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October 26, 2001

Robalo 210 Tunnel

This skiff can run in eight inches of water and comfortably negotiate open bays.

Enough fish to feed us all dinner attested to the fact that the 2109 doesn't scare fish away. Fishing three large men plus the guide posed no "room-to-work" problems whatsoever, even with two people fly casting and a third spinning. Overall, the 2109 Bayhunter fishes extremely well because it is well thought out and simple.

Design and Construction
Simplicity of both design and construction makes for a boat that works well and won't break the bank. A large, carpeted, dry-storage compartment under the starboard foredeck can lock up more tackle than you'd ever bring aboard. A molded fish box mirrors it to port. Robalo has two built-in tackle storage boxes, and a molded toe rail around the bow is wide enough to accommodate a trolling motor mount.

The 2100 Bayhunter we fished alongside the 2109 sported an optional T-top, while the 2109 Tunnel did not. I found a significant difference in ease of fishing without the top. Not only is fly casting infinitely easier without the shade, movement around the boat and multi-person casting also proved easier.

Look into the actual construction of a Robalo and you'll find solid, time-tested technology: foam-filled fiberglass stringers, polyester resins, sprayed syntactic foam to prevent print-through of the fiberglass cloth as well as one extra layer of laminate in the schedule over what Wahoo! had originally built. U.S. Marine considers it strong enough to deserve a full 10-year, completely transferable warranty.

For some reason, U.S. Marine removed the lip that Wahoo! had molded onto the aft end of the console. Since anglers constantly use the console top as a catch-all for hooks, pliers, rags, gloves, sunscreen and the like, life would be much improved if it didn't all slide off onto the deck every time you accelerate. About the only change I'd really like to see Robalo make is to put the lip back.

Designing and implementing the tunnel on this already excellent skiff has opened up new fishing worlds to this 20-footer. It qualifies as an "everyman boat" - one that any man could be proud of.

For more information:
Robalo Boats
PO Box 9029
Everett, WA 98206
Fax: 360-403-4240