“How fast does that thing go?” is probably the most ubiquitous question asked of a boat owner. Well, that and, “How much does it cost to fill it up?” Both usually occur while you’re at the gas station. The sleeker the boat, the more often the questions are uttered, so if you end up with a Regal 2500 bowrider, be prepared to field that question a lot.
Let’s begin with the boat’s profile. The graphics, even the base package, feature broad sweeping strokes of color, which complement the chiseled look of the deck and the hard surface breaks on the hull. This thing will make you stop and look.
The next aspect of the 2500 that grabs your eye is the stepped hull design. Regal calls it FasTrac. Of course, stepped hulls are nothing new. Seaplanes have enjoyed the benefits of the design since early last century, and stepped hulls are almost a prerequisite in the performance V-bottom market, but Regal offers one of the few conventional runabouts with a stepped hull.
The idea behind it is that the step introduces air underneath the hull, which breaks the surface tension between it and the water to “free it up.” The FasTrac stepped hull is tame compared with that of hardcore performance boats, but it lets the 2500 achieve a 50-plus mph speed with the base Volvo Penta 5.7 Gi small-block, a speed some comparable models need optional big-block power to achieve.
“The secret to the 2500 is really no secret at all,” says Pat Wiesner, Regal’s vice president of engineering. “We based it on the proven FasTrac hull, which reduces the wetted surface and thus, friction. The result is a softer, lighter, faster ride than anything else on the water.”
That’s the performance side of the 2500. Luxury assumes its rightful place in the interior. For example, the cockpit features sculpted, twin swivel buckets with flip-up thigh bolsters. The rear U-shape lounge has rich vinyls and a walk-through to the swim platform that can be filled in with cushions and a plug-in backrest.
Up front, the bow has some useful features in terms of comfort and convenience. For comfort, the bow lounge cushions arch a bit to support outstretched legs more comfortably. They also have a side lumbar support for greater comfort as the boat is turning. For convenience, the opening to the starboard stowage area in the seat base extends to the upper backrest. This feature allows these compartments to accommodate a lot more gear than normal, if it were just open at the base itself.
The best thing about the 2500 FasTrac is that it is fairly well equipped in standard trim. For instance, it comes with an anchor locker up front, a pop-up ski pylon at the stern, a nonskid, self-draining sole and a bimini top. It has a standard head with a porta-potty, sink and Corian countertops. The ski locker lid is supported by a gas strut, as are all stowage compartments, and the bifolding wind dam tucks neatly beneath the cowl.
Of course, you can get some nifty options too, the most “Buck Rogers” of which is the electrically folding sport tower that also can be fitted with swiveling wakeboard racks. The Flexteek inlay used throughout the cockpit and deck is available as an option on the swim platform, as are docking lights. A few options we’d like to see made standard are the bow and cockpit covers and the bow filler cushion.
But even if you get a Regal 2500 FasTrac with no options, you will still be riding in high style in a runabout that lacks for, well, nothing. No matter how you equip it, you will have to be ready to tell people how fast it goes. MSRP for a base model with a Volvo Penta 5.7 Gi, catalyst exhaust and a DuoProp drive is $70,456.
Editor's Note: Brett Becker is a freelance writer based in Ventura, CA. He covers the marine, automotive and racing industries for various print and web titles.