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  1. AO

    Robalo and Evinrude?

    I emailed factory rep joebalo (from THT forum) a couple of years ago in regards to ordering different brand engines from robalo. His response was, "We offer Yamaha, Mercury, and Evinrude. Pricing is pretty similar between the 3. We only advertise Yamaha on our website per our agreement with Yamaha. Your closest dealer can get you exact pricing for Mercury or Evinrude". If you do order an etec, evinrude just came out with a new, lighter 115, 140, and 150 etec G2. Probably would make a sweet combo for the R180. https://www.boattest.com/engine-review/Evinrude/55000220_e-tec-150-hp
  2. AO

    227 Live Well

    I think I know what you mean. Mine overflowed as well when I first got the boat. The drain tube was just high enough that I couldn't completely close the lid to the livewell. All you need to do is pop off the filter/strainer from the drain tube and cut the PVC pipe down as much as needed. The drain tube is threaded and screws right out.
  3. AO

    Trolling Motor Install on R200

    Thanks for sharing BA. Just bought a pair for my boat. This forum needs a like button.
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    R180 in garage

    An R187 sounds intriguing to me as well. I think robalo decided not to because of price point. The r180 is pretty heavy as is. A dc version would be even more so. I would imagine an R187 with a 115 outboard, 5-6 people on board w/all their gear, full of fuel, and pulling a towable would feel a little underwhelming. If I remember correctly, when I priced an R180 (w/150) and an R207 (w/150) optioned out, the difference was around 5-6k. It was close enough for me to go for the larger hull. Who knows. Good luck finding storage.
  5. AO

    2005 227 Top Speeds

    Nice! I thought you were going to leave us hanging. lol Glad it worked out Wesley.
  6. AO

    R207 modifications

    Ah, I see what you mean. I was originally interested in the 'Get Wet Organizer' that comes on a variety of colors, but then decided on the mesh pocket. My mistake. They got them in white too. Organizer
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    R207 modifications

    Just added a couple of mesh pockets next to the front seats. They're good quality, made for boat use, and use snads to attach. So no drilling. Pretty inconspicuous spot and perfect for smaller items like cell phones, wallets, keys, snacks, etc. I thought about adding a glove box, but these are working great for us. They sell different colors, sizes, and options. https://www.organizedobie.com/Net-Pockets
  8. AO

    Yamaha Fuel Water Separating Filter

    Installed the fuel water separator kit recently. The hardest part was access. If anyone is thinking of installing one in a R207/200, the holes needed are already pre-drilled with t-nuts installed from the factory. So that made it much easier. I only had to drill one hole for a hose clamp. Haz, I had to return that merc filter. I would've had to figure out a way to install the bracket a few inches higher to make it fit. Thanks anyway though. I've used these sierra filters on previous boats without issue. Sure am happy that it's on now. If I knew that the boat was going to come without one, I would have negotiated the dealer installing one. Fun project though. List of items used: Sierra International 18-7777 Stainless Steel Fuel Water Separator Bracket Sierra International 18-7945 10 Micron Fuel Water Separating Filter 2 - Brass Hose Fitting, Adapter, 3/8" Barb x 1/4" NPT Male Pipe 4 - Stainless Hose Clamps, 5/16" - 7/8" 2 - 1/4"-20 x 1 1/2" stainless screws w/nuts (buy extras just in case one drops in the bilge) Permatex 56521 High Performance Thread Sealant (Do not use white teflon tape on fuel fittings) One inch stainless hose clamp/holder (optional for cleaner look)
  9. AO

    Best engine for 160?

    You should read this thread below if you haven't already. R160 Motor Decision
  10. AO

    Yamaha Fuel Water Separating Filter

    Ha, not at all haz! You're right, still have 4 years left on the warranty so I need to remain cognizant. Always appreciate the input.
  11. AO

    Yamaha Fuel Water Separating Filter

    Same here, always change filters and add a fuel additive regularly. I'm lucky enough to have a non-ethanol gas station near where I store the boat. So it's probably not as big a deal in my situation. Even without ethanol, there's always that slim chance water will work it's way into the tank whether being from condensation, a faulty seal, bad gas, etc. I've installed one before on a 3.0 mercruiser I had a while back. Like you said, it's nice having that extra piece of mind.
  12. AO

    Yamaha Fuel Water Separating Filter

    Thanks haz. Just ordered one. Guess I'll keep the other as a spare.
  13. AO

    Yamaha Fuel Water Separating Filter

    My R207 did not come with a fuel water separator filter. When I purchased the boat last year, the dealer told me it came standard from the factory. I didn't spot it before, but thought it must be well hidden in the bilge like it was on my proline. Well, cleaned out the bilge today and looked to see what filter I needed for a replacement. Followed the fuel line and there just isn't one. Turns out that the filters do not come with the merc 150s. It has a fuel filter under the cowling, but no fuel water separator filter. I'll be installing a kit this week. It's an easy job, but a little frustrating that my dealer told me there was one. No way I'm going out again without one.
  14. AO

    VHF antenna on R207

    Yup, mine is mounted pretty much the same spot as Wyndy. Haven't been to the boat in a while. Been fighting this nasty bug. To answer your question BC, no I have not had any issue with noise or interference with the radio. five by five.
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    Rod holders on R160

    Nice! Like your set-up.