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    R160 in ocean?

    Sorry I was camping and fishing on Lake Erie for the 4th of July weekend. Looks like RickR160 answered your first question. Question #2... I am using a Lowrance HDS Gen 2 Touch I took off my Mako 204, but it is not attached to the MinnKota Riptide PowerDrive 55lb/48" with I-pilot GPS, they are not compatible. The MinnKota Riptide PowerDrive 55lb/48" with I-pilot GPS, does not need to be attached to a GPS. It has one built in. All the brands of trolling motors do not use the boats GPS to do the auto pilot function. They have there own GPS. If you want to link them to your Chart plotter, MinnKota and Hummingbird are compatible and MotorGuide and Lowrance are compatible. Then you need to set up a NMEA 2000 network and connect everything to the MNEA 2000 backbone. On my Mako I setup a Lowrance HDS Gen 3 with a MNEA 2000 network connecting my radio, engine gauges and a auto pilot for the main motor. Love it. Going to put a trolling motor on the Mako this summer but I believe I am going to go with the none compatible MinnKota and not the MotorGuide because I like the Minnkota's controls so much. Do not believe I would use my chart plotter to control the trolling motor that much. I am all over the boat fishing when I am using the trolling motor and have the control pendant around my neck. May change my mind. Check your Personal Message on the board.
  2. Sorry, forgot to quote you in the above reply.
  3. No not yet, my boat is in Florida and I live in Ohio. I was in Florida for 8 weeks this year, but have spent my time fishing and not upgrading the boat yet. My grandfather turned 90 in January and I want to take him fishing as much as possible. We have been doing very well. I caught my first Sail and my grandpa was with me. Probably the only Sailfish ever caught from a R160.
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    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.
  9. Fueling on the water or on the trailer?
  10. 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.
  11. Big_Blue, did you get trim tabs installed yet?
  12. 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.
  13. Thanks, I do have a Mako 204 in my shop here in Ohio... But I am really getting the taste of this salt life...
  14. 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?
  15. What cable did you buy?
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    R160 in ocean?

    No, Treasure Coast area.
  17. 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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    R160 in ocean?

    I put the Minn-Kota Power Drive Riptide w/ I-pilot in a 48" - 55lbs thrust. I love it. The R160 does not have a good place to store the anchor, I store in the back by the bucket and never get it out. I use the spot lock on the Minn-Kota, it is awesome. And it is already In the water when the big one hits, so you are all set to run them down if needed. And it was needed as you can see in the pics, especially since I was fishing solo. I also loved it for mangrove snapper fish in the intercostal waters. It holds position exceptional and very easy to make position changes. It was a great addition to the boat. Oh, and it hold course very well even in the waves when you use the course button. Love it, oh I said that...
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    R160 in ocean?

    Can you tell me how your big 90hp H.O. e-tec does getting on plane with just passengers in the aft seats? she probably really does a nose stand.
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    R160 Scuppers

    I do not dispute the 90hp may be the way to go, but not sure about the extra 110lbs out the back and lack of self bailing. In Ohio and Florida where I spend most of my time I have yet to see a 90hp. Only 70hp and one 50hp. The f70 performs fairly good if not great. It's only issue is while trying to ride in a visiting friendly manner. Two at the helm and two at the aft seats. (in my case is done very little as it is mostly 1,2 or 3 out fishing and do not need to visit while run to the fishing grounds, 2 at the helm or 2 at the helm and one in front of the CC) But the wife is the one that needs to be happy, and is complains when I need to tell them I need a couple to move up front so I can get on plane. Trim tabs could fix this, as all CC are aft heavy be nature. The issue with trim tabs is I would have to remove the swim step, that is a great feature also. Can you give me some insight on how your 90hp R160 handles a visiting friendly manner of two at the helm and two at the aft seats?
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    R160 Scuppers

    I have the 70hp with 18 gallon tank. Water come in and out as the waves roll by, but only in the back transom area, never makes it to the walking area of the boat. I would leave them open as if you took a wave, the deck will be able to drain. That is the advantage of a wet deck. My boat does have a trolling motor up front and a trolling battery in the CC. And when I have been offshore the live well was full with bait in it, so the balance of my boat may be different than yours. I am also going to move my house battery to the CC, but this is more for my take offs, as it can be a pig with a couple friends on board. 6 days in a row offshore and the boat sat in the water at a slip the whole 6 days. Tested the bilge daily, and never had a drop below deck. How does you 70hp do with a load?
  23. Thanks for the reply. I have already fixed a lot of the shotty work that the dealer did on installing trolling battery in CC and the trolling motor up front. I will not be getting work done there. Rather just do it myself and get it done right. Putting some long battery cable to the cc for the house battery will be nothing. With the trim tabs the only issue is the swim step. How to get around it or just removing it. It is handy for the wife and friend when stopping at the islands. Looking forward to hearing how your boat performs with tabs. I also have 18gal tank.
  24. Big_Blue, have you installed any tabs of any kind on your R160? Or has anyone? I have a R160 with a F70 and find it a bit anemic on getting out of the hole. My wife and friend like to set in the back jump seats, and when they do I can not get on plane. We just slug along at 4000rpms and just can not get over the hump. FYI... Myself 190#, wife 180# friend 160#. In my opinion all center console need trim tabs and should be standard equipment. They are just too light up front, but are my favorite boat, as they make for a great fishing machine. I am planning on moving the battery to the center console, but this is only going to be a marginal improvement. 50# battery forward 6-1/2', affective center of gravity change around 3-1/4'. But will make for better storage in the easy accessible back jump seat. It will get on plane with an good load. I have a Min-Kota on the front with a tolling battery in the CC. My heaviest load with myself 190# and a friend at the helm 250#, friend on the front of CC 210# and wife on the front deck 180# (estimated 830#). She struggled but got on plane. would not do it with wife in the back. Would love to hear some feed back on any trim tabs and what I am not a fan of, outboard fins.
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