Contents of Report
- Major Features
- Hull Design
- Boat Inspection
- Helm Console
- Standard Fiberglass T-top
- Ground Tackle System
- Side Door
- Aft Cockpit
- Additional Equipment
- Optional Equipment to Consider
With its size and power, the Robalo R272 is well suited for fishing at the ocean’s edge.
• Hardtop integrated with helm console
• Console head with optional holding tank
• Side dive door
• Removable table converts to casting deck extension
• Removable backrests and cushions for forward seating
• Electrical breaker switches instead of fuses
• Powered vent window in windshield
• Kevlar-reinforced hull with lifetime limited warranty
• Power assist hydraulic steering
The R272 has a stepped bow entry and a 23-degree deadrise. Robalo brands this as their own, calling it a “Hydro Lift™ Multi Angle Hull Design”. Whatever you call it, it clearly signals the design intention for this boat to handle fishing further offshore in rougher seas.
Stepping aboard the Robalo R272, we discover the 9’6” (2.90 m) beam and the fact that the hardtop is integrated into the helm console, leaving 22” (55.87 cm) walkways on either side of the helm.
The compass is centered on the dash, but not in line with the wheel. It is flanked by two open storage compartments with drains.
The helm has a 12” Simrad display, Yamaha engine gauges, and a cubby. The tilt wheel upgrade has a rubberized back and includes a steering knob. Below the dash are two footrests.
Standard Fiberglass T-top
Quite often, fiberglass T-tops are optional, but the one on the R272 is standard. Its frame is powder-coated in white or black to the buyer’s specification, at no additional charge, and the underside of the hardtop, which was black on our test boat to reduce glare, can also be chosen in any offered colors, again at no charge.
This is not just any T-top, the supports are integral to the console which permits the 22” (55.87 cm) clearance on each side, for easy passage when playing a fish, and eliminates a toe-stubbing hazard that exists when aluminum supports are bolted to the deck. This is a design element that commanded a high price just a few years ago on premium-priced center consoles.
Ground Tackle System
The R272 has a galvanized steel plow anchor (standard) on a permanent bow roller that feeds the anchor rode directly into the chain locker from the stem anchor chute. There is a cleat for the anchor rode and a rather small access to the chain locker.
The Robalo 272’s cockpit is designed for both offshore fishing and entertaining. When on the hunt the transom seat folds up out of the way of anglers. While trolling, the aft-facing seat behind the leaning post provides a good place to comfortably watch the troll. When in entertainment mode, fold down the transom seat and have it in cocktail party mode.
The platform on the stern has a non-skid diamond pattern to match the rest of the boat. There is an access door on the starboard side to the platform with just enough room to walk in front of the engines. There are six rod holders on the gunwales and five rocket launchers on the hardtop.
A benefit of these larger center consoles is the room to add a head. This boat features a forward opening door on the front of the console. The Porta-Potti is standard, but there is an option for an electric toilet and an 8-gallon (30 L) holding tank.
The Robalo R272 comes standard with twin 200-hp Yamaha outboards, which is what our test boat had, but of course there is an option to have twin 250-hp motors.
We had calm winds and light seas on our test day. The R272 has a LOA of 27’4” (8.33 m), a beam of 9’6” (2.90 m), and a draft 32” (.81 m). The boat with a full 180-gallon (681 L) fuel tank, but no water in the 15-gallon (57 L) water tank and two people on board, weighed an estimated test weight of 8,500 lbs. (3,856 kg).
We topped out on WOT at 47.3 mph and 6000 rpm. The R272 has a 180-gallon (681 L) fuel tank, so when cruising at the sweet-spot best cruise speed of 24.1 mph and 3500 rpm, she consumes gas at a rate of 10.9 gph. The 2.2 mpg cruising speed provides a range of 360 miles or an endurance of 14.9 hours.
The boat was up on plane quickly in 3.6 seconds. We reached 20 mph in 5.9 seconds and 30 mph in 8.9 seconds.
• Raw water washdown system
• Trim tabs with position indicators
Optional Equipment to Consider
• Taco “Grandslam” outriggers
• Teleflex Optimus 360 Joystick Steering System for Yamaha engines
• Simrad or Garman electronics - radar and autopilot
• LED underwater lights
• Colored gelcoat hull
• Electric toilet with a 8 gallon (30 L) holding tank
• Windlass Package with 200' (61 m) line and 10' (3.04 m) chain
• Engine Upgrade - Twin Yamaha 4-stroke V6 250-hp
• Stainless steel plow anchor
$121,984 base rises to $164,333 with above options.
Robalo has built in some important amenities as standard equipment in the R272. In addition to the normal fishing gear, the builder has installed a premium T-top with both the windshield and supports integrated into the console. This is an expensive amenity and is usually only found on boats that cost much more than this one. We also like the standard fold out transom seat. All hardware and gear is first rate. Robalo has left the side utility door on the options list, but that helps keep the base price down and many boaters simply don’t need it. Robalo’s forte is building a good boat with a number of useful amenities at a very competitive price, and this boat is no exception to that policy.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Robalo R272 (2019-) is 47.3 mph (76.1 kph), burning 39.6 gallons per hour (gph) or 149.89 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Robalo R272 (2019-) is 24.1 mph (38.8 kph), and the boat gets 2.2 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.94 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 360 miles (579.36 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 200-hp Yamaha.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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