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Robalo R247 (2014-)
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Brief Summary

We know many veteran boaters who prefer dual console boats made by fishboat builders, rather than a similar boat made by a sportboat builder. Sounds odd, doesn't it? We'll explain later. The Robalo R247 certainly qualifies as belonging in the salty category. At 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kgs.) dry, with a single 300-hp engine and a 22-degree deadrise at the transom, she is not afraid of lumpy water offshore. Buy the optional towing pylon and use her for all manner of watersports in smooth water and she'll be happy as well. No matter what a boater or their family would like to do, the Robalo R247 can probably oblige.

Key Features

  • Imedge Premium gel coat
  • Premium sound system with 4-Speakers
  • Dura-Life Max seating upholstery vinyl
  • 2 cockpit tables with drink holders
  • 76 quart cooler in aft deck with overboard drain
  • 23 gal. fish box on aft deck with overboard drain
  • Full wrap coaming bolsters
  • Horizontal tubed rod storage for 6 rods
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 24' 0''
    7.32 m
    Beam 8' 9''
    2.67 m
    Dry Weight 5,000 lbs.
    2,268 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 37''
    94 cm
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 22-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 8' 4''
    2.54 m (w/ hardtop)
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 139 gal.
    526 L
    Water Capacity 22 gal.
    83 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 1 x 300-hp Yamaha 4-stroke
    2 x 150-hp Yamaha 4-strokes
    2 x 200-hp Yamaha 4-strokes

    Captain's Report

    Robalo R247
    The Robalo R247 is designed to be a versatile utility boat for all manner of missions including cruising, fishing, waterskiing, diving, or just blasting around. The hardtop is optional.

    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.

    Robalo R247
    Bird's eye view of the R247 with the optional seats and wet bar installed.

    Distinguishing Features

    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.

    Robalo R247
    An optional double-wide swivel seat is behind the port console. It is one of three seating options available on the R247.

    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.

    Robalo R247
    Most builders make the fill-in cushion optional but Robalo makes it a standard.

    Standard Equipment

    As we look over the list of standard equipment on the R247, a number of things catch our eye--

    • Bow filler cushion
    • Cockpit table
    • Coolers in both the aft deck and the forward casting platform
    • Full-wrap bolsters on the coamings
    • Freshwater shower at transom
    • Stainless steel rub rail insert
    • Lenco trim tabs
    • Full sound system
    Robalo R247
    The 19-gallon livewell is self-draining and can also serve as a cooler for cruising-only folks. Likewise, the fishbox in the transom can be for fender and line storage for the cruisers, or a place to stow towing gear for those into watersports.

    Fishy Features

    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.

    Watersports Packages

    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.

    Robalo R247
    The optional fold-away seat means that six or seven people can be seated in the cockpit. We'd definitely go for this option no matter how the boat is used.

    From Bow to Stern

    Casting Deck.

    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.

    Ground Tackle.

    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).

    Robalo R247
    We like the single hatch and two large openings into the anchor locker. The ground tackle and windlass are optional.

    Sundeck.

    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.

    Robalo R247
    Note how the door to the head wraps around the console, making access easier. Ladies will like the optional "Comfort Package". We'd like to see an optional opening portlight inside.

    Head compartment.

    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.

    Robalo R247
    Chartplotter/moving map or fishfinder goes front and center. The compass, trim tabs and drive-by-wire steering are standard.

    Helm.

    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.

    Port Seating.

    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).

    Robalo R247
    This is the standard arrangement with a helm seat/aft facing seat with an insulated cooler below. Padded bolsters all around the boat are standard.
    Robalo R247
    The optional wet bar comes with the Igloo cooler, sink and pressure water.

    Wet Bar.

    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.

    Robalo R247
    How cool is this settee arrangement? The table is standard but the seating is optional. We can't thank of any other boat in class that has this arrangement as standard or an option. We like it no matter how the boat is used.

    Observations

    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.

    Robalo R247
    In profile, the Robalo R247 looks sleek and modern, yet she is traditional enough to fit in most anywhere, including in the moss-backed Northeast. The windshield looks low for this size boat, doesn't it? That's because the freeboard is relatively high and the cockpit is deeper than what one may be used to.

    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.

    Robalo R247
    The Robalo R247 has a base-boat MSRP price of $79,995 powered by a single Yamaha F300 4-stroke outboard engine with stainless steel prop.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional
    VHF Radio Optional

    Systems

    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Standard
    Head: Fixed Optional
    Trim Tabs Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Optional
    Windlass Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional Snap-in
    Hardtop Optional
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Warranty

    Hull Warranty
    Transferable
    10 Year Limited


    Certifications
    NMMA Certification Yes