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September 21, 2007

Reef Runner

Regulator's 29 FS shines on a foray in the Keys.
Length 29' Beam 9' 6"
Draft 2' Deadrise 24 ¿
Fuel 285 gals. Price $140,625
w/ twin four-stroke Yamaha F250 outboards

Regulator marine has been producing tough center consoles for fishing adventures since 1988 and its latest model, the 29 Forward Seating (FS) continues that tradition. The deep-V hull is built around Yamaha's four-strokes and is also available with an open bow.

Performance

Test Conditions
Islamorada, Florida
Sunny 80 ¿
Winds: 3-5 mph variable
Seas: light chop
Target: sailfish

Snappy acceleration, responsive power-assisted steering and a ride that's as soft as an azalea petal are among the 29's attributes. Twin Yamaha F250s combine speed and economy without much engine noise. Top speed was 52.5 miles per hour at 5,800 rpm with a crew of four and 185 gallons of fuel. Throttling back to 4,500 rpm, the boat clocked 39.2 miles per hour and burned 25.7 gallons per hour. At that rate, the 29 FS has a 341-nautical-mile range with a safety reserve.

How It Fished
With a well full of ballyhoo, we ran off Islamorada's Alligator Light, where jacks and bonito broke the ice. Circling frigate birds led to bigger quarry, and we found dolphin showering bait as we hunted sailfish. The deep-V held through rapid course changes as we chased birds, bait and fish up and down the reef. Regulator Marine; (252) 482-3837; www.regulatormarine.com