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Here's some info from a test:
The Regal Commodore 4260 — Regal Marine’s new flagship — is no ordinary boat.
found that out as soon as we headed down the docks on the day of our
sea trial. The dockmaster said the 4260 was at the end of the pier — a
very long pier, at that. About half way there, we couldn’t help but
notice it: The 4260, with its distinctive two-tone custom hull option,
stood out among the nondescript white boats that surrounded it.
The 4260′s sleek lines were crowned with a hardtop, supported by a reverse arch. The look was elegant and distinctive.
4260 is the largest boat Regal has ever built, and the company has put
considerably more than bulk within the boat’s dimensions. There is a
level of craftsmanship and luxury amenities that is over and above what
you expect to find from even this quality builder.
one of the first things you’ll notice as you approach the boat is the
substantial windshield frame. Its stainless steel components are nearly
double the size of those found on other boats. There’s a reason for
this, as we would soon see.
A Well-Mannered Performer
tested the 4260 near Miami, on a not-so-idyllic spring day. There was a
strong east wind, and the outgoing current was moving swiftly as low
tide neared. This created very choppy conditions in Baker’s Haulover
Inlet, just north of the city.
Smaller boats were struggling with
the waves, but the 4260 didn’t seem to mind them. It smoothly sliced its
way through, on its way to the ocean.
You might expect some
creaking and groaning in these conditions, but the 4260 remained silent.
The only sounds to be heard were the engines and the water. It was
proof of the value of those substantial windshield frame members — not
to mention the many other well-planned and solidly assembled components
On open water, our 4260 was a well-mannered performer.
Our test boat’s optional twin 480 hp Volvo Penta TAMD 75P diesels
delivered smooth acceleration throughout the power curve.
standing start, the boat needed its trim tabs to keep the bow down — but
once on plane, we could dial them back. Regal’s Ocean Trac hull
provided stability in turns and ran straight in the 2- to 3-foot waves
Our boat’s twin Volvo Penta diesels powered the
4260 to a top speed of 33.5 knots. Our economical cruising speed was
around 25 knots, at 2,000 rpm.
Sun and Fun
Back at the dock, we took time to thoroughly examine what makes the 4260 such an exceptional boat.
fit and finish is superb — inside and out. Regal’s attention to detail
has always included a long list of amenities and creature comforts, from
including wastebaskets both topside and belowdecks to providing
grabrails in just about any place where you’d instinctively grab to hold
When was the last time you saw a ship’s bell on a new boat? The 4260 has one — and it’s standard equipment.
thoughtful touch: While most boat builders just put a sunpad on the
foredeck, Regal puts hinged panels there, so you can sit up as well as
lie down. There’s one for each side of the pad.
The cockpit has
two seating areas. A U-shaped lounge extends along the port side, abaft
the windshield. It has a removable table at its center that can be
lowered to create another sunpad.
Immediately behind it, there’s
an aft-facing settee. A third settee, facing forward, is built into the
transom. This, too, can become a sunpad. Regal’s European-style sundeck
option converts a bench seat into a relaxation zone.
Access to the
swim platform is through gated walkways on each side of the transom
seat. There’s enough room to stow an inflatable boat here — but for the
ultimate in water toy stowage, ask about the 4260′s optional hydraulic
You can have full galley facilities in the console
along the starboard side of the cockpit, with the addition of an
optional propane barbecue grill. There’s a two-level Corian countertop
for food preparation, and it holds a standard sink with hot and cold
water. An under-counter refrigerator/ice-maker is also standard.
extra-wide helm seat is electrically operated and has a flip-up bolster
for convenient stand-up operation. The helm console is compact but well
arranged, and it includes space for one large-screen electronics
A Raymarine VHF radio and a depth sounder are standard
equipment, and so is a cockpit stereo system with four speakers and two
remote control heads.
There are two ways to gain access to the
4260′s engine compartment. A day hatch at one end of the aft-facing
settee on the port side of the cockpit lets you get in to do quick fluid
checks. An electrically powered hatch raises a large section of the aft
cockpit deck, for more involved maintenance tasks.
There is a
provision on the underside of the hatch to store the cockpit table.
Diamond-plate decking along the centerline and across the aft end of the
engines provides sure footing inside the compartment.
most striking feature of the 4260′s interior is the exquisite expanse
of high-gloss cherry woodwork throughout. Regal imports the finely
crafted wood from Italy: The pieces arrive at the Orlando factory
finished and assembled, ready to drop in place.
Fit and finish
throughout is excellent. We could find no evidence of trimming to fit or
of touching up dents and scratches. Everything is obviously made to
exacting tolerances and assembled with craftsmanlike attention to
The galley runs along the starboard side of the main
saloon. It offers a stainless steel sink, a microwave oven, a
7.4-cubic-foot refrigerator/freezer, a coffeemaker and a two-burner
electric stove that hides under the Corian countertop when it is not in
All appliances are standard, as is a table setting of dishes
and flatware for four. Everything stores in two drawers, with custom
slots provided to hold all the items securel There’s a settee along the
port side of the saloon, with an oval-shaped solid wood table in front
of it. The table is hydraulically operated and can be lowered to create a
A 20-inch flat-screen television is mounted on the
bulkhead, forward of the galley. It’s a standard feature on the boat —
and so is a 13-inch flat-screen television in the forward stateroom. A
DVD player and a premium audio system are also standard features in the
The master stateroom is forward. It offers a queen-size berth at its center.
joinery is the main accent here, as well. A hanging locker is located
to port, a smaller cabinet is to starboard and a row of cabinets is
provided overhead along each side.
The master head compartment
features a separate shower stall and a large Corian vanity top. Another
thoughtful Regal touch is a hair dryer — provided as a standard feature.
aft stateroom has more than 6 feet of standing headroom at the foot of
its twin berths. It has its own head compartment, containing a shower
and a marine toilet.
A vanity, sink and dressing mirror are
provided in the stateroom, built into the cabinetry along the port side.
A wood armoire in this area holds the optional washer/dryer combo.
size, luxury accommodations and style that are truly worthy of the name
“sport yacht,” Regal’s new Commodore 4260 sets the bar a little higher
for the competition — and gives Regal a lot more to offer the midsize
Regal Commodore 4260 Specifications
23″ x 27.5″ pitch Nibral
Base price with twin MerCruiser 8.1L gasoline inboards
Price as tested with twin 480 hp Volvo Penta TAMD 75P diesels
conditioning; cockpit carpeting; cockpit ice-maker/refrigerator;
spotlight; windlass; bottom paint; central vacuum; generator; VacuFlush
heads; 20-inch television in saloon and 13-inch television in master
stateroom; Raymarine VHF radio and depth finder.
Bow thruster; gas grill; custom gelcoat; Glendinning Cablemaster; hardtop; Raymarine electronics package.
Fiberglass hull utilizes Regal’s proprietary Ocean Trac design.