PRODUCT NEWS

It’s time to treat yourself this festive season – ‘Special Offers’ on specific Honda Lawn & Garden Products
Honda Power Equipment Southern Africa is offering YOU some great specials on Honda Lawn & Garden Products over the festive season ranging from a Lawnmower, Brushcutter, Hedge Trimmer, Blower to a Back Pack Sprayer. In fact just about all the equipment you’ll ever need to keep your garden in pristine condition… For more details and pricing see below:

HRU19R – Honda 19″ Lawnmower (GCV160)Honda lawnmowers are reliable, rust-proof, strong and lightweight. They’re powerful, fuel-efficient, quiet and clean and what’s more they are built with safety in mind possessing advanced safety technology. That’s why Honda mowers are the No.1 choice all over the world.

Honda HRU19R Lawnmower

FEATURES:

Aluminium Chassis
The aluminium chassis is strong enough to protect the engine, yet light enough for easy handling. You can also be assured that your lawnmower will stay rust free.

Cutting width and height range
A 482mm cutting width and the 11 stage height range ensures an easy job of any lawn.

Fuel Type
Unleaded fuel ensures that the environment is projected.
ENGINE

Model N/A
Specification Air-cooled 4 stroke OHC single cylinder
Fuel type Unleaded
Fuel tank Capacity (litres) 1.1

DATA

Cutting Width (mm) 482 (19″)
Cutting Height Adjustment 1 lever
Cutting Height Range (mm) 16-76
Catcher capacity (litres) 54

SPECIAL PRICE:
R4 864.00 (incl.VAT)

 

 

Impunzi Brushcutter – Honda 25cc bent shaft Brushcutter with nylon head
Honda brushcutters’ compact design makes them not only good looking but easy to use. Their 4-Stroke OHV single cylinder engine ensures high performance with no smoking and quiet running.

Impunzi Brushcutter

FEATURES:

Type of Fuel
Protecting the environment is very important to Honda and all brushcutters only use Unleaded Fuel.

Ignition type
Transistorized magneto will ensure an easy start of the engine.

Engine

Type 4-stroke, OHC, single cylinder
Capacity (cc) 25
Fuel capacity (litres) 0.58
Fuel Type Unleaded
Oil Capacity (litres) 0.08
Oil used SAE 10W30
Ignition Type Transistorized Magneto
Dry Weight without cutting head (kg) 5.2
Transmission shaft diameter (mm) 26 

SPECIAL PRICE:
R2 052.00 (incl.VAT)

 

 

HHB25 – Honda Blower
Superior engineering means Honda Blowers produce less noise and smoke and with their ultra-compact, lightweight design, Hondas are easier to handle and will keep you working longer with less fatigue.

Honda HHB25 Blower

With its ultra-quiet 4-Stroke engine this little beauty makes the uncomfortable vibration and ear-piercing wail of the 2-Stroke obsolete. Unlike its 2-Stroke rivals the Honda 4-Stroke Blower runs on unleaded fuel so you’ll never have to mix oil and petrol again and it will start first time, every time.

Technology:
Effortless power from its GX25, mini 4-Stroke engine with

throttle cruise control

Quick and easy “high air velocity” clean up
Performance/ Usability:
Starts first time, every time with Honda’s famous one pull easy start system

No fuel mixing – runs on unleaded petrol

Optional round nozzle also available

Added comfort with a vibration isolating handle with rubberised hand grip

Lightweight design

Fatigue-free throttle cruise control

Quick power via a highly responsive accelerator pump

Wind velocity 70m/sec (252km/hr)

Air volume 630m3/h

Peace of Mind:
Uses unleaded fuel so you’ll never have to mix oil and fuel again

Environmentally friendly with low emissions, less noise and low fuel consumption

Improved safety and performance due to a unique anti-suction fan cover

Warranty:
3 year Domestic and Commercial Warranty on the GX engine

SPECIAL PRICE:
R3 392.00 (incl.VAT)

 

 

HHH25 – Honda Hedge Trimmer
Honda’s famous engineering delivered the world’s first 4-stroke Hedge Cutter, making it the most powerful and lightweight machine in its class.

Honda HHH25D Hedge Trimmer

With its ultra-quiet 4-stroke engine this little beauty makes the uncomfortable vibration and ear-piercing wait of the 2-stroke obsolete. The unique 4-way Anti Vibration Handle reduces vibration while the ergonomical 3-way Rotational Rear Handle ensures precise trimming and user comfort every time.

Unlike its 2-stroke rivals the Honda 4-stroke Hedge Cutter runs on unleaded fuel so you’ll never have to mix oil and petrol again and it will start first time, every time.

Features:
Effortless power from its GX25, mini 4-stroke engine

Starts first time, every time with Honda’s famous one pull easy start system

Environmentally friendly with low emissions, less noise and low fuel consumption

Double-sided blade with a 720mm cutting length

Safe to use, 2-motion throttle trigger

Performance/Usability:
Starts first time, every time with Honda’s famous one pull easy start system

No fuel mixing – runs on unleaded petrol

Lightweight design

Precision trimming from 3-way adjustable rear handle

Double-sided blade with a 720mm cutting length

Comfortable to use, 4-way anti-vibration handles

Peace of Mind:
Environmentally friendly with low emissions, less noise and low fuel consumption

Safe to use, 2-motion throttle trigger 

Warranty:
3 year Domestic and Commercial Warranty on the GX engine

SPECIAL PRICE:
R4 976.00 (incl.VAT)

 

 

WJR2525 – Honda Back Pack Sprayer
Whether its spraying pest control chemicals in orchards or spot weed-killing around the lawn and borders, this lightweight, quiet and efficient sprayer will be right behind you.
Features:
25 litre tank
25cc 4-stroke engine
9.4 kg weight

SPECIAL PRICE:
R6 899.00 (incl.VAT)

For more information on these special offers please contact your local Honda Power Products dealer. (Please note that these ‘Special Offers’ are subject to while stocks last, so best to move quickly in order not to miss out!)

 

HONDA RACING NEWS

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2012 – Round 18: Valencia – NOV 11

Pedrosa Wins 2012 Finale, Stoner Third in His Last Race

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) scored a masterful victory in the Valencia grand finale, winning an incident-packed race that started on a partially damp and very unforgiving track. The Spanish hero was joined on the podium by third-placed Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC213V) who was riding in his last race before retirement.

Alvaro Bautista (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC213V) finished fourth, some way in front of Michele Pirro (San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR-Honda) who rode a storming race on his CBR1000RR-powered CRT bike. That made it five Honda-powered machines in the top six.

Morning rain had left the slow-drying track still wet in places, despite the earlier Moto2 and Moto3 races, so there was plenty of deliberation about tyre choice before the start. Some riders chose slicks, others rain tyres. Pedrosa was one of several riders who started the warm-up lap on rain tyres, then decided to change, rushing into the pits and swapping to their slick-equipped spare bikes. According to the rules, Pedrosa started the race from pit lane, after the main pack, his RC213V fishtailing as he launched, its slick tyres struggling for grip on still-soaking pit road.

Pedrosa took care in the first few laps, working hard to get heat into his tyres and stay on the narrow dry line. At the end of lap one he was 20th, but by lap three he was up to 11th and the fastest man on the track, making good progress over rivals who had started on rain tyres.

However, Pedrosa was not the only man on slicks. Recently crowned World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and a few others had started the race on slicks from the grid and it was not long before Lorenzo was in the lead. Pedrosa moved into second just before one-quarter distance and then began to whittle away his compatriot’s advantage. He had got the gap down to just one tenth of a second when he found a false neutral and ran off the track at turn ten which put him four seconds behind. The very next lap Lorenzo crashed at the same right-hander that had nearly claimed Pedrosa.

The vast majority of the eight crashes during the race round this anti-clockwise circuit were in right-handers, the riders struggling to get enough heat into the right side of their tyres.

When Lorenzo tumbled, Pedrosa inherited a 22 second lead over Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow (who later crashed) and from then on his main challenges were maintaining concentration and staying on the narrow dry line. At the finish he was a gaping 37.6 seconds ahead of Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yamaha), substituting for the injured Ben Spies. This was his seventh win of the year – a MotoGP record for the 27-year-old.

Stoner was one of the majority who started the race on rain tyres, the 2011 World Champion soon deciding he needed slicks and pitting at the end of lap four to change to his ‘dry’ bike. Next time around he was 16th and 31 seconds outside of a podium finish. His advance from that position was impressively determined as he passed other riders and made up a few more places as others fell by the wayside. He moved into third with two laps to go, giving him the opportunity to mark the end of his glittering career with a podium finish.

Casey Stoner

Nine years ago Stoner won his first GP victory – in the 125 class – here at Valencia. Today the Australian hangs up his leathers as one of the sport’s all time greats, with two MotoGP World Championships and 45 Grand Prix wins across all three classes.

The final victim of Stoner’s career was Bautista who nonetheless had good reason to be happy with his fourth-place finish. Like Pedrosa, Bautista also changed his mind about tyres during the warm-up lap, swapping bikes in pit lane and starting from there. He worked his way through from 19th on the first lap, riding well in the unforgiving conditions.

Alvaro Bautista

Like Lorenzo and Nakasuga, Pirro started the race on slicks, staying cautious in the early laps and then making the most of his advantage as the track dried out somewhat. His fifth-place finish was the best result so far by a CRT machine, the lower-cost MotoGP bikes introduced at the start of this season.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP RC213V) started his last race as a MotoGP rookie on slick tyres and was going well, holding third place just ahead of Nakasuga, when he tumbled at the turn five right-hander on lap ten.

Moto2
Marc Marquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol-Suter) won an unforgettable final victory in the Honda-powered Moto2 race, coming from the back of the grid to take his ninth win of the year from Julian Simon (Blusens Avintia – Suter) who led 17 laps of the 27 lap race, run in treacherously damp conditions. Last year’s 125 World Champion Nicolas Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team – Suter) led the early stages and finished third, his first Moto2 podium.

Marquez – who next year joins Dani Pedrosa in the factory Repsol Honda MotoGP team – was sent to the back of the grid for an incident with another rider during Friday practice. This was his second win from the back of the grid – he won the 2010 Portuguese 125 GP from the back row after falling on the sighting lap.

The 19-year-old was astonishing on the first lap, passing 23 riders. By half-distance he was up to fourth, but by then Simon and Terol were way out on their own and seemed out of his reach. Lapping more than a second a lap quicker than the leaders, Marquez passed Terol with seven laps to go and took the lead with three laps remaining.

Simon and Terol finished second and third, making it an all-Spanish podium. An all-Swiss duel for fourth place went to Thomas Luthi (Interwetten-Paddock-Suter) who got the better of Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP Suter) by less than a second.

Moto3
Hector Faubel (JHK T-Shirt Laglisse – FTR Honda) was Honda’s top finisher in the last Moto3 race of the year, the Spaniard in the thick of the action in the lead group throughout. At the finish line the Spaniard was fifth, less than four seconds behind the winner.

The race was run on a wet track, with many riders falling victim to the slippery conditions. Several in the lead group slid off, leaving Danny Kent to take the win from KTM team-mate and recently crowned World Champion Sandro Cortese at the final corner.

Faubel was not the only Honda rider running up front. Louis Rossi (Racing Team Germany – FTR Honda) briefly led the race during the early stages, but the winner of May’s wet French GP then slipped back a few positions to complete the 24 laps in sixth place, comfortably ahead of Jakub Kornfeil (Thomas Sabo GP Team – Honda).

Maverick Vinales (Blusens Avintia – FTR Honda) had a difficult end to his 2012 season, finishing eighth which puts him a close third in the final World Championship standings. After Cortese, Vinales has the second largest victory haul of the year, with five wins.

Faubel’s team-mate Efren Vazquez (JHK T-Shirt Laglisse – FTR Honda) was one of the front-runners who fell during the race, taking Miguel Oliveira (Estrella Galicia 0.0 – Suter Honda) with him at two-thirds distance. The pair had been running third and second when they fell.

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
 Round 18: Valencia

MotoGP

Pedrosa (1st) and Stoner (3rd) on the Podium

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

2

Katsuyuki NAKASUGA (Yamaha Factory Racing)

3

Casey STONER (Repsol Honda Team)

4

Alvaro BAUTISTA (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

5

Michele PIRRO (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

6

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

7

Karel ABRAHAM (Cardion AB Motoracing)

8

Danilo PETRUCCI (Came IodaRacing Project)

9

James ELLISON (Paul Bird Motorsport)

10

Valentino ROSSI (Ducati Team)

11

Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)

12

Randy DE PUNIET (Power Electronics Aspar)

13

Hiroshi AOYAMA (Avintia Blusens)

14

Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)

Moto2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Marc MARQUEZ (Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol)

2

Julian SIMON (Blusens Avintia)

3

Nicolas TEROL (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2)

4

Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten-Paddock)

5

Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag-CIP)

6

Jordi TORRES (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2)

7

Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)

8

Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti Movil HP 40)

9

Toni ELIAS (Italtrans Racing Team)

10

Esteve RABAT (Tuenti Movil HP 40)

11

Andrea IANNONE (Speed Master)

12

Gino REA (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2)

13

Dani RIVAS (TSR Galicia School)

14

Yuki TAKAHASHI (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)

15

Ricard CARDUS (Arguinano Racing Team)

Moto3

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Danny KENT (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

2

Sandro CORTESE (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

3

Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (AirAsia-Sic-Ajo)

4

Brad BINDER (RW Racing GP)

5

Hector FAUBEL (Andalucia JHK t-shirt Laglisse)

6

Louis ROSSI (Racing Team Germany)

7

Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta)

8

Maverick VINALES (Blusens Avintia)

9

Niklas AJO (TT Motion Events Racing)

10

Luis SALOM (RW Racing GP)

11

Philipp OETTL (HP Moto Kalex)

12

Juan Francisco GUEVAR (Wild Wolf BST)

13

Niccolo` ANTONELLI (San Carlo Gresini Moto3)

14

Alessandro TONUCCI (Team Italia FMI)

15

Josep RODRIGUEZ (Moto FGR)

 

 

Honda’s Gordon Shedden crowned 2012 British Touring Car Champion at Brands Hatch – 21 October

Gordon Shedden - BTCC Champion

Honda Yuasa Racing Team’s Gordon Shedden secured the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title in the second race at Brands Hatch. Shedden finished second in the race behind Redstone Racing’s first-time winner Aron Smith, but with Matt Neal third and Jason Plato fifth, that was enough to secure Shedden’s first BTCC title.

Following the race, Shedden said: “I can’t believe it. That’s mental. Thank you so much to everyone at Honda and Team Dynamics. This is what I started racing for. Everyone has worked so hard. This is as much for the team as it is for me. It’s unreal.”

Shedden started the race 18 points ahead of teammate Matt Neal and 20 in front of Plato. As the red lights went out, it was Tom Onslow-Cole who made the best start and led through Paddock for the first time. He was trailed by Aron Smith and Neal.

The safety car greeted the pack as they completed the first lap, with Rob Collard and Will Bratt having come together at Druids. It was an incident that could have impacted the title fight, with Plato tapping the back of Shedden and pushing the Honda into Collard. Fortunately, though, the title contenders were able to continue.

Mat Neil and Gordon Shedden

With Collard out of the race, Andrew Jordan was confirmed as the Independents’ champion.

A brief restart followed on lap six, only for Dan Welch to end up in the gravel at Paddock and Dave Newsham in the barrier on the run down Graham Hill. That brought the safety car straight back out again.

The track was becoming increasingly slippery at this point, with the rain continuing to fall. When the race restarted for the second time, it was a question of whether Shedden could do enough or whether the title would be decided in the final race of the season.

In the end, the crucial move was a pass by Shedden on teammate Neal, moving from fourth up to third.

Gordon Shedden crowned BTCC Champion

With a handful of laps remaining, Shedden had done enough. At the front, Aron Smith continued to the flag to claim his first victory, much to the delight of the Redstone Racing team.

Shedden crossed the line second to claim his first BTCC title, with Matt Neal in third, Andrew Jordan finished fourth, ahead of Jason Plato in fifth.

 

 

WTCC World Touring Car Championship 2012 – Round 12: Macau – November 18

Honda's Tiago Monteiro finishing 3rd in only the WTCC Honda Civic's second race

Honda Civic WTCC finishes Race 1 in third and Race 2 in fourth respectively at the season finale of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) which took place on the Guia Circuit in downtown Macau.

Race1:
The formation lap of Race 1 got underway at 11:00am with Tiago Monteiro behind the wheel of a Civic WTCC. He got off to a rolling start on the nine-lap race, starting from fifth on the grid and aiming for a podium finish. On the opening lap, Tiago managed to clear the difficult Lisboa Bend in fifth to remain in the top group. He then passed the front-runner on Lap 2 to climb to fourth and breathed down the neck of the car in third. Then on Lap 4, one of the front-runners dropped position due to an accident, allowing Tiago to move up to third. He kept up the chase with the second-placed car over many laps, looking to further improve his position. A three-way fight for the lead continued until the end, where the Civic WTCC driver held on to his third position to gain the first podium place for the Civic WTCC in just its third outing.
Race 2:
In Race 2, Tiago Monteiro in his Civic WTCC got off to a good start from fifth on the grid from a standing start and kept his place on the opening lap (he had been promoted from sixth because a front car could not be fixed and was thus unable to start the race). However, he was overtaken by two cars at Lisboa Bend and dropped to seventh on Lap 3. When the safety car came in later on Lap 4 due to an accident in front, the Civic WTCC was running in sixth place. The race resumed with three laps to go after five laps had been completed behind the safety car and then again, the two front-runners crashed on the very first lap at Lisboa Bend. With the safety car out once again and leading the field, the race ended after 11 laps with the Civic WTCC finishing the race in fourth place.

Driver Tiago Monteiro:
“In Race 1, I had a good start and I was able to overtake the car in front in the early stage of the race. From that moment, I pushed very hard to get an opportunity to pass the Chevrolets but it wasn’t possible. I am very happy to get on the podium in the end though. Race 2 was a bit more difficult at the start and the race in Macau is long and many things could happen, so it was important to finish the race. The entire team deserves this amazing end of the season on the podium. They’ve worked very hard and this is the result of team work.”
Honda Racing Team JAS Team Principal, Alessandro Mariani:
“We are very happy of course with the podium finish, but from my point of view, I am very satisfied with the fact that we finished very close to the works Chevrolet cars. This is a fantastic result because only after two races, we demonstrated that we were able to fight for the lead. Of course, we have a lot of work to do and now we’ll start winter tests with high motivation. Although the car has a strong potential, we’re still learning the car, so we’ll work even harder to prepare for next season.”

Chief Engineer for Civic WTCC Development, Daisuke Horiuchi:
“I am very happy to get such a good result –third place on the podium. What makes me more pleased is that we were able to fight closely with the regular leaders, the Chevrolets. We have improved the car set up step by step to the point where we get this excellent result in the final round of the season. I feel that the effort of the driver and all the team members has been paid off. I have got a positive feeling for next year, but at the same time, I realize even more strongly that this is just the beginning of the tough road ahead before our participation in the whole race season next year. We will continue working hard in the close season to achieve a good result right from the beginning of the 2013 WTCC.”

WTCC World Touring Car Championship – 
Round 12: Macau

Race 1

Rank Drivers (Team)

1

Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)

2

Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze)

3

Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic WTCC)

4

Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT Leon)

5

Darryl O’Young (Chevrolet Cruze)

6

Tom Coronel (BMW 320)

Race 2

Rank Drivers (Team)

1

Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze)

2

Robert Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)

3

Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)

4

Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic WTCC)

5

Darryl O’Young (Chevrolet Cruze)

6

Franz Engstler (BMW 320)

 

BOAT REVIEWS

Robalo R207 – dual console Bowrider offering fishing and family time options
(courtesy of BoatTEST.com)

Robalo R207

A younger sibling has been created to occupy the lower end of the Robalo Dual Console lineup, right alongside the R227 and R247. This new R207 shares the same mission of creating a dual console bowrider that successfully crosses over between fishing a family utility boat. She’s got a roomy layout with plenty of features to successfully accomplish both of her missions.

Key Features

  • 13 gallon livewell with L.E.D. lighting and blue gelcoat finish
  • Built-in cockpit coolers behind helm seats with drains
  • Dura-Life Max seating upholstery vinyl
  • Encapsulated reserve flotation
  • Full wrap cockpit coaming bolsters
  • Raw water wash down with hose connector
  • Transom storage to access rigging compartment
  • Self bailing cockpit drains
  • Storage – under bow seating and starboard helm

Robalo R207 (2013-) Specifications

Length Overall 20′ 7”6.55 m Dry Weight 3,400 lbs.1,587 kg
Beam 8′ 4”2.59 m Fuel Cap 60 gal.227 L
Draft 30”86 cm Water Cap N/A
Deadrise/Transom 18 deg. Bridge Clearance 92 1/4”2.34 m (w/ tower)
Max Headroom open

Robalo R207 (2013-) Engine options

Optimum Power Minimum: Honda BF115HP to Maximum: Honda BF200HP

Robalo R207 (2013-) Captain’s Report
With new graphics and colour schemes, the R207 takes her place in the Dual Console lineup. 

Mission Statement: 

The mission of the Robalo R207 is to create a cost-effective day boat that successfully bridges the crossover between fishing and a family watersports boat. Her outboard power provides a roomy cockpit and the family will appreciate the optional head compartment. Her handling characteristics are intended to be forgiving.
Our test captain was a big fan of the fish-hook graphics against the red hull color. Some on the test site weren’t, but we think it’s all about choices.

Distinguishing Features

 

• Three Fishboxes. Sometimes crossover boats neglect fish boxes, but not the R207. One is underneath and slightly behind each of the two bucket seats in the cockpit, and a third is located in the bow. They all have drains.

Cockpit bolsters. Again, cockpit bolsters are something often left of dual console boats. They add to the fishing comfort.

Toe rails. Likewise toe rails that are so common on center console boats are usually left off dual console vessels. They add security for anglers in a seaway.

Wraparound Windshield. With a single mullion moved far back to create a nearly unobstructed arc of visibility the R207 is as stylish as any on the market in class.

Live Well. Most dual consoles do not have a live well as standard equipment. The R207’s 13-gallon tank is located under the aft bench seat for ease of access. The interior is colored blue and all edges are rounded to reduce the shock value of the live bait. It has a directional head unit with adjustable flow valve.

Trailer Is Standard. The R207 comes with an aluminum single-axle trailer which has 15″ tyres and submersible lights.

Performance
The Robalo R207 has a LOA of 20’7″ (6.27 m), a beam of 8’4″ (2.5 m), and a draft of 14.5″ (.36 m). With an empty weight of 3400 lbs (1542 kg), 30 gallons (113.56 L) of fuel and two people on board giving a test weight of 4,000 lbs (1814 kg).

 (Test Results with Honda power coming soon)

Handling
The R207 was a fun boat to drive. She had a firm feel thanks to the Seastar hydraulic steering, so there wasn’t a lot of cranking and banking going on. That firm steering will also have an effect at the dock. Make approaches slow because cranking the wheel from one side to the next is not something that happens quickly.

The R207 slices cleanly through waves while throwing water well to the sides. This is thanks to her wide flared bow and high topsides. Notice the multiple lifting strakes under the hull.

She has high topsides and a wide flared bow, qualities that would make her a good offshore boat. She also tends to throw water well out to the sides which created a very dry ride. Upon accelerating the bow comes up 11-degrees. Once on plane don’t be shy about using the trim to get her onto her cruising attitude. Adding too much trim results in ventilating the propeller as opposed to generating bow oscillation.

Comparison


When I compare the R207 with other dual console 20-footers, most of which were at the high end of the price scale I discovered something quite interesting. One might think that the R207, because of her price would be stripped out and light, but it is just the opposite. At 3,400 lbs. (1,545 kgs.) she is the second heaviest boat in class that we compared no matter what the price. Typically she was 600 lbs. (272 kgs.) more than most and as much as 1,400 lbs. (636 kgs.) more than one well-known brand. 

Her weight is reflective of the fishing features built-in as standard mentioned above, but also the fact that she simply has more material in her hull and deck. That is a good thing because it makes her rugged, and should also give her a more comfortable ride.

On the other side of the coin it could make her a bit slower and less fuel efficient, all things being equal. But, of course, they are not…

To make up for the weight, Robalo has done two things that help the speed and fuel efficiency. First the boat has a beam of 8’4″ (2.54 m) instead of 8’6″ (2.59 m) and second, the boat has an 18-degree deadrise at the transom instead of 19-degrees which is typical among the boats that I checked. 

Also, the R207 is limited to 200-hp max and some other boats in class are rated up to 250-hp. But the name of Robalo’s game is not speed, but rather lower operating costs.

Features

Walk-Through

Stern – 

There are relatively large platforms to either side of the Yamaha outboard. A recessed three-step reboarding ladder is concealed under a hatch to the starboard platform. Pull-up cleats are located outside of the platform on the forward raked caprail.

Boarding the R207 at the stern requires stepping around the bulwarks. Pull-up cleats are optional and our test boat was fitted with four of them. I’d like to see two more added at midships.

There are two things I’d like to see added to the mold. First, I would add a small platform against the transom, just ahead of the outboard, to serve as a place to stand while servicing the engine. Second, I would put a slight extension of the platform out to the sides, just behind the caprails, to ease boarding from a floating platform to the stern platform.

Cockpit

 – The cockpit can be entered from either the port or starboard side swim platform and is facilitated by stepping on nonskid platforms created by folding down the port and starboard jump seats. Once inside the cockpit the seats can be flipped up to create four-across seating at the aft end of the cockpit. Our test boat was also fitted with the optional snap-in carpet.

Fishing Features
As one of the primary missions of the R207 is fishing, the aft end of the cockpit is an open space measuring 3′ x 6’ (.9 m x 1.8 m) or 18 sq ft.(1.7 sq m). Padded bolsters to either side make it comfortable for fighting fish. The bolsters start at 19” (48.3 cm) and top out at 25” (63.5 cm). At deck level is a toe rail for added security. The caprails are 8 1/2” (21.6 cm) wide and flush-mounted rod holders are to either side. Storage for 2 rods goes under the gunwales to either side.

Padded bolsters around the cockpit. Storage for 2 rods is accommodated under the gunwales. Notice the stainless toe rail for additional safety. The cockpit is 26″ (65 cm) deep.

Fishboxes are in the form of two built-in self-draining cockpit coolers behind the dual bucket seats as well as a single insulated self-draining compartment in the bow. A 13 gallon (49.2 L) aerated live well is underneath the center bench seat and the cushion is removable by sliding it sideways, which removes the pins from the hinge sockets. Certainly for fishing, this cushion as well as the cushions in the bow, can be left in the back of the pickup. A raw water washdown is standard. The entire boat, with its fully fiberglass lined cockpit, can be easily hosed down as cockpit drains lead directly overboard.

Insulated self-draining storage compartments are underneath each of the bucket seats and these can easily be used for keeping small fish.

A livewell is under the center of the aft bench seat. By sliding the cushion sideways the hinges separate allowing the cushion to be removable.

Family Features
The utility of the R207 does not extend just to fishing. A powder-coated ski tow frame surrounding the outboard is available as an option. Additional options include a wakeboard tower with a kneeboard holder.

Seating

 – The seating across the stern consists of two jump seats to either side of the bench seat. Under the starboard seat is the battery, fuel filter and battery switch. Under the port seat is a battery box to accommodate the optional second battery with crossover switch. Dual bucket seats are forward that swivel and slide. Ultra-comfort pedestal seats with flip-up bolsters are available for both the helm and passenger as an option. All seating and bolsters are upholstered in Dura-Life Max vinyl.

Sole Storage – 

Between the two bucket seats is the usual sole storage accommodation. The catch is hinged from the front and held open by a gas-assist strut. There is padding underneath the hatch as well as along the bottom of the storage compartment to protect gear. The compartment measures 18” (45.7 cm) deep and runs a full 6 ½’ (1.90 m) fore and aft.

The sole storage is large enough to accommodate skis and wakeboards and the deck is padded to protect the gear.

Head Console – 

The port console has a corner mounted door held closed by a latch and strap. Inside the door are a hanging rail, toilet paper holder, and magazine holder below. The compartment will serve as a convenient changing room, or you can opt to convert it to a head by adding the optional Porta-Potti.

The port console can be left open for storage or used to accommodate an optional Porta-Potti.

Helm Console – 

The helm console is completely uncluttered thanks to the use of dual optional Yamaha Command Link multifunction gauges that serve as the only information display in the panel. There’s space to the right of the gauges to accommodate an optional Garmin 740S GPS. Rocker switches are below and to either side of the five-spoke stainless steel wheel mounted to a tilt base. There was plenty of leg room underneath the console and I noticed that the console was an off-white color to reduce glare. A standard compass is located at the top of the panel directly in line of sight with the helm. A stainless steel drink holder is over to the starboard side.

The helm console is completely uncluttered thanks to dual multifunction gauges. Open space to the right will accommodate an optional GPS.

Walk-Through

 – Distance between the two consoles was 19” (48.3 cm) and a door on the helm console opens to also serve as an air dam below the walk-through windshield. Behind that door is a snap-in cover over the opening to the console storage.

The walk-through to the bow can be closed off when operating on chilly mornings.

A snap-in cover closes off the storage under the helm console when the door is open creating an air dam. I think I would just leave the canvas off except on rainy days.

Bow – 

The bow was a little cramped, but serves its purpose. Sitting in the forward facing seats my legs stretched forward to the wraparound bolster. Stainless steel rails are just inside the caprails and side mounted speakers serve as the only interruption to the padded bolsters. A standard filler cushion will turn the bow into a sun lounge.

If boaters bring any long legged bikini models on board they may find the bow area to be a bit cramped, but for my 5’8″ frame it was just right.

With the cushions removed, the entire bow becomes a wraparound casting platform with storage underneath the seats and a sizable fish locker under the forward hatch. The foredeck is also large enough to walk on and cast-netters will appreciate that the entire foredeck is also nonskid. A hatch at the foredeck covers an anchor locker that is self draining, anchor keeper’s are to either side of the opening.

With the cushions removed the bow reverts to a casting platform with nonskid surfaces on top of the seats. The bow deck also has nonskid, but use caution if the intention is to use it as a cast netting platform as the space is small.

There is padded storage underneath the forward facing seats and a large insulated storage compartment forward easily doubles as a fish locker.

Engine Choices – 

Engine options range from the Honda BF115HP up to the Honda BF200HP.

Observations


Robalo seems to have done a good job of creating a crossover boat between fishing and family fun. The R207 is roomy enough to handle eight people and there is a seat for each one. 

I think the R207 is rigged out for fishing a little better than most dual consoles. Naturally she is slightly more oriented to fishing than to watersports given her heritage.

 

 

BOATING TIP FOR THE MONTH

GPS – Essential Boating Equipment if you’re going out to sea

Lowrance HDS5

GPS, or Global Positioning System, is a satellite-based navigation system developed by the U.S. Department of Defense to provide a consistent, accurate method of simplifying navigation. It was originally designed for the military, however, it provides both commercial and recreational users 24 hour, worldwide navigation coverage with a possible accuracy to 15m (49 feet). Like any other method of navigation, you should not rely solely on your GPS. You should use every method of navigation available and compare the results to make sure that you are where you think you are.

Garmin 541s

Advantages of GPS Navigation
For centuries, mariners have been searching for an accurate method of traveling the world’s waterways. From celestial navigation to lorans and SatNav, each system has had its problems with weather, range and reliability.GPS takes navigation to a higher level by providing accurate position and course information, anywhere in the world, regardless of the weather or your proximity to land. The accuracy and coverage of GPS navigation can help make your boating safer, smarter and more efficient wherever you may travel.The GPS is a powerful tool. To better understand its operation and capabilities, it may be helpful to review the basic terms and concepts explained below:
Navigation is the process of traveling from one place to another and knowing where you are in relation to your desired course.
Position is an exact, unique location based on a geographic coordinate system. Marine navigation is based on the latitude/longitude coordinate system.
Meridians of longitude are a set of imaginary circles around the earth that pass through the north and south poles. Longitude describes position in terms of how many degrees it is east or west of the Prime Meridian (0° Longitude which runs through Greenwich England).
Parallels of latitude are another set of imaginary circles that are perpendicular to the earth’s polar axis. Latitude describes position in terms of how many degrees it is north or south of the equator (0° Latitude).
A waypoint marks an exact position fix so it can be recalled for future use. The GPS lets you mark waypoints electronically, without physical landmarks.
Bearing is a compass direction to a particular destination (waypoint) from your present position.
Track is a compass direction representing your course over ground or course made good.

GPS – How it functions
GPS Navigation uses orbiting satellite signals to determine your position. These satellites continually send out radio signals containing precise position and time information back to earth. By knowing the position of 3, 4 or more of these satellites and calculating various time differences between the transmitted signals, your GPS receiver can determine its present position anywhere on earth. Once underway, your GPS continually updates your position and provides speed and track information.

GPS – What it should be telling you
Lowrance and Garmin are the two GPS manufacturers most commonly used by Honda Marine and its dealers. If you are going for a fixed mounted GPS rather than a handheld portable, it’s preferable to go for a model that supports electronic charts. This provides yet another way of checking your position, especially if you are in site of land or an object on the chart.You should expect your GPS to accept waypoints (where you want to go) and routes (a series of waypoints leading to your final destination). Once you have input a waypoint the GPS will calculate your current position and give you, at minimum, the following information:

  • A course to steer to the waypoint (continually updated)
  • The distance to the waypoint (continually updated)
  • Once underway your speed (continually updated)
  • The time it will take to get to the waypoint at your current speed (continually updated)
  • Turn, Steer or Off-Course Error – the GPS should tell you when you are off course and what direction to turn to get back on course.
  • Various alarms should be available such as:
    • an arrival alarm which sounds when approaching a waypoint
    • a proximity alarm which sounds when you come within a preset distance of any of several waypoints, regardless of whether they are your destination
    • an anchor alarm which sounds when you travel more than a preset distance from a waypoint
    • an off-course alarm which sounds whenever you are exceeding a preset distance from your intended course

All GPS information can be shared with other boat electronics
The ability of a GPS to share information with an autopilot, radar, or plotter adds to the utility and power of the device. Just think of having the ability to feed your autopilot information on a multi-leg route to a favourite diving spot and having your boat guide itself safely there, leaving you free to ready the equipment, monitor the radar, and stand watch.

Conclusion
It is highly advisable to have a GPS on board your boat if you’re going out to sea. The weather can change quickly and potentially put you and your crew in danger. A GPS whether handheld or mounted can quickly become your best friend when the going gets tough. Knowing your position in all weathers, anywhere on earth can be a lifesaver.

Whatever you do remember never to rely on only one method of navigation, especially if are out of sight of land.

WWF Honda Marine Parks Programme

Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Management Forum 2012 a resounding success
The Eastern Cape’s coastal hamlet of Kei Mouth provided the perfect backdrop for the Department of Environmental Affairs MPA Management Forum (18-21 November 2012). Some 90 delegates from environmental departments from all corners of Southern Africa, WWF representatives, universities and other interested organisations, together with Doug and Laurence Kemsley from Honda Marine Port Alfred were in attendance.

First there was ONE... Laurence Kemsley of Honda Marine Port Alfred with East Cape Parks' aluminium estuary craft, powered by a Honda BF60, on display

Within the conference room at the Cape Morgan Nature Reserve, issues surrounding the challenges of integrated coastal management, ocean policies, national estuarine and island management, threatened and protected species and shore-based recreational angling were aired.

Then there was EVERYONE. The full-house of attendees of the MPA Management Forum, crowd the boat for a group photograph

Specific sensitive areas such as Robberg, Betty’s Bay, Namaqua, Addo, Dwesa-Cwebe, False Bay and Kogelberg, were also high on the agenda.

Peter Chadwick, manager of Integrated Ocean Management: WWF-South Africa, and Honda Marine Port Alfred's dealer principal, Doug Kemsley, at Kei Mouth

Honda Marine Southern Africa, with its important WWF Honda Marine Parks Programme, was represented by its local dealer for this area, namely Honda Marine Port Alfred. A leading figure in this Honda-funded programme is Peter Chadwick, Manager: Integrated Ocean Management: WWF – South Africa, who works closely with Honda Marine in order to leverage maximum benefit from this programme.

Delegates at the MPA/WWF Management forum get down to business

Honda Marine Port Alfred’s dealer principal, Doug Kemsley, said that fishermen in Port Alfred, East London and areas well into the Transkei, are more and more becoming Honda outboard motor converts in the relatively short timespan of five years.

Typical rugged coastline of the Kei area. Having to contend with such harsh sea conditions, Honda Marine Port Alfred's many deep sea fishing customers in the area swear by Honda's robustness and reliability to contend with such conditions. Kei Mouth is a favoured beach-launch location for serious fishermen

“It is of great interest to us that this year’s forum should be held here at Kei Mouth where the Hondas are now becoming popular as tough, reliable units, well suited to beach-launch applications,” said Kemsley.