Regulator 23: High-Performance Fishing Machine

Built to fish and perform, the Regulator 23 also has a slew of family-friendly features.

2nd May 2014.
By Sandy Lindsey

Legendary boat builder Regulator listened to its customers, and the result is the company’s new Regulator 23 center console. The well-planned layout has large livewells and fish boxes, plenty of stowage, easy access to essentials, and maximized comfort for the family without sacrificing any fishability.

A photo of a Regulator 23 under way.

The Regulator 23 combines fast offshore fishing performance and family fun in one package.

Regulator is probably best known for its big, beefy center-consoles that are ideal for tournament anglers, or those who think fishing begins 20 miles offshore. But the company’s new 23-footer, which replaces the classic 23, is already creating a legion of fans thanks to a number of improvements. For starters, the liner is now flat, and flush. The livewell, which was located in the floor, has moved to the transom where it’s easier to access. Another new aspect of the transom is the addition of a bracket; note that including the bracket the boat’s overall length goes up to 27’6″, which is significantly longer than its predecessor. Finally, this 23 has room for a head in the console.

A running picture of the Regulator 23.

The Regulator 23 will top 45 mph with a Yamaha F300 outboard.

Essentially, the new 23 is a more compact, easy-to-trailer version of the flagship 34SS. And while it may be small, it has the lineage of all Regulators, crafted to tackle and tame the challenging conditions of North Carolina’s Outer Banks—or wherever else your adventures may lead you. The fact that the company builds tough boats is borne out by Queen Bee, a 26 Regulator that survived an unmanned—and very much unplanned—3500-mile Atlantic Ocean crossing.

Designed by Lou Codega, the 23′s hull delivers the company’s trademark ride, tracking like it’s on rails. That’s a good thing because the awe-inspiring Yamaha F300 outboard propels the 23 to a top speed of 46.9 MPH, with zero to 30 MPH taking place in a mere 10 seconds. Weighing in at a tad over 5,000 pounds, the 23 is easy to tow behind an SUV but has the heft needed to tame unruly seas.

The 149-gallon fuel tank allows for a full day of running and gunning. When racing off from a tournament’s shotgun start, fuel consumption is not the first concern—getting to the fish is. Yet even at 5900 RPM with a wide-open throttle, the single Yamaha F300 outboard burns a reasonable 26.9 gallons per hour. Throttle back just a tad to 29.8 MPH at 4000 rpm, and the fuel burn rate drops to 12.8 gallons per hour for 2.33 miles per gallon efficiency.

Performance Data
RPM MPH GPH MPG
1000 4.7 1.2 3.92
2000 8.6 3.7 2.32
3000 10.0 8.3 1.21
4000 29.8 12.8 2.33
5000 39.7 21.5 1.85
5900 46.9 26.9 1.74
Power Single Yamaha F300 four-stroke outboard, swinging a 15.5″ x 17″ three-bladed stainless-steel prop. Performance figures courtesy of Yamaha.

The 23 certainly has the features required to be family-friendly, such as a huge u-shaped seating area wrapping aft from the bow that can accommodate an entire scout troop, a 55-quart cooler under the helm seat, a 21-gallon freshwater tank and shower, an oversize T-top for plenty of protection from sun or rain, and, of course, let’s not forget about the stand-up console that can be equipped with a head.

But like all other Regulators, this boat is built to fish. The standard leaning post helm seat features a four-rod rocket launcher, with room for more rods in the T-top’s rocket launchers, and also in the rod holders lining both gunwales. There is ample room forward to fight a fish, and no worries if you need to walk it around the boat. The open deck design, flush liner, and absence of rails allows you to work the fish from all points of the boat, while the swim platform is ideal for landing the largest catch or releasing it to fight another day. The swim platform is also ideal for the kids to get back aboard if you’re on a family cruise or when you’re towing them on inflatable toys.

Specifications
Length 23 ’5″
Beam 8’6″
Draft (hull) 21″
Deadrise 24 degrees
Displacement 6,200 lbs
Fuel capacity 149 gal.
Water capacity 21 gal.

Fresh bait is a must on a serious fishing boat, which is no problem with the standard 23-gallon transom livewell. You’ll also need a place to stash the day’s catch, so there’s a 350-quart fish box forward that’s just about large enough to hold a Kia. You’ll also find a locking rod stowage section, and an additional 120-quart fishbox located aft. Even more stowage is found under the forward seating area in the form of a 160-quart dry locker, plus an anchor locker at the bow with plenty of room for ground tackle. The helm affords great all-around visibility as well as plenty of space to mount as many electronics as the budget will allow.

All in all, the all-new 23 is a well-thought-out boat that manages to satisfy the family, while performing as a pocket tournament boat.

Other Choices: If you’re looking for a center console fishing boat of this size, another to consider would be the robust Everglades 255cc. If you want to place a tad more emphasis on creature comfort and a bit less on tournament-style fishability, take a look at the Pursuit C 260.

See Regulator 23 listings.

For more information, visit Regulator Marine.


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Sandy Lindsey

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Sandy Lindsey is the author of Quick & Easy Boat Maintenance (International Marine/McGraw Hill), now in its second edition. She is also the author of The Women's Guide To Powerboating. A USCG licensed Captain, her FOWA and OWAA award winning articles have appeared in national, regional and international boating publications for the past two decades.

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