With each boat we build, our commitment goes deeper so that when your Regulator slices through an offshore chop, she does it with confidence. That confidence comes from the strength of our hull — specifically our signature stringer system, which works as one solid piece to eliminate much of the stress at the deck, liner, and hull joints.
Made from composite core, not wood, Regulator’s stringer stands out from the rest. It is bonded to the hull with a high-strength poly-blend adhesive system, and then, bi-axial fiberglass is applied to the edges. To add strength and reduce noise, foam is injected into the stringer so that the stringer and hull become one solid unit. The most important detail? This entire process occurs when the stringer and hull are inside the mold to deliver the extra strength, stability, and bonding that ensures maximum performance.
The power of one solid hull is ultimately felt offshore. When nothing is moving beneath your feet, you know you are on a boat built to handle the high seas. Dive deep beneath the surface with our hull animation video.
Owen Maxwell is Regulator’s Co-founder & VP of Product Development
Lou Codega is the Naval Architect behind every one of the company’s Legendary Rides
What’s the single most important benefit of the deep vee?
OWEN: That is really the “magic” of a Lou Codega hull design. It is not a single factor. It involves weight, weight distribution, bottom shape and design, as well as horsepower.
In Regulator’s case, it’s also about the fact that the engines are mounted to the bracket, creating less resistance and more power to safely accelerate in any condition.
LOU: Anyone can build a boat that can reach 60 mph. What is far more important is building a boat that can reach high speeds while remaining controllable, predictable, smooth riding, and sure-handling enough to safely take advantage of the potential speed. And it must have the structural integrity needed to stay together for the long haul under the high stresses of the offshore environment.
So how do you prepare for the unpredictable nature of the offshore environment?
OWEN: The core components of every Regulator are the hull, the stringer, the liner, and the deck cap. Each of these parts is built as one solid piece then put in place to create the strength and rigidity you need to handle any offshore condition. These components are not just put in place — they are polybonded in place, fiberglassed in place, and foamfilled in place so that once everything is in, it will never come out. This means that there is no noise, no creaking, no soft spots. No leaking, no cracks, no caulk…and no wood!
LOU: Regulator understands quality. They never compromise or cut corners, and their experts build each boat to the exact standards originally intended. Above deck, they know what their customers want because they listen — and below deck, their only job is to keep doing what earned them a reputation as one of the best center consoles on the market today.
How does the stringer influence the ride?
OWEN: Everything is about the stringer. It’s the skeleton of the boat — and at Regulator, it’s built as one piece rather than individual pieces. One solid piece of fiberglass-molded stringer means that the boat lies down deep and low in the water, ready to rise to any occasion and slice through any condition.
Regardless of the speed or horsepower of a boat, there are days when conditions change and you are going to have to head home at 20 knots, or maybe even 16 knots. Unlike other bottom designs, Regulator utilizes a hull form that will get you home safely and efficiently at any speed.
The hull (1) and stringer system (2) are bonded and fiber-glassed together in the mold prior to entering the assembly area. In the assembly area, all of the tanks, plumbing systems, and wiring harnesses are installed into the hull.
The third major component, the liner (3), is poly-bonded to the stringer and hull to form the inner deck and sides.
Urethane adhesive is applied to the fourth major component, the deck cap (4), and then it is bonded to the top side of the hull sides and liner at the gunwale.
The rub rail is added and the whole assembly is through-bolted with stainless steel fasteners every six inches.
The center console (5) is bonded into the liner, creating the helm station.
Finally, the T-Top (6) is bolted and bonded onto the center console.
Every boat receives a final cleaning and buffing to a showroom shine. After final inspection, the boat is wrapped in tough shrinkwrap so it arrives to the dealer in pristine condition.
All molds are waxed and inspected before entering the lamination area, then the mold is masked for the two colors of gelcoating. The white bottom gelcoat is applied with optimum thickness that assures a long-lasting gloss finish - even in harsh marine environments. While the gelcoat is pliable, the masking is removed. After the masking is removed, the mold is again inspected and prepared. The color gelcoat on the hull sides is then applied to the same high quality and optimum thickness of the hull. During the gelcoat process, mil gauges are used to assure thickness and consistency.
To further enhance the durability and beauty of the gelcoat, a layer of vinyl ester barrier coat is applied next. Following the application, a highly-controlled mix of chopped strand mat and resin is sprayed onto the hull. The lamination team ensures there are no inconsistencies or air pockets.
Next, Trevira stop print is laid on the hull sides for a superior cosmetic finish. Then, multiple layers of chopped strand mat, topped by 36-ounce bi-axial knitted fiberglass cloth, is laid into the hull. This process is repeated over multiple layers and includes the application of core to the hull sides for additional stiffness. During the lamination process, strakes are filled with poly-bond material and individually glassed in. This strengthens the strakes to the hull.
The result is the fit, finish & ride that only Regulator can deliver.