Mission of the Robalo R247
By building this dual console on a center console hull, Robalo has at once built a boat that can be used for offshore fishing but also for near-shore or even inland lake watersports. (Doing it visa versa, i.e. taking a hull designed for lake watersports and using it offshore usually doesn't work very well.) By making things like livewells and towing pylons optional, the buyer can outfit the boat to any specific sport or passion. It is a "utility" boat which simply means it has lots of uses and can be used for most anything: fishing, skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, cruising, sunning, or just anchored off the beach enjoying the sunset.
Kevlar in the Keel.
Only a few builders use Kevlar in the keel to protect against the puncture wounds that submerged objects can inflict on fiberglass boats. But when it comes to dual console boats of this type we can't think of any other builder who use it.
Have It Your Way.
Robalo prides itself on being able to say "yes" rather than no when prospective customers ask for some customization. The builder has several optional packages available that are designed for specific activities or to enhance certain areas of the boat. It also has a laundry list of options.
Three Seating Options.
One of the most important items on a boat are the helm and companion seating. Most builders give you one, maximum of two choices. Robalo has three multi-purpose seat choices on the R247.
Most Storage in Class?
We have not gotten into comparing storage among boats, but the folks at Robalo have and they claim that their R247 has more storage. It certainly has a lot, including a large compartment in the sole that will hold wake or kneeboards. Most storage compartments on the R247 are insulated and self-draining and serve triple-duty as fishboxes, beverage coolers, or just plain old dry storage.
As we look over the list of standard equipment on the R247, a number of things catch our eye--
The standard boat is actually set up pretty nicely for inshore fishing. The standard 19-gallon cooler in the transom, port quarter, doubles as a livewell with LED lighting. Across the transom in front of the outboard well is a 23-gallon fishbox. There is also a 22-gallon fishbox in the casting deck and to starboard another 22-gallon box. All of the fishboxes have overboard drains. There is lockable rod storage in the cockpit sole and there are 4 stainless steel rod holders in the gunwales aft with rod racks under.
Not surprisingly, Robalo has tilted its standard equipment to the fishermen, but the boater should not let that bother them. If one wants to use the boat for watersports there are several options available. With single-engine rigs there is a ski tow pylon available for $1,231.
From Bow to Stern
There is a casting platform forward with insulated compartments under all hatches. This means that they can be used for fishboxes, coolers, or just for storing stuff. They all drain overboard.
There is an anchor roller, guide and scuff plate standard, but you will be on your own hook when it comes to ground tackle. Robalo has a package with anchor, 200' of line and 10' of chain.We like the one large hatch that goes over two openings that make it easy to reach down and untangle lines. There is also an anchor windlass package available ($1,995).
As noted, the filler cushion is standard. This could be the item of equipment that seals the deal on this boat for one's significant other. The cushions are plush and there are back rests on the front of the dual consoles.
In the consoles.
There is plenty of storage room in the starboard console forward of the helm. There is an optional rack here for tackle boxes and the standard stereo is mounted here to keep it out of the weather. The door to the compartment also serves as a wind break for the walkthrough.
To port is the head/changing room. Standard equipment includes a Porta-Potti, mirror, locking door and light. Robalo offers a "Comfort Package" that includes a teak and holly sole, cabinet with solid counter top, sink, faucet and storage ($688). We strongly recommend this package if the owner is trying to get a fair maiden aboard.
We like the helm console layout on the R247. There is a large space in the center for a chartplotter or fishfinder. Engine gauges are off to the side. Rocker switches have icons and breakers. A compass is standard. The helm seat is substantial and comes with a standard bolster. This seat is not an off-the-shelf pedestal-type that one often sees on boats in this class.
Here's where it gets interesting. Standard is the conventional "back-to-back" seat, which in this case is adjustable fore and aft for access to fishbox below. Optional is a double-wide seat that swivels around to be part of the cockpit action, or a fine place for a spotter, or to be part of a dining settee ($744).
Abaft the helm seat is an aft-facing seat with a cooler underneath as standard. Or, the buyer can go for the optional wet bar. This includes a 24-quart Igloo cooler, sink with faucet and fire extinguisher.
At the Transom.
There is a fold-away transom seat which is optional. There is a standard livewell/cooler in the port quarter and a large fishbox in the transom forward of the outboard well.
Price of the Robalo R247
Base MSRP of the R247 with the standard Yamaha F300 UCA 4-stroke outboard with 30" shaft and Command Link Plus controls is $79,995. If one wants to go with the Yamaha F150XB outboards with 25" shafts and mechanical controls, the MSRP is $84,294. Does the boater want to go a little faster and have redundancy? Then they will want the Yamaha F200XBA units with 25" shafts for $95,756.
There are many fish-and-ski boats on the market which had their origins in sportboat hulls. The R247 is not one of those and that is precisely why some boaters would prefer the more salty lines of this boat. Since boats signal one's view of the boating world, if not one's position in it, these boaters would like a utility boat that signals offshore fishing, rather than lakeside tubing.If we were buying the R247 we would go for the single F300 engine. The new breed of electronically controlled engines are highly reliable these days and besides, the operator will have a VHF radio in case of an emergency. We'd save our money for the options.
No matter what the buyer wants to use this boat for, chances are they'll be ordering some add-ons. The first one we would go for would be the colored hull -- Deepwater Blue, thank you -- for $1,013. Four other colors are available. Going down the option list we checked off most everything anyone would need or want and the boat came up to about $90,000 with the standard F300 engine. We like what we see here. While some builders of center and dual console boats are resting on their laurels, Robalo is working hard to create a boat that will serve the needs of many people by making available options at reasonable prices. All things considered, we think the R247 is a value-worthy boat.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-in|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
10 Year Limited