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About FullThrottle

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  1. 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.
  2. No ideas myself, but you might try posting this at http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/ Read some posts there from 305 owners.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. You might do better posting this on http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/
  9. Mine does (2014 R207). Use it facing backward to watch grandkids on towables and when fishing (they both will face backward). I did raise the seats 1 1/2 inches for better viewing height.
  10. Best advice is contact Ken at http://www.propgods.com I can tell you he didn't sell me a prop. He told me I could spend $450 and maybe get 1 MPH more at WOT. I know a few people who bought from him and they're all happy with his suggestions.
  11. Can't comment about your engine size, but I went with 150 not the 200 on my 207. If I was loading up the boat most of the time, I'd have gotten the 200, but usually out with 1 or 2 people and only 4+ occasionally, the 150 is fine. As for the trim tabs. Must have in my opinion. And you can get the Robalo tabs after market, just have to do a bit of work. Tabs are through Lenco and to get the right part number had to provide the HIN. Once I got the part number I ordered the tabs and the electronics after shopping a few locations for the best price and shipping. Ended up with Hopkins Carter and they delivered as promised. The custom tabs are expensive compared to off-the-shelf trim tabs, but I wanted the clearance to the ladder since my grandkids are on the boat and ladder almost every weekend in the summer. The tabs provide bow down when riding into the waves and it makes it seem like the waves are a foot smaller. Also, makes the boat plane at lower speeds and reduces bow lift when pulling towables up to plane. Helps side to side balancing when one side of the boat is overloaded or the wind and waves push one side up. They should be standard IMO. Since wife and grandkids ride in the bow area a lot, they all noticed the better ride after I put them on. Hope this helps - enjoy your boat.
  12. Can't help with the 300. If you haven't already, you might post this question on http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/
  13. Not sure which boat you have, so I can't address it except to say on my R207 all the rod holders have D washers and nuts on the screws.
  14. Try looking for a scupper flapper valve, or scupper ball valve or even scupper duckbill valve. Each has their use. West Marine, Amazon and others sell them. I had flapper valves on my previous boat and for the most part they worked fine, however they do restrict the flow a bit. I haven't had a boat with a ball valve, but I know lots of people that do and they're happy with them. Supposedly the duckbill lets in less backflow than the ball valve or flapper, but I've never even seen one, so I can't comment.
  15. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as the family and I have enjoyed ours.