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Old 07-19-2004, 05:38 PM
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I am looking at a 21ft CC and wanting some opinions. I really like the grady-white22CC but the cobia is a lot more affordable. I will primarily use it trolling offshore in the gulf.
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I have an 02 Cobia 234, and I love it! I looked at the Grady, but for the best dollar value I went with the Cobia. I like everything about the boat. The Yamaha motro (Cobia is owned by Yamaha) has been awesome. I have a 200 HPDI, that gets fantastic mileage and performance. In my opiniion, I don't think there is better value dollar for dollar in the market than a Cobia. I know that comment will probably cause soem slack, but read it carefully. Check out the samll but important stuff. All drains go overboard, not into the bilge, all stainless thru hulls, double clamped on all connections. Wiring is nice and neat. Yeah, I could have spend another 15-20K but I have a great boat, and can still afford to do other stuff!
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Old 07-20-2004, 12:37 PM
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My brother has a 214 and I have fished off of it many times. It is a nice boat to fish from and really handles the seas well for a boat that size.
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When I looked at Cobia boats a few years ago, they were so poorly built I was astonished. I found it hard to believe a company with a great reputation (Yamaha) would sell them. There was tons of wasted space as well. There are lots of better boats for the same money out there. Robalo is one that is similarly priced and I found to be a much better design and better built.
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Check out this thread from a few weeks ago. Birdman is pretty much right on.

http://thehulltruth.net/forums/threa...osts=4#M336534

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We should clear up the point that Yamaha doesn't neccessarily want to be in the "joint-ownership" position in the boat manufacturing business. They were forced to assume managment and control over a number of boat manufactures who were going "down the tubes" financially and product quality wise. Yamaha had a vested financial interest, i.e. they were owed a ton of $$$$ for motors and, to secure that $$$ interest, they assumed an ownership position. Cobia is just one of those.

Ergo, some "pre Yamaha" cobia boats were shaat! Be aware of the age of these boats!
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Pre 2000/2001 Cobias are NOT the same as today's. They are quite a bit better in terms of QC than 4-5 years ago. They are def. worth a look now.
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Pre 2000/2001 Cobias are NOT the same as today's. They are quite a bit better in terms of QC than 4-5 years ago. They are def. worth a look now.
Interesting. You telling me Yami cleaned them up?
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Yep! Yamaha jacked up the "quality" control on all the manufacterers they took a "position in". *Like you said, "Its tough to sell a dirty boat!"
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Old 07-20-2004, 05:31 PM
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Have you ever been on a new Cobia boat? I don't think you have beacause, some of the nonsense that comes out of you would quickly be quieted if you had. Today's Cobia boats are completely different than those that were made 4-5 years ago. Why wouldn't Yamaha want to fix the problems that made Cobia's junk? I just bought a 2004 Cobia 214, and couldn't be happier. Fit and finish is great, handles the rough stuff awesome and didn't cost anywhere near a Grady. Maybe if you actually went out on a new Cobia you wouldn't have to bash the brand so much.
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dapman,

Birdman wasn't bashing Cobia... he was simply reporting what he saw a few years ago. I'm sure you're right that he'd see something different now. But I'm also sure he saw what he saw then.

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A couple issues back in Trailer Boats magazine they did a small review on the 210 WA by Cobia. They (Trailer Boats magazine) even eluded to an improvement in quality with Cobia boats. I can only go by what I read however, since I have not been in a Cobia boat myself.
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I recently purchased a Cobia 210 WA. I bought on quality & price. I compared Prolines, Sea-Pros, Robalos, and Sea Swirl similar models. Excellent workmanship in the Cobia. Fit and finish right up there with the big boys. (Grady and Pursuit)
Cobia and Century made side by side at the C & C plant in Panama City plant. (like Wellcraft plant in Sarasota making Wellcrafts beside the Aquasports)
Before you buy. look at as many boats as possble. Look in the bilge. Are are wires secured? Are all hoses double clamped with SS clamps? Is water seperating filter standard equipment? Is dual battery switch standard? How about the compass and porta-pottie? Things to think about.
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Ran a 1901 for 4 years hit under water oil well in LA and rock pile in Keys. no cracks great scuppers with brass shut off valves no water in back no problems at all Bad ride in 3 footers but this was a bay boat. This was a 2000 model hope they can overcome the bad rep they got
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Thanks for the input. Someone told me to look at Dusky as well for similar money and I'm impressed that they rig a lot of boats in trailerable size with twins affordably. I wish I could see one besides looking at a web sight picture. I just want to be able to afford what I buy (keeping it on a budget) and not be miserable with the boat 5 years from now. Days from becoming a father, weeks to a few months from being ready for a new boat, and the dream of hooking a marlin or two has got me fired up. I appreciate the feedback folks>
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just looked at the cobia walk 25 one week ago in ft. walton beach and couldn't believe that the port locker had a big piece of fiberglass pelling off. i was concidering them to since they are only about 5 miles from my house, but i don't know how that slipped by. but i have talked to local owners and they love them.
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I am a Cobia211 owner and am extremely pleased. There are many nice boats available so you must choose....have fun ! If you want details of my expereince with my Cobia, just drop me a line. I don't work or sell them either. Are you looking for the CC or Bay? Mine's the bay but have used offshore / coastal too.
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