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  1. One of my big decision factors for the R222ES was number of occupants. I wanted enough boat to accommodate 2 small families. 4 adults and 3 kids is perfect. 6 adults and 1 kid, she takes a little more to manage. I’m certain we were pushing the 1400 lb max, which in my mind is deceiving. If anyone purchase an R222 to accommodate 10 total, they’re in for a rude awakening. For now, I’m happy with the R222 but can see upgrading to a bigger boat in the future.
  2. Thanks for the reply. This looks like a great solution and well worth checking into.
  3. I like the idea of redundancy but In the event of one engine failure, I don’t think the other 115 will be enough to get you on plane.
  4. I haven’t. Pretty happy with the added cleats though. I also jumped a size up on my fenders and got the protective clothe covers. However, after one year, you can notice the paint IWO fenders is slightly faded.
  5. I think it would be nice too when sand barring. Would be nervous of wind damage when leaving it alone in slip. I’d be concerned with the placement of that aft fender. Looks like it could slide out behind boat/dock. I had same configuration and concern on my R222ES so I had a recessed cleats added to gunwale port and starboard about 4’fwd aft.
  6. I don’t know where this is at on the gunwale, or if you have any outfitting plans for the boat, such as additional rod holders or cup holders. I know some guys that installed track systems for sliding down riggers and rod holders. I had some additional recessed cleats added. It would be nice if you had something that could be added to this area to cover it up. It doesn’t cover the fact that factory QC accepted this blemish. At a min you should certainly let the know that you’re disappointed in this defect.
  7. That really sucks as it extends past the repaired area. Looks like they tried to feather it out after repairing. On the floor would be one thing, but on a noticeable area like the gunwale, it’s too bad. With the texture, I don’t think they could make this look any better.
  8. I have a 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 that I use to tow my R222ES. I’ve towed distances of up to 8 hours and feel I’m pretty much at the max for what the truck can handle. Towing is one thing but grades associated with launching is another thing. If I could do it over again, I’d get the 2500 for the R222ES. The 2509 could probably handle the 242 as well. As for the boat, last year was my first experience as a boat owner of anything this size and I was surprised at how easily I could launch the 222ES single handily. However, I float the vessel off and on the trailer. I wouldn’t the 242 would be much tougher. I like the 242 and if I could afford it, would probably go with twin outboards for redundancy. But if I could it,I’d stretch my budget by going after Robalos walk around. Someday.
  9. I wish I could help you. I have the Airmar B175 1 KW on my 2017 R222ES. I know it was an upgrade but don’t recall what it was an upgrade from. I had a lot of people helping me out and went through a lot of on line reviews and videos while spec’ing out my boat last year. My sale guy is also a professional fisherman so I don’t if it was his recommendation, my buddies, or my research. Must be an age related memory lapse. Anyway, I do like my transducer/garmin combo but am not able to compare it with the base model.
  10. Nice outcome. Thanks for sharing. Am certain many will appreciate this.
  11. A lot of classic vessel owners on The Hull Truth. You try there?
  12. I have a 2017 R222ES. I have two factory installed recessed flush mounted rod holders on the stern p&s. I believe both are 15 degree and angled back. I have two factory installed recessed flush mounted rod holders on p&s gunwales midship. I believe these are 15 degree and angled back. For trolling, aft rods drag straight off back of boat, midship gunwales rigged with planer boards. It seems odd that the midship poles point back, but tension from planer board pulls outboard. It seem that a more natural fit would be to turn these two rod holders 90 degrees so rods point outboard. Does this make sense? I believe there are only 3 mounting screws so minimum turn might be 120 degrees instead of 90. I don’t know for sure as my boat is in winter storage. If this makes sense, do you think the gunwale void is wide enough to accommodate the 15 degree angle? If so, do you think it’s wide enough to accommodate a 30 degree angle as I’d like to swap these out. Goal would be to drag these straight back as well and use my leaning post upper rod holders for planer boards. Thanks in advance for any feedback.
  13. Not according to my dealer.
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  15. I have not. All three batteries are port aft. House and starting we’re shifted to mid shift. This can create a slight list to port in some situations, but is usually countered as I favor starboard side of helm. Also counter with trim tabs. I can get about 10 hours out of trolling.