Robalo is in its sixth decade of crafting center-console, dual-console and Cayman saltwater-fishing boats, building on its tradition of heavy-duty construction, sea-taming ride, and consistent presence on the cutting edge of design and construction innovation.
Among these innovations is Robalo’s use of upholstery material made from 100 percent SiO silicone, a pure form of silicone which, unlike conventional marine seating, is free of chemical additives. Virtually maintenance-free, its angular resin technology boosts durability, resists scuffing and scratching, and offers one of the softest and most comfortable marine seating surfaces.
The company calls building world-class fishing boats both its passion and its way of life. All its 2024 models come with a lifetime limited hull warranty.
With a 36-foot-6-inch length and an 11-foot-4-inch beam, this biggest-ever Robalo comes powered by standard twin Yamahas with joystick steering; triple 300s with Digital Electric Steering are an option.
The fiberglass hardtop features an overhead skylight, electronics box, map, spreader, and courtesy lighting. Options include a canvas fly, Gemlux outriggers, hardtop enclosure, and Makefast shade system.
Helm seating welcomes three. At the helm are Simrad radar, autopilot, chart plotter/MFD and VHF radio. JL Audio features eight speakers, two subwoofers and an amp. LED underwater lights enhance visibility, mood and/or fish attraction. The console contains front and side windows, as well as a skylight into the cabin.
Within the cabin is a berth and contained head. Options include air conditioning and heating. Headroom is a generous 6 feet, 6 inches.
The floor contains two 80-gallon fish boxes. An aft-facing bench seat houses removable tackle storage and a Yeti cooler. Twenty rod holders line gunwales and the aft cockpit wall, into which a full transom seat folds. Two insulated 30-gallon livewells are in aft corners, and within gunwales are large, lockable rod-storage compartments.
The R360’s Michael Peters’ stepped hull is Kevlar-reinforced, with encapsulated reserve flotation. Options include a Fischer Panda diesel generator and a SeaKeeper 3 gyroscopic stabilizer.
Running-and-gunning for tuna and other pelagics is rapidly gaining popularity, thanks to the rise of the fast offshore center-console. These make casting to breaking fish easy, but consider adding outriggers for the days when visible feeds are few and far between. -Joe Albanese, Executive Editor Salt Water Sportsman
Test Power: Triple Yamaha F300 Outboards
Test Props: Yamaha SWS II 15″ x 20″ stainless-steel 3-blade
Test Load: Crew Weight – 660 lb., Fuel on board – 170 gal.
Test Speed: Top Speed 58.1 mph at 5,800 rpm
Max Range: 365 mi.
LOA:36’6″Beam:11’4″Fuel Capacity:350 gal.Dry Weight With Power:14,500 lb.Max HP:1,200Certifications:NMMAPowered By:Yamaha
Robalo – Nashville, Georgia; robalo.com