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2020 Regulator 26XO

It’s what the Regulator 26XO didn’t have that separated it from the pack at the Miami International Boat Show: dual, triple, quad, quint or hex (yes, a pair of boats boasted six) outboards on the back. You could be forgiven for almost feeling sad seeing the lonely single F300 Yamaha sitting idle without a couple siblings for it to play with. But what it lacks in company it makes up for in power: This engine is said to give the 5,900-pound 26-footer a top end of 40 knots.

Don’t feel too bad for this only child; it’s poised to get plenty of attention, as was the case when it debuted in Miami where hundreds of serious boaters came from all over to meet the newest addition to the Regulator family.

Bill Sisson, editor-in-chief of our sister publication Anglers Journal and I were among the first to sneak aboard; we had a few minutes to ourselves before a stampede of interested buyers joined us on board.

“I think this boat is going to suit a lot of people’s needs, especially that inshore ­angler who uses a trolling motor but also likes to go offshore,” said Sisson as he flipped up a forward sunpad cushion to reveal an ample-sized casting platform within reach of the trolling motor.

The XO moniker stands for crossover, and the name fits: The 26 seems like the ideal blend of bay boat and bluewater center console. “Some people are calling it a hybrid, some are calling it a crossover, but we just call it a Regulator,” said Regulator President Joan Maxwell.

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