It’s interesting how a design innovation in one boat can prove useful in another. The design team for the sister brand of Robalo Boats, Chaparral, developed the Extended V-Plane transom to lift their sportboats quickly onto plane and keep them level at wakeboard speeds in the low teens.

Consider, though, how useful that attribute is for a skiff that must plane off in shallow water and reduce speed to navigate a rough inlet or a choppy reach of open water. Hence the design of Robalo’s new 206 Cayman, a nicely built bay boat that comes as a compact package with the company’s “no haggle” price, and includes a tandem-axle aluminum trailer and a 115- to 200-hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboard.

The V-Plane hull’s 15-degree transom deadrise provides shallow-water access and efficiency, while the topsides combine a raised sheer with broad flare and a sharp forefoot to cleave seas. The self-bailing cockpit drains away spray, and optional trim tabs offer extra control to handle varying sea conditions and weight distribution.

Bow and stern casting decks with live wells, fishboxes, and lockable rod storage serve anglers, while pop-up jump seats in the stern deck and a cooler under the helm’s leaning post make the 206 Cayman a great platform for family boat rides and beach picnics.


  • LOA: 20′ 6″
  • Beam: 8′
  • Draft: 10″ (engine up)
  • Transom deadrise: 15˚
  • Weight: 2,700 lbs.
  • Fuel: 50 gals.
  • Max hp: 200
  • Price w/ Yamaha F150 Outboard: $33,897

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