Regulator Marine passes production milestone

EDENTON, N.C. – Regulator Marine has built and sold its 1,000th Regulator 26, the company said in a press release today.

The 26 was the company’s first boat, and the solid success of the early 26s laid the foundation of the business, which today manufacturers a product line of eight boats in a 60,000 foot production facility, with nearly 150 team members, the company said.

“We knew exactly what we wanted for our first boat,” said Joan Maxwell, Regulator co-founder and president. “We wanted a great running hull that would take a pounding, be quick and maneuverable, and with lots of fishability.”

The Maxwell’s enlisted the help of well-known naval designer Lou Codega, who at that time was a full-time designer with the Navy and working as a freelancer on the side.

“They had very specific ideas on what they wanted in the boat,” said Codega. “The Maxwell’s deserve a lot of credit for the innovative fishing features on the 26 that are copied on a lot of boats today.”

Regulator currently manufactures and sells about 10 of the 26s a month, but the addition in 2004 of another hull mold to the production line will increase production to meet the model’s high demand. The 1000th 26 came off the line on August 4, 2004 to much celebration and fanfare, including a photography shoot with the Regulator team that built her. It was immediately shipped to Regulator dealer Comstock Yacht Sales in Brick, N.J., the company reported.

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