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Robalo 246 Cayman SD (2019-)

1 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2

Key Features

  • Aluminum panel with weatherproof stainless steel toggle switches and circuit breakers
  • LED navigation lights
  • Wiring for 24 or 36 Volt bow trolling motor
  • Forward console seat and bolster
  • Aft doublewide seat with folding backrests convertible to large casting platform
  • Bow center insulated 20 gal. livewell/fishbox with livewell pump, LED lighting, blue gelcoat finish, and directional aerator head unit with flow valve
  • Powder coated leaning post with backrest and 4 rod holders with 72 quart cooler underneath
  • Aluminum trailer with disc brakes and 14" tires with galvanized rims

Test Results

600 2.4 2.1 0.3 9.6 8.3 648 563.5 N/A
1000 5 4.3 0.6 8.3 7.2 557 484.2 N/A
1500 6.4 5.5 1.5 4.4 3.8 296 257 N/A
2000 8.7 7.5 3 2.9 2.5 195 169.2 N/A
2500 12 10.4 5 2.4 2.1 161 140.3 N/A
3000 19.3 16.7 5.8 3.3 2.9 224 194.8 N/A
3500 28.3 24.6 7.8 3.6 3.2 246 214 N/A
4000 32.5 28.3 9.8 3.3 2.9 225 195.7 N/A
4500 34.3 29.8 12.5 2.7 2.4 185 160.8 N/A
5000 41.5 36.1 14.5 2.9 2.5 193 168 N/A
5500 46.5 40.4 24 1.9 1.7 131 113.7 N/A


Length Overall 24' 6'' / 7.47 m
Beam 9'
2.74 m
Dry Weight 3,700 lbs
1,678 kg
Tested Weight 4,480 lbs
2032.09 kg
Draft Up 12''
30 cm
Draft Down 28''
71 cm
Deadrise/Transom 16-deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance 11' 1''
3.37 m
Weight Capacity 1,350 lbs.
612 kg
Person Capacity 9
Fuel Capacity 75 gal.
284 L
Water Capacity N/A
Total Weight 4,480 lbs
2032.09 kg


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 4.6 sec.
0 to 30 7.2 sec.
Ratio 1.85:1
Props 20" x 15 1/8" - 4 blade
Load 2 persons, 4/5 load, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 74 deg., wind: 7 mph; seas: Med Chop

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power 300-hp Yamaha 4.2L V6 Four Stroke 300XCA CL Plus

Captain's Report

Contents of Report

Robalo 246 Cayman SD

The Robalo 246 Cayman Sky Deck (SD) brings a new point of view to this versatile bay boat, with an upper station.


The flagship of the Robalo Cayman fleet, this 246 Cayman SD is a bay boat that can double as a family cruiser. While the hull was designed to fish the various depths and conditions found in estuaries, the 246 Cayman SD has a versatile interior design with a combination of features that would allow you to fish on Saturday and take the crew to the sandbar on Sunday, with very little compromise.

The 246 Cayman SD adds a sky deck with an upper station and plenty of fishing features. The added height allows for better sightlines for fish-hunting anglers or boaters who want to find their way in the shallows.


Robalo 246 Cayman max horsepower

The max horsepower rating for the transom is 300. Our test boat was powered with an Evinrude E-TEC G2 300-hp outboard which has a gear ratio of 1.85:1 and was propped with a 20” (50.8 cm) diameter by 15 1/8” (38.42 cm) pitch 4-blade stainless steel propeller. This setup provided an average top speed of 46.5 mph.

Fine Tuning Your Control

Robalo 246 Cayman digital controls

Fly-by-wire digital controls provided effortless shift and throttle. The E-TEC G2 steering feedback can also be adjusted to fine-tune the driver’s control at the helm. Precise RPM adjustments can be made by pressing the + and – button on the top of the throttle binnacle housing.

Major Features

    • Aluminum panel with weatherproof stainless steel toggle switches and circuit breakers

    • Upper station

    • Pre-wired for bow-mounted trolling motor

    • Forward-opening front console door

    • Stern seating that folds into casting deck

    • Three plumbed livewells (insulated)

    • Bow seating with backrest

    • Locking rod storage

    • Four-step telescoping boarding ladder

Overall Appeal

Robalo 246 Cayman SD

The interior layout of the Robalo 246 Cayman SD blends the function of a fishing boat with features the entire family will enjoy.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD deck plan

This rendering depicts the position of the upper station and its bench seat in relation to the deck layout beneath.

At the Controls

The steering on the console is just to starboard of center. This helm location puts the observer to the port side of the console and centers the driver between the steering wheel and the throttle control. The layout may look a little different when compared to other center console boats, but the ergonomics of it work.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD helm

The dash of the center console can accept flush-mounted electronics, flanked by dual switch panels to control functions. The top of the console has molded-in storage trays, while a footrest at the base adds to seated comfort. Other standard features on the helm include a lighted compass and a 12V DC receptacle.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD leaning post

This optional leaning post has padded cushions that allow the captain and passenger to stand or sit independently.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD sitting

For longer runs, the helmsman can rotate the bolster down to form a comfortable seat.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD standing

With the bolster in the up position, the helmsman and companion have additional support for standing securely while underway.

Sky Deck

Robalo 246 Cayman SD supports

For structural integrity, the upper station supports incorporate a truss design which eliminates the need for angled leg supports that can impede the view from the helm.

Typical bay boats have the upper-station operator stand on top of the center console, through the T-top. With the Robalo 246 Cayman SD, the top of the console is 3’6” (1.07 m), and the height of the upper station deck is 6’7” (2.01 m) above the main deck.

Robalo reinforced the cockpit’s deck to compensate for the added weights and moments of the upper deck, including the operator and a companion.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD

The built-in ladder steps on both the port and starboard sides of the hardtop stanchions simplify access to the upper station.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD safety rails

There are gates in the safety railings on both the port and starboard sides of the sky deck.

Both gates are mounted with tension hinges that keep the gates from slamming down. They also latch securely in the closed position.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD upper station

The upper station features bench seating for two.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD bench seat

The bench seat can be adjusted to create leaning-post-style seating.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD latch

A lift-and-lock latch reveals a glovebox-style locker in the upper helm console.

The door is mounted with tension hinges so it won’t close without being closed. This is especially convenient when the operator needs to reach for something inside with one hand while driving with the other.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD helm panel

On the helm panel, Robalo mounted a 7” (17.8 cm) multifunction display. To the right of the display is the digital fly-by-wire engine control.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD steering wheel

On the port side is the stainless steel steering wheel with steering knob. To the right are control switches for the engine start and stop (green arrow), station selector (red arrow) and the horn (yellow arrow).

The stainless steel wheel is mounted on a fixed base. Robalo reports that on future boats of this model the wheel will be on a tilt base.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD

The 246 Cayman SD comes with two stainless steel beverage holders built into the upper station control panel.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD nav light

The all-round navigation light (purple arrow) is mounted behind the bench seating. There are four rocket-launcher style rod holders mounted on the back of the helm seating (red arrow) and on the top of upper station deck (green arrow). Robalo reinforced the deck to mount outriggers (yellow arrow).

Features for the Crew

The bow of this boat is focused on the family. The U-Shaped settee is the perfect picnic spot with the optional bow table. For easy cruising, the port and starboard lounges have forward-facing backrests.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD bow table

The bow table stows in the center console when not in use for picnic lunches.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD bow sun pad

The bow table can also fill in the U-shaped seating. Add the optional cushions and this area becomes a sun pad.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD back rest

Removable backrests allow passengers to face forward on twin lounges.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD bow seating

Coaming pads wrap around the bow to create a backrest for the seating area.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD front console

A front seat on the center console door allows for additional forward-facing seating.

Storage and Convenience

Beneath the bow seating are hatches that provide access to lockers for stowing gear, and, in the smaller, center compartment, there are dedicated brackets to stow the bow table pedestals.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD bow seat

The bow seating hatches are held open by stainless steel gas shocks. Hatches that open forward make it easier to stow gear while the boat is on the trailer.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD console interior

The entire face of the center console swings open to access additional stowage and a head. Note the removable bow table has its own dedicated rack inside the console.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD ladder

Built into the starboard aft corner is a hatch that opens to grant access to a telescoping, four-step swim ladder.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD wash down

Just to the side of the swim ladder is a fitting for a freshwater washdown, handy for bathers to rinse off as they climb back into the boat. The fill is located right next to the fitting.

Cockpit Seating

A bench seat is built into the aft casting deck. When not in use, it folds flat and latches in place to give anglers more casting area on a level surface.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD stern seat up

The aft bench-style jump seat is wide enough for two passengers and its central location tends to be a drier place to sit compared to side jump seats.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD stern seat

In the folded position, the aft seat adds to the total area of the casting deck.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD speakers

Speakers for the sound system are flush-mounted in the face of the aft deck. To either side of the cockpit sole are stainless steel drains.

Fishing Features

Robalo 246 Cayman SD aft deck

The aft casting deck has twin 30-gallon (114 L) insulated livewells, each with a dedicated pump. Either one can double as a fishbox. A hatch on the port corner opens to a locker sized to stow a bucket. With the outboard in the down position, a filler piece can be placed to cover a portion of the splash well, giving anglers more room on the casting deck, and more confidence in their footwork when fighting a fish.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD port livewell

Each stern livewell is insulated, and has a side overflow drain and built-in LED lighting.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD bucket

The dedicated bucket locker can stow a castnet, cleaning supplies, or a chum bag.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD rod holder

The gunwale rod holders also double as cup holders.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD under gunwale

Under-gunwale horizontal rod racks on both the port and starboard sides keep fishing gear off the deck.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD cooler

Five rocket-launcher-style rod holders on the back of the leaning post keep gear organized and within easy reach.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD bow casting

The multi-level bow casting deck gives anglers choices: Stand far forward for the added height to throw a castnet, or step down and away from the edge for more security when conditions are rough.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD livewell

Built into the bow casting deck is an anchor locker and an additional 20-gallon (76 L) insulated livewell.

Additional Performance Numbers

Our test boat was equipped with a 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboard and had an estimated test weight of 4,480 lbs. (2,032 kg). We hit a top speed of 40.4 knots (46.5 mph) at 5500 rpm. Best cruise was 24.6 knots (28.3 mph) with a fuel burn of 3.6 mpg. The boat was up on plane in less than 5 seconds and hit 17.4 knots (20 mph) in 4.6 seconds and reached 26.1 knots (30 mph) in 7.2 seconds. The model tested was without the tower.

Ride and Handling

The hull has a stable ride and was comfortable navigating the medium chop of the bay. The bow flare kept us dry. Turns were smooth and the boat didn’t need a lot of attention to engine trim from planning off to high-speed runs.

Available Options

    • Colored hull

    • Dual battery charger

    • Underwater lights

    • Console head

    • Bow filler cushion

    • Bow table

    • Leaning post with five rod holders and flip-up bolsters

    • Freshwater shower

    • Hydraulic jackplate

    • Bow fishing chair

    • Electronics

    • Sound system

    • Trim tabs


Robalo 246 Cayman SD running

As bay boats go, the Robalo 246 Cayman SD is on the larger side, which adds to crew comfort while exploring the far reaches of the backcountry. Higher sheer and greater hull flare make for a better ride in open water.

Robalo 246 Cayman SD running

Added comforts like bow and stern seating, plus a head in the console, means the family can enjoy the boat just as much as the serious fisherman.