3 Most Common Problems With Robalo R160

The Robalo R160 is an affordable compact cross-over, perfect for first-time boat buyers and skilled anglers to fish bays, estuaries, lakes, and rivers.

Although this boat is better equipped and has opened its horizons up to multiple fishing styles, it has some drawbacks.  

You should be aware of some known issues about the R160 boat. It can help you prepare for the worst-case scenarios.

Now, let’s look at the 3 most common problems people face with the Robalo r160 boats.

Most Common Problems With Robalo R160

1. Steering

One of the most common complaints of Robalo R160 users is that the power steering is too difficult to turn. There can be several causes for this to happen.

Now, to find a solution, you need to identify the situations when the steering feels hard. For instance, you may find the steering stiff and unable to turn the wheel during a sea trial or when the engine is stopped.

In both cases, the best thing to do is to grease the tower housing on the engine. You’ll find it easy as there must be one or two fittings for greasing the pivot shaft on the motor.

Also, if the steering is hard while running, that is probably because the motor is mounted too deep. You should check the cavitation plate that should be one to one and a half inches above the bottom of the hull.

2. Throttle

The common problem regarding the boat’s throttle is that it doesn’t stay at one position, and as a result, the boat slows down a bit. 

Basically, a loose handle is the main reason behind this problem. To fix this, look for a plastic door on the binnacle. There should be a screw underneath that. Use the screw to adjust friction on the handle. Go clockwise to tighten, and that should do it.

Tip – One caution – if you sealed your battery in a box with no ventilation, you may be creating a hydrogen bomb. Not like an atomic bomb. But, many batteries release hydrogen as they charge. The enclosure must be ventilated to prevent the build-up of hydrogen, which is highly explosive.

3. Drain Plug

A familiar problem with drain plugs is when the hull has not defected, but water flows out after the plug is removed. 

First, make sure the plug is tight. Still checking for leaks might give out a solution. And to do that, first put the plug in and then to cover the drain, put water in the bilge. Then you can look outside for leaks.

What Do Customers Say?

Good things come in small packages, and owners love this compact cross-over.

The R160 is a great boat for its size, nice layout, heavy hull and very affordable. Its incredibly stable for its size, I don’t think theres a better value in this size range on the market, id package it with the 70hp yamaha bc of its weight, the 50 is a little underpowered and if you get it with the 90 it is not self bailing.- ckrobalo

On the contrary, the external fuel tank is something that has bothered people. However, it actually doesn’t cause any functional or aesthetic issues.

It allows for the boat to be foam-filled, which in turn attains positive flotation aiding its buoyancy, safety, and stability- so it’s actually a pretty smart trade-off.

This above deck fuel tank is a compromise to maximize sub-floor foam flotation. 

Hardcore fishos might want 19-21 degrees of deadrise, but they won’t get this boat’s great stability. This variable 15-degree deadrise on the R160 doesn’t offer the super-soft ride.

But it’s very soft for its fairly shallow vee. That’s about where any comparisons end about the ride. The R160 kills it in every other respect. I must mention how ridiculously dry this boat is. 

Some don’t like the steering position as it doesn’t allow for stand-up driving. However, that is a personal issue.

It really does feel like you’re in a much bigger boat. It’s predictable, loves speed and turns, and is very, very fun to drive.

I love the boat. I have the Yamaha 70 on it. Moves out just fine and takes the waves very well and I stay dry. Nice deep boat. Just need a little shade and prefer a ttop over the bimini for shade – Tbog12

Final thoughts

This Robalo r160 is a great value boat with Aluminum Framed Acrylic Windshield and Forward Console Seat and Bolster.

Stringers and transoms are all made with composite corings and materials. So if you want a boat that’s going to last a very long time, these are the attributes you should be looking for.

This boat is designed predominantly for lure fishermen.

But there is a litany of things that can go wrong. And it is not always the manufacturer’s fault. So many reasons influence the lousy experience.

Let me know in the comment section about your thoughts on Robalo R160.

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