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Robalo - R250 (2023-)

2x Yamaha F150XCA



Brief Summary

New for 2023, the Robalo R250 continues Robalo’s tradition of providing lots of functionality for fishing and family watersports, for a reasonable price. She falls nicely between the builder’s twin engine R272 and the single engine R230, and she can be powered by a single outboard or twins, giving buyer and option that they don’t have with the larger or smaller boats.  

Test Results

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
600 3.1 2.7 0.9 3.4 2.9 498 432.8 62
1000 4.5 3.9 1.7 2.6 2.3 389 337.8 63
1500 5.8 5 3.2 1.8 1.6 270 235 64
2000 8 6.9 4.9 1.6 1.4 243 211.2 63
2500 8.5 7.4 6.7 1.3 1.1 189 164.3 65
3000 11.5 10 9.4 1.2 1.1 183 158.8 65
3500 22.6 19.6 11.2 2 1.7 298 259.3 71
4000 28.6 24.8 13.2 2.2 1.9 322 279.7 73
4500 34 29.5 16.8 2 1.8 300 260.6 78
5000 38.5 33.4 22.7 1.7 1.5 252 219 83
5500 42.4 36.8 28 1.5 1.3 225 195.5 85
5800 44.4 38.6 29.4 1.5 1.3 224 194.8 87
Robalo R250 Performance Chart

Specifications

Length Overall 25' 3"
7.70 m
Beam 9' 2"
2.79 m
Dry Weight 6600 lbs
2994 kg
Draft 21"
53.34 cm
Draft Up 21"
53 cm
Draft Down 31"
79 cm
Deadrise/Transom 23 degrees
Bridge Clearance 10' 4"
3.15 m
Weight Capacity 1725 lbs
782.45 kg
Person Capacity 12 persons
Fuel Capacity 165 gal
625 L
Water Capacity 13.5 gal
51 L

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 6.2
0 to 30 11.2
Props 15.25 x 18
Load 3 persons; 165 gal. fuel; 50lbs. gear
Climate 89 deg., 69 humid; wind: 0-10 mph; sea: calm

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2x Yamaha F150XCA
Std. Power 2x Yamaha F150XCA

Captain's Report

Report by Eric Colby

Mission Statement

The R250 is designed to fill the gap between its R230 and R272. For those who plan more offshore work, or would like a bit more deck space than offered in the R230, this boat could be the answer.  She is all powered by twins, unlike Robalo’s smaller center console. Her bow seating area is deep and comfortable and her head compartment is one of the most spacious in class. With a 23-degree deadrise at the transom, she will make the ride as comfortable as possible.

For the New R250 designers pushed out the gunwales as far as possible, making the cockpit even more fish-able.

For the new R250, designers pushed out the gunwales as far as possible, making the cockpit even more fish-able.

Robalo R250 Major Features

  • Fiberglass hardtop w/powder-coated frame
  • Rocket-launcher-style rod holders
  • Overhead electronics box
  • Twin or Single Outboards
  • Full glass windshield with opening vent
  • Hullside-entry door
  • Private head w/forward entry
  • Fore and aft insulated fish boxes
  • Fold-in transom seats
  • Kevlar reinforced construction

Robalo R250 Features Inspection

We’ll start at the stern and work our way forward. There are swim platforms on each side of the stern and a four-step ladder to starboard. Six rod holders span the transom with a pumpout cap to port. The splashwell extends forward to the transom but the aft deck is finished in nonskid and wide enough to walk on. Anglers fishing the shallows should enjoy this perch. 

Our test boat was powered by twin 150-hp Yamaha outboards. Notice that the forward end of the splashwell and the transom are angled to ensure that the engines can fully tilt out of the water

Our test boat was powered by twin 150-hp Yamaha outboards. Notice that the forward end of the splashwell and the transom are angled to ensure that the engines can fully tilt out of the water.

aft

The aft casting deck is wide enough for an angler to stand on top while fishing.

 A 1’ (.030 m) wide passageway to the cockpit closes with a gate. With the gate closed, there’s access to a locker that contains two battery switches and circuit breakers. There’s also a pull-out shower in this area. 
New for 2023, Robalo’s designers pushed out the R250’s gunwales to create a 94” (238.76 cm) wide cockpit that measured 49” (124.46 cm) front to back. Deck height in this area is 29” (73.66 cm) and the cockpit has 3” (7.62 cm) diameter drains in each corner. 

A removable inspection hatch in the cockpit deck provides access to fuel-tank fittings and outboard on each side are under-deck fish boxes that we measured at 48” (121.92 cm) long and 10” (2.54 cm) deep with an opening that’s 10” (2.54 cm) wide.

Robalo R250 gunwaes kink

Notice how the gunwales kink outboard alongside the helm. This is part of Robalo’s new design that expands cockpit space.

 Across the stern, a bench seat folds in from the transom on easy-to-use, heavy-duty stainless-steel hinges. In the aft port corner is a 30-gallon (113.56 L) livewell with an acrylic top that opens on tension hinges, blue finish and rounded corners. In the base of the livewell is a plug for the battery charger.

robalo R250 backrest

The bench seat folds in easily from the transom and has a comfortable backrest.

When it comes to equipment access, it doesn’t get much better than the R250. Push a button on the right side of the bench seat and the center of the transom raises on a power ram. Inside, we could reach the bilge and steering pumps, thru-hull shutoffs, batteries, charger and the ladder for the hullside boarding door. 

We were very impressed with this electrical access, something that center console cost tens of thousands of dollars more don’t’ have. Quick and easy access to the mechanical compartments is vitally important for two reasons: 1) for daily checks of fluid levels, raw water strainers, and through-hull fittings; and 2) In an emergency to shutoff the through hulls ball valves. For that reason, we’d like to see the button labeled so that guests aboard know what it is for.

R250 Bilge pump

Push a button to access the bilge pumps, batteries, charger and more. Technicians will love this.

Speaking of the hullside door, it has a rugged stainless-steel latch and hinges and opens inboard. The receptacle for the boarding ladder also looks and feels heavy duty.

Robalo 250 open hullside door

The hullside door opens inboard to facilitate hauling in a fish or climbing aboard after snorkeling or a SCUBA adventure.

The Helm

Stepping up to the R250’s helm, there’s a stainless-steel tilt wheel with a spinner knob and two columns of accessory switches flanking the optional dual 12” (30.48 cm) Simrad multifunction displays. We like that Robalo includes a compass atop the console, but would like to see it in line with the steering wheel. There are also shallow trays on the top of the console.

Just beneath the MFDs and ahead of the wheel, working left to right, our test boat had an optional cell-phone charger, two USB plugs, a 12-volt outlet, LENCO trim tabs with indicators built into the switch and the remote for the Clarion stereo. Across the bottom of the panel are the Yamaha engine screen to the left of the wheel and to the right are the keys, the shift/throttle levers and a locking glove box.

Robalo-250-Helm

The helm can be upgraded with single or twin Simrad displays and the glass side panels for the windshield are new for 2023.

Overhead, the standard hardtop has overhead storage, upgraded JL Audio speakers, LED courtesy and spreader lights and rocket launcher-style rod holders. New for 2023, tempered glass makes up the full height windshield and side panels. There’s a vent at the top that opens electrically to let in air.

Robalo R250 windshield vent

The power windshield vent will come in handy on hot days. This is unusual on this size boat.​​​​

Robalo 250 hardtop

The hardtop comes standard and includes a locking electronics box. 

An upgrade on our test boat was the fold-down backrest for the 47” (119.38 cm) wide leaning post that had individual fold-up bolsters. There’s an anti-fatigue mat and two-position angled footrest. With the backrest down, passengers can sit facing aft to watch lines or kids playing. In the powder-coated leaning-post base, there’s a dedicated rack for the 70-quart (66.24-quart) cooler.

fold up

The leaning post has individual fold-up bolsters and there are angled footrests on the console.

Robalo R250 fold up bolsters

The optional fold-down backrest for the leaning post adds utility to an already versatile boat. Note the robust bolsters in the background.

Robalo-250R-cooler

The cooler stows out of the way under the leaning post, leaving the cockpit uncluttered.

Gunwale height alongside the helm is 31” (78.74 cm) and on each side there are rod holders with padded mats to keep the reels from banging around. Toe rails provide security when an angler is fighting a fish and there are washdowns in the gunwale as well.

Robalo R250 toe rails

The gunwales have toerails, rod racks with padding to protect reels and washdown.

The Bow

Moving forward, there’s easy passage on each side of the console to the bow. On the front of the console, there’s a 26” (66.04 cm)-wide seat with a padded backrest, plus stainless-steel grabrails on each side and a plastic one on the front. As we’ve seen on other Robalo models, the console is hinged on the port side and whole seat pulls forward for provide excellent access to the private head compartment. 

Electric Head. Our test boat was upgraded with a pump-out toilet. This is probably not necessary of the boat is to be used by salty meat fishermen, on the other hand, if it is for the family’s use, we’d spring for the option.  There are often un mention reasons why some members of the family are no enthusiastic about going boating, and an electric head might be just what is needed.. 

Overall headroom is 5’2” (1.57 m), and there’s 44” (111.76 cm) of seated headroom.  This is a critical measurement and a good one for this size boat.  

There’s a dedicated storage rack for the bow table and a removable hatch that provides access to the helm rigging.

Robalo 250 console seat

The console set is comfortable for one adult or a couple of kids.

Robalo 250 head

We've been a fan of Robalo's forward opening head door because of the superior access it provides.

Forward, the bow has U-shaped seating with side lounges that are 5’ (1.52 m) long and have removable backrests on lightweight aluminum frames. The bottom cushions can be unsnapped, creating a nonskid raised casting platform. Insulated fish boxes in the seat bases are 50” (127 cm) long and there’s an insulated cooler under the center cushion. Under-deck storage in the bow measures 21” x 21” (53.34 cm x 53.34 cm) and is 15” (38.1 cm) deep. Inside we found dedicated clips for the legs for the bow table and when it’s lowered to form a sunpad.

On the nonskid foredeck, there are two pull-up cleats flanking the anchor locker that housed the optional Lewmar windlass. The optional 20-lb. (9.07 kg) stainless-steel anchor passes through the stem. 

Robalo R250 bow seating

The rather odd angle captures all the bow seating on the R250.

Robalo R250 light weight  brackets

Lightweight aluminum brackets secure in the same style clips that Robalo uses for its tables.

Robalo R250 table

With the bow table installed on the short leg, adding a filler cushion creates a large sunpad or playpen.

 

Robalo 250 R bow storage

Bow storage includes insulated fish boxes plus the cooler and the under-deck locker. Note the gas struts on the seat hatches, and the “sticky” hinges on the anchor locker hatch.

Robalo R250 Performance

The Numbers

The Robalo R250 measures 25’3” (7.7 m) long with an 8’6” (2.59 m) beam and a draft of 21” (53.34 cm). Our test boat weighed 5,626 lbs. (2,551.92 kg) without engines and with three people, fu1l fuel and test gear, we had an as-tested weight of 8,195 pounds (3,717.19 kg).

Robalo R250 fish

Her 31" deep cockpit and padded bolsters help keep kids secure when learning to fish.

Powered by twin 150-hp Yamaha outboards spinning 15.25” x 18” (38.75 cm x 45.72 cm) Saltwater Series propellers, the R250 hit a top speed of 44.4 mph at 5800 rpm. We recorded best cruise at 4000 rpm where she ran 28.6 mph and burned 13.2 gph. This translated to 2.2 mpg and a range of 322 statute miles with 10% of her 165-gallon (624.59 L) fuel capacity held in reserve. 

In acceleration tests, the R250 planed in 6.2 seconds, hit 20 mph in 7.4 and ran through 30 in 11.2. Our test boat held minimum plane at 22.6 mph.

Robalo R250 running

The R250 had a solid feel underway and the twin outboards had a good bottom-end punch.

Handling

When it comes to the R250’s handling, words like sure-footed and predictable come to mind. She has a 23-degree deadrise, carves through a turn, and holds her line well. We think twin 150-hp outboards are a good choice. They get the boat on plane quickly, are economical to run and having twins makes the boat easier to maneuver in tight quarters. Two props are always better than one to get power to the water.

Robalo R250 - Handling

The R250 tracked cleanly through maneuvers and felt comfortable at all times.

Options Worth Considering (not mentioned in report)

  • Single outboard from Mercury or Yamaha up to 300 hp
  • Twin outboards from Mercury or Yamaha up to 400 hp total
  • Single 9” (22.86 cm) or 12” (30.48 cm) Simrad NSS9 EVO3 multifunction display
  • Simrad VHF radio
  • Simrad Radar w/20” dome
  • Simrad autopilot
  • JL Audio stereo upgrade with 6 speakers, LED lighting and 6-channel amp
  • Blue underwater lights
  • Tandem-axle trailer

Observations

If we were looking at the R250, we would put much consideration toward how much time we would be spending miles offshore. If that is an owner’s primary interest, opt for the second engine for redundancy. Twin 150s are fine. You don’t need to go 50 mph, and cruising comfortably at 35 mph makes for a more comfortable ride, and better fuel economy.

While items like the hardtop and hullside door are standard, the bow filler cushion, cockpit table and electronics at the dash are options. Many dealers will bring a boat with popular options and price the boat accordingly, but when looking at a boat like the R250, look over the options list closely to make sure you’re not surprised when your new boat arrives.

We think the Robalo R250 offers good value for money.


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