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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 

  5. 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. Robalo should also make simple and obvious improvements that are on par with the cost of their boats. One example is on my 2018 R222 , the console switches are not even backlit and the cockpit has no overhead light, putting friction hinges in the console door so it doesn't slam shut in snotty conditions. As for options I would definitely order the factory trim tabs, everything else your right you can customize and put what you want in the boat. Good luck, and enjoy your boat
  6. Wow seems that Robalo would integrate these type of inexpensive common sense solutions into their builds, imagine an $80,000 car with no interior illumination for gauges. Just the fact that they don't seem to value and utilize specific owner feedback/suggestions seems like a real missed opportunity.
  7. Ba Fisher and OGR thanks for your contributions to the forum, you have helped me and provided support that I haven't found with dealers or corporate. No kidding but if Robalo hired you guys for tech support it would be a huge improvement, got my vote heck I might even get a finders fee...just kidding. Thanks Guys
  8. Update us on what worked when you finish. Thanks
  9. Yes both good ideas, keep in mind space is very tight inside the tube so not sure how useful snake and pick up tool will be. We used the modified zip tie to insert into the down tube and retrieve the braided line, its pretty tight in there. Dont forget to run a second line afterwards and leave in place for any future wiring needs. Some Vhf radios have built in gps now so you dont have to connect to your gps/plotter anymore to get coordinates automatically for DSC or MMSI digital calling. Only thing is you wouldn't be able to see the gps location of other vessels on your gps that have put out a DSC distress call. Oh well, good luck it took us about a good solid 2 hours but its done and learned a couple of tricks in the process.
  10. NMEEA CABLE Update: So after getting a $1200 dollar quote by my local Robalo dealer while it was in for warranty work, I decided to try it myself. I traced the existing wire to the rear starboard TTop down tube. That's where all the wires are routed in inside the electronics box of the fiberglass ttop. I tied 50lb braide line to a 1/2 oz eggs sinker, other end to the cable and dropped the sinker down the tube. Then you have to fish the braided line out the tube from inside the console. This was not an easy task, must be patient and determined, also best to have a helper to jiggle the string so person in console can locate and retrieve it. Tip: My buddy thought of using a long zip tie to snag the braided line from inside the console. He cut little angled slits in the edges of the zip tie to snag the braided line. Its very tight and flexibility of zip tie was the ticket. OHHHH and of course we ran another line and left in place for any future wiring needs like radar.
  11. Took R222 out lobster fishing at night for the first time and was disappointed that the console switches are not backlit? Am I missing something or do these switches just not have illumination at night?
  12. OGR I just want to thank you for your knowledge and willingness to share. I got your emails on the R222 leakage solutions and the wiring . Detailed and very helpful
  13. I had to laugh when I got my customer survey, it was like someone talking and not saying anything. It's more of a report card on your dealer rather than allowing one to reflect on the whole culture of crappy customer service within the Robalo division. It didn't even have a section to add comments, or deviate from their single minded shallow survey questions. They ask a few questions but only want to hear certain answers, completely tone deaf.
  14. Wow sorry to see this situation, I had water in the console and the 5 gal bucket compartment as well in my brand new R222. First thing I did was put some weatherstrip around the bucket compartment lip, same as is on the fish lockers in the bow. I saw this improvement on this forum and it eliminates most of the water leakage significantly. Why Robalo doesn't do this is a mystery to me. Also put friction hinges on all the hatch doors and the console door. The other thing I do is put my boat on an angle to drain water towards bilge before I wash it, by placing a large brick under the jack wheel and extending wheel all the way down to lift bow. I also got a small 4 gal 5hp Ridgid wet vac to suck out the remaining residue of water in the bilge and all compartments.
  15. Update: I ordered these hinges they are smaller and thinner than the original so they wont work. I might be able to have some made, will update if I find something.
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