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About Hook-Em Out

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  • Birthday 04/05/1970

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    NW Ohio/ Florida
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    R160/F70
    Minn Kota Riptide I-pilot

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  1. Hook-Em Out

    R160 in ocean?

    Sorry, just saw your question. It has handled it very well. Offshore all the time setting on it in the waves, no sign if cracks at all. The lid is very hefty.
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    R160 in ocean?

    FYI. The Fortrex is only offered in 24v or 36v, and is hand controlled without GPS control. I did mine myself, it is not that hard. I run one tolling motor battery that I have in the center console. I have a ProMariner Pro Sport 8 onboard charger mounted in the Center console. It's a two bank charger. One bank charges the tolling motor battery that is in the CC, the other bank charges the boats battery that is under the starboard aft jump seat. That way I always leave port with full batteries. Power cables for the trolling motor are run forward to a access plate in the bow, where I installed a plug for the trolling motor. This would be my recommendation and these prices from Bass pro are just a reference point. MotorGuide #941700080 Xi5 55lb/54" with PinPoint GPS $1229.99 and the detachable mounting plate 8M0092063 $59.99 or what I have a Minn-Kota #1363556 Riptide PowerDrive 55lb/48" with I-pilot GPS $1329.99 and the detachable mounting plate RTA-17 $79.99. I love my setup, but both are most likely great produces.
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    R160 in ocean?

    Robalo does not have a factory install option for the R160. For reference they do for the more than twice as heavy 226 Cayman. On that ship they offer a Minn Kota Riptide I-Plilot 54" 24 volt 80 lb thrust. The 55 lb is a good fit for the R160 and works great on mine. Anything more is a waste of money and space. I run mine at half speed or less most of the time. I do go full power on the chase when I have to run down the big ones.
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    R160 in ocean?

    I use it in the ocean a lot also. 36v/105 lbs way overkill for the R160. The weight of the three batteries alone will be fun to deal with. I hope it works out for you. I just have a walmart anchor and chain and rope. I store it not in the bucket but beside the bucket. Never get it out, I use the spot lock on the trolling motor all the time for the anchor.
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    R160 in ocean?

    My Minn-Kota does not have the auto deploy. Three batteries...? Did you get a 36volt trolling motor? I have a Minn-Kota Power Drive Riptide with I-pilot in a 48" x 55 lbs. thrust. That is a 12 volt, one battery, more than enough power and battery life. I ran the tolling motor as the anchor and moved around a lot for 4 to 5 hours continuous and it still have 75% juice in the battery.
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    Fuel Tank Vent Issues

    Fueling on the water or on the trailer?
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    Dealer Fuel supplied on new Robalo boat

    I believe it is up to each dealers. On my purchase the purchase agreement said will be delivered with 25 gallons of fuel. Unfortunately my little R160 with a 18 gallon tank was only on 1/4 tank. No big deal, I did not even bring it up. I should have because it was one of a long list of misrepresented items of the sale, that 3-1/2 months later still trying to get resolved.
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    Trim Tabs on R160

    Big_Blue, did you get trim tabs installed yet?
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    Robalo r160 gauges

    I wish I would have took some measurements when I was in Florida at the beginning of the month, I would have all the stuff fab up for the move already.
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    Robalo r160 gauges

    Thanks, I do have a Mako 204 in my shop here in Ohio... But I am really getting the taste of this salt life...
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    Robalo r160 gauges

    Thanks for the reply... I already have the Lowrance cable and a NMEA 2000 kit, but my boat is 1215 miles away by car. I was double checking it would plug into my Yamaha F70. I have a Lowrance HDS7 touch on my R160. Do you get trim info also thru the cable?
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    Robalo r160 gauges

    What cable did you buy?
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    R160 in ocean?

    No, Treasure Coast area.
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    Trim Tabs on R160

    Take a look under the white plastic shelf in the CC. The dealer took mine out I believe while fishing wires to the CC and messed up all the screws holding it down, so I had to redo it all. While I had it un-fasten and lifted up replacing screws there is a large area under it. I want to fab a new shelf with a battery box on the bottom of shelf with a lid for my main battery and trolling battery.
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    R160 in ocean?

    I actual bought my boat a little used. The owner of the dealership in Florida used it for about 20 hours at his cabin in the Carolinas. It had a freshwater Minn-Kota on it that they poorly installed. I replaced it myself with a saltwater version with I-pilot and a Minn-Kota RTA-17 quick detach and much better workmanship. I have a trolling battery in the CC and the boats battery is in the factory location in the starboard aft seat. I have plans of moving it to the CC to better balance the boat and utilize the easy storage on the aft seat. I have a plastic fab shop and going to make a new CC shelf that has two battery boxes on the under side with lids, utilizing the large wasted space under the shelf in the CC. This will also give me back the storage area in the CC where the tolling battery is taking up now. They had a humminbird sonar with no GPS on top of the console. I pulled the Lowrance HDS7 Gen2 off of my Mako 204 and put it on the R160 and put a Lowrance HDS7 Gen3 on the Mako.
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