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  1. RickR160

    R200 Questions

    A Yamaha can be equipped with a variable rpm trolling switch. MAR-VTSSW-00-KT. 50 rpm adjustments. It may not be for engines above the 115 though, not sure.
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    R160, trailering with bimini folded down

    While I hate the step, that does not look like an idea solution.
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    Hydraulic Steering on Robalo R160

    Right. It does not lock, but it stops turning when the engine is fully stopped.
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    Hydraulic Steering on Robalo R160

    No, the wheel does not lock like in an automobile, when the engine is off.
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    Robalo Warranty - Not

    The problem is that Robalo is dealer-focused, not customer-focused. They don't even have a person who has in their job description to monitor social media. That's insane in today's environment. While Joebalo does respond here once and a while, he's not doing it except to be a nice guy.
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    Corrosion protection

    You should not be trailering with the engine tilted up. If you need to raise the engine so you don't hit the road, then they make different devices to hold the engine and bear the weight. The weight should not be on the tilt mechanism. I store mine down, just tilted up from vertical, so that the oil doesn't pool in the cylinders. If you store it all the way down, and then let it sit for a while, you'll see a tiny cloud of smoke in the exhaust otherwise. There are various "transom saver" devices on the market. Here's Yamaha's - https://amzn.to/2CWM3NW
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    Robalo Warranty - Not

    Name your boat "A Boor".
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    Corrosion protection

    I followed Yamaha's instructions and sprayed everything but the air intakes. I stated how it should be tilted in the 2nd sentence of my response... There are no road hazards when it's parked in my garage for the winter.
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    Corrosion protection

    All you need is silicone spray, nothing Yamaha-branded. You want to store it tilted down in the winter. Ideally, tilt it down all the way, then back up so that it's just up a hair from the straight vertical position. This stops oil from pooling on the cylinders and prevents a big cloud of smoke on startup.
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    R222 explorer front fish boxes getting wet

    We have a fish box on our R160. We rarely use it for fish, so we store things we want dry in it. They were getting wet. We figured that it was due water coming back up the drain, so we bought a rubber drain plug. Still found some wetness. We have finally determined that the water feed, unless turned off physically in the locker, must be spewing some water when we throttle down and water hits the stern of the boat, coming back up the line. We didn't test this extensively, but since the boat is kept in a boathouse, and the wetness is more than condensation, that's the only thing that made sense. Next season (Michigan), we'll validate this in use.
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    warranty support

    Nice post!
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    R200 Coyote Trailer Tire Pressure

    Tire pressure should be printed on the sidewall of the tire. If I recall correctly, mine are 50 lbs.
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    warranty support

    Totally understand where you are coming from. However, your experience is not dissimilar to that when buying an automobile. Dealers are independent, some Ford dealers give great service, some not so great service. Some jump through hoops for you, some don't. I wouldn't expect Robalo would get involved when a salesperson at a dealer that sells their brand (and others) isn't up to snuff. Very different than a refusal to deal with a warranty issue. If I spent $50k at a dealer, and you didn't, and I came in with an issue, I'd expect my salesperson to jump, and do everything he could to get me back on the water. I wouldn't expect that for you, because they're going to wait for Robalo to respond, and make sure it's covered, before doing anything. Just the nature of the beast.
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    warranty support

    FYI - you haven't shared this with Robalo Corp by posting here. Unlike most companies, Robalo doesn't maintain a presence on their own forum. There is a company representative, who occasionally posts, but not as an official company response. It appears that nearly all your complaint deals with 1 dealer, and how they're handing pre-purchase, i.e. advertising product that is sold (not uncommon for boat and car dealers to do this), and having salespeople unfamiliar with company policy. To my knowledge, Robalo dealers provide warranty support on Robalo boats. So if you have a warranty issue on your soon-to-be-new Robalo boat, any Robalo dealer will provide warranty support. Note that they have to get Robalo's approval for all warranty support, and the company is not fast moving in that area. My dealer has repaired several things without issue, including a recent seam that pulled out on my Bimini top. I have no idea if Robalo approved the repair or not, but it was clearly a defect, and the dealer got it repaired, and didn't charge me. Don't expect a dealer that you didn't buy your boat from to do anything until Robalo responds with approval.
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    warranty support

    Any dealer must provide warranty support.