The buzz about the new Robalo R160 begins with its price tag – an accessible and affordable $19,795. That’s right, for under $20K a fisherman looking to join the Robalo Nation can pick up a premium center console, trailer, and engine. Perfect for first-time boat buyers and anglers looking for a 16-foot fishing machine, the R160 offers the same Kevlar construction, high quality stainless steel hardware, and precise attention to detail of Robalo’s larger center consoles.
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More than a year in the making, the new R160 is the buzz of the waterways. For good reason. Never before has there been a 16-footer in this price range that offered the same quality, heritage and performance as the new R160. The introduction of the R160 opens up Robalo Nation to boatloads of people that want to get on the water in a premium quality boat. Universally, the first impression is almost always the same: Amazing. Simply amazing. If we had to pick one word that best described customer reaction to the new R160 it would be EASY. Easy to Operate. Easy to Trailer. Easy to Own. Easy to Service. Easy to Afford.
Available with 50, 70 and 90 horsepower Yamaha engine options, the R160 excites and delights. No matter which engine selection you choose, the R160 will impress with its pulling power for watersports, smooth trolling speeds and take-you-anywhere mid range. All three engines are custom matched with propellers to maximize performance and efficiency. Additionally, Yamaha is recognized the world over for its serviceability and durability, particularly in tough saltwater environments. Robalo and Yamaha are time-tested partners in performance. It’s reassuring to know you’re with the best the fish boat world has to offer.
At the helm, you’ll enjoy a feeling of total and complete control. There’s room on the console for optional electronics. Water resistant switches are clearly identified. The full height windshield has a flex free aluminum base for added strength. Small items stow atop the console and there’s a huge ice chest below the reversible leaning post seat. Stainless steel drink holders combine with a secure grab handle, showcasing Robalo’s attention to detail. A molded non-skid footrest is a huge plus, creating a secure feeling in rough water. Tilt steering is available as optional equipment. The removable backrest cushion opens up to reveal a console storage compartment. A seat cushion and rod holders are available as optional equipment. Finally, for those facing a low profile garage or boat house challenge, a clever optional fold-away windshield provides that little extra clearance needed.
The only thing better than the smile after catching your first fish is the roominess of the R160. Sixteen feet never looked or felt so good. Upfront, a sizeable casting platform is detailed with Diamond Lustre non-skid for sure footing while fishing. A sizeable insulated locker is perfect for stowing fish or icing cold drinks. Stainless steel insert rails can be upgraded with an optional high profile bow rail.
Robalo worked its engineering magic perfectly inside the R160. Aft the adult-sized jump seats that fold into a casting platform. A boater’s-best-friend 5 gallon bucket stows in its own compartment below the port seat with storage and rigging access to starboard. A clever transom boarding step makes it easy to get back onboard after spending time in the water. The R160 is also equipped with an easy-access fuel tank. Neatly tucked below a hinged lid aft, not an awkward slide-out compartment, the fuel tank is easy to reach whether you’re at a marina dock or filling up on the trailer.
Robalo’s sensational Extended V-Plane running surface stretches full length, giving the R160 a competitive performance edge over rivals. Look closely. The bottom extends beyond the engine bracket, creating built-in trim tabs and a longer running surface. The result: the R160 rockets on plane, tracks true, is exceptionally efficient in the all important midrange and tames moderate seas far better than you’d expect in a 16-footer. The goal was to chart new waters at 16-feet. Mission more than accomplished. Robalo’s design team successfully combined a shallow water draft with a dry, soft and predictable ride in big water. At first glance, it’s easy to see the R160’s bloodlines are classic Robalo. Styling cues from the R180 and 200 ensure an award winning look. Ultra wide gunwales make access easy.
Exceptionally stable for its compact size, the R160 is at home in a wide ranging conditions. Searching for bait? Want to fish close to shore? The R160s amazing 10-inch shallow water draft invites you to ease on in. Conversely, for those times when you want to venture into the whitecaps looking for a trophy catch, don’t hesitate to put the throttle down and go. Inside, the R160 comes standard with a huge insulated forward fish locker. Anglers can also select from an optional ala carte menu that includes gunwale rod storage, a livewell under the bow seat, a forward casting seat and wiring for a trolling motor.