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About FullThrottle

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  1. Hadn't thought about using a strut to hold the door open, but I imagine it could be a help at times. Usually our head is where everyone puts their towels, bags, etc. and only used in 'emergencies'. I think the strut would be more of an issue (slower to open/close) than a help as far as how we use the space. As for the windshield, I use 'Rejex' and have used it on the entire boat instead of wax (had to remove the wax before the initial use of Rejex). It works a little better than RainX IMO. Also, seems to do a great job protecting the boat. Most people who don't know the boat ask if it's new (now 3 year old), so I'm happy with the way it's worked out. I thought about putting on a wiper (had one on my last boat), but after using the boat awhile have decided against installing one. Plus, with all the things I've added, I've run out of switches and would have to install another one somewhere on the already full dash.
  2. I got a backup plug for my R207 from Amazon to put with my keys. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009CDYGRY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Or, if you want a black plug you could buy this. I believe Robalo uses the same plug size on all boats, but I can't guarantee it. http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|294|2345895|2345903&id=2051942 You can also go to Cecil Marine and get the same plug assembly Robalo uses. http://www.cecilmarineonline.com/garboard-drain-plug-black-h-2-o-34-00200-chaparral-robalo/
  3. If you don't get an answer here you might try http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/ or try Ken (very good guy to work with) at http://www.propgods.com I contacted Ken concerning my prop and he explained what I could expect at each cost increment, and that he didn't recommend making a change. He may have lost a sale with me, but now I recommend him to everyone. How many other sale people will give you that honest an answer?
  4. Hadn't thought about the bimini and I wouldn't want to damage it. Forward I added two cup/rod holders for those fishing from the bow (and additional rod storage) and AFT a V-Lock 2 rod holder to hold unused rods in the back and a trolling rod holder to the ski tow bar. Robalo's dual console 207 and 227 make nice dual purpose boats, but when fishing there just weren't enough rod holders. Also added a plastic 2 rod holder on the lower port side of the ski tow and that's where I put the net. Oh, almost forgot...I added a 3 rod holder in the center storage area for rods I don't use too often. I drag them out when the bite is on and lines have gotten tangled or reel backlash puts one out of use. Nice to have something I can quickly use.
  5. You might get an answer faster on http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/. More owners over there with older boats (not that 2006 is old, just not new).
  6. This thread should probably have been here. Maybe here someone from Robalo will respond to the questions and comments: http://forum.robalo.com/index.php?/topic/5293-customer-service/
  7. If that won't work, this may. Added bimini cleats on deck work great on my R207. Keeps the bimini up just high enough so it isn't touching anything.
  8. It seems with Robalo everything is tied to your local dealer. The boats are good boats, not perfect and when you have a question or want a part, it is all tied to your dealer. I tried to order trim tabs after purchase, and you can't do that. Tried to get the part numbers from my dealer, no luck. Called Robalo multiple times, no luck. Emailed Lenco, got the part number, diagrams, instructions and ordered my tabs. I've had several warranty issues and they were all handled well. No complaints about warranty, but my dealer is the key. I email him pictures of the problem, he emails his contact at Robalo, they agree to warranty and it happens. Not sure how it gets done otherwise, but I know this has worked for me. Done this for a Yamaha issue as well (leaking seal on trim pistons) and I think the pictures help a lot. Lastly, for information this forum helps as does http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/ and Hull Truth. I'm not sure why Robalo chooses not to provide any customer relations after the sale. I assume they did a study and decided the cost of doing customer relations was higher than the return purchase business profit they'd gain? Or, they're under the false impression that all their dealers are top notch and doing the job of customer relations for Robalo.
  9. On my 2014 R207 the USB is for MP3 playing on the Jensen MS30 radio. It doesn't have bluetooth, so I can play MP3s via the audio plug or the USB. I tried using it for charging my phone and I don't think it charges at all, or if so it is very low/slow charging. Here are the instructions for USB on my radio: You can connect a USB device directly to the USB interface at the rear of the radio for playback of compatible files. Playback begins automatically. Press the MODE button (8) to switch to USB mode from another source. Play/Pause (USB) During USB playback, press the MUTE button (9) to play or pause the selected track. Next/Previous File Press the l<< or >>l button (6, 7) to select the previous or next track. Folder Navigation Press the FOLDER +/- buttons (4, 5) to select the next/previous folder. Playback will begin with the first song file in the selected folder. Fast Forward/Fast Reverse Press and hold the l<< or >>l button to fast forward or fast reverse.
  10. No ideas myself, but you might try posting this at http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/ Read some posts there from 305 owners.
  11. Due to some issues, I've had 3 different fish finders on the boat. The Lowrance was the largest 7" and the Raymarine smallest. But, I doubt the 9" Raymarine will fit. If you want to totally redo the helm gauges you could probably make room for a 9", but you'd probably have to do some fiberglass work, add supports and find a different way to mount the gauges.
  12. Unlikely it is due to any motor torque. I suspect there is a weight distribution issue (batteries, etc.). You can try moving things around. My R207 listed slightly to starboard sitting in the water and when underway my added weight only made it list further. One battery is starboard and the other port. Moving the starboard battery would be a fairly major undertaking. Decided to add trim tabs since I wanted the added capabilities (bow down in oncoming waves, faster on plane, etc.) anyway and now I can compensate for weight, waves or wind fairly easily. My dealer said I didn't need trim tabs (wrong) and Robalo doesn't sell them except on original purchase. I got the part number from Lenco (Robalo's trim tab supplier) and then ordered the tabs and electronics and installed myself. IMO tabs should be standard equipment. You can get non-Robalo tabs, but then the clearance from the swim ladder to the tabs is very small. Since I have grandchildren using the ladder all summer, I opted for the more expensive Robalo tabs to ensure their feet didn't get tangled up with the tabs while using the ladder.
  13. I put them down a bit to come onto plane faster. That keeps the bow lower and gets you on plane faster, but unless heading into the waves, I usually raise the tabs (and perhaps engine trim) once on plane to increase MPH. With tabs down you get to plane faster, but it costs a MPH or two if you leave the tabs down. It's worth the MPH loss when heading into waves, but in smoother water or traveling with the waves - tab and trim up for best performance. A couple of other things about trim tabs: I didn't see any difference with them all the way up (no transom length gains). They automatically raise (at least mine do) when I cut off the engine. However, I have to remember to raise them when drift fishing with the engine on or going into reverse. Even while trolling I put them up so as not to add unnecessary drag and in case I have to put the boat in reverse.
  14. I can't address your particular problems, but it would be unusual for a boat to be delivered without any problems. Every boat I've had has had to go back to the dealer at least once and one boat I had ended up back at the plant twice as the dealer couldn't fix the issues ( As it was too big to trailer, I had to pay to have it hauled to the plant once, they picked up the cost the second time). Boats are like cars in the 1970s. Manufacturers have quality control, but they don't seem to have control of their quality yet. Since some of my fiberglass has wood core, I strongly suggest checking all screws for caulking and caulk if found missing (had to replace fish box hatch due to wood rot around a cushion screw). The good news is Robalo seems to stand behind their warranty. The issue in getting things solved is up to the dealer and I hope yours turns out to be a good one. My first dealer was great, but Robalo and they parted ways and my new dealer hasn't been as responsive due to some personnel issues. New guy promises to get me the parts SOON (old guy promised new parts SOON - last October). Let us know how things turn out.
  15. Hope the picture helps. I had to drill holes in the aluminum to match up with the seat mounting holes. Also swapped passenger and helm seat to get seat knob more accessible. On the trim tabs: I guess it depends on your use and expectations. I put them on (dealer said not needed) after passengers in the bow complained about hard drops. Trim tabs mostly solved that and got the ability to load balance port and starboard, come up on plane at lower RPMs, come up on plane earlier when pulling towables, etc.