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  1. otaypanky

    Boat handling

    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
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    Hanging Storage Inside the Console

    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.
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    I bought my very 1st boat today!

    I thought the R160 looked like a great boat for the price. I bet it's lots of fun on the water
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    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.
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    Taco Marine Rub Rail LED Lighs

    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
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    Taco Marine Rub Rail LED Lighs

    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 ~
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    Trolling motor on 206 Cayman?

    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.
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    2015 Robalo 242

    It could be the wiring slapping around in the t-top frame on the Cayman
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    Robalo R200 Oh man

    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 understand what is commercially acceptable and what's an OCD customer. This was just pitiful. And I have to say the response form Robalo was equally as lame, I've been waiting for parts for a couple of months while they continue to pound out new boats. How about taking care of the customers who spent the $ and have issues that need to be resolved? Thankfully I have a good dealer who's trying to get things squared away but it's so wrong for Robalo to send out such a poorly finished product and expect a small seasonal business to clean up all of their mistakes and omissions.
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    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 tubes or skiers with a boat full of people. The top speed of the 200 was only a few mph more than the 150. The 250SHO was considerably more. But the GPH at WOT speeds is very sobering with any of the three motors, in the neighborhood of 17GPH. I cruise around 25-30 mph and can do that getting 4.2 mpg http://yamahaoutboards.com/owner-resources/performance-bulletins
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    2016 Cayman 246 handling

    You might want to check the 70+ page Cayman thread at thehulltruth.com You'll probably find the info your looking for there
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    Cayman 226 Flip up Bolster Seats

    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 hoping it was money well spent. The boat should be here Friday so I'll find out soon enough ~ Good luck finding someone to modify your seat
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    New Cayman 206

    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 underpowered according to Minn-Kota. I also feel the 54" would be too short for use in choppy conditions. I have a 54" 80# I-Pilot on a Carolina Skiff DLV198 with a hull weight of 1660 and a Yamaha 115 that's about 500 lbs. The power is just about adequate and when using the trolling motor in a chop I wish I had the 60". The 226 has a dry weight with engine of about 3200 lbs., a 206 is 2700 lbs. The chart also says to estimate base on the full weight of the boat loaded. With a 60 gallon fuel tank @ 6 lbs. a gallon, the 1200 lb. weight capacity of passengers, ( not even considering the added weight of the trolling motor, additional batteries, fishing gear, etc. ) you're already to the point where a 36V 112 lb. thrust motor is what is recommended. If my boat comes in with the Co-Pilot or a 54" I-Pilot my dealer will swap it out for me. I'll stay with an 80# because going to the 112# would require a 3rd battery and I'm just not going to lay out anymore money that I don't have. This is already going to break the piggy bank wide open. The I-Pilot also has more features than the Co-Pilot and is more in line with what a high line boat like a Cayman should have. I think they 'cheaped out' by going with the Co-Pilot. The same with the stereo with only two speakers, it should have 4 like in the 246.
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    After market T-Tops

    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