Regulator Marine 31: 2017 Boat Buyers Guide

The new Regulator 31 takes a nod from its big brother, the Regulator 41, in offshore-lifestyle amenities.

Regulator 31
LOA: 31' 4" | Beam: 10'4" | Fuel Capacity: 300 gal. | Dry Weight: 10,500 lb. w/power | Max HP: 600 | Certifications: NMMACourtesy of Regulator Marine

It’s a rare brand that has become practically synonymous with value, but Regulator surely has.

Survey respondents who have experience with Regulator boats again praised them for brand reputation, construction, customer service, resale value and safety — attributes directly or indirectly part of value.

Approaching their 30th year and showing clearly their Outer Banks, North Carolina, origins, Regulator boats, 23 to 41 feet long, are still built one at a time. Each shares the proven deep-V hull design of naval architect Lou Codega, with a transom deadrise of 24 degrees that tames harsh seas while providing a soft, comfortable ride.

Lightweight aluminum ­transom brackets extend the boat’s effective length for maximized lift and thrust, and more-responsive handling.

Regulator hulls also boast the company’s signature molded-fiberglass grillage system, bonded to the hull with high-strength poly-blend adhesive, the two pressed under heavy weight until set. Biaxial ­fiberglass is applied to edges, and foam is injected into the grillage so it and the hull become one quiet, buoyant unit.

That unit is the basis of a fishing platform par excellence. The boats have fishermen-designed tackle centers, oversize livewells, and huge, dry storage compartments, plus a layout that removes as many fishing hassles as possible.

Regulator 31

The new Regulator 31 takes a nod from its big brother, the Regulator 41, in offshore-lifestyle amenities such as starboard dive door, 360-degree coaming pads, and integrated forward-seat backrests.

But, it sets its own versatile course too, powered by twin Yamaha F300 four-stroke outboards with digital controls and optional Yamaha Helm Master. Like the 41’s four-pack, they’re mounted on an Armstrong engine bracket.

The Regulator 31 has a massive cockpit, twin insulated and lighted forward fish boxes, saltwater washdown and livewell plumbing, transom fish box, freshwater washdown and transom shower, locking and lighted rod storage, and stainless-steel rod holders. Aft is an integrated flush-mount transom seat.

Regulator Marine 31
Armrests, flip-up bolsters and footrests are essential for a secure ride and all-day comfort.Courtesy of Regulator Marine

At the helm there’s upholstered companion seating for two with individual folding footrests and, more proof of its fishing focus, seatback rocket launcher with tackle center including sink, baitwell and tackle-storage drawers.

There’s no lack of comfort on this center console either, starting with the stability provided by its generous 10-foot-4-inch beam. A fiberglass-finished stand-up head, with electric pump and ­six-gallon holding tank, keeps the crew comfortable.

Plenty of options are available too — from canvas to T-top and spray curtains besides— to make this boat your own.