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Old 08-12-2015, 04:34 AM
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Mornin' folks !!

I would like to start a thread that contains facts, issues, ideas and LOTS of Photos for the Robalo Cayman 206, 226 & 246. I would like this thread to become useful area of info for new and prospective Cayman buyers as well as seasoned owners. I know I am interested in what options other Cayman owners have added, potential problems and of course, solutions.

Our 246 gets delivered tomorrow after having several extra options installed.

OEM options are:

- Yamaha 300XCA
- Porta Pottie
- SS Drink/Rod holders
- Anchor Custom
- Cockpit table with dedicated storage
- Powder Coated Leaning post with rod holders
- Bow Fishing Chair with dedicated storage
- Trim Tabs with indicators
- SS Steering wheel with control knob (this is both a standard and option which is confusing)
- Hydraulic Jack Plate
- Sound System
- Dual Battery system with crossover switch
- Dual Battery Charger
- Powder Coated T-Top & fiberglass Hardtop
- Wide band Shark Gray hull
- Hardtop underside shark grey gel color
- UW Led Lights
- Freshwater & Saltwater water systems
- Removable Bow Seating Backrests

Aftermarket Options are:

- Garmin 7610 xsv touch screen MFD
- Garmin GT50M-TM Transducer

Considering Aftermarket Options are:

- Complete boat cover (boat on dock lift)
- Trolling Motor with charger

I know of one problem I already have is that the OEM boarding ladder was not well thought out and provides a bad pinch point with the trim tab. I found this out first hand and as in the Rambo movies "draw first blood". I know FISHRSAFE installed an aftermarket boarding ladder but not 100% sure that is a solution I want to pursue because we like fold away ladders.



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Folks,
Here's my contribution to this new thread, hope we get tons of new owners posting up pics and reviews. I know there are a lot of you out there that are just getting your boats or have had them for a short time. Mine is at Fish Tale Sales this week getting it's 125 hour service done. I took delivery in late August but did not really start to use the boat until March when my boat lift was finally reconfigured to handle my new boat.
I have fished it shallow and deep and it handles whatever you throw out without any hesitation. My typical day trip is 75+ miles or so round trip. Here's how I have out fitted the boat.

Yamaha 300 XCA swinging a Power Tech OFS 4 15X17 4 blade prop
10' Power Pole Blade / owner installed
Lenco Trim Tabs Factory Installed
Atlas Jack Plate/ Factory Installed
Minn Kota 112 lb 36V I Pilot trolling motor / Dealer Installed
Custom Anchor/ Factory
Full Bow cushion set with Dining table/ Factory
Cup/Rod Holder Combo/ Factory
Annodized T-top and leaning post w/rocket launchers/ Factory installed
Lowrance HDS- w/ structure scan./ Owner Installed
VHF/ Owner Installed
Jensen stereo w/ 4 speakers/ factory installed
Custom swim platform with boarding ladder/ Owner installed
Custom in deck tackle center from Boat Outfitters/ Owner Installed
EZ Loader factory trailer
Raw water wash down/ factory insatlled
Top Top canvas enclosure/ Dealer installed

The factory boarding ladder is the only part of the boat that I think Robalo can improve upon. I took care of that by having a custom swim platform ladder built, see the pic.

I looked for a very long time and at every bay boat in the 24 to 26 range and nothing was better for my family than the 246 Cayman. The boat has been so great that my daughter and SIL will be taking delivery of their own 226 Cayman at the end of August. I think that speaks highly of Robalo and my dealer Fish Tale Sales.


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Here is the contribution of a happy R206 Cayman owner...

Options:

Yamaha 150
Leaning post with rod holders
Minn Kota 80lb 24V (dealer installed)
2 bank charger (dealer installed)
Garmin 50DV (dealer installed)
anchor

The day the LuckyDutch III arrived at the dealer
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With the iPilot installed on my driveway
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Heading out to the Charleston 60 Reef
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.... and why we really bought it (fishing the nearshore waters and inshore flats)
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These boats have really caught my attention. Hard to find a "do all" boat, but I'm starting to think this is as close as it gets. My wife loves the family seating and other amenities that it offers, while I love to option to fish inshore in the bay while also having the option to run 25+ Miles offshore on nice days. She really wants me to look hard at the 246 in the next couple years. Totally opposite and different from what I have now, but I do really like the boat. Y'all keep the pictures coming. We love to see them.
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Just back from the Keys and saw several brand-new looking 246, 226 and 206 Caymans on the water. All look great. Dealer in Tavernier can't keep em on the lot long enough to take the shrink wrap off. I'm very interested in the 246 – and have a couple Q's for you and other 246 owners..
* I think the overall design of this boat seems great, but (and, caveat: I haven't been ON one yet, so I'm only basing this on pics): I'm not digging the layout of the console.
• The "tightness" of space for gauges/electronics has been noted in other threads, though I like how your Garmin unit fits! Anyone know if it would be possible for Robalo to move the two vertical sets of switches on the left & right down to one "strip" of switches under the wheel? This would free up a good deal of space up top! Or is the console molded such that they “must” go in that upper left/right space?
• The steering wheel box and throttle appear very "vertical" such that I'm not sure you can tilt the wheel all the way horizontal (which is how I prefer to have the wheel), and it almost looks like you'll be pulling the throttle up to go, as opposed to pushing it forward. Is this the case, or not as dramatic as appears in photos?
* Does Robalo offer any type of low-profile partial rail options for the bow or stern areas?
* Does that bench seat across the stern comfortably sit two adults?
* How heavy are the forward rod locker/storage compartment doors? The way they open “back to front” is interesting, but are the gaskets heavy enough to support the weight of the open doors that way over time?
* I know there is a thread here by a 246 owner who added a custom t-top with 2nd station.. This would be a "mandatory" aftermarket option for me - anyone else go that route yet?

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Thanks Saferfish & Luckydutch !!

Haven't totally settled on a name yet for our boat. Thinking "Simply Irresistible" because I went from the 206 to the 226 to the 246 and finally purchased.

I am a retired USAF scientist who built bombs for 34 year... "Bombs Away"? I love gadgets. My love of my life is named Joanne. So still working on a name !!
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MJ:

here is how the stock console looks. I chose to put my switches there. I am sure you can relocate them.

Bench seat is fine for 2 adults.

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Can someone show me the difference in the standard 246 SS steering wheel with knob and the Option SS Steering wheel and knob ($450)?

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MJ.... (and others)

The console layout is certainly a minus on these boats. In fact, I do not even know where to put a VHF (still have to install one) and there is very little storage. On my previous boat I did have a T-top with box for my radio and liked that setup as it also had additional storage. I did however not like my T-top for my inshore fishing adventures and decided to forego that option on my R206.

The forward locker doors are sturdy (on my R206). The middle locker/life well on the 206 well does not have any support/gasket at all. That, I believe, is something that can be improved on. The lockers are very deep and you can store a boat load of stuff. I wanted one of the lockers to be converted into a fish box, but that was not an option.

We really like the stern seat setup with two separate seats on the 206.
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I guess the Hardtop folks lucked out. We have a overhead console box where I plan to install the radio. Also there are good radios that just have the mic with a LCD screen so the unit is inside the console.

I will carry a fish bag in one of the lockers for those choice longer fish. Also on the 246 there is plenty of room for a long cooler if on a meat run...

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BTW - My friend mounted 800 Lumen white lights on both sides of his 206 for flounder gigging. Looks ideal !!
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For those with a power pole, how did you install? With a bracket on jackplate?

If so, do you have any pics or part number for the bracket?

The transom is a different shape compared to most.

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How's the offshore performance on the 246? Let's say 2-3 foot? I'm about to get mine but worried if I would be able to cross to Bimini from Miami...
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How's the offshore performance on the 246? Let's say 2-3 foot? I'm about to get mine but worried if I would be able to cross to Bimini from Miami...
Cant say much about the 246, but my 206 can handle 3-4 foot waves.... I am not saying that it is fun, but the boat can handle it (and a lot better than the Seahunt 207 Triton that I had before I purchased the R206). The Robalo Cayman series boats are built like tanks and are very stable.

I believe the distance Bimini-Miami is about 50 miles (?). Not sure whether I would do that in a bayboat though......

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Great thread!! I am taking delivery of a 226 in the next two weeks hopefully. Hope to learn a few things from this thread in the meantime
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You folks have probably seen these but I will put here for reference:

2015 Robalo Cayman 206 Parts Guide

2015 Robalo Cayman 226 Parts Guide

2015 Robalo Cayman 246 Parts Guide

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How's the offshore performance on the 246? Let's say 2-3 foot? I'm about to get mine but worried if I would be able to cross to Bimini from Miami...
2 to 3's you will be fine, just plant the trim tabs a bit and let the bow and the hull weight smooth out your ride. I routinely run at 30mph on Charlotte Harbor with closely spaced 1 to 2's no problem. It's a heavy boat, let it work for you and you will be good to go.

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Great thread!!!
I am a potential Caman buyer soon!!!
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For those with a power pole, how did you install? With a bracket on jackplate?

If so, do you have any pics or part number for the bracket?

The transom is a different shape compared to most.

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My 10" PP Blade is mounted on an S-8-6 bracket to the Atlas jack plate. Let me know if you have any questions at all.

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Great thread and love the pics!! I will be picking mine up next week:

F250 3.3
Custom T-top
Minn Kota iPilot 112
8ft Power Pole
Full seating package
2 battery set up with charger
Garmin 740 GPS/FF
Garmin VHF

What is everyone towing theirs with? I have a 2013 F150 Ecoboost with the 3.31 gears and tow package. I am hoping it won't be an issue.
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Originally Posted by sistm6 View Post
Great thread and love the pics!! I will be picking mine up next week:

F250 3.3
Custom T-top
Minn Kota iPilot 112
8ft Power Pole
Full seating package
2 battery set up with charger
Garmin 740 GPS/FF
Garmin VHF

What is everyone towing theirs with? I have a 2013 F150 Ecoboost with the 3.31 gears and tow package. I am hoping it won't be an issue.
I tow mine with a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 w/ a 4.7L V-8. I keep mine on a lift so towing is minimal, recently did a 250 mile round trip with no problems. Average 9mpg at 70mph. When not towing averaging 17mpg at 70mph.

Curious about your custom t top, post some pics. Did you have it built locally?
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