The team at Regal has introduced a new player in their lineup. A cross-over between their larger luxury sport cruisers and their more nimble outboard line, they call her the Regal 38 XO. She is a dual cabin sport cruiser powered by triple Yamaha 300-hp outboards.
- Master cabin suite
- Guest cabin with convertible king or twin berths
- Hardtop with sunroof
- Triple Yamaha outboards
- Integrated swim platform
- Two 16,000 BTU and one 27,000 BTU AC units
- NMMA, ABYC, USCG, and CE Certified
- Aft cockpit with grill station
|Length Overall||38' 10'' / 11.84 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||4.7 sec.|
|0 to 30||10.7 sec.|
|Load||3 persons, 2/3 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||64 deg., 45 humid; wind: 0 mph; seas:|
3 x 300-hp Yamaha 4.2L F300
3 x 300-hp Yamaha 4.2L F300
3 x 350-hp Yamaha 5.3L F350
Regal 38 XO Captain’s Report
Regal 38 XO: Mission
The Regal 38 XO is not only NMMA and ABYC certified but is also CE Yacht Certified.
Regal, based in Orlando Florida, like much of the industry are offering a larger boat with outboards. The 38 XO is a conversion of Regal’s Grand Coupe 38, one of Regal’s twin inboard-powered Sport Yacht models. The XO and Grand Coupe use the company’s same Oceantrac v-hull design. The XO combines the luxury of the inboard with outboard power – bridging the gap between Regal’s Sport Yacht and Outboard Series.
The boat’s mission is to be a sporty coastal cruiser with overnight or weekend accommodations for a family or two couples.
With a 24” draft with the engines pulled up, exploring the beach is easy with the Regal 38 XO.
Being able to pull a 38-foot boat up on a beach is not something easily done with inboard boats, so right there the use of the boat is more versatile than her inboard-powered twin. The draft with the engines down is only 38-inches, so in coastal areas with tidal swings the outboard XO may be a more practical alternative. The 38 XO V-hull has a deadrise of 18 degrees at the transom and with her top speed of nearly 50 mph (80.46 km) is expected to be a versatile coastal cruiser.
Regal 38 XO: Major Features
- Master cabin suite
- Guest cabin with convertible king or twin berths
- Hardtop with electric sunroof
- Triple Yamaha outboards
- Integrated swim platform
- Aft cockpit with grill station
Regal 38 XO: Design
Regal designed the 38 XO from a practical standpoint, extending her transom platform to allow for ample side-to-side access around the engines-even when trimmed up.
While some would choose the roomy midship cabin with its king-sized berth as the master, Regal considers the forward cabin the master due to the way they partitioned the split shower and toilet.
Regal 38 XO: Construction
The 38 XO is resin-infused over closed cell foam in her own tooling.
Regal 38 XO: Performance
We tested the Regal 38 XO in calm conditions.
The Numbers. The Regal 38 XO has a LOA of 38’10” (11.81 m), a beam of 11’11” (3.63 m), and a draft of 38” (96.52 cm) with the outboards down. With an empty weight of 18,000 lbs. (8165 kg), 227.5 gallons (861.18 l) of fuel and 3 people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 19,970 lbs. (9348 kg).
The three-bladed propellers are from Yamaha’s Saltwater Series II line.
Top Speed. With the triple Yamaha F-300’s turning 17” (43.18 cm) pitch, 15.5” (39.37) diameter Saltwater Series II propellers and run up to 5800 RPM, our speed topped out at 49.2 mph (79.1 kph).
Best economic cruise came in at 4000 RPM and 31.2 mph (50.2 KPH). It was at that speed that the 36.7 GPH (138.9 LPH) fuel burn translated into 0.9 mpg (0.36 KPL) and a range of 268 miles (431 km), all while still holding back a 10-percent reserve of the boats 350-gallon (1324.90 L) total fuel capacity.
A top speed of 49.2 mph and nimble handling were positives from our testing.
Coming out of the hole, the bow rise from acceleration through to cruising speed can be controlled by trim tabs.
Regal 38 XO: Acceleration
The Regal 38 XO has good pickup with these engines; we reached planing speed in 4.7 seconds with a 10.5-degree bow rise, accelerated to 20 mph (32 kph) in 6.5 seconds, and 30 (48 kph) came and went in 10.7 seconds.
Time to plane: 4.7 Seconds
Zero to 20 mph: 6.5 Seconds
Zero to 30 mph: 10.7 Seconds
Regal 38 XO: Handling
Our test captain had praise for the agility and responsiveness of the Regal 38 XO.
She’s a nice handing boat with surprising agility and quick response to the helm. She’s slightly bow high at cruise so a little tab brings the bow down. At full speed she’s at a more level attitude. Otherwise, we only used the tabs to level an uneven distribution of weight.
The XO carved readily into turns.
When entering turns, she’ll roll 19-degrees into the turn and lose roughly 4-5 mph (6.43-8.04 kph) as her shoulder carves into the turn. Keep those turns to port shallow as the operator will lose visibility unless the sunroof is open.
Hopping the photo boat’s wake to see how the Regal 38 XO might handle chop had our test captain suggesting pulling back from WOT to find the sweet spot for those conditions.
Her sharp entry had her cutting through the light wakes we crossed with minimal hull slap at full speed. Pulled back to cruise, she cut through effortlessly, but otherwise our calm day prevented us from exploring her rough water handling.
The center and starboard engine are connected by a tie-bar, so the optional Optimus joystick maneuvered effortlessly.
For docking, we put the helm master joystick through its paces to see how well the 38 XO responded. As it turns out the system was well dialed in. The three engines basically work as two because the starboard and center are locked together with a tie-bar. Small movements of the stick had us sliding right into, and gently up against, the dock.
The cabin top electronics included optional Garmin radar, satellite radio, VHF antenna whip, and optional satellite TV antenna.
Regal 38 XO: Boat Inspection
The Swim Platform and Transom
The swim platform has room in front of the engines for side to side access as well as wings on either side of the engines for water access. One can just see the reboarding ladder (red arrow), stowed under cover, on this port side of the swim platform.
The Regal 38 XO is the company’s first Sports Yacht outfitted with triple outboards. Our test boat came standard with triple Yamaha 4.2L F300 (900-hp) engines. There’s also the option to go with Yamaha 5.3L F350s (1050-hp). Yamaha offers painted white or grey for color options.
The main focal point here is the redesign of the swim platform from the inboard model. By extending both 42” (106.68 cm) x 21” (53.34 cm) wings on either side of the platform, Regal has better integrated the outboard engines, transom storage, and access to the machinery space. Both wings act as swim steps and each has 8” (20.32 cm) pull-up cleats on either side. Two more 10” (25.40 cm) fixed cleats are mounted on the bulwark leading up the stairs to the aft cockpit.
Notice the shaft extension on the center engine which allows the prop to be at the proper depth in relation to the keel.
At the transom there are two storage compartments: the starboard locker contains the 12V master breaker and shore power cord reel switch. TV and city water inlets are just below. The gas fill is located on the step riser leading up to the main deck.
The port side transom storage, which is accessible from the platform, measures 4’ (1.21 m) wide by 27” (68.58 cm) high and 29” (73.66 cm) deep. The hatch is held up by two gas struts. It is finished on the inside and has a carpeted sole.
The Mechanical Space
The engine space from the inboard model still hosts machinery in the 38 XO, a gas powered genset and an optional SeaKeeper 3 stabilizer. The former engine room provides some added storage on the 38 XO, which is accessible from the swim platform. The 38 XO also carries a bigger fuel tank (350 gal, 1324.89 l) than the inboard version.
An electric lift hatch elevates the cockpit seating and port storage cover for access to the mechanical space within.
Within the mechanical space on the port side are the gas powered 9.5kW Westerbeke generator and battery banks.
Also in the center of the mechanical space are the gray 350 gallon fuel tank and optional SeaKeeper 3 gyro stabilizer.
On the starboard side are the blackwater tank (upper left), air conditioning (top center) and fire suppression systems (right).
The Aft Cockpit
Twenty-three inch (58.42 cm) wide stairs with courtesy lights in the 5” (12.7 cm), 10” (25.4 cm) and 10” risers lead from both sides of the swim platform to the aft cockpit. The port stair shown here has a fresh water washdown bib in the bulwark.
An outward opening gate adds a measure of safety to the cockpit. Note the step beyond that leads up to the port side deck.
Heading up the port side staircase from the swim platform, we are met with courtesy lighting along the way, and an outward-opening stainless steel/acrylic gate at the top, which leads us into the L-shaped seating area of the cockpit.
A folding teak pedestal table fits the socket in front of the cockpit settee for some al fresco dining. Leaving it installed with the leaf folded over gives room to walk forward into the salon.
The hardtop over the cockpit has 6’9” (2.06 m) of headroom and contains padded vinyl inserts housing LED lighting and speakers.
The glass panel behind the cockpit bar lowers to join the galley and cockpit.
With the large window between the cockpit refreshment bar and galley plus the sliding partition doors open, it’s easy to see how seamlessly the cockpit and salon blend to create a versatile open entertainment space.
The cockpit’s refreshment center is outfitted with a stainless steel grab rail. Above that is an electric grill. An optional refrigerated drawer faces aft, and a 30” (76.20 cm) flat screen TV drops down from above.
There is certainly no need to feel separated while aboard the 38 XO, thanks to Regal’s open concept integration of the cockpit, galley, and salon areas.
A gas strut-assisted, hinged backrest section of the L-shaped seating area on the starboard side flips up. The seating cushion removes to provide a clear path in and out of the cockpit from the starboard side.
The bow is accessed via either of the 8” (20.32 cm) wide side decks. The 1.25” (3.17 cm) overhead grab handles, 1” (2.54 cm) toerail and the 24” (60.96 cm) high side rails assist in a safe passage.
The one-piece windshield is 99” (251.46 cm) wide x 50” (127.00 cm) high and is covered by a 9” (22.86 cm) brow.
The sunpad on the bow has multiple seatback and configuration options.
On the foredeck above the cabin trunk is an 80” (203.20 cm) x 59” (149.86 cm) sunpad.
Regal did a nice job making the sunpad convertible to a two-level chaise on both sides, while adding a 3-level flip-up bench seat fully forward. Note the pull up cabana style Bimini. A Fusion stereo remote control and beverage holder is alongside.
When deployed, the sunpad Bimini provides a cool place out of the sun. Note the window tint option on the glass windshield.
The sunpad, configured with the bench seat open, is a good spot for relaxing.
Fully forward, the ground tackle is concealed beneath hatches recessed into the foredeck. To either side are two 10” (25.4) cleats and in the center is a well-placed spotlight.
The anchor rode is in the port locker; the starboard locker includes a washdown. Foot controls for the centrally located windlass are just forward of the port locker, and aft facing Fusion speakers flank the remote spotlight. The Lewmar windlass holds onto the plow anchor while a safety cleat is located alongside.
The galley features an electric cooktop, a single basin sink, drawer-style refrigeration, overhead storage with a microwave and a pull-out trash receptacle.
The cabin access from the aft cockpit is through a sliding glass door that opens a full 32” (81.28 cm). Headroom in the cabin is 6’3” (1.91 m).
Corian covers for the galley sink and glass cooktop are removable. There’s storage below the sink for the covers and a two-drawer refrigerator/freezer is on the right.
The two-burner Kenyon cooktop has the controls right in the glass panel.
The galley’s glass panel overhead storage adds to the contemporary styling.
To extend the versatility of the galley, the aft glass panel retracts into the lower cabinetry to combine the inside with the outside and keep the host in the center of activity.
The expansive windows in the salon have pull down privacy shades with magnetic catches on the bottoms to keep them in place. The flooring option shown here is called Maple Rum.
As we enter the salon from the cockpit, a 43” (109.22 cm) couch is to starboard. It has soft touch vinyl upholstery. A Corian end table is to the side, supporting beverage holders. On the window ledge behind the sofa are air conditioning vents for the two 16,000 BTU main deck A/C units.
Storage is both behind and below the salon couch.
Just above the couch is an optional 32” (81.28 cm) drop down TV, viewable from the port side seating.
The port side in the salon has an L-shaped settee with storage underneath and a pedestal table fabricated from wood and vinyl with stainless inlay, all on an elevated platform 7” (17.78 cm) above the deck.
Forward of the galley on the port side is a salon table on a raised platform. Opposite is the helm station. Stairs leading below to the sleeping cabins are in the middle.
Sliding vent windows provide cross ventilation with the opening sunroof or the helm-side window.
The Regal 38 XO’s open concept as seen from the cabin enhances the feeling of being on a larger boat. Note the optional drop-down TV over the salon’s starboard settee.
A double bench helm seat with a flip-up bolster and fore-n-aft adjustor positions to suit the operator.
The helm includes a soft-touch padded brow over a pair of optional 12” (30.48 cm) Garmin displays, completing the glass dash concept. A single 16” (40.64 cm) Garmin display is standard.
Dashboard switches are all clearly labeled.
Just below the Garmin displays are a stainless steel beverage holder, an array of electrical switches, a small cubby with connectivity, and to the far right is the bow thruster joystick. Below the accessory switches is the fully featured Fusion stereo with AM/FM, SiriusXM, touchscreen, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity,
The wrapped wheel is tilted down for action.
The steering wheel is mounted to a tilt base. To its right are the VHF and engine start/stops. On the shelf by the window are the engine controls, the SeaKeeper gyro stabilizer control panel, the Optimus joystick for effortless docking, trim tab controls, and the remote controller for the forward displays.
The windshield is a single piece 50” (127.00 cm) x 99” (251.46 cm) with a 9” (22.86 cm) visor just above. Optional tinted glass is recommended.
The opening window is a welcome feature at the helm, but we’d like to see a midship cleat within reach.
At first, sightlines are a little lower than our test captain is comfortable with.
Regal thoughtfully provided this flip down 7” (17.78 cm) platform.
Properly comfortable at the wheel while standing on the platform puts our test captain back in command and control. Tiny details make the difference in selling boats – customizing the helm for a range of owners proves Regal is paying attention.
The 32” (81.28 cm) wide helm seat has pullout storage on the inboard side. Above is hinged storage.
The full-width sunroof over the helm adds ventilation and contributes to the open feeling of the salon.
The Accommodation Deck
Our test captain uses the vertical grabrail as he descends four steps down to the accommodation deck which lands in a common passageway between cabins with the split toilet to starboard and full-size shower to port.
We head below through the center mounted companionway. Below are two staterooms and a split head, all climate controlled from an 18,000 BTU A/C system.
The electrical panel is located under the helm and is accessed from just above the companionway stairs.
The main electrical panel is to starboard at the bottom of the stairs that include storage.
Inspection of the panel shows tank control on top, then 12v switches in the middle, and 120/240v breakers on the bottom.
The stair treads are hinged to access the storage below.
The Master Cabin
Regal considers the forward cabin to be the master stateroom due to the proximity of the head and the midship cabin’s lower overhead.
The forward cabin has a three-paneled pocket privacy door.
When the privacy door is open the head and shower can become an en suite for the master cabin.
Straight ahead and through a set of triple-panel pocket doors, we come to the master cabin.
The master cabin has accent lighting above the sidelights, around the headboard, and by the steps on either side of the California Queen berth.
The master stateroom consists of an island berth, 79” (200.66 cm) x 60” (152.40 cm) with steps to both sides and nestled between hull side windows. There’s accent lighting above them as well as around the padded headboard.
Note the detailed vinyl trim around the large sidelights in the master cabin.
The master cabin has a step on either side to make getting in and out of the berth easy. Note the plug upper left and the accent lighting below the padded side.
The obligatory NMMA certified escape hatch is centered 3 feet over the berth. From the deck the hatch is hidden under the sunpad.
Headroom is 6’2” (1.88 m) with 36” (91.44 cm) above the berth, decreasing as we move forward.
Full width storage drawers are below the berth, and lifting the mattress reveals more storage behind the drawers.
The bulkhead at the foot of the berth houses a framed 32” (81.28 cm) flatscreen TV.
A cedar lined hanging locker with a light inside is on the port side of the master. The pocket privacy doors are stowed in their recess to the left of the locker.
The hull side window has a privacy shade above and behind a valance. The solid countertop is Corian. The toilet sits on an 8” (20.32 cm) platform and the overhead clearance in the head is 6’3” (1.90 m).
Just outside the sliding privacy doors of the master cabin, the head is split into two separate compartments. The water closet is to starboard with an electric flush porcelain toilet, vessel sink, storage shelves and a hull side window. To port is the shower compartment, housing the contemporary plumbing fixtures and shelf space for products.
With the privacy doors retracted in the middle, one can see the step-down entrance to the VIP cabin to the left of the shower door. The door on the right next to the forward berth is the hanging locker in the forward cabin.
A teak seat and floorboard are warm wood accents in the shower. Shelving above the seat in the shower is designed to hold personal products. The window is non-opening.
The shower head (top) is mounted on teak and has a contemporary control (bottom).
The VIP Cabin
At first glance, the midship cabin would appear more spacious than the forward cabin, especially with its king-sized berth; however, the overhead height is limited.
Amidship is the VIP cabin. It would rival for designation as the master were it not for the headroom that begins at 5’4” (1.62 m) at the entrance, dropping to 4’7” (1.40 m) over the 5” long (1.52 m) couch, and lowering again to 4’3” (1.30 m) until we get over the berth where it’s 2’4” (0.71 m).
The 81” (205.74 cm) x 80” (203.20 cm) berth is mounted on the centerline and slides apart to form two single berths 40” (101.60 cm) wide. Hull side windows provide for views and natural light.
The midship berth slides apart, converting into twin berths if desired.
The port side of the VIP cabin has a 5’ (1.52 m) long couch, a Corian topped 3-drawer set (middle) and a cedar-lined hanging locker.
Facing forward there’s a 32” (81.28 cm) TV with an AC vent above and storage cubby below. Another hanging locker is alongside.
Privacy shades can be drawn down over the non-opening ports.
Regal 38 XO: Equipment discussion
A range of hull color options and interior finishes will make personalizing the 38 XO fun.
Regal 38 XO: Options to consider
- Triple F350-hp Yamaha outboards
- Bow thruster
- SeaKeeper 3 12v
- Overboard discharge (requires electric toilet)
- Teak cockpit table
- SeaDeck on swim platform
- Windlass remote
- Sirius XM antenna
- Garmin autopilot
- Cockpit fridge
Regal 38 XO: Price
The 38 XO has a price in the range of $525,000.
Regal 38 XO: Observations
For those interested in buying the all new Regal 38 XO, they might want to hop on it sooner rather then later as Regal has a 6-month lead time on these new boats.
Regal successfully accomplished their goal of creating a brand-new class in their fleet. The 38 XO was surprisingly nimble, and Regal packed a lot of features into the accommodations with an open concept main deck that made the boat feel larger than her actual size. She is suited for entertaining, weekends with the family, trips along the coast, or pulling up on a beach.