We Say: Not only is Cobia’s 344CC fast with triple Yamaha F300s — reaching 65.5 mph in our test (67-plus in Yamaha’s testing) — but Cobia integrated family features so well that the vessel outshines many similar boats.
Twin 41-gallon livewells turn the transom into an efficient workstation. Ample rod holders, a tuna door and a thoughtfully configured tackle station demonstrate Cobia’s fishing culture, as does the rod stowage beneath the berth inside the console.
For families, there’s an electrically actuated bow table. This rises knee-high to complete a forward sunning or casting area. Raise it waist-high for dining, and sit in the plush, removable seating surrounding the table.
Our test boat came with the optional hardtop and glass windshield. The dash holds two 16-inch multifunction displays and Yamaha’s Command Link Plus gauges. Anglers can upgrade to joystick-controlled Optimus 360 power-assist steering.
With or without that amenity, the 344CC handles nimbly at all speeds. The stepped-hull introduces air beneath the hull surface, propelling the boat to warp drive above 4,000 rpm.
The Cobia 344CC lets you choose whether to play the serious tournament angler or the happy-go-lucky cruising captain with a secret need for speed.
Who’d Want One: Anglers as earnest about family boating as fishing, and vice versa.
Another Choice: The Scout 350 LXF ($349,641 with triple Yamaha F300s).
Bottom Line: $250,294 (with test power); cobiaboats.com