozy comfort for lunch, cocktails, or dinner. A table mounts in the deck hardware.
    Regal 26 XO mid cabin
    The crawl-in mid cabin has a sliding privacy curtain plus an opening port and LED reading lights.

    Amenities. Immediately aft to starboard is a galley with a microwave oven at eye level, a single-burner stove, a sink and refrigerator in the base of the counter. There’s also an electrical distribution panel and Fusion UD650 marine stereo in this area.

    Our test model had the optional flatscreen TV on the aft cabin bulkhead. To port, the wet head has a toilet, sink in a cabinet, and an overhead shower nozzle instead of the usual pull-up style.

    Regal 26 XO galley
    The 26 XO comes standard with a microwave oven and there’s storage in the shelves above the sink.
    Regal 26 XO refrigerator
    The refrigerator is a 4.2-cubic-foot model with a separate freezer compartment.
    Regal 26 XO sink
    Under the stainless steel sink there’s storage, plus a wastebasket.
    Regal 26 XO shower
    Notice what the head sink doesn’t have, a pull-up-style shower.
    Regal 26 XO shower head
    Instead, there’s a dedicated showerhead, something rare in a boat of this size.
    Regal 26 XO toilet
    The 26 XO’s toilet can be upgraded to several different electric configurations.

    Performance

    The Regal 26 XO is 26’ (7.92 m) long with an 8’6” (2.59 m) beam and an estimated dry weight of 6,100 lbs. (2,767 kg). With two people and a half tank of fuel on board, the test weight was approximately 6,686 lbs. (3,033 kg).

    Winding up the 300-hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboard to 5700 rpm, we hit 40 mph even.

    We recorded best cruise at 4000 rpm where the boat ran 23.4 mph and burned 12.0 gph, which translated to 2.0 mpg and a range of 127 statute miles with 10 percent of the boat’s 72-gallon (273 L) fuel capacity in reserve.

    In acceleration tests, the 26 XO planed in 4.2 seconds and ran to 20 mph in 7.4 seconds and to 30 in 11.4 seconds.

    Regal 26 XO running
    The 26 XO cruises at 23.4 mph and will cover 127 statute miles at that speed, which is her most economical.

    Handling

    With calm test conditions, we couldn’t get a feel for the boat’s rough-water handling, although her sharp bow entry let the 26 XO slice through the wakes of our photo boat with ease and the deck remained dry.

    The straight V-bottom design with 18-degrees of deadrise at the transom leaned into turns comfortably. The boat carved smooth circles and zigged and zagged through slalom maneuvers with impressive agility. Around the docks, the optional bow thruster came in handy.

    Regal 26 XO running
    With its agility, we could see the versatile 26 XO putting in some time towing tubers.
    Regal 26 XO bow thruster
    The optional bow thruster is worth considering and it should be noted that it’s not a progressive-style that increases thrust if the joystick is held to one side. It’s on or it’s off.

    Price

    $94,920 MSRP.

    Options to Consider

    • 110-volt, 3.5 kW generator (Make sure it is Low CO or diesel.)
    • Air conditioning (It requires a gen set, but can make warm air, too…)
    • Gas Vapor detector
    • Water Heater
    • Bow Thruster
    • Power Package with 30-amp shorepower, battery charger upgrade, outlets, a microwave oven, and an electric stove.
    • Inverter. This converts D.C. battery power to A.C. Then, at night, AC appliances can be operated without turning on the generator. Obviously, there are limitations on the amount of power available for conversion.
    • Toilet with pump-out or overboard discharge
    • Electric stove
    • Cockpit cover
    • PowerTower in black or white
    • Full camper enclosure with or without PowerTower
    • Gas grill
    • Anchor windlass and SS anchor, all-chain rode
    • Starboard windshield wiper
    • Foredeck sun pad
    • SeaDek swim platform covering
    • Flatscreen TV
    • Garmin 100 VHF radio
    • Garmin 742XS + B60 transducer

    Observations

    As for the power, the Yamaha 300 is plenty strong, but we’d like to see Regal at least make a 350 available as an option. While it will make the boat only go marginally faster at the top end, it should have more torque at the lower end which would be welcome at lower speeds. As configured, the outboard well will not hold twin engines.

    The Regal 26 XO looks a bit chubby, but that is the nature of all pocket cruisers in this class. In order to have 6” (.15 m) headroom below this relatively light boat must be high.

    This boat offers great utility for a couple or a small family on a budget. Because she is trailerable, numerous world-class cruising grounds can be reached. Because she can be outfitted with a generator and cruising canvas that encloses the cockpit, she can be a mini express cruiser. With a reverse cycle A/C system and a hotwater heater she can be comfortable in three seasons up north or in the tropics.

    Take a look at the real small “trawlers” and displacement cruisers on the market and you will see that they offer only a little bit more utility, but are much more expensive.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Regal 26 XO (2019-) is 40.0 mph (64.4 kph), burning 26.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 100.3 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Regal 26 XO (2019-) is 23.4 mph (37.7 kph), and the boat gets 2.0 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.85 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 127 miles (204.39 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 300-hp Yamaha F300 FCA 4.2LV6.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional
    VHF Radio Optional

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Optional
    Shore Power Optional
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Optional
    Water Heater Optional
    Windlass Optional

    Galley

    Microwave Optional
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Optional

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Platform Optional
    Transom Shower Standard

    Canvas

    Cockpit Cover Optional
    Full Canvas Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Optional
    Generator Optional

    Warranty

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