This American boat is focused on fishing from beginning to end, although it clearly shows changes in the market priorities of recent years: the growing popularity of outboards and increased versatility as a pleasure or family boat.
Cobia Boats has repeatedly changed ownership, including the Japanese Yamaha for a long time. It is currently owned by the Century Boat Company, which, in turn, is owned by Allcraft Marine. The company has several production bases, the main one is in pcs. Florida. There are eight models in the Cobia lineup with a centrally located control console — they range in length from 20 to 34 feet.
On board there are 8 seats: 2 more on the folding aft sofa (being folded, it does not completely conceal the free space at the stern), 3 on a U-shaped bow sofa and 1 separate seat in front of the control console. The most comfortable number of passengers when it comes to fishing, 5-6.
Cobia is designed for outboard engines, but options are available: single or twin installation. The test sample is equipped with one 300-horsepower Yamaha F300UCA, and all measurements were made only with it. 300 h.p. - maximum allowable power, but there are simpler options, including in a twin installation, engine power in which starts from 115 hp As a rule, two engines are chosen for safety reasons due to duplication with a possible breakdown during marine operation, but with one engine Cobia is very much in demand at sea, especially since the 4.2-liter Yamaha V6 has established itself as very reliable. In addition, maintenance of one engine is almost always cheaper than two in total of the same power.
The hull of the boat is quite heavy and does not reach just 1.6 tons, so the power of the installed engine is by no means excessive. On the water, high stability can be noted during a sharp turn: the boat does not slide off the trajectory, remaining predictable - a pronounced V-shaped transverse profile affects. The ride is smooth, confident, but not sporty, despite the rather high maximum speed of 75 km / h. In reality, however, it may turn out to be higher, because in the test configuration the engine did not reach its maximum operating speed (6,000 rpm) even with the throttle fully open due to the non-standard 19-inch screw. As a rule, with this engine, a 17-inch is more often preferred.
Cruising speed is reached at 4,000 rpm and is 50 km / h, but the flow rate is too big - 48 l / h. The 3,500 rpm mode will be more economical, in which the speed is only slightly higher than 40 km / h, but the flow rate does not rise above 33 l / h.
Cobia is certainly one of the best representatives of its class among American ships. The thoughtfulness in the details and the high build quality stand out especially. Despite the fishing landmark, the boat is quite versatile and is suitable in many cases as a pleasure or family boat.