by Dom Wiseman

Robalo build some of the world’s best fishing boats. Lately they have heeded the call from customers looking for a platform that offers a more comfortable ride and additional refinements. Refinements that aren’t often considered until Dads serious fishing weapon becomes the family fun machine.

In response, they have introduced the Robalo Explorer range. A full on Centre Console fishing boat with serious offshore credibility and all of Robalo’s usual fishing features such as; the feather soft Hydro Lift hull, self draining decks, live bait tank, multiple fish boxes, bronze through hull fittings, toe rails, deck wash , rod storage and long range fuel capacity.

But then the new Explorer model adds more seating, both in the bow and the stern with better storage, removable back rests , walkthrough transom, cockpit table, additional trim & gelcoat colours and longer grab rails around the decks. Small refinements that make a big difference to family enjoyment.   Most Robalo’s also have a large, easy to access toilet cabinet as a standard feature, which helps keep you out on the water for longer.


When it is time to go fishing, remove the cushions, empty the drinks out of the insulated fish boxes, load the rods up and hit the water with the legendary Kevlar reinforced hull, because the Explorer is ready to get serious.

“Robalo is now number number 1 for market share in the tough U.S market, which is a nice 50th birthday present for the brand” says Scott O’Hare from Robalo Australia.

“These boats have a massive reputation and serious offshore credibility, along with top end quality, but are realistically priced compared to some of the other big brands, especially when you compare standard features and construction.”

Robalo R227Robalo will have the all new R202 Explorer and the popular R227 dual console crossover boats both powered by Honda, on display at the show at the Aussie Boat Sales, stand E14.