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Last year, Regulator Marine launched a new series with the introduction of a new boat — the 26XO, a crossover that combines the shallow-water qualities of a bay boat with the ability to head offshore in the right conditions.

Testing the boat in the Florida Keys, the 26XO showed it could work the oceanside reefs in challenging conditions, but is also at home in the shallows. The concept proved a winner for Regulator, so the Edenton, North Carolina, builder has introduced a smaller version, the 24XO.

“We are so excited to introduce a new member of the XO family,” says Joan Maxwell, president and co-founder of Regulator Marine. “The XO series has not only fulfilled demand from our existing customers but also opened new markets for us on the lakes, bays and bayous of America. The XOs are all about fun, and our design and engineering team has really outdone themselves, delivering the expanded deck space, fishing features, family amenities and overall quality Regulator is known for.”

The boat was introduced at the Miami International Boat Show, where we gave it a good once-over. At first glance, it was clear that buyers will be sacrificing little when opting for the smaller of the two boats in the series.

Of course, the 24XO loses some of the bigger model’s deck space, but it also has the renowned ride of a Regulator, thanks to a 17-degree deadrise hull and its sharp entry. Like the rest of the Regulator fleet, the 24XO was drawn by naval architect Lou Codega.

The boat measures 24 feet, 4 inches overall, with an 8-foot, 5-inch beam and a dry weight of 5,250 pounds. It draws just 16 inches with the jackplate-mounted Yamaha F300 tilted up, and 2 feet, 1 inch with the outboard down. The design carries the beam well forward, providing plenty of deck space for a 24-footer.

The layout accommodates a relatively roomy console that contains a stand-up head. A standard hardtop offers protection from the elements, and a glass enclosure keeps wind and spray out of the helm area.

In addition to the forward-facing lounges in the bow, the 24XO has a two-person bench forward of the console with an insulated cooler compartment underneath, a two-person leaning post at the helm and a two-person, fold-up bench at the transom, which converts to an aft casting platform. The platform conceals a 102-quart live well on the starboard side and dry stowage to port that can be plumbed as a live well.

The forward casting platform can comfortably accommodate two anglers, and the stowage compartments beneath it can be used as additional fishboxes or as lockable rod stowage. With the cushions in place, the casting platform provides a pair of forward-facing lounges with flip-up backrests. A dedicated 189-quart insulated fishbox with macerated drain is beneath the forward deck.

Anglers can step down to the deck area between the forward and aft casting platforms for added safety in bumpy conditions.

Standard power for the 24XO is a single Yamaha F250. The optional F300 will push the boat to 43 knots at full throttle and a cruise of 26 knots, with a mileage rating of about 3 nmpg, according to Regulator. These are decent numbers for a boat that weighs in around 5,600 pounds with its 86-gallon fuel supply.

Buyers can order the 24XO with a Garmin electronics suite, a Minn Kota trolling motor and twin Power-Pole shallow-water anchors. Just add gas and bait, and you’re ready to go. The fish won’t know what hit them.

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