Small boats with lower sticker prices are supposed to be bare-bones outfits, designed to whet buyers’ appetites for boating before they move up. But what if an “entry level” boat is already chock full of standard amenities? It would look a lot like the Robalo R200, a small boat packing a lot inside.
The R200 is a center console designed to make the family-minded fisherman (or his wife) choose it rather than a comparably sized bowrider. It offers horseshoe-shape bow seating with removable cushions. You don’t have to remove them to access the storage underneath, thanks to the easy-access latch system. The compartments are insulated and drain overboard, and serve as fish boxes or coolers. The recessed bow rail and side-mounted bow cleats keep hardware out of the way.
I consider the standard leaning post at the helm another big plus. Many builders of entry-level center consoles equip the boat with standard twin pedestal seats. The anodized aluminum post allows the driver the option to sit or stand, harbors a cooler underneath and sports the essential aft grab rail.