Regal 38 SAV Boat Review

We recently got a chance to hop onboard the all new 2020 Regal 38 SAV for a full walk-through boat review video at Sundance Marine in Pompano Beach, Florida. Let’s run through some of the most notable features of this great new boat.


True to its name, Regal’s “Sports Activity Vessel” is a seamless and elegant combination of sporting, day boating and overnighting. The versatility, blended with added luxury results in a versatile, outboard-powered day-yacht designed for entertaining or catching the night’s dinner. This is a boat that will meet the needs of many anglers, while also accommodating more leisurely overnight cruisers. Sure, it’s a fishable open design, but the real beauty of the Regal 38 SAV lies in the entertaining features and creature comforts, not to mention performance capability.

General Layout

The 38 SAV is what Regal calls a center helm layout – which means there isn’t a full walk-around passageway on either side of the helm, but rather, an elevated platform on the starboard side with teak steps leading to the bow. This feature makes for a nice elevated deck to access high docks, or perhaps as an extra casting deck when fishing. The portside has a traditional walk-through passage also leading to the bow. There is a large open aft cockpit and an oversize bow seating area.

Side entry is on both sides of the 38 SAV for easy access to the dock and water. Dual transom gates open for easy access to the swim platform or close them for added comfort in the cockpit. Fold-Away bench seat flips down with the push of a button for more seating or keep it up for more space to reel in your big catch in a wide-open aft cockpit.

Inside the Cabin

As I mention in the video review, this boat feels much bigger than a 38 foot boat normally does, especially down below. The head is spacious, with a seat in the shower and nice accent lighting and wood trim. There are two ample sleeping berths down below as well, although it looks like any cooking you may want to do would likely have to be above deck at the grill. The model we were onboard did have a microwave and storage for kitchen utensils.

Entertainment Features

Again, the entertainment features on this boat are up there with some of the best on the market – some of the features reminded me a bit of those found on the Tiara 38 LS. The entertainment and refreshment center in the center aft of the vessel has an electric grill, two refrigerated coolers, sink, 25-gallon livewell, tackle storage and a motorized, fold-away flatscreen TV.

Propulsion System

The vessel we were on was rigged with triple Yamaha 300 HP outboards for a total of 900 horsepower and a top speed of 50 MPH.


Length Overall: 38′ 10″
Beam: 11′ 11″
Dry Weight: 18,000 lbs
Deadrise: 18 degrees
Fuel Capacity: 350 gallons

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Written by: Ryan McVinney

C. Ryan McVinney is a film director, producer, writer, actor, boat captain, outdoor enthusiast and conservationist. He's currently the host and director of Boat Trader's Stomping Grounds TV show that explores boating culture across America. McVinney produces the Cult Classics video series for YachtWorld and the Factory Fridays show for and is a regular contributor to leading marine industry publications.


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