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  1. I like using a 4 blade prop. Although it doesn't improve the handling when docking my Cayman as much as on my old Carolina Skiff, it's still an improvement. I also prefer it for all around performance, not just docking
  2. I had done that also but didn't secure the rod with screws or hardware. At times it would come loose in rough conditions. So I started just using the ridge at the top of the opening and it works great, no need for the rod at all.
  3. I thought the R160 looked like a great boat for the price. I bet it's lots of fun on the water
  4. A member at the Cayman Boat Owners Club had posted photos of a badly cracked T-top frame. His was anodized aluminum, not powder coated. Your frame is made of aluminum. In the few years that the Cayman series has been available it's already had several t-top frame designs.
  5. Pete's right. I've been on there for months an no issue with unwanted contacts, spam, or anything like that. Just a bunch of good folks and tons of helpful info ~ Great site
  6. I had rub rail lights installed in my 226. They work great and are something I thought should be standard, or at least some type of permanently mounted nav lights should be. The first time I had to use the OEM post type nav light the glare reflecting off the white trolling motor was blinding and I had to shut them off ~
  7. For lake use on a 206 I think the 80# would be fine and you should do ok with either the 54" or 60" Regarding shaft length, I did ok with the factory installed 54" on my 226 except when in pretty choppy water. But I did find the 80# underpowered for the greater weight of the 226 when used in river current, wind, and tide. I switched to a 60" 112# Riptide last week. IMHO Robalo really under spec'd the trolling motor.
  8. It could be the wiring slapping around in the t-top frame on the Cayman
  9. Consider yourself lucky Duke, I could fill pages listing all of the things that were forgotten, screwed up, didn't work, or were just sloppily slapped together on my 2016 Cayman. The folks who designed the boat deserve a gold star, the people that assembled it should be on the unemployment line. What a fricking huge disappointment, this was my bucket list retirement gift to myself. If I did work like the people who assembled my boat I would never have been able to earn the money to buy the boat. And I spent decades in the high line auto industry as well as motorcycles so I unde
  10. otaypanky

    150 HP

    I have a 2016 with the 150 and find it's adequate for my use. I most often use the boat by myself and my main priority was fuel economy. Running with my wife along with me in the boat there's no noticeable difference but one day out with 5 people in the boat I could feel the difference. Like yourself, I had heard the same comments and was having second thoughts and seriously considered upgrading. But after comparing the performance bulletins on the Yamaha website it looked like the fuel economy with the 150 was about the same as the 200 and 250 SHO, and that was my main concern, not pulling tu
  11. You might want to check the 70+ page Cayman thread at thehulltruth.com You'll probably find the info your looking for there
  12. I had read just what Fishhead said somewhere on this forum before. From a manufacturing standpoint it would be easier for them to simply stock one frame style that would accommodate both seat types, and it would also give an owner down the road the choice if they had to replace the seating cushions. When I looked at a Cayman it was a '15 with the standard leaning post. I'm 5'8" and it just didn't feel right, especially to lean back against. I didn't get a chance to check out the bolster style and wasn't crazy about a $1000 + price tag but thought I'd regret it if I didn't go for it . I'm hopi
  13. I was going to order a 206 but finally decided on the 226 so I could get the hard top and electronics box and I know my wife will love the console porta-potti. When I put the order in two weeks ago the dealer was on the phone with the Robalo sales rep but it sounded like the trolling motor was still going to be the 54" 70# Co-Pilot. If you check the Minn-Kota website they have a handy chart to help you figure how much thrust you need based on the weight and length of the boat. http://www.minnkotamotors.com/Trolling-Motors/Saltwater-Bow-Mount/Riptide-ST/?wizard=1 A 70# motor would be seriously
  14. I don't have personal experience but quite a few members at a Carolina Skiff owners forum where I am a member had negative comments regarding Stryker. By comparison there were loads of guys that couldn't say enough good things about Fishmaster
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