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Brief Summary

The Robalo R247 qualifies as a do-it-all utility boat. The hull was originally designed for offshore fishing and many fishing features made it to this dual-console model. But Robalo didn’t stop there, but also added amenities for cruising and entertaining. Add the optional tow pylon and use her for all manner of watersports. No matter what an owner or his family wants to do, the R247 can probably oblige.

Key Features

  • 25 quart removable cooler
  • Cockpit table with 2 drink holders
  • Removable cabin dinette table with 2 cup holders and table bases
  • Forward casting deck with insulated storage and overboard drains
  • 19 gallon livewell/cooler with blue LED lighting
  • Premium sound system with 4 speakers and Bluetooth stereo
  • Raw water washdown
  • Fresh water cockpit shower
  • Lenco trim tabs
  • Fold-down transom seat with protective cover
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 24' 0''
    7.32 m
    Beam 8' 9''
    2.67 m
    Dry Weight 5,000 lbs.
    2,268 kg
    Tested Weight 6,310 lbs.
    2,862 kg
    - Draft Up 20''
    .51 m
    - Draft Down 37''
    0.94 m
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 22-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 8' 4''
    2.54 m (max)
    Weight Capacity 1,800 lbs.
    816 kg
    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 1 x 300-hp Yamaha 4.2L V6
    Opt. Power 1 x 300-hp Yamaha 4.2L V6 4-stroke F300UCA
    2 x 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke F150XB
    2 x 200-hp Yamaha 4-stroke F200XB
    2 x 200-hp Yamaha 4-stroke F200XCA

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 4.0 3.4 0.7 6.1 5.3 738 642 66
    1000 5.6 4.8 1.3 4.4 3.9 539 469 78
    1500 8.1 7.0 2.1 3.9 3.4 477 415 80
    2000 9.3 8.1 3.7 2.5 2.2 305 266 84
    2500 9.2 8.0 5.6 1.7 1.4 201 175 84
    3000 13.4 11.7 7.4 1.8 1.6 220 191 88
    3500 23.0 20.0 9.4 2.5 2.1 298 259 89
    4000 29.2 25.3 12.4 2.4 2.1 287 249 89
    4500 34.1 29.7 15.0 2.3 2.0 277 241 89
    5500 43.0 37.3 25.7 1.7 1.5 203 177 89
    5800 43.1 37.5 25.9 1.7 1.5 202 176 90
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 642 1188 6.40 2.46 2.58 66
    1000 469 867 9.00 4.73 1.89 78
    1500 415 768 13.00 7.76 1.67 80
    2000 266 491 15.00 14.01 1.07 84
    2500 175 323 14.80 21.01 0.71 84
    3000 191 354 21.60 28.01 0.77 88
    3500 259 480 37.00 35.39 1.04 89
    4000 249 462 47.00 46.75 1.00 89
    4500 241 446 54.90 56.59 0.97 89
    5500 177 327 69.20 97.28 0.71 89
    5800 176 325 69.40 98.04 0.71 90

    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 4.7 sec.
    0 to 30 10.1 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 2 persons, full fuel, 3/4 water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 85 deg., 88 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: flat
    Elevation Sea Level

    Captain's Report

    Robalo R247 running shot
    The Robalo R247 measures 24’ (7.32 m) in LOA with an 8’9” (2.67 m) beam.

    Mission Statement

    In the R247, Robalo set out to create a family boat with good sea keeping abilities. The fishing heritage of the dual-console model shows in her open cockpit and deep-V bottom design. Robalo also made sure the R247 could be used for cruising, entertaining and for watersports.

    Robalo R247 standard layout
    The standard layout has a single bucket seat to port.
    Robalo R247 optional layout
    In the optional layout, the R247 comes with the double-wide companion seat abaft the port console.

    Features Inspection

    Seating.

    The R247 is rated for up to 12 passengers or 1,800 lbs. (816 kg). If an owner selects the optional entertainment center, some seating capacity is lost.

    Bow Seating.

    The bow features a traditional horseshoe-shaped seating arrangement designed for passengers to sit back against the consoles and stretch out their legs toward the bow. The boat comes standard with a removable table that can be used in the bow or the cockpit. An optional filler cushion can transform the bow into a large playpen or sun pad.

    Robalo R247 bow
    Notice the stainless steel grabrail that surrounds the bow so that passengers will always have a handhold for security.
    Robalo R247 bow table
    With the table installed, there is enough room for four adults to sit comfortably.
    Robalo R247 filler cushion
    With the optional filler cushion, the bow is transformed into a full sun pad.
    Robalo R247 casting platform
    Remove the cushions and the bow becomes a casting platform.

    The Cockpit.

    The R247’s cockpit comes standard with the helm seat and a bucket to port with a fold-away bench in the stern. There are coaming panels all the way around the cockpit so that anglers can lean into them while fighting fish. Aft to starboard is a passageway to the stern that closes off with a gate. Also to starboard, there’s a stainless-steel boarding ladder in its own compartment. We also found the standard freshwater shower in the stern.

    Robalo R247 double wide seat
    Here we see the optional double-wide port seat facing forward.
    Robalo R247 seat
    In this photo, the seat is locked in place facing the helm.
    Robalo R247 seat facing aft
    Finally we see the seat in an aft facing position, which would be a good spot for observing a tube ride.
    Robalo R247 bench seat
    The aft bench seat folds out of the transom for additional seating.
    Robalo R247 portable table
    The portable table can also be installed in the cockpit, adding to the entertainment possibilities.
    Robalo R247 fishing platform
    The bench seat cushion folds away to open the cockpit for fishing. There’s storage in the aft compartment and the livewell is outboard to port.

    The Helm.

    The helm on the Robalo R247 reminds us of a more traditional center console helm with plenty of real-estate for adding electronics. The dash itself is aluminum and the boat comes standard with Lenco electronic trim tabs with indicator, a compass and an AM/FM stereo with auxiliary and USB jacks. Accessory switches are in columns on each side of the panel and the shift/throttle control is to starboard.

    Robalo R247 helm
    The optional 9” Simrad NSS9 chartplotter includes a depth gauge and touchscreen capability.

    The Helm Seat.

    Robalo makes its helm seats in house and we liked the wing design with the side cut-out that let the operator sit sideways without rotating the seat. The seat has a folding bolster and lumbar support.

    Robalo R247 helm seat
    The helm seat is designed so that the driver can turn to the side and note the padded arm rest for the throttling arm on the inwale.

    Cruising Amenities

    The Head.

    Among the many features that Robalo added to the R247 is the private head in the port console. The compartment comes standard with a portable toilet and incandescent lighting. Owners can upgrade to an electric toilet with pumpout or an 8-gallon (30 L) holding tank.

    Robalo R247 head
    The head on our test boat had the comfort package that adds teak and holly flooring, a cabinet with solid surface counter top and a sink. An opening port would be a good addition.

    The Hardtop.

    Our test boat had the optional hardtop ($6,094). It adds protection from the sun and has an elected watersports towline attachment point, LED lighting and stereo speakers. It can also be equipped with rocket launchers and lockable overhead storage.

    Robalo R247 hard top
    Note the attachment point for a towline on the optional hardtop. It will come in handy for watersports.
    Robalo R247 running shot
    The optional hardtop compliments the boat and provides shade and protection during inclement weather.

    Storage.

    A do-everything boat needs to carry a lot of gear, food and drinks. Robalo claims the R247 has more storage than any other boat in her class. Let’s see what she offers for capacity.

    Bow Storage.

    Starting up front, there’s storage underneath all the cushions. Robalo calls these insulated compartments fishboxes and says they offer a total capacity of 55 gallons (208 L).

    Robalo R247 bow storage
    The bow has storage in three insulated compartments that drain overboard.
    Robalo R247 anchor locker
    Opening the anchor locker on our test boat revealed the optional windlass ($1,995) that comes with 200’ of braided line, 10’ of galvanized chain and a galvanized 14-lb. anchor.

    Cockpit Storage.

    Moving aft into the cockpit, there’s storage in the base of the helm console. A hatch in the cockpit sole between the helm and companion seats opens the largest locker on the boat. It measures more than 9’6” (2.89 m) long, 30” wide (76 cm) and 20” (51 cm) deep and has three dedicated rod racks. Outboard on each side are under-deck racks that hold eight fishing rods.

    Robalo R247 helm compartment
    The compartment in the helm console locks, providing secure storage for large items.
    Robalo R247 in sole locker
    The in-sole locker measures more than 9’ (2.74 m) long and the hatch opens on a gas strut and locks for security.
    Robalo R247 wet bar
    The optional entertainment center has a 12-volt plug, stainless sink and cup holders and a 25-quart (23.7 L) cooler.
    Robalo R247 livewell
    The R247 comes standard with a 19-gallon (71.9 L) livewell with a clear top and blue LED lighting.

    Power and Performance

    Single or Twins.

    The Robalo R247 comes standard with a single 300-hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboard and a stainless-steel propeller. Other power options for the R247 include twin 150-hp Yamaha 150XBs or twin 200-hp Yamaha F200XBs.

    The Numbers.

    With a full tank of gas and two people on board, we had a test weight of 5,942 lbs. (2,695 kg). Our top speed was 43.1 mph at 5800 rpm. The engine burned 25.9 gph, giving us a range of 202 statute miles. Backing off on the throttle, we found our best cruise speed of 23 mph at 3500 rpm. She burned 9.35 gph, giving us a range of 287 statute miles.

    Acceleration.

    From a standing start, the boat achieved plane in 4.7 seconds, then sprinted to 20 mph in 6.2 seconds and to 30 mph in 10.1 seconds.

    Robalo R247 outboard
    Our test boat had a single Yamaha 300-hp 4.6-liter V6 that pushed the boat to 43.1 mph. Twin outboards are available options.

    Handling.

    The R247 had minimal bow rise when we nailed the throttle from a dead stop. Our test captain had unobstructed sightlines, even from a seated position. The boat has a 22-degree deadrise at the transom and rides on Robalo’s Hydra Lift multi-angle bottom. The biggest seas we encountered during our tests were our own wakes and the R247 handled 2’ waves with ease. In turns at speed, the R247 completed the maneuvers with a crisp, responsive feel. In bigger seas, the recessed standard trim tabs will help tame the ride.

    Robalo R247 running shot
    The R247 has a deep-V design that can handle a variety of water conditions.

    Pricing

    The base price for the Robalo R247 starts at $79,995 with the single Yamaha 300-hp 4.2L V6. Options on our test boat bring the price up to about $91,239.

    Options to Consider

    • Hardtop
    • Anchor windlass with galvanized anchor
    • Anchor windlass with stainless-steel anchor
    • Galvanized anchor with 200’ rode and 10’ chain
    • Pull-up stainless steel cleats with Robalo logo
    • Ski tow
    • Blue LED underwater lights
    • Garmin 4 kW 24HD radome
    • Garmin 721XS GPS map with single or twin Mercury outboards
    • Garmin 741XS GPS map with Yamaha outboards
    • Garmin VHF radio
    • Simrad NSS9 (EVO2)
    • Simrad radar 4G
    • Simrad VHF radio
    • Bow filler cushion
    • Doublewide port seat
    • Entertainment center with pedestal seat
    • Bimini top with boot and windscreen
    • Bow and cockpit covers
    • Taco “Grandslam” outriggers
    • Electric toilet with 8-gallon (30 L) holding tank
    • Electric toilet with 8-gallon (30 L) holding tank and overboard discharge
    • Portable toilet with pump-out

    Observations

    The Robalo R247 is for a family looking to move up to a bigger boat with the entertaining, fishing and watersports options not found on more purpose-built boats.Because she does so many things well, another use for this versatile boat could be as a yacht tender. The dual consoles would provide more protection from the elements when shuttling passengers to and from shore.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Robalo R247 (2016-) is 43.1 mph (69.4 kph), burning 25.90 gallons per hour (gph) or 98.03 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Robalo R247 (2016-) is 13.4 mph (21.6 kph), and the boat gets 1.81 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.77 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 220 miles (354.06 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 300-hp Yamaha 4.2L V6.

    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 Standard
    Windlass Optional

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Optional
    Wet bar Optional

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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