Offshore and More

A sportfisher with a social bent is the latest from Regulator.

The problem with some boats whose builders claim they can do everything is that they don’t do any of them well. Regulator Marine’s new 31 aims to remedy at least part of that equation. Regulator doesn’t claim the 31 can do everything; rather, the builder points to the boat’s strengths: fishing accoutrements — many — its bow seating area — expansive and comfy — and its starboard dive door — convenient and practical. And twin Yamaha F300 outboards use their combined 600 horses to power the 10,500-pound boat to just more than 55 mph.

Fishing features abound on the 31-foot, 4-inch-long Regulator 31, beginning with a fishbox and a livewell in the transom. Rod holder racks occupy the back of the helm seat frame and the T-top roofline, and outriggers jut out of the T-top roof. Three more fishboxes are in the bow, one built into the deck and the others hidden under the starboard seats. The latter are insulated and illuminated. A tackle station is built into the console immediately aft of the helm seats. Anglers battling the big one have a clear path all the way around the 10-foot, 4-inch wide boat, and thigh-high pads ring the inside of the gunwale. The dive door easily accommodates spearfishermen, divers and swimmers.

When the fishing action is done — or any time, really — the bow seating area has a U-shaped settee with room for six or seven adults to sit with their feet on the deck and enjoy a libation. Two more can sit on the bench seat in front of the helm. That seat is atop an insulated cooler. If the crowd is smaller, two people can flip up the cushions at the aft end of each side of the settee and use them as a backrest to stretch out chaise-lounge style and face forward. For an extended day on the water, a head is built into the center console and accessed via a door to starboard.

Regulator Marine, regulatormarine.com

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