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    Yamaha Fuel Water Separating Filter

    Strange that Mercury doesn't include a filter. Having lost an inboard to ethanol on my previous boat I'm now religious about using an ethanol treatment to reduce water issues and depend on my water separator to ensure I don't lose another engine. Shoot, I'd probably buy an octane gauge if I lost another engine to ethanol/water problems. I do change the filter regularly and no, it's not cheap, but it provides some piece of mind knowing it's there doing it's job. The closest non-ethanol gasoline marina is about 40 miles away by boat. If it was closer, I'd probably use it, but the 80 mile round trip is too far.
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    R222 -Livewell & Plug help

    Open the seacock. Seems Robalo's are shipped with the seacock closed and dealers never seem to open them.
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    I did have rust on one of my pull up cleats. On/Off cleaned up the fiberglass stains and I sprayed corrosion x down into everywhere I could. Still had some rust later on, but much less. The other cleats were fine. Guess the stainless has some impurities, but no expert here. One cleat out of 6 was strange, but they all appeared to be the same except for the rust stains on the one.
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    State Registration Numbers

    Not sure what state you are in, but Virginia has specific font/size requirements.
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    Trim Tabs for R180

    I'd like to understand tab sizing myself. My R207 had 6x12 and they worked fine. My larger heaver Sailfish has 4x12 and they works fine too. I'd have though the larger boat would have needed larger tabs - but I guess not. Maybe we'll get lucky and someone can explain how to properly size the tabs.
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    R200 with Yamaha 150 Prop size

    From what I've read there isn't much reason to go to stainless until 250HP. I had aluminum on my 150 and it performed well. According to Ken at PropGods I could spend about $450 and maybe get 1MPH more than the stock aluminum prop.
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    Additional Rod Holders

    The R207 is the same boat, but not sure if it's enough the same up front. I added forward cup/rod holders to my R207 and it went fine.
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    First time bottom paint cost?

    I believe this is the one I was looking at. Some up front work and expense, but should last for a while. http://www.pettitpaint.com/media/2895/trinidad-sr-1.pdf Luckily I was able to get a place for my boat in a boatel, so no paint was needed.
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    First time bottom paint cost?

    You might try posting this at http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/ I can't find the information I got last year for an initial bottom paint job, but seems it was around what you were quoted. I also remember they wouldn't paint it with the paint I wanted to use. Due to their warranty, and I suspect desire to get you back earlier for repaint, they only used one brand and version of paint. I wanted the same brand, but the paint that would hold up for up to 3 years and they said no.
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    Adding T-Top Handrail to R302

    Boat outfitters has starboard grab rails that might work for you https://www.boatoutfitters.com/custom-grab-rails
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    Teak swim platform refurb?

    You'd get some experienced replies at http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/ . More owners of older Robalo's over there and several people have refinished teak on their boats (you might do a search first to see if your question has already been answered).
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    Help with new purchase R206s

    I didn't have a 206s, but an R207 which is an inch longer, 4 inches wider and 600 pounds more. It had a 150 and that did well for the boat, but a lot of people think it's better with the 200HP. You might consider how much extra weight you'll add to the boat (hardtop, fuel, passengers, gear, etc.) Since the 206s can come with a 115, 150 or 200HP, I'd suggest the 150. You can see a review of the 206 here with a 150.https://www.boattest.com/review/robalo/3077_206-cayman Hope you enjoy the boat as much as I did my Robalo.
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    R180 Autopilot Install...

    Looks good. Nice install. I don't know how I ever got along without one. Oh yeah...Hours behind the wheel, no way to troll but one or two lines by myself, etc. Hope you love yours as much as I love mine.
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    Buying used r305

    You'll probably find more information over on http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/ Start with searching on R305 and looking at the current content. Seems your question is similar to some already asked and answered.
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    Outriggers on R272

    I'm on my second boat with outriggers attached to a fiberglass hardtop. On my Albemarle they just used washers and nuts to attach to the outriggers. I installed the outriggers on my Sailfish and used the taco backing plates for attachment. We had the Albemarle airborne more than once while heading out with the outriggers extended and up facing aft and they never gave us any trouble. I guess you could stress them enough to cause a problem, but I think the outriggers would likely get damaged before the hardtop. Neither of those boats I mentioned are center console T tops, but I've see many of the larger center console boats with their outriggers mounted as Haz's pictures showed.
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    2012 R180 Bimini boot/cover

    Just a thought: If your dealer can't help you, you might try getting the part number off of the bimini and seeing if the bimini manufacturer can get you a boot to match. Good luck
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    Hydraulic Steering on Robalo R160

    I'm not sure what steering system you have, but on my Robalo and now on my Sailfish the steering stops when the engine is fully turned in either direction. When low on hydraulic fluid (when I added autopilots to each boat) the steering will continue to turn when the engine is fully turned. I would check to ensure that fluid is fully filled as a first step. If you end up having to add fluid do so very slowly and try to work out all the air.
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    Looking at 2003 R200

    I can't tell you much about a 2003 Robalo as I don't know how they were made back then. If you don't get much response here you could also try the forum that has a lot more owners of older Robalos - http://robaloboatowners.net/forums
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.