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Old 02-21-2008, 10:35 AM
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Default Robalo Boats -- Any Thoughts??

Looking at a 20' or 21' 2000 Robalo center console. It has T-tops, rocket launchers, a Merc 150hp saltwater series, and the usual electronics. Boat is definitely clean and in good shape. Are these still good boats????????


Growing up I knew them to be good boats, but not so sure about the newer ones (1998-2002). Not really interested in the brand new ones as those are supposedly redesigned.


I do know the Robalo company had been bought out in 2000 by Brunswick. Brunswick also had several boat makers at that time in its portfolio: Boston Whaler, Robalo, Wahoo, Baja, & Bayliner. I know Sea-ray eventually bought Boston Whaler, and Robalo ended up being bought by chaparral IIRC.


Some have said that 98-2002 were questionable years for Robalo and their build quality. Has anyone had personal experiences or know about these new-er Robalo's?


I saw the boat in person a few days a go, and after being on many mako's, aquasports, Grady's, trophy's, angler's, and even a few scouts, I have to say that I was impressed with the boat. Fit and finish seemed to be top notch. The layout, and storage/fish box's were above my expectations. Seemed well thought out and well built. Nothing ruybbed me as cheapy or sub-standard. What did I miss??????


Also PM me if you have a similarly equipped center console for around 15k or so..... Thanks for looking!
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well built well designed boats, the newer the better in my opinion
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I own a Robalo R235 / 2005 model. Looked at MANY other brands in te 24' size range as this one. Best boat / layout from all that I looked at to include: Cobia, Century, Whaler, Angler, Scout, Pro Line. Very pleased with my choice.
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There is a Robalo Owner's website if you want to check that out and ask questions.
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My 2004 R235 had shoddy workmanship and cheap components. It handled horrible. The layout was excellent. Its been sold.
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I just bought a 2000 Robalo 17. Very heavy boat, very wide beam. I've only taken it out 3 times, but it seems to do well; doesn't pound.

I may be a bit spoiled, though, as my last boat was a Seacraft 19 (1966).

I'm pretty confident that the hull is not cored, but matt fiberglass. I'm not sure if it's wood free.

Though it has Teleflex brand steering, the wheel seems cheep, and hard to turn to port. The other hardware seems rugged, and up to the task.

Like alot of 17's, it sits kinda low in the stern.


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If it is a Brunswick Robalo, chances are it is just a rebadged Bayliner. They only had a few models that were made from a mold other than an existing Bayliner. You can usually tell the Brunswick Robalo's. They had the "fishing" style rub rails with dock line stuffed into the center of it, just like on Bayliner's Trophy models.

After Chap bought the name, they have improved considerably.

And Sea Ray didn't buy Whaler, Brunswick did. Brunswick already owned S/R as well as the others.
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Old 02-21-2008, 08:57 PM
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If it is a Brunswick Robalo, chances are it is just a rebadged Bayliner. They only had a few models that were made from a mold other than an existing Bayliner. You can usually tell the Brunswick Robalo's. They had the "fishing" style rub rails with dock line stuffed into the center of it, just like on Bayliner's Trophy models.

After Chap bought the name, they have improved considerably.

And Sea Ray didn't buy Whaler, Brunswick did. Brunswick already owned S/R as well as the others.
My 94 Robalo was Pre-Brunswick and it had dock line rub rails.
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Yeah, they were popular in the 90's.

Sea Ray had them on their fishing boats too.
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I had a 2140 (cuddy) - worst boat I have owed. Low transom allowed water to get in fish box, ice would melt, pump would fail, etc. etc. At cruise it would suddenly dig in to starboard....never fiqured that one out. Great layout, very good quality, just did not work at all.
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Old 02-22-2008, 06:33 AM
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I have a 2008 Robalo R227 and am very happy with it. It has the best quality components on it as standard of any boat I looked at. It's a heavy, solid boat that should serve me well for years to come.
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I used to have a '98 24' WA. I thought it was a solid boat, pretty bow heavy though and a little wet. Once you got used to how it would ride, adjusting the tabs made everything a whole lot easier.
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I had a 2140 (cuddy) - worst boat I have owed. Low transom allowed water to get in fish box, ice would melt, pump would fail, etc. etc. At cruise it would suddenly dig in to starboard....never fiqured that one out. Great layout, very good quality, just did not work at all.
What year was your robalo?

And thanks for your honest response....

What boats have you owned that you personally liked?
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235 04 model... Nice layout, High gunnels, huge CC. Very heavy boat that had and needed a 300 HP motor

Worse thing about this boat was the incessant pounding
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Old 02-22-2008, 09:01 AM
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If it is a Brunswick Robalo, chances are it is just a rebadged Bayliner. They only had a few models that were made from a mold other than an existing Bayliner. You can usually tell the Brunswick Robalo's. They had the "fishing" style rub rails with dock line stuffed into the center of it, just like on Bayliner's Trophy models.

After Chap bought the name, they have improved considerably.

And Sea Ray didn't buy Whaler, Brunswick did. Brunswick already owned S/R as well as the others.
Not a chance this boat shares molds with a bayliner. At least as far as I can tell. It has regular all rubber bumpers. The boat seemed very solid and totaly lacked that hollow Trophy feeling in the hull and other compartments/components. I always felt like I could kick a hole in the side of my friends trophy. Maybe not with the newer ones.

So this boat Im looking at is a 2000 20' centerconsole Robalo, with all the electronic bells and whistles, t-tops, rocket launchers, fresh water washdown, for 14k. The boat has low low hours, has a merc 150hp with low hours, and is cleaner than what I would call a "clean" boat. The boat is not kept in saltwater, and is trailerd. In fact the boat feels almost new.

At 14k is this a good buy? Pending a satisfactory test run? Or should I be looking at something else!?!?!

Anyone else out there in the robalo family?

Thanks for everyones input!
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235 04 model... Nice layout, High gunnels, huge CC. Very heavy boat that had and needed a 300 HP motor

Worse thing about this boat was the incessant pounding
Thanks for your response. It appears that most Robalo boat owners feel their boats came slightly under powered for the weight. I will keep that in my when I test it out. Thanks!
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There also seems to be some questions surrounding the ride quality, more specifically turning and slide out while turning. I was told about this by a Boston Whaler junkie, who thinks the only seaworthy boats made are BW. So....for what thats worth.....
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They are built like a tank, and need close to max hp. Comparable to other top tier boats. Some good info. to be had @ www.robaloboatowners.com (it's been temporarily down). Sounds to me like a good deal. I don't thing you'll go wrong, but a marine survey would seal the deal(peace of mind).
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A tank? It was by far, the worst handling boat with the absolute worse craftsmanship and materials I have ever owned (approx 30 boats). It handled so bad my wife refused to go out in it (not necessarily a bad thing I suppose...?).

Can' speak for all Robalos, only my 2004 R235.......love my new, old Grady.
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My 94 2120 CC was built like a tank but it rode fairly well for a 21 footer. It had a 200 hp Merc on the back.
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