Cobia caters to boat buyers looking for a versatile, easy-to-trailer option under 30 feet. The 262 CC proved capable of navigating safely offshore and offers the shallow draft to stop at a sandbar or fish protected waters inshore.
U-shaped seating upfront includes dry storage underneath and foldaway backrests for lounging. A dedicated locker at the bow stows the anchor and rode, and a large compartment forward of the console stores fenders and other hefty gear.
The console offers more walk-around space than its predecessor (the 261 CC), and it comes with a head compartment and an integrated windshield frame. Matched with the optional fiberglass hardtop, a full-height, three-sided windshield with a wiper and vent (also an option) effectively shelters the helm from the elements.
The helm affords mounting space for dual 10- or 12-inch Garmin multifunction displays and other essentials, like a VHF radio and engine monitoring display. The optional black-acrylic infinity dash adds protection and a sleeker look. Captain’s chairs featuring flip-up bolsters and armrests accommodate two at the helm, while the fiberglass module they rest on houses a tackle-storage center, leaving plenty of room in the cockpit for fishing or mingling.
Angling features include 12 flush-mount rod holders on the covering boards and transom, gunwale racks for six rods, and optional rocket launchers for five more on the hardtop and four in back of the helm seats. There’s a 29-gallon transom livewell, dual 45-gallon fish boxes and a transom door.
Options include outriggers, a cockpit tow rail, coaming pads, a windlass with wireless remote, raw- and freshwater washdowns, a portable or electric head and more. The 262 CC, like all Cobia models 26 feet and larger, is vacuum-infused using Maverick’s proprietary VARIS (Vacuum-Assisted Resin Infusion System).
Powered by twin Yamaha F200s, the 262 CC displayed plenty of acceleration and agility, planing quickly, hitting 30 mph in under 9 seconds, and surpassing 53 mph at wide-open throttle. Turning 3,500 rpm, it cruised comfortably at 30.7 mph while burning a modest 11.6 gph.
- Proud bow takes on waves with aplomb and boasts the necessary flare to knock down spray.
- Considerable and conveniently located rod and tackle storage is easily augmented with options.
- Freeboard slopes down to a 25-inch height amidships, providing security without requiring a long gaff to bring fish aboard.
- Ample elbow room in the cockpit (83.5 square feet) for a boat this size.
How We Tested
- Engines: Twin Yamaha F200
- Drive/Prop: Outboard/13 3/4″ x 19″ stainless steel
- Gear Ratio: 1.86:1 Fuel Load: 80 gal. Crew Weight: 600 lb
Pricing and Specs
|Price:||$123,088 (with twin Yamaha F150s)|
|Dry Weight:||5,555 lb.|
|Fuel Capacity:||161 gal.|
Cobia Boats – Fort Pierce, Florida; 772-465-0631; cobiaboats.com