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  1. My boat has been dry since I installed the water barrier in July. It's rained a few times already (yes, we occasionally have rain here in California!).
  2. I am happy to report that my console has been dry over the past few months since I installed this water barrier to block backflow from the bilge (see my post on July 12).
  3. Depending on how rough the water is. On the West Coast you definitely need a 72" for the R200/202/207. Here's what my 72" looks like on a "normal" day. A 60" will be hanging out of the water half of the time.
  4. Try the Robalo Owners group on Facebook
  5. Can the latch force the door to close slowly without slamming? I don't need to hold the door open, but I am tired of my friends slamming the door.
  6. How often do you need to do this?
  7. Maybe you can access this space from inside the console, by removing the piece of starboard that's behind the porta potti?
  8. How do you know the water is there?
  9. I am thinking of getting these hinges for my R200's livewell. Has anyone done this before? Which hinge did you use?
  10. My issues with my 2018 R200 for the past 20 months since delivery: + screws that connect the rear jump seats to the boat became loose + 2 air pockets causing gelcoat cracks (bottom of gunnel and rear jump seat) + leaks from the hubs on my Coyote trailer + cracks on the floor of the console + T top e-box came with locks but no keys + the strainer on top of the live well drain pipe fell out. I reattached it with zip ties Other than that it's been a blast!
  11. Last time I filled my boat with 50 gallons of fuel, it took over 30 minutes and had a lot of back flow. (Warning -- do not operate electric equipments inside gas stations, or when fuel vapors are present!) So I decided to take my cheap portable leaf blower to the dock, remove the blower pipe, wrap the air outlet with a towel and point it at the gas filler port. After a few blows, water was coming out of the fuel vent, and I could hear gurgling sounds inside the fuel vent. When water stopped coming out, I tried filling the boat with a portable 5 gal tank. Again, I could hear gurgling sounds inside the fuel vent, indicating that air was vented out while fuel was going in. The fuel vent is supposed to have a "gooseneck" to prevent water from flowing inside. However, the one on the R200 is tiny, so water probably flowed in there easily and pooled up to block the air vent passage. Instead of using an electric blower, I think it would be much safer to: (1) Use a foot pump https://www.amazon.com/Airhead-AHP-F1-AIRHEAD-Foot-Pump/dp/B000FE9CGE/ (2) Unscrew the fuel vent cap and suck the water out using a syringe https://www.amazon.com/Carejoy-Indutrial-Syringes-Scientific-Injecting/dp/B07DXS7ZTV/ The latter is probably more effective in removing all the water but requires more work.
  12. ba_fisher


    Use this to blow into the gas fill port to clean out water pooled inside the gas tank vent.
  13. Maybe convert the bunks to rollers?
  14. I live in California so I don't really know rain :-). I think a T top won't offer much rain protection unless you are anchored and there's absolutely no wind. I've seen people with screens made of canvas and isinglass, but that would protect only the 2 people on the helm seat. Also it will be a hassle to deal with, and you probably have to slow down the boat. For my next boat, though, I'll probably buy one with a cabin, like a Parker or Farallon. Not for rain protection, but it does get cold and windy here around the SF area.
  15. With my factory T top on the R200, it does provide some sun cover, especially at noon. We do mostly bottom fishing so the top doesn't get into the way. For casting, I either cast under-hand, or go to the bow and cast from there.
  16. The locker on my 2018 R200 has locks.The main support tubes on the t top are 1.9 inches OD.
  17. Here's my Lowrance HDS Carbon 9
  18. By the way, due to poor quality-control, the joint between the console and the deck was not properly sealed, so rain water can easily seep into the console. I've added a nice bead of sealant all around, so hopefully this would fix it ... (famous last word)
  19. Here's my latest attempt to prevent the bilge water from flowing back into the console. I use a piece of StarBoard as water barrier, and use two little plastic bottles as drain plugs in case I need to let water run from the console back to the bilge. My console has been dry since I've done this, but it's California so it has not been rain tested yet. Let's wait till the winter and see. No, it's not the beautiful piece of artwork you guys are looking for :-)
  20. So, I am a little bewildered as to how water can get into the hole under the step for kingrex. The only thing I can think if is maybe a LOT of water got onto the console floor, and thus spilled over that hole?? It's not that hard as the hole is pretty low. I have had a couple of inches of water on my floor before, and when the boat bumps while underway water can easy go over.
  21. Need to make a correction to my previous statement -- the R200's anchor locker does NOT drain into the console. Instead, it's drained overboard right under the bow. Forum member BoognishR200 told this to me and I verified it today: Fill anchor locker with water: Water comes out here:
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