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    R200 trolling motor in action

    Here's a video of how my MotorGuide Xi5 72" 36v trolling motor works in 2ft chops and 20mph wind :-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkQ0ao4N7bA
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    Trolling Motor Install on R200

    I finally installed a MotorGuide Xi5 trolling motor on my 2018 R200. I tested it in the water today: 20mph wind, 3ft waves. Usually this means my boat will be drifting around 1.5mph and it's impossible to do bottom fishing at 100ft. With the motor deployed in anchor mode, the boat is pinned within a 20ft radius, and my fishing line stays pretty much vertical with an 8 oz sinker. You definitely need 72" shaft because the R200 has a high bow. Even with that the props would occasionally cavitate in today's condition. I chose MotorGuide because it works with my Lowrance HDS fish finder. If you have Garmin, Minn Kota is the way to go. It's too bad that they don't inter-operate. I actually wanted to have someone installed the the trolling motor. However, trolling motors aren't popular at all around here, so I had to do it myself. I'll post how I did it, in case it might be useful to other R200 owners.
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    Trolling Motor Install on R200

    Yes, the outer diameter of the bow rail is 1 1/4” overall I am very happy about the performance. It holds the boat still in 2-3ft seas with 15+ mph wind with less than 100% output. I’m sure it can do more but I can’t :-) trolling speed can be up to 4 mph, I believe, but I’ve never needed to troll that fast. my only problem is controlling the motor via my lowrance unit. I never got it to work. I can see information on the lowrance, such as power output percentage, etc, but if I use the lowrance to try to move the boat, sometimes it goes the opposite direction. So I just use the hand held remote control instead. if I were to do it again I would have bought a minn kota instead.
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    R200 Questions

    If you don’t mind racking up hours on the main motor, you can use a trolling plate to slow the boat down https://www.cabelas.com/product/Trol-A-Matic-Trolling-Plate/699629.uts
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    Trolling motors

    I have a 36v 72in MotorGuide. I bought it because it is supposed to be able connect to my Lowrance fish finder. So I spent $200+ on an stupid NMEA cable and found out that the fish finder would sometimes drive the boat to the wrong direction! I ended up just controlling the motor using the remote, which turns out just fine. If I were to do it again I would have bought a Minn Kota with the auto-deploy feature. My friend has that and is very happy with it.
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    Robalo Warranty - Not

    I think you still have enough letters to spell LOL BOOB!
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    2018 R200 factory mooring cover

    Still waiting for my 2018 R200 to be delivered, and just found out today that Robalo now offers a factory mooring cover for the R200. It costs *only* $950, and it's about 1/2 the price I was quoted from a local canvas fabricator. Looks like a very good deal. Does anyone have this with their boat? Any photos?
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    2018 R200 factory mooring cover

    Another problem with this cover is that some of the straps will slip. So I would ratchet the whole thing tight, only to find out a week later that the straps would come loose. The fix is to get these - 1 Inch Plastic Triglides Slides https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VSS8V6/
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    2018 R200 factory mooring cover

    Rain season has started in California, and I found that it's pretty easy for water to pool up over the bow. That's partly due to the high bow rail, which creates a rather flat area for the cover. My solution is pool noodles :-) They are hard to come by in the winter but I found some on Amazon.
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    From the album: R200 Mooring Cover

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    From the album: R200 Mooring Cover

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    From the album: R200 Mooring Cover

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    I don’t remember exactly but I think it’s about 40”. In any case, get a 72” shaft. I have a 72 and the prop will still occasionally come out of the water in 2-3 foot seas.
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    R200 Coyote Trailer Tire Pressure

    I haven't used my trailer for a year and now I need to haul the boat out of the water. Does anyone know what the correct tire pressure should be for the Coyote trailers?
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    R200 Coyote Trailer Tire Pressure

    I found a label inside the A frame of the trailer. It says 50lb for all 5 tires (including the spare)
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    R305 ?? Need info please

    Robalo makes "mid grade" boats with "mid range" prices. However, at the higher end like the R305, the price doesn't seem that far off from a Whaler 285 Conquest, and the size isn't that much bigger. I like my current R200, but if I were to upgrade to that size, I'll probably get a Whaler. R305 = 29' 2" LOA 10'6" beam 9600lb dry weight Conquest 285 = 27'10" LOA 9'6" beam ~8700lb dry weight
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    R180 Bait Tank

    To post photos, click on "create" at the top of the page and choose "Gallery Image". After you have posted images, you can insert them into your posts by clicking on "Insert other media" while you edit your post. Choose "inserting existing attachments", and then "Gallery images". Yes, it's not very obvious at all, but perhaps Robalo doesn't like people uploading too many hot girl photos here :-)
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    When is the BEST time to purchase?

    I think sometimes you get like $1000 off at boat shows.
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    R180/R200 jump seat drain pipe

    The jump seats on the R180 and R200 have a poor design that pools rain water behind the seat back. The rain water eventually gets dumped over the battery and builds up in the bilge. If the boat is moored, the rain water will eventually flow up into the console and leave a wet floor there. I couldn't find a small through-hull that can be mounted flush to the surface, so I ended up using a 3/8" copper pipe https://www.zoro.com/mueller-industries-type-l-hard-length-14-inx-2ft-lh02002/i/G2359892/ and flared it using this flaring tool (which is not very good so I don't recommend it): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016MEB65K/ I then drilled a 3/8 inch hole and countersunk it to match the flare. The hole is a little tight, so I hammered the pipe down (using the rubber end of a screw driver). That also ensures the pipe won't pop up on its own. I also applied 3M 5300 sealant below the flare, but I forgot to take a photo of the final look. It looks good and flush. Believe me :-) I use a 3/8" ID drain tube to connect the copper pipe down to the existing drain tube of the seat's cup holder.
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    R180/R200 jump seat drain pipe

    When the seat is folded down, it's almost touching the bulkhead behind the seat. So if I move the bracket back, the seat cannot be folded down anymore :-(
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    R180/R200 jump seat drain pipe

    If you look at my photo you can see that the metal bracket has a piece of metal at the back, which is in front of the rear edge of the opening. The seat is further in front of this piece of metal, so it doesn't completely cover the opening.
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    R180/R200 jump seat drain pipe

    When I washed the boat yesterday, I found a fatal flaw to my plan. The seat doesn't complete cover the opening ... so if water falls on the seat, it drips down the back of the seat directly into the bilge. This is starting to really bug me. I want to build some sort of hatch cover, but the placement of the seat brackets makes that difficult. I have 2 rather dumb ideas: [1] Just cover the entire opening with transparent plastic (Walmart clear shower curtain). Tape the edges with duct tape. I'd still be able to see what's inside there, and in a pinch I can just rip out the plastic (to put out a fire on the battery, etc). The problem with this is water will pool on top of the plastic. But maybe this is OK. [2] Put a piece of 1/2 inch starboard below the seat brackets. Cut a hole that's as large as possible (otherwise it would be hard to move the battery out). Use a router to make a 1/8 inch deep ridge. Put a piece of 1/8 inch clear acrylic sheet over the ridge, and seal all four sides of the sheet using duct tape. I would just rip the duct tape in the rare case when I need access to the bilge area. To avoid using duct tape, I could put weather stripping around the acrylic sheet, but I don't think the seat bottom would provide enough pressure to ensure a good seal.
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