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Regency Pontoons 254 LE3 (2015-)

1 x 250-hp Mercury Verado Pro



Brief Summary

With the 254 LE3, Regency is taking direct aim at the super-sized luxury performance pontoon market. It comes with three 26” diameter pontoons fitted with lifting strakes and base power is 250-hp, producing a top speed of more than 40 mph. Plush reclining lounges pamper passengers and the captain gets the same treatment from the high-backed captain’s chair.

Key Features

  • Backed by our 10+Life Warranty
  • Three 26'' (66 cm) diameter high-buoyancy multichambered powder-coated pontoons
  • LED-enhanced navigation lights, docking lights and full-length pontoon accent lighting
  • Self-closing magnetic-latch gates
  • Bronze powder-coated Bimini top hardware, deck brackets and pontoon logs
  • In-console Bluetooth-capable AM/FM stereo with swim platform-mounted remotes and 6 speakers
  • Sleek, elevated, heavy-duty fiberglass console with simulated teak non-skid mat
  • Adjustable, reclining oversized captain's swivel helm seat with self-leveling arms
  • Power-up, power-down, color-keyed Sunbrella Bimini top with LED lights
  • Full-width heavy-duty extruded Z-bar deck supports, thru-bolted to M-brackets
  • Mooring cover

Test Results

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
680 2.9 2.5 0.5 5.8 5.04 183 159 48
1000 4.7 4 1 4.65 4.04 146 127 62
1500 6.2 5.4 1.65 3.76 3.27 118 103 66
2000 8.3 7.2 2.6 3.19 2.78 101 87 67
2500 11.2 9.7 4 2.79 2.42 88 76 71
3000 17.5 15.2 6 2.92 2.54 92 80 74
3500 21.2 18.4 8.5 2.49 2.17 79 68 77
4000 25 21.7 11.1 2.25 1.96 71 62 78
4500 29.4 25.5 14.6 2.01 1.75 63 55 77
5000 35.3 30.7 17.95 1.96 1.71 62 54 82
5500 40.4 35.1 25.8 1.56 1.36 49 43 87
5800 47.1 40.9 26.55 1.77 1.54 56 49 89
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Specifications

Length Overall 27' 5'' / 8.36 m
Beam 8' 6''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 3,860 lbs.
1,751 kg
Tested Weight 4,460 lbs.
2,023 kg
Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 35 gal.
132 L
Water Capacity 13.5 gal.
51 L
Total Weight 4,460 lbs.
2,023 kg

Price

Base Price $64995.00
Price Range
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.

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane N/A
0 to 30 7.1 sec.
Ratio N/A
Props 17'' pitch Enertia
Load 2 persons, 17/20 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 87 deg., 62 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 250-hp Mercury Verado Pro
Std. Power 1 x 250-hp Mercury Verado Pro 4-Stroke
Opt. Power 1 x 250-hp Mercury Verado Pro 4-stroke
1 x 300-hp Mercury Verado Pro 4-stroke

Warranty

Deck Warranty Extended Limited Lifetime

Captain's Report

Regency 254 LE3 running shot

With three 26” diameter pontoons fitted with lifting strakes and V-6 outboard power, the Regency 254 LE3 can get up on plane and run.

Regency's 254 LE3 is a triple-toon model that offers impressive comfort in a feature-rich boat on which to welcome guests for cruising, watersports and entertaining.
Regency’s standard equipment list includes nearly everything a buyer would choose, including items such as a Lowrance HDS-9 depth finder with an aft-facing camera, a stereo with a 400-watt amplifier, a privacy/changing curtain and a stainless-steel propeller.

Regency 254 LE3 floor plan

There isn’t a bad seat on board the 254 LE3, which has a rated capacity of 12 passengers.

Major Features

Performance.

Three pontoons equipped with lifting strakes puts the speed and good-handling characteristics into the Regency 254 LE3. They allow the boat to plane off and run at speeds approaching 50 mph with a 250-hp outboard. The boat is finished with under-deck aluminum shielding, which improves water flow off the bottom, enhances performance, and makes the boat more comfortable.

Powder Coating.

Regency is part of the Tracker Marine Group family and in 2013, Tracker added a powder-coating furnace to its factory in Lebanon, MO. The powder-coated finish is more durable than paint and Regency uses it on the pontoons, Bimini top hardware, deck brackets and rails.

Power Bimini Top.

For a little bit of the wow factor, press a button at the dash and the 11’-long Sunbrella Bimini top rises on its own. There are LED lights incorporated into the frame.

Aft-Facing Sun Pad.

Positioned on the port side of the stern, this lounge has space for two to stretch out and soak up the rays. The base also houses a pop-up changing room curtain and three on board batteries.

Self-Closing Gates.

The bow, port and stern gates are self-closing and have magnetic latches.

Features Inspection

Cockpit

A primary purpose of any pontoon boat is to accommodate a crowd. Starting in the bow, there are two long lounges with reclined backrests. Because of the portside boarding gate (it’s wide enough for a wheelchair), the longer starboard lounge extends to the forward end of the helm console. Adjacent to the helm is an L-shaped lounge and there are in-sole receptacles for the removable table in front of this lounge and in the bow as well.

Regency 254 LE3 led lighting

Blue LED lighting under the seats subtly illuminate the area without blinding passengers.

Regency 254 LE3 waste basket

The Regency 254 LE3 has a wastebasket behind the backrest for the starboard bow lounge.

The helm console

is raised 4” (.10 m) above the cockpit sole with simulated teak non-skid decking. The elevated position puts the driver in a position where he or she will always have a clear view of his or her surroundings. A removable molded windscreen provides shade for two multi-function gauges that include the tachometer, speedometer, trim monitor, volt meter, fuel-level indicator and water-pressure gauge. The stereo has an MP3 input jack with remotes at the helm and on the transom.

Regency 254 LE3 captains chair

Not only does the oversized captain’s chair at the helm swivel and adjust fore and aft, it has self-leveling arm rests.

Regency 254 LE3 depth finder

The Lowrance HDS-9 Touch depth finder comes standard with an aft-facing camera to help keep drivers aware of what’s behind.

Regency 254 LE3 cell phone tray

Since everyone carries a cell phone, Regency is smart to add a designated cell phone tray to the 254 LE3’s helm.

Cockpit storage

is in deep lockers in all the seat bases, in the helm console, which has a dedicated spot for a portable cooler, and in the ski locker in the cockpit sole that measures 80” long and 23” deep. There is also an expandable pocket on the back of the driver’s seat.

Regency 254 LE3 bottom cushions

All hinging seat cushions are equipped with locks to provide secure storage.

Regency 254 LE3 ski locker

The ski locker hatch opens on a gas strut so people can use two hands when retrieving gear. The locker with non-skid vinyl protects skis and boards.

The refreshment center

is located just aft of the helm and it comes with a sink with a hinged cover and a pull-up faucet and a 13.5-gallon (51 L) pressure freshwater system. With Staron Quarry Bluff countertops, the refreshment center features cupholders, stainless grab rail, switched courtesy light and 12V receptacle.

Regency 254 LE3 refreshment center

The refreshment center can come in handy for whipping up a snack.

The swim platform

spans the boat’s 8’6” (2.59 m) beam and has simulated teak decking. The boat comes with a removable ski tow pylon and the boarding ladder is a folding four-step model located on the starboard side of the platform.

Regency 254 LE3 transom gate

The transom gate just ahead of the swim ladder closes on its own and has a magnetic latch.

Power

Regency powers the base version of the 254 LE3 with a 250-hp Mercury 250 L Verado Pro and offers the 300-hp version as an up-grade. We tested the boat with a Mercury 250-hp Verado Pro 4-stroke outboard, turning a Mercury 17” pitch Enertia propeller. The boat comes standard with a stainless-steel propeller, which is not typical for a pontoon boat.

WOT Speed.

We hit a top speed of 47.1 mph at 5800 rpm and consumed 26.55 gph, giving the boat a range of 56 miles at wide-open throttle. Best cruise was at 3000 rpm where the boat ran 17.5 mph and burned 6 gph, giving her a range of 92 miles with 10% of the fuel capacity in reserve.
In maneuvers, the 254 LE3 starts a turn with little outside leaning before banking into the maneuver and carving through cleanly. She transitions smoothly through slalom turns and completed circles in a couple of boat lengths. The raised helm and captain’s chair gave our driver great sightlines throughout the test.

Regency 254 LE3 running shot

When she’s trimmed out and running, the 254 LE3 hit a top speed of 47.1 mph.

Construction

The Regency 254 LE3 is built with three powder-coated multi-chambered pontoons formed out of .100” 5052 aluminum. The bows are reinforced to protect against dock impacts and the transom is fabricated with box-beam construction. Regency uses 7-ply pressure treated plywood for the boat’s deck, which is reinforced with through-bolted supports and extruded aluminum brackets. Side fence panels are elevated to improve drainage and are installed with insulation designed to prevent vibration. The powder-coated rails are all 1.25” thick.

Regency 254 LE3 rails

Powder-coated rails and bronze colored side fences give the Regency 254 LE3 an upscale look.

The electrical system

consists of three batteries, one of which is dedicated for engine starting and an on board charger. Regency uses an automotive-style fuse panel and there are 12-volt accessory outlets throughout the boat.

Regency 254 LE3 ski tow pylon

This photo shows the removable ski tow pylon that positions the tow rope above the motor for a better pulling angle and keeps it from getting tangled.

Options to Consider

• Tandem-axle trailer with brakes on both axles, custom aluminum wheels and matching wheel/spare tire kit ($4,695). (There is a $250 freight charge for stand-alone trailer purchases.)

• Rail-mounted propane grill ($265).

Warranty

The following items are part of the Regency Warranty --

Ten-Year Bow-to-Stern Warranty

-- that means factory-installed workmanship and materials are covered for ten years from the time of purchase, including electrical components, livewells and plumbing, carpet and vinyl, furniture, Bimini top and much more. Your engine is covered by the Mercury manufacturer's warranty.

Lifetime Limited Structural and Deck Warranty

-- provides coverage for pontoon logs, motor pod, other structural elements including deck supports, perimeter fence rails and gates, and more, for the life of the boat.

Transferability to Second Owner

-- the resale value of your boat can be enhanced by provisions to transfer warranty elements to a second owner. Your Regency dealer can help you put applicable elements into effect when you are ready.

One-stop Warranty Resolution

-- 10+LIFE coverage offers a one-stop solution, eliminating the need to pursue separate warranties with component manufacturers.

Full Coverage During Warranty Period

-- means there is no pro-rating, or reduction of your coverage over time. So the peace of mind you enjoy at the outset carries throughout your coverage period.

In addition, Regency even backs its optional trailers by warranting the Galvashield steel tubing against structural failure due to corrosion for three years!

Price

• $64,995 with 250-hp Mercury 250 L Verado Pro outboard.

• $66,995 with 300-hp Mercury 300 L Verado Pro outboard.

Regency 254 LE3 trailer

On the optional trailer, the 254 LE3 has an estimated weight of 6,300 lbs. (2,858 kg), so she can be towed by a half-ton pickup and by some SUVs.

Observations

At 27’5” (8.36 m) long, the Regency 254 LE3 is one of the new breed of supersized pontoon boats. With the performance-oriented triple pontoon configurations and a 250-hp outboard, the boat can get on plane and cruise at runabout-like speeds and even tow wakeboarders and tubes. Thickly cushioned lounges and supple upholstery give the boat an upscale feel and should keep passengers happy. The price includes just about every feature a family could want, which facilitates the buying process.
Regency with this 254 LE3 is building a boat with largely the same materials and specs as the most expensive pontoon boats in class. Perhaps most impressive is her “10-year stem-to-stern” warranty that covers everything except the engine – which is a notch or two above the 5 and 7-year warranties that have traditionally been seen on premium pontoon boat brands.
Regency is intended to be a premium brand and it is clear that the builder is prepared to stand behind the boat for a long time – longer than most builders in class.