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About FullThrottle

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    Virginia Beach
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  1. FullThrottle

    Intriguing Chaparral Feature; Eventually On Robalo?

    Hard to envision on a smaller boat, but having the ability to open it up for entertaining would appeal to some people. That's why I have a dual console that's set up for fishing most of the time, but with a few changes it becomes a family boat for entertaining.
  2. FullThrottle

    Robalo Warranty - Not

    When the paint faded on my spoiler more than the SUV paint did, Toyota took the spoiler off and painted it to match and it was over 2 years old. When the powered opener failed on the back hatch after 6 years, Toyota replaced it under an "additional' warranty since they were prone to fail. It's a shame boats aren't covered and warranty regulated like cars are. Powder coating would end for one thing - unless manufacturers wanted to do warranty work every couple of years. And, items like glued on metal logos would be a thing of the past. I had to re-glue mine several times over the 3 years I had a Robalo, or I'd have lost a letter or two myself.
  3. FullThrottle

    Seastar Helm displacement on 2017 R247

    I pulled the specs from the SeaStar ( http://www.seastarsolutions.com/support-2/volumes-and-capacities-hyd-steering/ ) when doing my AutoPilot.
  4. FullThrottle

    R200 with Yamaha 150 Prop size

    I'm no expert, but from what I read stainless isn't very useful until you get to a 250HP. I kept my aluminum prop on my R207 with a 150 after talking with Ken at propgods. He explained I could spend a lot of $$s and maybe get 1MPH more, but he couldn't promise the 1MPH (nice to get such an honest answer). After having stainless on my larger boats, I usually end up having them repaired for dings and the cost is similar to what I'd pay for a new aluminum prop. Just couldn't find any way to justify putting one on a 150HP other than they look good.
  5. FullThrottle

    Robalo 2440 Walk Around. Forward Bilge questions.

    Suggest you post this on http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/ More likely to find other 1993 owners there. Probably should mention that the 'old' web site has been back up for a couple of months now.
  6. FullThrottle

    Blistering problems

    Luis, Hopefully the dealer will step up and solve the immediate problem. I will tell you that the powder coating will fail again. The shame is the manufacturers (more than just Robalo) often don't have anything other than powder coating to offer and on all my boats with powder coating it eventually fails and fails miserably. If this was done with cars, there would be recalls, but boats aren't covered like cars are. Whenever there is an option to not have powder coating - take it. I'd rather be maintaining metal than having the problems with powder coating. I'd pay for stainless every time over powder. Shoot, even anodized aluminum will look better in 10 years than most powder coatings. Got to admit my boats are on saltwater and powder is worse there.
  7. FullThrottle

    R200 livewell doesn’t work

    Chris, it should be toward the port side under the deckplate by the engine. See page 19 of the parts manual at http://robalo.com/publications/uploaded_files/partGuides/2013/2013 R227 PIG.pdf Hope you have long arms. On my R207 I could just barely reach it.
  8. FullThrottle

    Ski tow

    I mounted rod holders on my ski tow as there weren't enough on the boat. Also installed two rod/cup holders aft for fishing from the bow. I wish I'd done this http://forum.robalo.com/index.php?/topic/5660-r207-modifications/ but I hadn't seen these rod holders when I did mine. As far as the bridle, it should work fine with a 200. I had no problems with a 150HP. I did use the trim tabs to plane off sooner when pulling a towable with multiple people.
  9. FullThrottle

    Error message from Garmin

    In my experience, only the dealer can or will help you. I'm not sure what your Garmin issue is, but I had to configure mine for the correct transducer, the dealer didn't. I had paint bubbling around the gauges myself. I sanded it down and painted it. The screws on the gauge panel were corroding and I replaced them with 316 stainless screws and painted them at the same time. If your panel bubbling is like mine, it appears the screws had a reaction with the aluminum and caused the bubbling. My boat was dry stored. My original dealer had offered to put the boat on his trailer for $150 to do warranty work. Before I had any warranty work needing that dealer, Robalo changed dealers. I then had a one way 4 hour trip by boat to the new dealer. Luckily I only had to take it in once to the dealer.
  10. FullThrottle

    Ultimate newbie questions: how to shop for a Robalo?

    As a previous R207 owner, I'll try to help a bit. 1. Not all dealers will do this. Part of the issue is the 'new' owner won't want many hours on his boat when purchasing, so I know they tend to limit sea trials to those purchasing the boat. When I sold my R207, it was the same way. Only the guy who bought my boat got the sea trial and that was to allow him to ask for any 'fixes' he thought might be needed (there were none). Before he bought the boat I had compression tests done and documented, etc. so he knew the boat was in good condition. 2. I went to a local (Virginia Beach) boat show, but there are good videos from boattest (https://www.boattest.com/review/robalo/2787_r207 ) and on Robalo's website. You can see where shows will be held at http://www.robalo.com/Content.php?content=boat_shows 3. I didn't order mine, I got it off the showroom floor. If I was ordering it, I'd be sure to get the ski tow and trim tabs. 4. I didn't have downriggers, but I did replace the holders with rod/cup holders. I'd say they could handle downriggers fine. I did use them for planers at fairly high speed and didn't have any issues. 5. With most new boats you have to use the dealer you purchased the boat from for any warranty work. Very important that your dealer has a good reputation. Good luck with the boat. I really liked my R207 and it's new owner likes it as well. My wife wanted a larger boat, so we sold the R207.
  11. FullThrottle

    Lenco Zincs?

    Since my boat is dry stored, I've never replaced an anode. However, to my surprise they are supposed to be replaced yearly on a boat kept in the water, or when 50% has been worn away. Pretty good reference here https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2245/5025/files/Corrosion_Card_2014.pdf I would replace them with aluminum anodes if you can get them. Should last longer and provide the same protection as zinc.
  12. FullThrottle

    Robalo Rod Holder

    If you want rod/cup holders try these https://mateseries.com/product-category/stainless/ I used the closed ones so I could put a drain tube on them and run it to the bilge. Boat Outfitters has these https://www.boatoutfitters.com/stainless-steel-rod-holder-15-degree or http://www.gemlux.com/catalog/rod-holders .
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    I hooked up a piece of clear hose to the gallon of antifreeze, jammed the other end of the hose up the raw water intake, poked a hole in the gallon jug and put higher than the intake. Then I turned on the raw water switch and ran the raw water hose and livewell until pink water/antifreeze came out and shut everything off. Best I could figure out to do. Worked great although you're going to spill some antifreeze.
  14. FullThrottle

    Trolling Motor Install on R200

    It's difficult to find the exact regulations, but it would seem that batteries for outboard motors only require a 'box' to contain electrolyte spillage and post covers to avoid metal contact. My Albemarle had enclosed boxes and it was an inboard. My Robalo and Sailfish came from the manufacturer with spillage boxes only.
  15. FullThrottle

    Kicker for 202 Explorer

    Possibly, but you could always use something like this (there are quite a few different styles and manufacturers): https://www.amazon.com/Davis-Happy-Troller-Folding-Trolling/dp/B00MYSOYM6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1540581370&sr=8-3&keywords=trolling+plate+for+outboard+motor My R207 with a 150 would go fairly slow but I'm not sure if it would go that slow. Most of the trolling I do requires a higher speed.