Boat Test: 2017 Robalo R160

Boat Tested2017 Robalo R160
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Power
Manufacturer Robalo
Length16ft 4in / 4.98 m
Beam7ft / 2.13 m
Fuel Capacity12
By Mike Gridley

Robalo did not take any shortcuts with their smallest centre console model. The R160 may be small, but it is mighty.

The hull is made of hand-laid triaxial fibreglass with Kevlar reinforcement where required. Composite materials are used throughout to prevent rot and the self-draining cockpit with aggressive moulded antiskid pattern helps to keep water out.

The R160 can handle up to six people in a pinch and four in comfort. At the transom, flip up seating accommodates two passengers with one more seated at the front of the console. The helm seat will fit two, but one is the comfort number.

For fishing or enhancing the access to the water, the jump seats fold to create an aft casting deck. Underneath the deck is the battery to starboard, storage to port and a portable fuel tank in the centre.

The helm has a reversible backrest and the base is a 66L cooler. There is also a cooler in the console with overboard drain and an insulated, draining storage locker under the forward casting deck.

The helm layout on our test boat was basic, with only a tachometer for instrumentation. A simple panel of waterproof switches and breakers handles the accessories. The console has an optional folding windshield with a solid powder coated grab bar around it and a stainless grab handle for a companion.

The bow rail, navigation lights, cup holders and all hardware are stainless as well. To keep the teenagers happy, an optional tow bar was installed.

The reverse chines make the hull stable at rest. Combined with the Hydro Lift Hull, pronounced lifting strakes and extended plane running surface, the Robalo delivered a smooth, dry ride.

Turns were predictable and stable, tracking smoothly - ideal for new and experienced boaters. With just under 50-percent of the maximum power allowed, our test boat was not fast, but one could sense that with 70 or 90 horsepower on the transom the R160 would be quite quick.

Single Mercury FourStroke EFI 40 Command Thrust, 995 cc (60.8 ci) 40 hp, inline 4 cylinder, four-stroke with EFI

TOP SPEED (mph/rpm)

Length: 16 ft 4 in /4.98 m
Beam: 7 ft / 2.13 m
Weight: 1,600 lbs / 726 kg
Fuel Capacity: 12 gals / 45 L

Speed Testing by Lowrance

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