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Old 01-20-2013, 06:50 AM
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I am in the market for a new center console and was at the boat show yesterday and was looking at various manufacturers and came across the Cobia line of center consoles. I was very impressed the finish and attention to detail. Are there any Cobia owners out there that can comment on their boats, and their likes and dislikes?

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Maverick Boat Company bought Cobia a few yrs back, and has recently redesigned the entire line. You are correct on the better fit & finish, and top tier hardware. The layouts are good for fishing and have the family comforts as well. MBC has a forum for owners, so you could look there for input.
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Hi Cooker,

do a search on cobia, cobia 237, 237, etc. I have been looking at the 237 for a year. several articles here and several nice owners with good info.
what size are you interested in, or are you just asking in general. I am ready to buy the 237, just can't justify the 'new boat price/depreciation'.
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I traded up from my Mako 20 to the Cobia 20 twelve years ago @ the Miami boat show. I loved that boat then and now. the finished product was beautiful compaired to the other boats we looked at. Still to the day never a problem with gel-coat delaminating blisters , still shinning like new, She's parked on the side of my house in the direct south Florida sun that many years too. I hose her off and shes ready to go again! "just like a girl I used to know"
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Hi Cooker,

do a search on cobia, cobia 237, 237, etc. I have been looking at the 237 for a year. several articles here and several nice owners with good info.
what size are you interested in, or are you just asking in general. I am ready to buy the 237, just can't justify the 'new boat price/depreciation'

If you plan to keep the boat for 10 years or more, then consider that justification.
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Hi W.

I hear you. I'm sure a new boat could go 10 yrs. Just don't know about this ole body getting more than 5-6 yrs of fishing the chessie. (smile)
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Hi Cooker,

do a search on cobia, cobia 237, 237, etc. I have been looking at the 237 for a year. several articles here and several nice owners with good info.
what size are you interested in, or are you just asking in general. I am ready to buy the 237, just can't justify the 'new boat price/depreciation'.
How much for a new 237?
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They're high-end mid-tier, if not better. We decided on Sea Hunt, but the Cobia was really a much nicer boat overall. I did not like the standard t-top or leaning post, but those could easily be changed. Also for family use, the flip-down rear seat was not ideal for us. But for fishing, the fact that there is no exposed vinyl is a really nice touch when that rear seat stows away. I wrote a detailed comparison between Sea Hunt and Cobia in my "spec" thread and explained why I thought the Cobia was a better boat, but why we still chose Sea Hunt. The walk-through to reach the bow is a definite plus on the Cobia, plus it's almost a thousand pounds more than my Ultra 234 will be.

A new Cobia 237 with a trailer and F250XCA should be running around $65k...maybe a little more.
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95% of them or more that are for sale on the used market right now are built by a different manufacturer that the new ones today so a comparison will be useless. They were once built by Yamaha people and now Maverick people......
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One fish Ron I am looking at the 217 center console. I am also looking at the Sailfish as well in the same size.

I am very impressed with the depth of the gunnels. It is a big 21 footer. I was at the boat show and they had one loaded with retail at 47,200 and a boat show special of 42, 200. The boat had a t- top, 150 Yamaha, so it won't be a burner, trim tabs, colored hull and a bunch of other options as well.

I have a trade in, so I am not sure of the bottom line price or what my trade in value will look like as well. The journey has just started so I am going to have some fun with it.

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Cooker: as many have pointed out, MBC now owns and builds the brand.
Many years ago I worked at boat store and sold cobia. Wash a decently made 'price' boat. Not a great boat, but you got reasonable value for your money.

It's a whole different ballgame today. If you are located in Fl/Ga - drive to Ft Pierce and visit the MBC facility and see how they build boats. You will be impressed. Nobody cuts corners and factory support (for their other brands, can't say for Cobia since I don't own one) is excellent.

Also, on the MBC Forum, there is an owners section that now includes Cobia. Ask there. Yes, owners are proud, that said, also very vocal about issues!
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Sailfish didn't seem interested in earning my business. Skip ("slyshon" here on THT) at MBC/Cobia was stellar, and really went out of his way to be available and assist me in my research.
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I am in the market for a new center console and was at the boat show yesterday and was looking at various manufacturers and came across the Cobia line of center consoles. I was very impressed the finish and attention to detail. Are there any Cobia owners out there that can comment on their boats, and their likes and dislikes?

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Thank you for your consideration of our Cobia line.

If you have questions and would like to speak in detail please feel free to call me toll free to 1-888-742-5569, x125 or via email to slyshon@mbcboats.com.

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I splashed my new 2013 Cobia 237 in late August. I've managed to put 82 hours on it so far, fished on Saturday 1/12, and it went to winter storage 1/14.

I remain very happy with my purchase decision. I've been in varying sea conditions and have never felt uncomfortable or unsafe. I get a 24-25 kts at 3500, 27-28 kt cruise at 4000rpms, 30-31 at 4500 when conditions permit and about 39 kts at WOT fully loaded. Fuel consumption is always better than 2 nmpg. Yamaha command link guages provide accurate information.

The boat handles 2-3's like they weren't there and is still pretty comfortable in 3-4's. Also, sits nice on a drift or anchor which is how much of my fishing is done. Was out in steady 15-20 kt NE winds and all I could think was I would have turned around in my previous boat (Sea Chaser 2100 Offshore) but the Cobia handled the sloppy conditions very well. So far, 30 miles out has been my furthest trip, but given the right weather forecast, I don't think I would hesitate to hit the trunk area (40 miles) next june or july when the tuna show up.

Have had no issues with fit, finish, hardware, wiring, plumbing or on-board systems. Survived superstorm Sandy in the water. I've added a few more rod holders and an anchor roller at the bow. Haven't seen the need to change anything else that Cobia did.

Considered Tidewater and Sea Hunt, but the dash board open space for mounting electronics and the bilge access for mainenance and eventual repairs were big plus factors for the Cobia.

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I you decide on a new Cobia and don't mind a road trip I encourage you to get a price from Towne Marine in Bloomsburg PA. When they carried Sea Hunt they were one of the best places to buy one on the east coast. They've since swapped SH line for Cobia. If you search here for them I'm sure you'll see a lot of positive posts. Good luck.
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I bought the Bay 1907 w/ f150 and really enjoying it so far.
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I you decide on a new Cobia and don't mind a read trip I encourage you to get a price from Towne Marine in Bloomsburg PA. When they carried Sea Hunt they were one of the best places to buy one on the east coast. They've since swapped SH line for Cobia. If you search here for them I'm sure you'll see a lot of positive posts. Good luck.
Yes, Towne Marine has some great cash and carry prices on Cobia and Tidewater. Several thousand less than my local dealer, but my local dealer offered a fair price for my trade and I didn't have to deal with the stress of trying to sell my boat on my own. Plus, if you ever have any hull or accessory warranty issues, it's nice to have a local dealer handle it rather than drag your boat 100's of miles to the dealer you bought it from. Just my two cents.
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95% of them or more that are for sale on the used market right now are built by a different manufacturer that the new ones today so a comparison will be useless. They were once built by Yamaha people and now Maverick people......
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I am in the market for a new center console and was at the boat show yesterday and was looking at various manufacturers and came across the Cobia line of center consoles. I was very impressed the finish and attention to detail. Are there any Cobia owners out there that can comment on their boats, and their likes and dislikes?

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I really like my Cobia. It is very well built, and rides great. I did quite a bit of research before I made my purchase. With the help of many knowledgeable people (some right here on THT) I brought it down to a short list that included Sea Hunt, McKee Craft, and a couple of others. I am glad I decided on the Cobia. If you do the same you will not be disappointed. Let me know if you have any specific questions.
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Cooker, I owned a 214 2002 and loved it. That's before some upgrades - and downgrades. I hate forward seating. No where to put all the big fish!

Don't like the corner seats on the new 21. They didn't neat to add seats because it was more fishing space considering the oversized leaningpost seat. If you could get a 21 Contender leaning post/seat put in that boat, you'd have much more room.

The Cobia has 20 degree deadrise and is very very stable on the drift or anchor and can get you in the ocean where you need to go! But you'll slap some in a tight sea. The Sailfish 21 has a better ride, but will be tippy and roll in a swell on the drift or at anchor.


All give and take, no perfect boat, but both good choices.
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