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  1. 2013 R180/F115 So I’ve added a ton of stuff to my R180. The Lowrance Outboard Pilot being the most recent addition—love it with the HDS 12 Live. Now I’m installing white LED “mood lighting” all around the floor area, under the gunnels and in the compartments. It’s nice to light the interior of the boat without wrecking your night vision. There are two existing blue courtesy lights in the cockpit and one in the Live well (that is now dry storage) that I would like to replace with white ones. Robalo part number for these lights is 25.00015. Anybody know who makes these, and do they make them in white? Otherwise, I’ll just abandon them in place. Thanks. PS Check your steering fluid. Mine was squid ink black and took 1.5 gallons of Sea Star fluid to get clear again. Wish I would have flushed it before installing the auto pilot.
  2. Just to bookmark this thread for future benefit, I purchased and installed the replacement lights mentioned above, and the lighting was inadequate for my needs. I ended up putting 2 downward-facing sea Dog 4” LED strip lights (SDL 401450-1) under each gunnel to get the desired lighting.
  3. Well, it’s a little late for me now. I’m done adding heavy stuff and my performance is adequate with 2 people, their gear and a full, 30 gallon bait tank. Did 48 miles yesterday and got 3.8 MPG in choppy seas.
  4. Thank you Haz! I was able to loosen both lights by getting a finger on the nut and rotating the light with a pair of pliers. The nuts weren’t gel coated in like the thru hulls are. BTW jealous you have the 150. It should be a crime to sell the R180 with a 115.
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    246 Cayman using Rhodan 36V 84" trolling motor

    Don’t have either your boat or trolling motor, but I can give you a data point. I have an R180 and a 24V Ulterra TM that can draw 56 max amps at 80# thrust. I feed the TM with a pair of dedicated wet interstate 29s. After a full day fishing in so cal (including several hours on “anchor”), I typically put 30-35 AH back in the batts. The AHs would drop by around 30% if I had a 36v system. The SAE plain copper automotive wire Robalo provided for the TM was grossly inadequate for the purpose (just like their battery cables), so I replaced them all with properly sized, tinned, type 3 stranded AWG marine wire. Why do boat builders use automotive wire anyway? Good luck.
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    TM Mount

    Minn Kota Quick Release on Aluminum plate.
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    R200 Trolling motor?

    I put a 24 volt, 60” Minn Kota Ulterra in my 2013 R180 and love it. I would have gotten a 72” if it came in 24 volt, but it did not as of a year ago. It’s powered by 2 dedicated group 29 batts in the console. Power should be dedicated as all the TM’s drive electronics will wreak havoc on your electrical system. I’d go 72”, 36V for an R200. Maybe go with 3 group 27s. I had plates made (top and backing) that cantilever the TM over the bow and align it with the gunnel. Works great. I have the CAD cut files for each if that helps. Back when I was shopping, Minn Kota only interfaced with Hummingbird, but I bought it for the self deploy/stow feature which is AWESOME.
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    R180 Bait Tank

    I put a 30+ gallon bait tank in the R180 a while back and am very happy with the results. It is a custom “fat oval” cut down to fit under the seat. It has a sealed lid to stop sloshing of water when it is nautical out. The bait can be accessed by folding the seat back forward. The seat back now folds forward using custom hinges. All of the plumbing is below deck, and I didn’t have to add a hatch. I would post pictures, but the site is telling me I’ve used up my allotment of space. Is there another way to post pictures once you’ve reached the max? Snuck in this pic.
  9. I’m kind of late to this party. My R180 weighs in (on a scale) at 4300# including 525# on the tongue with all the crap I’ve added. I was towing with a Trailblazer rated to 5200# (4,000# non load leveling) but it was just too much, so I got a Yukon. Lots of sites like this have people warning if you have a wreck while towing over limit your insurance can bail on you. $.02
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    Accessory electrical issues

    Not enough info. What boat? When built? I rewired the back of my 2013 R180 as it appeared to have been wired as a bare hull, then the liner was installed, making most of the connections impossible to troubleshoot or access on the water. I tossed the generic circuit breakers that were open to the bilge and mounted marine ones under the jump seat where I can see them. I also replaced all the 6 ga “battery cable” with Yamaha recommended 4 ga, and used real marine wire.
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    R200 Trolling Motor Wiring

    I’ve been in contact with The Trolling Motor Doctor regarding my R180. He said to add 25 inches to determine shaft length. $.02
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    Vent on bow of R227?

    Hope not. My horn faces down, towards the ocean.