Robalo has built capable fishing boats since 1968, but its latest and largest offering is a leap forward into the realm of high-performance, offshore fishboats. The R360 rides a Michael Peters-designed Stepped-Vee Ventilated Tunnel hull that boosts speed, fuel efficiency and seakeeping qualities. Add a sleek, contemporary profile and a host of clever features, and you’ve got a boat that stands out among Robalos of the past.
The R360’s appeal starts with an unbroken sheer line that flows from the aggressively angled bow to a tumblehome transom with an integral engine platform. The boat measures 36 feet, 6 inches, with an 11-foot, 4-inch beam. The bottom has two ventilated steps. The running surface abaft the steps terminates at the transom with a deep, 23-degree deadrise and is split by Peters’ centerline tunnel, which acts like a keel to provide extra stability and grip in turns.
The boat is rated for up to 1,200 horses, and hull No. 1 is powered by triple Yamaha F300s. While these outboards are at the lower end of the power options for the R360, they still produce impressive performance numbers. With the F300s, the boat tops out at more than 60 mph, burning 71 gph, and gets on plane in 4.3 seconds. Cruise speed is 38 mph.
The bow seating has two integral backrests that house six tackle drawers. There is additional stowage beneath a three-person lounge forward of the console. Locking rod stowage is built into the gunwales on both sides of the console.
There are three seats with flip-up bolsters at the console, and the skipper runs the boat from the center seat. The dash has twin 16-inch multifunction displays, lighted switches and controls, cup holders and a padded, automobile-style cap.
The hardtop is equipped with a sliding skylight and provides cover for folks at the console and the mezzanine lounge seating. It also partially extends over the cockpit. The beefy, powder-coated pipework that supports it includes bonded front and side glass at the helm, with a tilt-out overhead vent to enhance the air flow on hot days.
Beneath the console is a small cabin with a V-berth, porcelain freshwater head, a sink and a shower area. A starboard opening portlight and overhead tinted skylight improve ventilation and brighten the area. Access to the electronics’ wiring and a breaker panel is through a double door in the cabin’s aft bulkhead.
The cockpit is loaded with fishing features, including combination cup/rod holders, a 65-quart Yeti cooler that slides out from under the mezzanine seats, additional tackle stowage, twin 30-gallon transom live wells, 125-gallon insulated in-deck fishboxes, a port-side dive door and a fold-down transom seat for three. A centerline deck hatch provides access to the mechanical space, which is set up for an optional Seakeeper 3 gyroscopic stabilizer.
The fit and finish on the R360 is top-shelf, and the boat has a long list of standard items and options. You can learn much more about this new Robalo model at robalo.com.