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  1. You might try posting this at http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/ The site has more owners of older Robalos and I did find some about air conditioning on R265 so you may be able to get an answer there.
  2. I looked into that and the AP for the kicker looked fine, but add $$$s. Since I already had an AP for the main, I was planning to use that. Don't think I can help, but it should be possible to solve: https://www.usedvictoria.com/power-boats/33542378/photos?i=1 Of course in the pictures it doesn't explain the steering, but obviously he was able to get the kicker working for him.
  3. I'm not sure of your configuration (mostly what you're using to attach the kicker), but when I was planning a kicker before I sold my R207 the mounts I was considering were to insure the motor cleared the trim tabs. By moving the engine so far aft it appeared it would be easy to use a bar between the engines when using the kicker. I had an autopilot and wanted the kicker to utilize the main engine steering so I wouldn't have to steer while trolling. Perhaps a different mounting bracket would solve your problem?
  4. After fighting with the bimini supports when using the mid ship rod holders, I came up with two solutions. I added bow rod holders facing out like the mid ship ones. I added a brace between the aft and bow bimini supports and undid the rear support. Only did the latter when it was fairly calm. There are probably other solutions including a hardtop although I suspect you'd have to have one designed for the R207. I never found one when I was searching for it. I like the Admiral's solution - "we need a bigger boat". I leaned toward the R247, but it was her turn to pick and she was inte
  5. Can't find a way to add a PDF. Only options are add existing attachment and they removed it years ago. You'll probably have to join http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/ in order to access anything on the forum. There is a good amount of information on R207s there including the doc. If that doesn't work, PM me and I'll find another way. It is a large document and it probably won't email.
  6. You also have to switch captain and passenger seats to get the swivel knob toward the center. Not sure if that's it, but I know I had to swap them. You might be interested in this http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/index.php?/topic/6256-r207-improvements/ . I had posted here, but eventually it disappeared. The other Robalo site (mostly for older Robalos) still has the suggestions and document available. Good luck!
  7. That's a legal question. I looked at my last contract to buy and it appeared to be a simple "We'll sell you a 2021 boat with these features for $$$ and you agree to pay the balance upon manufacturer's delivery to us". I guess that would give them an out if they can't get the boat. I suspect you signed a contract that specified a 2021 boat and they aren't making any of those anymore. But, like I said it's a legal question and I'm not a lawyer. Look at what you signed and view it from the dealer's perspective of what the contract entails. You could also call them to see what they think is
  8. Some owners of new boats are paying for a boat surveyor to inspect the boat before they take delivery due to these kinds of ongoing issues with some manufacturers. If the windshield issue was mine, I'd do the replacement myself. My first Robalo dealer (they changed while I owned the boat) would charge $150 if I brought the boat to a public ramp so they could pick it up and drop it back in the water there. My second dealer charged me $75 to lift it out of the water and put it back while they did some warranty service. Only issue was it was a 5 hour trip to the second dealer by boat. $400
  9. You're much more likely to get an answer on http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/ Many more owners of older Robalos over there.
  10. Sorry for the trouble you’re having getting a boat. You might ask your dealer if they’d treat you like one of their buyers before buying a 302 anywhere else. Most Robalo dealers refuse or delay warranty work on boats sold by another dealer. Personally, I’d be looking for a different boat to avoid the dealer issue unless you’re going to fix things yourself and the dealer you buy from agrees to send you warranty parts when needed (that’s what I did for my current boat). good luck.
  11. I believe there has to be a Y valve that you can zip tie to keep from 'accidental' overboard discharge per Coast Guard requirements. I know that in 1 of the 10 or so inspections I've had they asked to see the valve and that it was tied off. Here's a thread that might help, but I fully agree in any newer boat you must tie off the Y valve. https://forums.sailboatowners.com/threads/whats-the-requirement-on-securing-waste-valve.124151/
  12. I could point you to many boating forums for this subject, but this makes it fairly simple: I think boat manufacturers need dealers more than car manufacturers do, and so the manufacturer is reluctant to try and 'make' the dealer do anything. Warranty work is no profit for the dealer. Selling a boat is profit. When customers stack up for work (and they are usually overbooked) warranty will be handled first for boats they sold. They'll tell others whatever story works to keep from working on a non profit boat. Do some searches and you'll find that most boat manufacturers have the same kind
  13. Cars are totally different on how warranty work is done and paid for. It would be great if boat dealers worked on warranty like car dealers do, but it isn't that way. I hope Robalo will step in and help, but I really doubt it will happen. My current boat is not a Robalo and when I met with the local dealer he told me that if I bought a boat anywhere other than him, I would not get warranty service. I took my chances and bought out-of-state at a considerable savings over his non-negotiable 'best' deal. My out-of-state dealer agreed that he would provide parts and ship them to me if I need
  14. I wish you good luck. I had a similar issue previously with a different manufacturer and they required I pay for the shipping (not part of the warranty). So, I guess in some ways it's not too bad a deal. My current boat (again, not Robalo) has a drain problem and their customer service will repair if I bring the boat to their factory over 800 miles away. I feel your pain, but for me the $2k or likely more in shipping makes your deal look pretty good. I fully agree that Robalo needs to improve their communications. I have no complaints about the warranty work I had on my Robalo, but it was
  15. I don't know the 160, but most boats have a switch to cut the battery off/on. Too often these switches go bad. If you have a switch you might check that the voltage is good at the switch, then see if it applies voltage when you switch it on. There are a lot of discussions here on the switches if if yours turns out to be bad it may be under warranty. Good luck
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