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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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