I was looking forward to my test day with the Regal Window Express 3360 after seeing the photos. Finally, somebody has added some cabin windows to an express cruiser!

Express cruisers are popular because they are good-looking, cost-effective and provide a lot of accommodation, but I'm a traditional guy and I like to see some windows in the cabin. It's summer and I'm out on the boat for heaven's sake! I want sunlight. Styling is always subjective but for my taste, Regal has done a brilliant job of making this boat both handsome and distinctive.

On my test day, we got brisk winds and that nasty in-shore chop along the shallow shores of Lake Ontario near Port Credit. To be fair to the boat, we're going to publish the factory's performance figures, but we gave it a good run!

We got up over 30 miles an hour before throttling back to avoid going airborne. The ride was impressive considering the punishing conditions. The Regal was particularly responsive to the helm, enabling us to zigzag a course through the worst of it. The boat was very fast to plane off and kept its bow down when we had to throttle back and really plow through heavy water. Overall I'd say that Regal’s Window Express 3360 has the performance to live up to its great looks.

Let's start with the helm because that was certainly important on test day. Regal provides a spacious double wide helm seat that slides and has a flip-up bolster. There is tilt steering and an angled foot rest which is appreciated. The lovely steering wheel has stereo controls in the center hub. Our test boat was equipped with a Raymarine C80 system and VHF combination. The Bennett trim tabs lacked indicators however, something I would want on my own boat.

An appealing feature that is standard is the swivel helm seat and removable table. This converts the helm into an important part of the living and dining space when moored. The bridge layout features an L-shaped companion seat that has a flip backrest; face forward when cruising, or face aft to create a spacious cockpit dining area with a teak table.

Also the aft seat folds down delivering a great expanse of cockpit floor if you prefer that. Facilitating this, Regal went to an innovative electrically operated engine hatch that opens from the outside swim platform. It delivers great engine access. My only concern would be if you had to access the engine bay out in open water on a rough day.

The cockpit area has a refreshment center down the starboard side with Isotherm refrigerator, sink and storage. The battery controls are nearby in the passageway.

A transom gate leads to a spacious swim platform that features a transom shower, recessed cleats, storage and a port side locker for your shore power cables and TV connections. The only feature I question is the latched cover over the boarding ladder. I always feel boarding ladders should be easily accessible from the water in case a person falls overboard.

We appreciate the small side decks that are useful when docking, but remember that the windshield and cabin trunk are low and therefore don't offer great locations for hand holds.

To go forward, it's much safer to use the steps and swing-open center section of the windshield. Regal includes an anchor locker, windlass and there’s a handsome optional sun cushion for the deck.

Understandably, we were anxious to see what Regal had done with the cabin space especially considering the distinctive window treatment. Well, it is unusually bright and we really like that. It is three easy steps down and our test boat had handsome teak and holly flooring. Straight ahead was a large, gloss finished folding table on the starboard side and with the built-in sofa, you can probably feed four in comfort.

Regal has wisely left the interior open except for the enclosed head. This struck us as spacious and nicely appointed with side windows, a big medicine cabinet with a mirror suitable for shaving, a good expanse of counter space and a VacuFlush toilet. The mirrored door is a good feature and Regal has thoughtfully provided both an opening porthole and an air conditioning outlet.

The forward vee area is open and the queen berth is angled resulting in almost a regular rectangular shape. This area features two side lockers, three drawers and also a comfortable seat for dressing. The forward glass areas and side glass really open this up in daytimes; very bright.

In the newest cruiser designs, the cockpit refreshment centers are getting so good that I question the value of putting a galley into the cabin. Perhaps future designs will eliminate the cabin galley, but you still get one in the Regal 3360. It's equipped with a large stainless-steel sink, two-burner stove top with cover that stows very neatly. There is a microwave and another Isotherm refrigerator. Showing clever space utilization, Regal includes a huge under floor locker where you could stow a week’s worth of canned goods and bottles.

Last, but by no means least, there is a mid-cabin with two portholes, a large sleeping surface which converts into a conversation pit; the good-sized flat screen television is located on the bulkhead.

Our test boat had full canvas as well, delivering family-sized, enclosed accommodations for cruising. This 33 footer [34' 8" overall] is a great size of boat, delivering comfortable accommodation, reasonable fuel economy with its twin 300 hp V8 stern drives and a turn of speed that could embarrass a lot of sport boats.

If it was my money, the Regal Window Express 3360 would be high on my list.

Performance

Test boat engines: Twin Volvo Penta 5.7 Gi DPS sterndrives, 5.7 L / 350 ci electronically fuel injected V8 gasoline engines, 300 hp each, Duoprop drives.

Engine (RPM)                                                  Speed (MPH)

Idle                                                                                     3.8

1000                                                                                   5.9

1500                                                                                   7.9

2000                                                                                   9.1

2500                                                                                 13.2

3000                                                                                 21.5

3500                                                                               30.0*

4000                                                                                 35.7

4500                                                                                 40.2

5000                                                                                 46.8

* Cruising Speed

Speed data supplied by

Regal Industries

www.regal.com

Specifications

Length Overall                                                                           34’8”/10.5 m

Beam                                                                                           11’4”/3.4 m

Dry Weight (with 8.1 L engines)                                  12,120 lbs./5,4397 kg

Fuel Capacity                                                                           168 gal./635 L

Water Capacity                                                                           50 gal./189 L

Holding Capacity                                                                       28 gal./106 L

Base Price: (with twin 5.7 L MerCruisers)                                $215,000 US

Test boat provided by and price quoted by:

Crate’s Port Credit

www.crates.com

To see if this boat is available, go to http://www.boatcan.com to check listings!

By Andy Adams

 

 

 

 

Destinations

  • Prev
Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population ...
Vancouver-based Big Blue Yacht Charters Worldwide owner Emma Murdoch explains that luxury crewed ...
In the 1920s, a small cove in Canoe Bay was used as a shipping point and safe-haven for rum runners ...
Here’s an update from Caroline Swann with some news for the adventurous types who may be heading to ...
The New Glasgow marina is located about six miles up the East River of Pictou in the heart of the ...
The British Virgins took a huge hit last fall from Irma. Boats were stranded on the shore by the ...
Located about half way between Shediac and the Miramichi on New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast, the town ...
Suddenly the once forsaken city of Hamilton, Ontario is booming for at least two good reasons.
The Salty Dawg Sailing Association (SDSA) invites all sailors to join a cruising rally from the ...
Long popular with New England and St. John area boaters, Passamaquoddy Bay is too often overlooked ...

CYOB Destinations: We Visit the Hilton Beach Marina

Hilton BeachBy Amelia Morris

Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population 200!), which I am lucky enough to call my cottage country, is located on the north-east coast of St. Joseph Island. The Hilton Beach Marina is one of the largest and most major ports of call in the Western North Channel. It also has a long and rich history dating back to the 1850’s.

I spoke with Marina Manager, Laura McRae and got the full scoop on what goes on in this inconspicuous but busy marina.

Read more about Hilton Beach Marina....

 

 

 

Lifestyle

  • Prev
On Thursday last week, at age 88, Bruce Kirby has been invested into the Order of Canada for his ...
The Olympic Qualification Regatta is now being held in Aarhus Denmark with unlimited entries. That ...
The demographics of sailing are changing, and more women are getting involved and are often rooted ...
Whether he’s sailing celebrities around the BVI’s or sailing an Etchell back home at his native ...
POTW input is irresistible, so this time you get a couple. And don’t forget to send your own Photo ...
After a good night’s sleep, it was a lot easier to work my way through checking into the US. I ...
This photo from a CPS member shows how talented boaters are. Brenda Cochrane from Kelowna BC, a ...
The first part of this blog will show that not every day is blue sky and sunshine in the Bahamas!
This beauty came our way from Reel Deal Yachts in Bahia Mar, Florida. Why not charter for the ...
This new legislation from Washington State Department of Fisheries applies to boats launched in ...

 

Scarab 255 Open

Scarab 255 OpenBy Andy Adams and John Armstrong

You can imagine,at the GroupeBeneteau dealer meeting in Michigan last fall where all the Four Winns, Scarab, Wellcraft, and Glastrondealers had come to see the latest new models, the docks were lined up with gleaming brand-new boats to show the dealers and media – and they certainly put on a show! But for me, the Scarab 255 Open was an immediate stand out. This is a boat that breaks new ground and brings fresh thinking and interpretation of the boating experience to a wide range of buyers.

We had a quick look around but the test drives would have to wait until the next day.

Read more about the Scarab 255 Open....

 

 

 

 

DIY & How to

  • Prev
Nothing stops a vacation faster than a problem with the fresh water system – be it leaks, smells, ...
CYOB readers often ask questions about their boats and system. For this issue, I’ve answered a ...
Modern marine engines run at very high temperatures and rely on a few methods to keep their ...
Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares ...
In the early spring, just after launch, with the hustle and bustle of engine checks, antifouling, ...
All engines, including marine engines (inboards, outboards and stern drives) have many moving parts ...
Most of us don’t give a second thought to our sacrificial anodes – those curious knobs of raw metal ...
I once heard an argument at a yacht club. Two old salts, patiently itching to let go lines and ...
In this time of boat show afterglow, many boaters are counting the days until launch. 
This one-day course consists of both theory and practical demonstration sessions, is designed to ...

Marine Products

  • Prev
Stripping the antifouling paint from the bottom of a boat is physically demanding and is one of the ...
The 2019 Ultimate Sailing Calendar highlights the drama and excitement of blue-water sailing, as ...
Weather nerds and boaters of all stripes will be absorbed by Bruce Kemp’s account of the monstrous ...
Canada Rope promises that its new Night Saver Rope will illuminate at night and act as a reference ...
Take a look as a 68-foot yacht docks itself in between two Volvo Ocean 65 sailing yachts at the ...
Industry Firsts Include Direct Injection and Integrated Electric Steering System
Verviers, Belgium, 18 May 2018 — Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion technology, ...
Again, we return to the beginning. We started this column with a look at marine navigation for ...
Ga-Oh (spirit of the winds in Algonquin) creates bags and other items from re-purposed sails.
The 2018 Northwest Boat Travel Guide just arrived. This time of the year is the perfect time for ...