Innovation Rules The Waves

By Michael Vatalaro
Published: October/November 2011

Clever designers have come up with really neat improvements on some already popular models. We've picked some of the most interesting. Here's why they could make your boating better!

Regal 35 Sport Coupe

It's not common for a new boat model to "sell out," even in the best of times. So given that Regal can't build the new 35 Sport Coupe fast enough to keep up with the demand of the past few months, you know they've created something special. The 35 features a full-width hard top that "converts" with the front sliding backwards, leaving a huge opening to the sun and sky. The forward berth folds away, converting to a dinette. This dual-purposing left space for an entertainment area down below. And the sun lounge at the stern "converts" as well, becoming forward- or rear-facing seating, or laying completely flat for sunbathing. This converting pad is so popular, it's being added to the stern of the 28-foot model as well. www.RegalBoats.com

Photo of the Regal 35 Sport Coupe
The hard top on the Regal 35 Sport Coupe slides backwards,
leaving a huge opening to the sun and sky.

Pursuit DC265 & DC235

Pursuit entered the dual-console market last year with the DC265, a 26-foot model powered by a single, 300HP Yamaha, and this year expands their dual-console line with the 23-foot, DC235, debuting as part of their Inshore Series. The DC265 designed to fish, ski, or just gunkhole with equal aplomb. The fold-away rear bench seat, and port side-seat, which tucks under the gunwale, can both be deployed creating an L-shaped lounge that connects with the rear-facing seat behind the portside companion seat. Or they can be stowed away to open up the cockpit for fishing. Similarly, an optional ski pylon can come and go as necessary. With dry storage under the helm, and a head, with sink in a one-piece molded compartment, plus a second sink behind the helm station, there are plenty of creature comforts to keep the family happy. Look for the DC235 at a Northeast show this Fall. www.PursuitBoats.com

Photo of the Pursuit DC265
Photo of the Pursuit DC265 foldaway rear bench The foldaway rear bench and port side-seats can both be deployed creating an L-shaped lounge with the rear-facing seat behind the portside companion seat.

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