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  1. I was on the windlass wish list too, until I experienced my buddys spot lock gps trolling motor on his new 22' CC. Thats when I realized how dynamic and far more useful the motor is over the windlass. While it never replaces an anchor, it does a hell of a job of making the windlass seem like a phone booth. I recently installed the 36 volt Ulterra with 72" shaft on a 2018 R222 just like the one in the thread. I'm so thankful that guy mapped out the project, really helped my confidence and knowledge to self install saving about $1300 in labor. I used that savings for 3 lithium batteries, I
  2. I have a R222 and trim tabs would be high on the list of must haves. They are worth their weight in gold on that model boat especially for (offshore use). Unlike underwater lights and graphics that in my opinion you can live without. Also as you will soon find out tabs are relatively inexpensive when you consider the cost of most marine upgrades.
  3. I would go with the biggest screen that you can afford and fit. I got a 222 with a standard 7" and upgraded to a 9" later because that's all I had room for. I would have gotten a 12" if I had the space even though price jumps significantly. Remember you have to live with whatever you get and its such a central and essential piece of equipment that integrates with so many other components now. I don't think you will regret going big.
  4. From my experience overall quality control and especially customer service are awful at Robalo. I wont bore you with all the details but OGR and NJ Robert are right on point. I have a 2018 R222 and some of the shortcuts and sloppy work is just dumb, and for a few pennies and quality control could be improved. Small example: the large heavy bilge access door has wood type screws attaching the rear hinge of this door with no washers and the fiberglass is all cracked up, screws aren't even penetrating all the way through as opposed to the same hinge has proper through bolts for the front screws
  5. I have a2018 R222 CC with lean post bait tank, problem is only 15 gal which is way too small, am considering buying a new leaning post with built in 40 gal bait tank. Has anyone done this or any recommendations. Another thought is to gut the existing storage area under seat and make it all bait tank, could probably double the size. Not keen on throwing an aux tank on the swim step, due to weight balance and access to bait tank, definitely cheaper though. Appreciate any feedback, especially from OG
  6. Boat Outfittters does an acrylic upgrade, you send them original as a pattern or make a template. Haven't heard any feedback about them.
  7. I have an 2018 R222 CC with a console bait tank, I would like to replace the existing solid lid with a quality clear lid. Anyone have a recommendation where I could get one or have it made?
  8. Anyone with a Clarion CMS2 stereo, standard with many Robalos may be interested to know of an available Clarion MF1 RF remote control on Amazon for less than 20 bucks. I just installed one and it works up to about 20 to 30 ft away from my boat. I've seen these elsewhere up to $47
  9. Hey T. I did an upgrade on my R222 and had enough clearance for JL speakers. I also used light rings behind my speakers which gave me even more space. You can also do the same or you can add a spacer ring made from starboard or similiar, but likely you wont need the xtra space. As for speaker wire check specs for speaker, when in doubt go for a little heavier. You tube has a real cool R200 which is what gave me my inspiration search you tube : 2018 Robalo 2020 explorer You can also see some pics of my project on this forum just search R222 stereo upgrade
  10. I have the same issue with a 2018 R222, I am able to balance out with one trim tab about half way. It would be real annoying without the trim tabs for sure
  11. I kept the original Clarion head unit and added all JL M6 led speakers. I put the 7.7 speakers in the existing rear speaker just reamed the hole out a bit and it fits between rod holder tubes. I got the JL 800/8 channel amp and added the JL M6 led Vex Pod speakers on the ttop frame which really opens the sound and puts it at ear level. I also added Led light rings behind the speakers and a led remote controller. Last item was a 10" Jl M6 subwoofer and a bass control knob, it sounds excellent.
  12. If you add the external bait tank would like to see some pics, I have a 222 as well and the existing tank is so small.
  13. I live in Los Angeles, I have an 2018 R222 and enjoy fishing and cruising. Furthest I have taken my boat offshore is to Catalina Island about 35 miles each way. 

  14. Look carefully for spider or larger cracks throughout the boat, check transom, gel coat, deck and inside the console and bilge area it's only warrantied for a year. I have found too many cracks and chips to continue running back and forth to the dealer 60 miles away, latest is a quarter size chip inside the bow fish box that I watched chip away while hosing down. Stripped or missing screws are common also once you take possession take photographs and report issues promptly to the dealer in writing with photos. Quality control, fit and finish has a lot of room for improvement. Robal
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