This builder of saltwater fishing boats is another that has gone through many transitions since its founding; in 1968, it began production with a 19-footer. During the next 40 years Robalo was owned by AMF, Cobia, and then Brunswick before being acquired by its current owner, Chaparral. The quality of the boats varied somewhat through these transitions, but under Chaparral’s direction (beginning in 2001) Robalo re-established itself as a premium builder of extremely high-quality fishing boats. Upon the acquisition construction techniques and materials were thoroughly enhanced and by 2010, every model in the line had been completely re-tooled or developed from scratch. Today, Robalo’s offerings range from an 18’ center console to a 30’ walkaround, plus a dual-console multi-use model line.
In a sea of fishing boat choices under 20-feet why choose the R180? The answer is simple...it's a Robalo. We're not being flippant. We mean it. The Robalo name on this runaway best seller means unique styling, unmatched performance and a feature-rich cockpit layout that is better than rivals that are two or even three feet longer. Add a No Haggle Reel Deal price including an aluminum trailer and the comparisons end. Ride comfort defies the centerline length. Standard 115 hp Yamaha punch delivers efficient and responsive performance. Convertible casting platforms, extensive rod storage, a huge 15-gallon livewell and a high quality leaning post are unexpected extras at this price range. Even more unexpected, the R180 is the only boat we've seen in this size range that features an enclosed head. That's right, an 18-footer with a private head. Go ahead, cast off on long distance adventures without concern.