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Regulator Boats vs Yellowfin Boats

What are the differences between the two and which is right for you?

Trying to determine the right boat for you can be a daunting task, especially if you are a first time boat buyer. The similarity between various brands can be almost non-existent to those who are not familiar with the boating community. Offshore boats for fishermen and women can be narrowed down to a few brands. Amongst these brands are the Regulator and Yellowfin Boats. Here are the differences and the similarities which you should know about when comparing Regulator boats vs Yellowfin boats.

The Similarities

One of the main similarities between angler boats is the length of the boats as well as the beam width. Boats offered by Regulator (the offshore life) come in models that are Regulator 23, Regulator 25, Regulator 28, Regulator 31, Regulator 34, Regulator 34SS, and Regulator 41. Yellowfin boats are offered in Yellowfin17 skiff, Yellowfin 21 Hybrid, Yellowfin 24 Bay, Yellowfin 29 Offshore, Yellowfin 34 offshore, Yellowfin 36 offshore, and Yellowfin 39 offshore. Beams on the boat are between 8’6” and 12’ for the most part. Both of the manufacturers dominantly offer the center console boat design, and most of the boats are singular to dual outboard motor powered.

Engine Differences

During the comparison of Regulator boats vs Yellowfin boats Regulator boats tend to use the Yamaha boat motors. These motors are the same that is used in the higher luxury manufacture’s boats such as HydraSport. That is not to say that the boat is superior to the Mercury which is found in the Yellowfin boats, as there are several manufacturers which use such. The main deciding factor should be the HP which the motor provides. Yamaha 150s and Yamaha 350s are common on these boats, and there are a few vessels which may have post market upgrades to other motors.

Yellowfin Considerations

One of the advantages while debating Regulator boats vs Yellowfin boats is that Yellowfin provodes a very dry ride for the center console boat. They also rather fuel efficient due to the design of the hull. Yellowfins, according to boat reviewers, has more speed and efficiency than the Regulators and can get into the shallow water as well as the offshore fishing areas. Yellowfins tend to be lighter overall than the Regulators which is a positive and a negative. The positive is that the boat is faster, the negative is that in rough waters.

Regulator Considerations

Regulator boats are a bit heavier than the Yellowfin boats for sale which make them a bit more stable for the Atlantic Offshore fishing. However, the weight also causes the boat to be a bit less fuel efficient and for there to be some drag when operating.  This is due to the slop of the boat.The ride is smooth on the Regulator and the safety features, according to some reviewers, surpasses the Yellowfin.

Power versus stability

Which boat is best for you after reading about Regulator boats vs Yellowfin boats? The answer really comes down to whether you want to have power or whether you wish to have stability. If you want to have more power and more fuel efficiency, then you may wish to get a Yellowfin. Again, keep in mind that in rough waters it may be a bit problematic to navigate the waters. Should you wish to find a more stable and safer solution to offshore fishing then the Regulator boats may be the right option for you. Those looking for a shorter boat may wish to look at the Yellowfin as there are some skiffs and some smaller options available. Keep in mind that the Skiffs and the smaller craft are not intended for offshore boating.


When it comes to the cost, the margin is about the same for the Yellowfin and the Regulator. Of course, the more options and features that are available on the boat, as well as the year of the boat, will determine the cost. For new boat buyers, consider the length of the boat when making your purchase decision. Smaller boats can be pulled with a trailer (Yellowfins and Regulators are great boats to do so with). When you start to get into the larger boats, you will need to look into docking and other transportation options.

Where can you find and compare models?

Models and manufacture information can be found on Vessel Vendor. Vessel Vendor offers several different boat models from Yellowfin as well as Regulator Boats from pre-owned sellers. Additionally, the site offers information about the manufacturer, and location pages so that you can find not only the best brand, but also the best boat for your area.

Apart from Yellowfin and the Regulator boats you can find information on HydraSports, SeaVee, SeaHunter, Contender Boats, and more.

Should you have any questions regarding the Yellowfin or the Regulator boats for sale, or if you have a Yellowfin or a Regulator boat which you wish to list with Vessel Vendor, please contact Vessel Vendor by filling out the appropriate form on the site.

Learn More About Yellowfin Boats  Find Yellowfin Boat Dealers Near You


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Boat Review: Regulator 26XO, Made For the Bay

Ever since its inception, Regulator has been known for building deep-V fishing boats ready for offshore action. Its latest model, however, the Regulator 26XO, represents a serious departure from the norm. This boat is not a deep-V, and it’s designed for the Bay. Yes people, Regulator has built a bay boat.

Regulator 26XO

Any discussion of the 26XO really has to start with its hull design, since this is the first time Regulator’s taken a stab at a semi-V of this nature. It sports 17 degrees of deadrise, giving the boat a serious stability-boost over deeper V hulls and trimming hull draft down to a mere 14 inches. And the boat gets yet more stability thanks to the generous nine-foot, three-inch beam. But looking at this boat on the beam, you’ll also notice that the bow rises up a bit higher and has substantially more flare than the norm for an average bay boat. 

What gives? As usual for this company, Regulator puts an added emphasis on seakeeping abilities. You can see it in the bow, and you can also see it in the fuel capacity of 107 gallons. Yes, 107. With a single Yamaha F300 on the transom, that gives this boat extremely long legs for a bay boat. At most efficient cruise (28.8 mph while turning 4000 rpm), range is a hair over 220 miles with a 10-percent fuel reserve. Even at a wide-open throttle speed of 45.5 mph the boat maintains 1.7 mpg and can run for over 160 miles. You have a weather window with calm seas and the tuna are biting offshore? Heck yes, this boat will take you there—quickly. In fact, many would eyeball the 26XO and peg it as a crossover boat including the attributes of both bay and offshore fishing machines, as opposed to being a purebred.

Speaking of fishing machines: The 26XO has a 32-gallon livewell plus an integrated tackle station in the leaning post, a monster 70-gallon fishbox in the deck, and 73-gallon boxes integrated into the foredeck seating compartments (which can also serve as locking rodboxes or for dry stowage), rodracks under the gunwales, a raw water washdown and transom freshwater shower, a 14-gallon console cooler seat, four flush gunwale rodholders (and the option for two more), coaming pads all around, and a 16-inch Garmin GPSMAP 8616 XVS installed at the helm. The only optional items anglers need to consider adding are the T-top, Power Pole, and the bow-mount electric trolling motor.

Regulator 26XO

So it’s got tons of fishing features. No surprise there, since this is after all a Regulator. But those who want a do-everything boat also have the option of adding a head to the console compartment and a removable tow-bar for pulling the kids around on tow-toys. Other comfort features we need to call out include flip-up backrests for the bow seats and USB ports in the bow seating area. And if you give this boat the once-over, be sure to put up those backrests and lean against them. Some similar arrangements found on boats with forward seating feel a bit flimsy, and you might wonder how they’d hold up if your 300-pound cousin Bubba rode up front in a reclined position. But that’s not the case here—these backrests are rock solid.

There’s also more seating in the form of aft casting deck flip-up jump seats. Again, all the hinges, supports, and pieces-parts are thoroughly beefy and built for heavy-duty use. Like everything else on the 26XO, they’re also built with an exceptional eye for detail. Flip up one of the aft stowage compartment hatches and give it the once-over, to see another example. It’s fully finished on both sides, gasketed, guttered, and rises on a gas-assist strut.

Yeah, we know, it seems really weird to think about a Regulator that doesn’t have a deep-V. And we agree; it’s just as unfamiliar to consider Regulator as a builder of bay boats. But when push comes to shove, we’re darn glad for this departure from the norm. If you’re a fan of bay boats but you also want to run offshore on occasion, we’re betting you’ll be glad, too.

Regulator 26XO Specifications: 

LOA: 26’9”
Beam: 9’3”
Draft: 1’2”
Displacement: 5900 lbs.
Max HP: 300
Fuel Capacity: 107 gal.
Water Capacity: 20 gal.
Price: $139,995
Dealer:Bluewater Yacht Sales (Kent Narrows, Baltimore, Ocean City)

By Lenny Rudow

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Length: 31’4″ Beam: 10’4″ Draft: 25″ Fuel: 300 gal. Water: 35 gal. Weight: 10,500 lb. Max HP: 600 Price:$242,995 w/ twin Yamaha F300s Regulator

Test Conditions:

Weather: Partly cloudy Location: Point Pleasant, New Jersey Wind: South 15 to 20 knots Sea State: 2 to 4 feet Test Load: Four people, 150 gallons of fuel, 35 gallons of water

If you’ve ever fished a Regulator, there are certain things you take as given: smart deck design, top fit and finish, abundant fishing amenities, and tough build. But above all, it’s the kind of ride you only get from a refined deep-V hull. Those attributes have been winning the admiration of fishermen for almost three decades, and the new 31 hits the next level of sophistication and excellence.

The 31 has the ­classic ­Regulator look: flared bow, wide gunwales, nicely proportioned center console, lots of fishing room on its bow-to-stern level deck, as well as an Armstrong bracket, which on the 31 carries a pair of Yamaha F300 outboards, providing all the power you’ll ever need.

At the bow, the 31 features a large anchor locker with a Lewmar windlass. The forward seating arrangement includes three large compartments with overboard drains and gasketed hatches. The forward insulated compartment is a great place to keep drinks, food or trolling baits chilled. The other two can be used for stowage or fish boxes. Forward seating is easily fitted with plush cushions for relaxing or entertaining, and both port and starboard sides incorporate flip-up backrests that convert them to forward-facing lounge chairs. A deck hatch between those provides access to the massive below-deck macerated fish box, big enough for more than a few tuna.

Recessed bow rails extend aft to the helm area, providing a handhold when going forward. Like all the pipework on our test boat, the rails were done in white powder coating for a clean look that complements the white decks, gunwales and console. Thigh-level bolsters provide comfortable places to lean when fighting fish and act as backrests when relaxing on the bow seating.

The console reflects years of refinement, leaving plenty of room on both sides to move around. The height provides visibility forward, even for those of us who aren’t basketball players. There’s an insulated cooler under the forward console seat and, on the port side, an access door to the head compartment, which houses an electric toilet, composite counter with stainless sink, and access to the electronics, batteries, switches and the breaker panel. A neat foldout rod rack inside stores three outfits vertically.

The Regulator’s helm area, one of the most thought out you’ll find on any center console boat, is designed to fit two 16-inch Garmin LCD screens with digital engine controls and switch panel, and angled upward to meet your eyes and hands. A lower surface mounts the tilt wheel, and Lenco trim tab and windlass controls. There’s even a place to put your cellphone and glasses, as well as a glove box and a pair of cup holders with drains. The underside of the T-top, color-matched to the hull, holds a molded-in radio box, spreader lights, and Taco Grand Slam 380 lowerable outrigger bases. The plush helm chairs fold up for standing while running, and they include fold-down armrests and four rod holders across the back to supplement the five on the aft edge of the T-top.

In addition to the standard livewell in the transom, our test boat came equipped with the optional above-deck livewell under the seat, but a comprehensive tackle station is available too. The roomy cockpit incorporates a hull door to starboard for easy boarding, swim access, and for dragging in oversize tuna. A wide bench-style seat concealed in the transom deploys easily with one hand. A bait/fish box sits in the transom, alongside the standard livewell.

I fished the 31 with my hosts from Comstock ­Marine in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, on a gusty morning with large waves from the south. Headed straight into a substantial head sea on our way to a nearby artificial reef to drift for summer flounder, we ran fast enough to launch off the faces of the waves. But every time I’d brace for a sharp landing, the hull ­re-entered with a gentle whoosh. It took the seas well from every direction and at speed. You gotta love the ride. It also drifted beam-to nicely without excessive roll, and the Yamaha Helm ­Master controls easily corrected the drift speed and angle for positioning over structure. After fishing, performance testing at full throttle gave us a tad over 50 mph, but even more impressive was the way the hull handled tight turns at crazy speeds, digging into them like a sports car, with no prop cavitation, surprises or excuses. Cruising at 4,500 rpm, the center console nearly reached 40 mph, with a respectable fuel economy of 31.5 gph.

All things considered, the new 31 could very well be Regulator’s best hull-and-engine package to date. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it every bit as much as I did. All the other great features are just the icing on the cake.


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Regulator 26XO Bay Boat Review

Hold the phone, wait a sec, don’t move an inch, and stop the presses, but after years of Regulator Marine building deep-V hulls and only deep-V hulls, like the Regulator 23, their all-new 26XO is “meant to be a crossover boat, capable of performing in bays, lakes, and rivers, while also offering the stability to be taken offshore.” And rather than their usual 24-degree deep-V deadrise hull, this one sports a mere 17-degrees. Has Regulator really built a bay boat?!

regulator 26xo bay boat

Sort of. Like some other builders of offshore fishing machines, Regulator has split the difference between a bay boat and a center console with big-water capabilities. We first saw the 26XO at the Miami International Boat Show, and upon first glance it’s obvious that this fishing machine maintains the capability for long offshore runs. The bow is higher than a standard-issue bay boat, it has Regulator’s usual tough-as-nails construction, and it has a 107-gallon canyon-capable fuel capacity. While it may not be as adept as a traditional Regulator hull at splitting open big waves at high speeds, it’ll certainly prove competent on the ocean. And the lower deadrise also provides a very noticeable stability boost as compared to 24-degree deep-Vs.

In coastal areas, meanwhile, you’ll be able to creep into a mere 14 inches of water. The 26XO comes standard with a hydraulic jack plate, and has an option for a Minn Kota bow-mounted trolling motor with iPilot and Spot-Lock. That means you can have hands-free control of the boat even as you fish, and the ability to hover in place - without spooking the fish - at the press of a button. And like most bay boats, it has an aft deck with fold-down jump seats and a foredeck that can do double-duty as either a casting platform or (when the cushions are added) forward seating.

Providing a very Regulator-like touch, the boat also has a huge 32-gallon livewell and a tackle center built into the leaning post, plus a 70-gallon in-deck fishbox. In a patently un-Regulator-like move, however, it can also be factory-rigged with an optional ski tow bar. Huh!? Yes, we know that’s hard to wrap your head around. But baylieve it, people – the 26XO is a real live Regulator.

Regulator 26XO Specifications:

LOA – 26’9”

Beam – 9’3”

Displacement – 5,900 lbs.

Draft (hull) – 1’2”

Transom Deadrise – 17 degrees

Fuel Capacity – 107 gal

Max HP – 300

Area Dealers – Bluewater Yacht Sales, Baltimore, MD, (410) 342-6600; Grasonsville, MD, (410) 827-0873; Ocean City, MD, (410) 390-3043, Gloucester Point, VA, (804) 642-2150; Hampton, VA, (757) 723-0793, and Virginia Beach, VA, (757) 723-0793.

Also see a review of the 26XO at PropTalk Magazine.

See our review of the Regulator 23.

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