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Regal 3060, 2760 coastal trips / chops

PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:00 pm
by perrosnk
Hello to all!
As this is my first post I would like to thank you for this forum because it has been a valuable source of information to me.
I am planning of buying my first boat and I have narrowed down my options to a Regal 3060 and a Regal 2760/2860.
I live in Greece, where we don't have any big lakes but have hundreds of islands in a max distance of approximately 30nm of each other. I don't believe you can be more than 30nm offshore at any point in the Aegean sea.
As far as the weather is concerned, apart from the calm days, and the very windy ones (that although not rare, are out of the questions for boating - appr. 10ft waves), most of the times you can expect approximately 3-4 ft waves. Most of the people here choose to buy 20-30ft RIBS because they tend to have steeper hulls but I am also interested in staying overnight inside the boat so I don't really consider them an option.
As far as I know the 3060 has a 18 degrees deadrise, and the 2760 21 degrees, but the 3060 is heavier which also plays a role in the behavior of the boat.
Does anyone have experience in coastal trips under similar conditions with these boats? How do they behave? What's your cruising speed with these conditions?

Thank you once again

Re: Regal 3060, 2760 coastal trips / chops

PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:29 pm
by cbsmith
If the water has 3-4foot waves the majority of the time I would say the boats you are looking st are on the small side. Although they are heavy in a 3-4 foot sea you wouldn’t be able to travel very fast and even at slow speeds would likely be a bumpy ride.

Re: Regal 3060, 2760 coastal trips / chops

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:17 pm
by Batchski
Size matters, so between the two, I would definitely recommend the bigger boat. I had a 3060 and ran offshore in the Pacific Ocean, where we get some pretty big waves and a relentless swell, especially in the spring and summer. It will safely handle the 3-4' waves with no problem, but like cbsmith said you're not likely going fast. I think 12-20 knots is likely, perhaps slower depending on where the waves are hitting you. I got caught a couple times in even bigger waves (6-8'), and the boat still was safe and handled well, but my passengers were a bit nervous.

Another factor is the engine packages. The 3060 for sure is a twin engine, but you don't say if the 2860 is as well. I'm guessing it must be. The redundancy of twins for open ocean cruising is pretty critical, so that would also be a factor.