The soon-to-be-launched Regulator 37 is a result of the work of two boatbuilding veterans. The first is naval architect Lou Codega, who for 33 years has designed every Regulator model. He is also is responsible for solidifying Regulator’s reputation as a builder of rugged fishing boats with a smooth offshore ride. The other is David Clubbs, Regulator’s engineering director, who designed and refined the 37 from the waterline up.
The 37 resembles other Regulator models and is sandwiched between the 34- and 41-footers in the North Carolina builder’s lineup. The new boat has a number of design enhancements. For example, it has plenty of freeboard so the deck — which rests on a redesigned structural grid — could be raised two inches. The additional space allowed Regulator to include a sizable cabin beneath the console, generous mechanical spaces, stowage compartments, and larger and deeper fishboxes as standard equipment.
The tall bow has an aggressive entry and pronounced Carolina flare. The sheer line angles downward toward the squared-off stern, where a bracket holds triple Yamaha XF425 outboards. The deep-vee hull has a 24-degree transom deadrise. The boat measures 43 feet, 5 inches overall and has a beam of 12 feet, 7 inches. The primary fuel tank holds 507 gallons, and a 21-gallon tank fuels the diesel generator, which powers an optional Seakeeper 5 gyrostabilizer, as well as other AC demands, such as air conditioning and a hot water heater. The 37 carries 50 gallons of water and has a 13-gallon holding tank.
The helm features Garmin electronics and a new digital control suite dubbed the “Regulator MyHelm.” It includes an automotive-style key fob that with the push of a button activates the battery switches, electronics and low-level lighting before anyone ever sets foot on board. At the end of the day, the owner simply pushes a “lock” button, and the system powers down. The Regulator MyHelm can control every on-board function from a pair of 22-inch multifunction displays, but most all functions also have dedicated mechanical switch overrides to use when working around the boat.
“MyHelm is proprietary and was a cooperative effort between Regulator and Garmin,” Clubb says. “The goal was to create a simple interface between user and boat. During the development process, we instituted a three-click rule, so when moving from any function to another on the touch screen, it never takes more than three clicks. No paging through voluminous menus, just a seamless system that is easy to learn and use.”
The deck layout includes U-shaped bow seating with backrests that can be dropped in place to create dual, forward-facing chaise lounges. Between the seating areas is a fiberglass table that raises and lowers electrically to form either a sun pad or a dining area. Beneath the seating is a forward stowage compartment and dual 145-quart fishboxes.
The raised helm deck provides excellent visibility fore and aft, and is equipped with three captain’s chairs with flip-up bolsters and armrests. A fiberglass T-top provides protection from the elements and is supported at its aft end by aluminum legs with numerous rod holders. The forward end of the hardtop is supported by a fiberglass-framed, three-paneled glass windshield. Beneath the console is a cabin with queen berth, a mini galley, an enclosed head/shower and rod stowage lockers.
An aft-facing, two-person bench in the cockpit abaft the captain’s chairs lifts to provide access to the mechanical space, where the Seakeeper, pumps, through-hull fittings and other systems are concentrated, including additional stowage. Access to other mechanical systems is in the aft bulkhead of the cabin.
The cockpit provides loads of open space for working fish. Also in the cockpit are a pair of 311-quart, in-deck fishboxes, an optional 322-quart transom fishbox with refrigeration, twin 33-gallon transom live wells, tackle stations, a starboard dive door, a fold-out transom seat and rod holders just about everywhere.
Regulator has established a solid reputation during three-plus decades of building fishboats. Take a closer look at the Regulator 37 at regulatormarine.com.