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Brief Summary

The Robalo R247 combines the durability, safety and sea-kindly bottom design of a bluewater fisherman with the interior layout of a runabout to create a roomy and secure multi-mission family boat. Construction is impressive: The hull is laminated with bi- and tri-axial fiberglass, then reinforced with Kevlar in key areas, while the transom is a poured ceramic composite. The Comfort Package includes teak and holly flooring, cabinet and countertop space and a sink with a faucet. An optional filler panel converts the bow’s U-shaped seating to a flat cushioned space for sunbathing or with the cushions removed converts to a platform for casting.

Key Features

  • Premium sound system includes 4-speakers, AM/FM/WB and Bluetooth stereo
  • Sea Star tilt hydraulic steering
  • Enclosed head compartment with locking door, glovebox, and PortaPottie
  • Removable 25 quart cooer
  • Cockpit Table with 2 drink dolders
  • Forward casting deck with 55 gal. insulated storage and overboard drains
  • Horizontal tubed rod storage for 4 rods in the coaming walls
  • 19 gal. livewell with aerator head unit, LED light, and clear plex lid
  • Premium vinyl cockpit upholstery with Nano-Block Technology
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 24'
    7.32 m
    Beam 8' 9''
    2.67 m
    Dry Weight 5,000 lbs.
    2,268 kg
    Tested Weight 6,027 lbs.
    2,734 kg
    - Draft Up 20''
    51 cm
    - Draft Down 37''
    94 cm
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 22-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 7' 8''
    2.34 m (max)
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 12
    Fuel Capacity 135 gal.
    511 L
    Water Capacity 13.5 gal.
    51 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight 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 2 x 150 H.O. Evinrude E-TEC G2 25" Shafts
    Opt. Power 2 x 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke F150XA 25" Mechanical
    2 x 200-hp Yamaha 4-stroke F200XB 25" Mechanical
    2 x 200-hp Yamaha 4-stroke F200XCA 25" Digital
    1 x 300-hp Yamaha 4-stroke F300UCA 30" Digital 4.2L V6

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    500 3.1 2.7 0.4 7.8 6.7 942 819 71
    1000 5.2 4.5 1.1 4.9 4.3 596 518 73
    1500 7.6 6.6 2.1 3.7 3.2 450 392 72
    2000 8.8 7.7 3.8 2.4 2.0 285 248 73
    2500 11.0 9.6 6.5 1.7 1.5 206 179 75
    3000 19.5 17.0 8.1 2.4 2.1 294 256 77
    3500 26.8 23.3 10.0 2.7 2.3 325 283 83
    4000 32.0 27.8 12.7 2.5 2.2 307 267 81
    4500 36.3 31.5 16.2 2.2 2.0 272 236 79
    5000 39.6 34.4 19.2 2.1 1.8 251 218 80
    5500 43.3 37.6 22.6 1.9 1.7 233 202 85
    5700 45.1 39.2 24.1 1.9 1.6 228 198 87
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    500 819 1516 5.00 1.51 3.29 71
    1000 518 959 8.40 3.97 2.08 73
    1500 392 724 12.20 7.76 1.58 72
    2000 248 459 14.20 14.20 1.00 73
    2500 179 332 17.70 24.61 0.72 75
    3000 256 473 31.40 30.47 1.03 77
    3500 283 523 43.10 37.85 1.14 83
    4000 267 494 51.50 47.89 1.08 81
    4500 236 438 58.40 61.32 0.95 79
    5000 218 404 63.70 72.49 0.88 80
    5500 202 375 69.70 85.55 0.81 85
    5700 198 367 72.60 91.04 0.80 87

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.2 sec.
    0 to 30 6.9 sec.
    Ratio 2.17:1
    Props RX4 15" x 18" 4 bl ss
    Load 2 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 82 deg., 62 humid.; wind: 0-9 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation 938

    Captain's Report

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    The Robalo R247 has a LOA of 24’, a beam of 8’9”, and a draft of 20”.

    Mission Statement

    Working from a template that is traditionally geared toward fishing, Robalo’s new R247 dual-console widens the scope of its capabilities to include watersports, cruising, and general entertaining. The Robalo R247 has a hull designed for offshore fishing with an evolution in design that caters to a wider variety of on-the-water activity.

    The biggest boat on Robalo’s dual-console line, carrying its fishing features forward and adding cruising and entertaining amenities, the R247 sits on the market ready for those looking primarily for a fishing boat, but one that can handle other activities in a pinch.

    Distinguishing Features

    • • Transom fishbox. Situated just above the transom seating, this fish box is well-insulated (advertised by Robalo as “best in class”), maximizing the ice reserves lifespan while absorbing summer heat.
    • • Hydro-Lift Multi-Angle Hull Design. The R247’s hull design has an extended running surface, which allows the “v-plane” to continue aft of the transom, creating stability in many different types of driving conditions. Wide reverse chines and pronounced hull strakes in the design should deliver greater stability.
    • • Kevlar Reinforced Hull. The R247’s hull is laminated with premium bi- and tri-axial hand-laid fiberglass, and then taken one step further -- Kevlar reinforcement, which Robalo touts as the “strongest and best power-to-weight ratio in the fishing world.” The boat is also 100% rot-free construction, owing to Robalo’s use of composite corings. The R247 also utilizes poured ceramic composite transoms, which produces three times the tensile strength of others in class, according to Robalo.
    • • Premium Hull Gelcoat and Resins. Robalo’s gelcoat is high quality, with UV protection that guards against fading or chalking. The gelcoat also resists scratch and scuffmarks, says the builder. The Hydropel vinylester resin prevents osmotic blistering and is a substantial upgrade from lower cost polymer resins.
    • • Tournament-ready Livewells. Robalo counts among its customers professional fishermen and industry leading fishing guides, and so the fishing features need to cater to that demand. Robalo describes the R247’s livewells as “tournament ready,” with rounded corners, a blue gelcoat finish, insulation, LED lighting and high-pressure pumps.

    Major Features

    Bow Casting Platform. For many of these entertaining boats, the bow seating space will be convertible into a larger sunpad. Using the same design concept, the R247 has a bit more versatility in its conversion. The footwell can be filled with another cushion to create the sunpad, or, the cushions can all be removed and a fiberglass insert installed for a large bow-casting platform.

    Enclosed Head. The R247 comes with an enclosed head standard that includes a locking door, incandescent lighting, and a storage shelf. An upgrade is also available -- the “Comfort Package” -- that includes teak and holly flooring, cabinet and countertop space, and a sink with a faucet.

    Fishing Rod Holders and Storage. Between the in-floor storage, the horizontal tube storage in the gunwales, and multiple rod-holders positions throughout the boat, the R247 protects and maximizes fishing equipment stowage.

    Inspection

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    The standard layout.
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    Optional layout, which includes the doublewide bench seating to port.

    General Note on Seating. The R247 has a 12-person capacity (or 1,800 lbs./ 816 kg). The entertainment center option, however -- one of many available on the R247 -- will cut into the available seating.

    The Bow

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    The bow seating lounge with recessed speakers and guide rail all around the space.

    Bow seating. The bow on the R247 has the familiar lounge-seating area that bests competitors due to its versatility. A removable table for footwell comes standard, and can actually be used in the cockpit as well.

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    The optional bow table, which is removable and can be installed in the cockpit as well.

    The boat comes with an optional filler panel that converts the bow’s U-shaped seating to one all-flat cushioned space, perfect for sunbathing as a sunpad, or, with the cushions removed, as a platform for casting.

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    The bow seating area with optional filler cushion installed.

    The bow seating area also comes with recessed speakers, cup holders, and a wraparound guiderail for safety.

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    Bow storage shown with hatches lifted.

    Bow storage. Located below the bow seating, the storage here is insulated, with a total capacity of 55 gallons. Robalo refers to these as fishboxes, and they are self-draining. They can also be used as coolers or storage.

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    The optional windlass with galvanized anchor.

    Robalo offers an anchor windlass in the bow section, with different packages available for galvanized or stainless steel anchors. These come with 200’ rope and 10’ of stainless steel chain as well.

    The Cockpit

    Cockpit seating. Standard seating in the cockpit consists of the helm seat, and a doublewide bench-style companion seat to port that can lock-in to face forward, starboard, or aft can be added as an option.

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    The doublewide bench seat is an optional upgrade. The seat can also lock in facing fore or aft.

    There is also a foldout transom seat that can be tucked away for more space when fishing or entertaining. The seat also lifts up for easy access to the engine, and sits just under the boat’s fishbox.

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    The transom seat folded down and fully operational.
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    The transom seat folded away.

    Cockpit storage. The boat’s largest locker comes via a hatch on the deck in between the helm and companion seats. At 9’6” long, 30” wide, and 20” deep, it can fit fishing rods (with dedicated racks) or wakeboards comfortably.

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    Center deck storage locker with gas strut.

    Just inside the helm console is a locking storage compartment for larger items, accessed from the side in the passageway between bow and cockpit.

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    The lockable console storage compartment.

    Outboard and under-deck are fishing rod holders both on port and starboard, capable of stowing eight rods each.

    When tucked away, the transom seat increases space for fishing, and there is a fishbox and tackle storage just above the seatback, as well as a 19 gallon LED-lit livewell portside.

    Fishing Features. Coaming panels lining the cockpit are a nice touch when wrestling against the gunwales for a fish. Further, just below the rod holder storage along the deck is a stainless steel toe rail that can help when reeling in fish.

    Cruising Features. Port side just forward of the companion bench seating, sits the enclosed head compartment. With a locking door (and integrated glove box), the head comes with an optional “comfort” upgrade that includes an electric toilet, teak and holly decking, as well as a sink and storage compartments.

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    The head with locking door open. Note the hard surface countertop and teak and holly decking.

    Just aft of the helm seat is where the optional entertainment center sits—with this option, the R247 is equipped with a wet bar, sink, cup holders all on a granite countertop. The island also has power outlets and the removable cooler storage that comes standard with or without the entertainment center.

    The stereo system is Bluetooth ready with USB and auxiliary hookups, speakers throughout the boat, and options to upgrade.

    Access to the stern is through a small latched gate, and has a telescoping stainless steel ladder as well as a fresh-water shower.

    Watersports amenities. One major option on the R247 is the hardtop.

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    The optional hardtop, with towline point and speakers visible.

    The hardtop also comes with integrated speakers, a towline point, and the option to add outriggers. It can also be customized to include further storage that can lock valuable items away.

    Robalo offers a ski-tow pylon as an option as well; a small but highly recommended upgrade.

    The Helm

    The Dashboard. The R247’s helm comes standard with an aluminum instrument panel that has weatherproof switches and circuit breakers, Lenco recessed electric trim tabs with indicator lights, compass, Yamaha digital gauges, Sea Star tilt hydraulic steering with a stainless steel wheel equipped with a control knob, 12V DC receptacle, bilge pump, dual battery system, navigation lights, and a voltage regulating system.

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    View of the helm; note the chrome wheel’s control knob.

    The dash also has the stereo system with all auxiliary and USB jacks. Robalo offers a series of electronics options as well, including Garmin GPS, Garmin VHF radio, Simrad radar and VHF radio as well.

    The helm seat. The R247’s helm seat is a Dura-Flex suspension and has the side cutouts that allow for maneuverability.

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    The helm seat with cutouts for maneuverability, and an armrest for the throttle. Seen here without the entertainment center package, which would sit aft of the seat.

    The upholstery is 36 oz. expanded vinyl that is higher in quality than the more common 28 oz. vinyl. The upholstery is UV protected and held together with triple-French stitching.

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    The R247 has a passenger capacity of 12 and offers an option of four different engines.

    Performance

    We tested the R247 with twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O. engines. They turned 15” x 18” 4-blade SS props.

    Test results. Our test boat had an 8’9” beam and weight 6,569 lbs. We recorded a top speed for the R247 of 45.1 mph at 5700 rpm. It took 3.2 seconds to plane, 4.8 seconds to 20 mph, and 6.9 seconds to 30 mph. Our best speed on the R247 came in at 26.8 mph at 3500 rpm, which yielded 2.68 mpg and a 325 statute mile range.

    When punching the throttle from a full stop, we experienced minimal bow rise, leading to clear sight lines in the fully seated position. Robalo has a Hydra-Lift multi-angle bottom, which lead to it handling ripping across our own wake with ease. Robalo advertises a “feather-soft ride,” which we found to be the case particularly in handling turns at speed. Our test experienced limited seas, but in choppier conditions the Lenco trim tabs will be very useful.

    “Robalo
    The R247 has a Hydra-Lift multi-angle bottom, which aids in handling chop with relative ease.

    Options to Consider

    • • Hardtop Options (Bimini Top with Boot and Windscreen, Hard Top Complete, Hard Top Complete (Powder Coated))
    • • Anchor windlass with galvanized/ stainless steel anchor
    • • Pull-up stainless steel cleats
    • • Ski-tow pylon
    • • Underwater LED lights
    • • Garmin/ Simrad electronics (GPS, radar, radome, radio)
    • • Bow filler cushion
    • • Entertainment center with sink and pedestal seat
    • • Electric toilet with 8-gal holding tank (with or without overboard discharge)
    • • Taco “Grand Slam” outriggers

    Observations

    One concern for those in the market for a family boat that can cover many types of activities is that it provides token functionality for many but dedicated capability for none. Any concern over half-measures in the fishing, watersports, or cruising design of the boat can be put to rest. The R247 proves capable in everything it’s designed for, in our opinion.

    The litany of options available can help fine tune the experience if needed. The hull design delivered on a smooth ride in our test, and Robalo’s popularity with professional fishermen suggests what we found -- a fishing boat made by people who fish.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Robalo R247 (2017-) is 45.1 mph (72.6 kph), burning 24.05 gallons per hour (gph) or 91.03 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Robalo R247 (2017-) is 26.8 mph (43.1 kph), and the boat gets 2.68 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.14 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 325 miles (523.04 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 150 H.O. Evinrude E-TEC G2 25" Shafts.

    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
    Windlass Optional

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Optional
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Optional

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Warranty

    Hull Warranty
    Transferable
    10 year limited


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