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    Trolling Motor Install on R200

    I am in the San Francisco area so most of my trips are choppy. I usually drive nice and slow -- about 20mph in a head sea and 25mph in a following sea, but once in a while the boat will jump and make a big splash. I checked the floor today and it seemed pretty solid. I tried rocking the battery trays and didn't feel any movement, so I guess they are still good. Does it meet the ABYC standard (hanging sideways with 2x the weight??), probably not. But I am pretty happy about it. I put 3M 5200 under the trays for water proofing. I probably didn't put enough for fastening purposes. I don't know if it would stick to the plastic tray anyway. If you're curios, you can unscrew the stainless "feet" of the console step and see what kind of fastener is used by the factory.
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    Trolling Motor Install on R200

    Hi Bob, thanks for the tips! After I finished the installation, I added heat shrinks to seal the cables. But since you mentioned it, I checked again today and found one cable not sealed, so I'll seal it ASAP. BTW, here is how I protect the battery terminals:
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    R200 - 150 or 200HP?

    Here on the west coast, it’s always rough out so I’ve never once run my boat at WOT. The 150 is more than enough for my 2018 R200. 5 adults fishing with a full livewell and 5 batteries (3 for the trolling motor), the boat has no problem getting on plane.
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    Head Compartment Key

    Contact a locksmith, or just drill/break the lock yourself? My boat was delivered with the head compartment key but not keys for the electronics box. I asked dealer for replacement but never heard back for the past 1.5 years!
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    R160 Wiring Question

    On my R200 the bilge pump light turns on whenever the pump runs. I see that a lot whenever I have some water in the bilge and jump over a wave to trigger the pump.
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    R200 Water in Head Area

    That looks normal to me. It's unfinished fiberglass, similar to what I have.
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    R200 Water in Head Area

    Yes that's normal. The R200 bas a bad design where the water in the bilge (usually accumulated rain water or from boat washing) would flow back into the console. It's more apparent when the boat pitches up and down while you drive it. The hole you saw is the drain from the anchor locker, which collects rain water.
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    Caring for boat after having it in saltwater

    Here's how much growth you'd get in 60 days of cold California water. Full of little speckles of barnacles.
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    R200 radio install/adding glove box?

    I found this VHF radio that you can put inside the console, and just drill a small hole for the hand-held. https://www.amazon.com/IC-M400BB-SW-Modular-Marine-Command/dp/B00DHPWE54/
  11. Thanks haz for the photos. Now I know another way to access under the gunwale. Now I need to think about what I can do inside there :-)
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    Is there any plywood in a R180

    Maybe pay for a survey? I heard that boat surveyors have a “water meter” that can tell if there’s water intrusion in the fiberglass.
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    Trolling Motor Install on R200

    I shared this video in a different post, but I thought I should also include it here so people can see how the trolling motor works in action under rough weather :
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    Tackle drawers under my R200 leaning post

    Looks very nice, but if I were to spend a few thousand dollars on this, I might just buy all the tools necessary and build it myself. It seems you just need to fit a bunch of rectangular starboard panels together, with a bit of routing. It would require time, but probably not a whole lot of skills.