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  1. Earl_25

    R180- who has one?

    The storage box would be a great addition. Now I'm thinking about getting one. I took a couple measurements to make sure it would work...looks like it would go with no problem. Width- 35 1/2 inches, Height (to steering wheel dip in the center) 24 3/4 inches. Also I took a few pics of the led lights at night to give you an idea of how much light they put off. As you can see it puts a nice glow in the boat, but there needs to be one more up front.
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    R180- who has one?

  3. Earl_25

    R180- who has one?

    No problem...that sounds like something I'd be interested in. I will take a look when I get home. Might even post some pics if I can figure it out.
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    R180- who has one?

    outdoorjon, I hope this don't steer you away from the Robalo but there is no way it will fit in your garage. Length wise you are good to go but height is definately an issue. I just took some measurements to give you an idea...My garage has an 83 inch clearing. My boat sitting on the trailer with the jack lowered all the way down sits about 8-9 foot at the highest point (center console). I too was like you and hoped to store it in my garage but quickly found the height wouldn't allow. The day after I purchased the boat I had to settle with going out and purchasing a boat cover.
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    R180- who has one?

    The stock LEDs are mounted in the side wall toward the bottom on either side of the captain's seat and put off a really nice glow from the cc back and provide plenty enough light to move around the boat. They are a real eye catcher at night. Its another cool feature Robalo threw in. If I were fishing a lot at night I would definately think about adding more. The rope light idea sounds pretty cool. Gotta let me know how that turns out. They could have added one more LED up front to tie them all in but oh well. Yea the prop thing sounds like a hit or miss. I tried calling the dealer and they suggested looking at what pitch I have now and basing it off of that. I'll check out the hull truth. I second the front deck/console flooding! All the water seems to pool up toward the front every time I do a washdown. I don't blame the boat design I just un-hook the trailer from my truck and raise up the front of the trailer a ways and all water drains out no problem. Our boat came with the bimini added on and we love it. Again I don't know much about other boats much less bimini tops but it seems to be real sturdy and provides a lot of shade for the kids. You can store it 1 of 3 ways: laying it down towards the front (for fishing back deck), laying it down towards the back, or keeping it propped upright in its protective cover (which is how I keep mine most of the time). Ideally I would I would have a nice t-top w/outriggers up there...maybe one day.
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    R180- who has one?

    Wow I guess I was one of the lucky few to snag one up. The dealership in my area ordered 3 18 footers and 1 20 ft. They were all gone within a week! I joined this forum yesterday and didn't realize you guys were looking for some info on them. I gave TerryC a brief recap on another post so I'm gonna be lazy and just copy and paste "I'm a newbie to boating so this is the first boat I've ever owned. All I can tell you is we absolutely love it! My wife and I looked at a lot of center console boats in the 17 to 20 ft range and this one stood out far above the rest. The Robalo had higher sides, more seating, and more features than many of the boats that were within our price range. A big feature my wife liked was the room inside the cc. It has just enough room to get in there and use the bathroom or change. I pile all my fishing gear in there when its just me and the guys. You won't find that in another 18 ft boat. Performance wise it gets out of the hole well and I've topped it off at 40mph. I take it out in the gulf often and she handles the waves like a champ. Haven't ventured off too far yet still tryin to learn the ropes of the offshore world. The hull design helps keep us dry out there as well. This is an awesome boat and we're very glad we went with a Robalo. We sure get a lot of compliments on it. The ONLY thing I would change on it is the rod holders on the sides of the cc. I think this is simply a design flaw because none of my rods will fit in the upper part of the rod holder. Maybe if they would have put it higher the rods would fit??? Stil trying to figure out how to fix this." To add to that this boat is very capable of going in shallow water and fishing the flats. I go in shallow all the time with no problem (just make sure the motor is trimmed). Like I said above I mainly take it offshore tho...very versatile. TerryC why not flush mount? The cc has plenty of space there perfect for an install. I decided to save some money and do the install myself. I'm not a very handy guy and I accomplished it with no problems...after I got past the fact of cutting a hole in my brand new boat. I put a Garmin 541s and a vhf radio up there and it looks great. Any more questions I'd be happy to answer.
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    Prop Suggestions

    I'm a newbie to boating so this is the first boat I've ever owned. All I can tell you is we absolutely love it! My wife and I looked at a lot of center console boats in the 17 to 20 ft range and this one stood out far above the rest. The Robalo had higher sides, more seating, and more features than many of the boats that were within our price range. A big feature my wife liked was the room inside the cc. It has just enough room to get in there and use the bathroom or change. I pile all my fishing gear in there when its just me and the guys. You won't find that in another 18 ft boat. Performance wise it gets out of the hole well and I've topped it off at 40mph. I take it out in the gulf often and she handles the waves like a champ. Haven't ventured off too far yet still tryin to learn the ropes of the offshore world. The hull design helps keep us dry out there as well. This is an awesome boat and we're very glad we went with a Robalo. We sure get a lot of compliments on it. The ONLY thing I would change on it is the rod holders on the sides of the cc. I think this is simply a design flaw because none of my rods will fit in the upper part of the rod holder. Maybe if they would have put it higher the rods would fit??? Stil trying to figure out how to fix this. I'm only looking for a new prop because I had an encounter with some rocks while at the boat ramp . It wasn't so bad that it affected the performance (at least that I can tell). Looking at the scratched/dinged prop drives me crazy and wanted to upgrade to the stainless anyways. Congrats on your R180. Any more questions feel free to ask I'll be happy to answer. Hope you get it soon...
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    Prop Suggestions

    I am a brand new owner of the 2012 R180 Center Console and had a question about propellers. I'm looking to upgrade from the stock white aluminum prop to stainless steel. I have the 115 Yamaha 4-stroke. Does anyone know the size/pitch of the stock prop, and what is the recommended upgrade size/pitch for this setup. I have the boat fairly loaded every time we take it out whether its family or me and 2 or 3 guys headed offshore for a fishing trip. I tried to use the prop finder on the yamaha website but they don't have the R180 in the system yet. Any help is appreciated.
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