The Regency 254 DL3 is a prime example of a pontoon that bucks the reputation these boats sometimes have for being slow, cheap, and clunky. Built by Sun Tracker, a builder with an already solid reputation, the Regency brand is the luxury and performance arm of the company. It's treated almost as a separate entity, much like Lexus is to Toyota.

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We took the Regency 254 DL3 for a spin on Lake Wawasee, IN, and were impressed by the near-50-mph top end provided by the 300-horsepower Mercury Verado outboard. Handling was impressive, too, thanks to the triple-tube performance package.

Step aboard and you'll find standard features such as a wet bar and food prep area, an expansive aft sun pad, twin forward lounges, and a large companion seating area adjacent to the helm. If you're looking for luxury and performance, but are not interested in paying the premium pontoon surcharge, give our video boat review a look.

For additional details, read the full review: Regency 254 DL3: Fast, Comfortable, and Affordable.

Boat Test Notes

Specifications
Length27'5"
Beam8'6"
Draft (hull)N/A
DeadriseN/A
Displacement3,300 lbs
Fuel capacity35 gal.
Water capacity13.5 gal.

Concept:


Build a top-end luxury pontoon boat with great performance at a price that is as much as 10 to 15 percent less than many other premium pontoons. (MSRP starts under $60,000).

Construction:


-The triple pontoon tubes are 26-inch diameter 5052 aluminum alloy logs with lifting strakes and wave deflectors.
-Fiberglass components (such as the helm console) make this boat feel very solid and substantial.
-The boat comes with a 10-year, bow-to-stern warranty, plus a limited lifetime warranty on structural components.

Performance:


-Top speed with a 300-horsepower Mercury Verado was 48 mph.
-The most efficient cruise speed settled in around 30 mph with a 14 gallon per hour fuel burn.
-Acceleration and hole shot performance was exhilarating.
-The 300-horsepower Mercury Verado was eerily quiet and smooth, especially with Merucry’s DTS controls.

Handling:


-The DL3 triple-tube setup on this pontoon provides very surefooted performance, especially in a chop.
-The boat carves turns nicely, but doesn’t spin quite as tightly as some premium pontoons we’ve tested in this size range, such as the Bennington 2575 QCW or the Harris FloteBote Crowne 250.
-Holds a course very nicely, especially at low speeds (e.g. docking maneuvers).
Regency 254 DL3 pontoon boat video boat review

Unique Features:


-A wet bar with food prep area and stowage area is standard.
- The helm and dash were nicely thought out, with areas for stowing a smartphone, keys, and wallets.
-The lighted push button switches at the helm are very solid feeling. They’re machined out of solid stainless-steel and feature LED backlighting when actuated.

See Regency 254 Listings.

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