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  1. Horrible design, it's like they opened a tv box and didn't want to take the packaging to the trash so just stuffed it in the boat. If they want to put some foam in front of the rod holder then they should run a pvc tube to protect your rods. Also why not use a spray foam like so many other boat brands do, styrofoam blocks don't belong loose in storage areas (the blocks under the jump seats fell out into my battery areas as well and I just pulled them out). My wife and I have been debating upsizing and the 246 Cayman was on the short list but if this is the kind of processes they use at Roba
  2. I have a 2016 R180, did anyone else find random chunks of styrofoam in their boat? I had a couple blocks under the jump seats that I took out and I just snapped a rod tip on one in front of my under gunnel rod holders. What in the wide world of sports would be the purpose of these blocks?
  3. I will get some pictures for you when I get a chance, so you can see where the folding joint is.
  4. It does offer some sun coverage but most importantly it has added some storage (mainly for life jackets and the ebox) and the ability to add a shade to the bow for when we are trolling or drifting, I am going to go with this one: https://www.amazon.com/Oceansouth-T-Top-Shade-Length-Width/dp/B07RWNVQ4Q/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=t+top+bow+shade&qid=1563384660&s=gateway&sr=8-4 I haven't had a chance to fish out of it yet as when we were going to give it the maiden voyage I had some issues with my Yamaha. Based on just being in the boat, I think if you are mindful of where the top
  5. I got the Dolphin top with the e box. Does anybody else have random pieces of white Styrofoam stuck under your deck? Is there any purpose to this or did Robalo fill their dumpster and start trying to get rid of excess stryrofoam?
  6. Top install went pretty good. I will add pictures when I get the boat back. We moved to FL and took it out once caught a bunch of small jacks, came home and decided that the top needed to be installed before I went back out. I had been waiting on a response from Robalo but that never happened. So I winged it and got it all installed (note the floor on mine was solid fiberglass and not the honeycomb flooring). Drove two hours to Stuart to do some fishing the next day and the trim motor went out on my Yamaha. Took the boat into the dealer and my warranty had ended 5 weeks prior. I was loo
  7. I have a MotorGuide Xi3 60" 70lb 24v on my R180 currently and I love it but I have had both brands in the past. As with everything else people have their favorite brand, I have never had problems with either my Minn Kotas or my MotorGuides. The two reasons I went with the MotorGuide was 1) they connect to Lowrance graphs which is my preference as far as graphs and 2) they are built less than 20 minutes from where I live and I like to support local businesses. I was going to go with the MK Powerdrive since the Xi5 at the time was double the costs but when MG came out with the Xi3, which had
  8. I have a 2016 R180 and have recently purchased an aftermarket t top. I have called 4 different dealers to figure out if there is anything under the deck that I need to watch for when I bolt it down and I have yet to have a dealer know anything about my boat or return a call/email after they say they will contact their representative. I know on the Robalo's website they used to have a parts guide that showed the hull of the boat before the cap was put on but they have since taken 2014-2018 off the site with a message to contact my dealer. I have posted on the forum before about my concerns w
  9. To update my last post, it wasn't the axle that they were going to replace like I was told in email but they sent me two new fender steps that are a fraction of an inch longer. The problem was I had to be the one to constantly email Coyote to get updates and they only sent me one side so I have had to doctor my own solution for the other side. After posting my rant on this forum I received an email from a representative at Chaparral asking for my dealer information and for my hull number. I was excited that I actually got to talk to someone from Robalo and since he was asking about my hull
  10. Anybody have an issue getting rods longer in the rod storage? I go to slide the tip in and even with six foot rods I hit something that won't let me get them all the way in on both sides.
  11. I apologize but I to go on a rant about this topic. I have had nothing but headaches since we bought our R180 last April. First off the trailer fender chipped my hull on both sides going down the road because there is too much movement. Then our dealer basically costs us half of our summer (here in Michigan boating weather is limited) because they continued to fix the symptom (fiberglass) instead of the problem (trailer clearance). After being in the shop twice and for over a month the service department finally raised the bunks up to get enough clearance and we thought we were good to go.
  12. My wife and I have a R180 with the 115 and we love it. It has exceeded my expectations thus far. I was a little worried at first with it being out on the Great Lakes here in Michigan but it handles the big lakes great, we had it out in November musky fishing with 5 footers and were amazed. With the 115 I can run about 39 with the wife and two kids in the boat with a full load (tackle boxes, rods, kids toys, etc.) and when we had 5 adults and my two sons we still ran about 35-36. My brother who runs a Lund in our walleye tournaments was amazed with how much smoother and dryer the R180 was t
  13. Anybody have any experience with the automatic trim tabs such as the Nauticus Smart Tabs or the Bennett Self Leveling? I have a 2016 R180 with the 115 and would like to plane at lower RPM's.
  14. The 115 does great for everything I have done. It won't win many races but I have had it in some rougher water on the Great Lakes and the 115 does great of powering through. I would add trim tabs though to help keep on plane at slower speeds. Even with a full boat the 115 is sufficient but if I had the choice over again I would probably get the 150. The greatest thing about the 115 is you can go forever on a tank of gas. Crashl how did you mount your trolling motor and where do you have the batteries mounted? How far does the 60 inch shaft allow the prop to be under water? I hate to
  15. I bought a R180 new last year and plan on adding some additional items to the boat and would like some feedback, either just brainstorming or from experience. First off I would like to add a trolling motor on the bow and would like some thoughts on shaft length, thrust, mounting, and battery placement. The next thing is that I would like to add is a T Top. I have the Yamaha 115 and was wondering if the boat is affected by the T Top as far as performance goes. Also any advice for aftermarket T Tops?
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