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Robalo R266 Cayman First Glance

Robalo Boats introduces its biggest bay boat yet.

August 3, 2021
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Robalo R266 running offshore
LOA: 26 ft. 6 in.; Beam: 9 ft. 4 in.; Weight: 4,500 lb. (w/ engine); Draft: 1 ft. 8 in. (engine up); Transom Deadrise: 18 deg.; Fuel Capacity: 110 gal.; Max HP: 425 hp Courtesy Robalo Boats

Robalo Boats has introduced its largest bay boat to date—the new R266 Cayman. This 26 ½-footer features a broad, 9-foot 4-inch beam to create more fishing room and enhance stability for anglers standing on the bow and stern casting platforms.

The mid-cockpit zone features deep, padded coaming for an extra measure of security while underway or in rough water.

Robalo has adorned this boat with creature comforts, as well. “The 266 Cayman is the perfect blend of hardcore fishability and family creature comforts,” says Buck Pegg, executive vice president for Robalo, a boat brand that was established in 1968.

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Multiple anglers on the R266 Cayman
The Robalo R266 Cayman serves as a multipurpose angling machine, built for fishing both inshore and offshore. Courtesy Robalo Boats

Multi-Role Machine

The R266′s capabilities extend beyond inshore fishing. With a Hydro-Lift multi-angle running surface, Kevlar-reinforced hull, 18 degrees of transom deadrise, 110-gallon fuel capacity and a power rating of 425 hp, this boat can also fish wrecks and blue water when sea conditions permit. Unlike bay boats with integrated brackets, the R266 comes with a motor well, which helps minimize the chances of following seas slopping onto the deck.

Helm on the R266 Cayman
Robalo’s R266 Cayman features a well-appointed dash with room for two 12-inch multifunction displays. Courtesy Robalo Boats

Roomy, Protected Helm

A hydraulic jackplate for the outboard engine aids performance and enhances the ability to sneak into shallow-water flats and tidal creeks to fish for redfish, snook, stripers and tarpon. A hardtop and integral three-sided glass windshield surround the helm, which is wide enough for a pair of 12-inch multifunction displays. The leaning-post helm seat for two features a flip-up bolsters.

Forward seating on the R266
The R266 features U-shaped forward seating that transitions to loungers with the addition of backrests. Courtesy Robalo Boats

Room to Relax

While moving between fishing spots or cruising on more leisurely days, guests can rest in the forward U-shaped seating nook that, with backrests, transforms into a pair of loungers. You can also stow rods in the lockable compartments below.

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A double-wide seat folds out from the aft casting platform for crew to take a load off abaft the helm seating, and the forward door on the console grants room inside for a marine head and access to the rigging behind the helm.

Aft storage on the R266 Cayman
The Robalo R266 Cayman features a pair of 30-gallon livewells and two compartments for five-gallon buckets below the stern deck. Courtesy Robalo Boats

Beaucoup Bait

Twin 30-gallon below-deck livewells with clear acrylic dividers flank the aft platform. A 20-gallon well lies under the bow deck. For icing fish, there’s an insulated 45-gallon forward fish box.

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A pair of swim platforms bookend the outboard motor, with a fold-out, telescoping boarding ladder on the starboard platform. A premium six-speaker marine audio system comes standard on the R266, as does a tandem-axle aluminum trailer.

Specifications

LOA: 26 ft. 6 in.
Beam: 9 ft. 4 in.
Weight: 4,500 lb. (w/ engine)
Draft: 1 ft. 8 in. (engine up)
Transom Deadrise: 18 deg.
Fuel Capacity: 110 gal.
Max HP: 425 hp
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