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Old 04-16-2013, 01:06 PM
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Well I had my next boat narrowed down to a Cobia 256. But now I looked at a Sea Hunt Game Fish 25, now I'm really confused! Sea Hunt is a lot cheaper and it was a lot more than I expected. Give me your views on these boats.
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Out of the two I like Cobia better. Another boat you might want to check out is the Nautic Star 25.
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I prefer the Cobia. But how much price difference?
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$14,000 difference between the two !
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I had the same decision to make a few years ago and I went with the Sea Hunt. No doubt the Cobia is a nice boat with an excellent fit and finish. I just could not justify spending that much extra money on a boat when I know the more you spend the more you lose when you drive it off the lot. I am very happy with the ride and quality of the Sea Hunt even though its price point is lower than a lot of brands I compared it to. I also like the Sea Hunt customer service. I called the factory and asked about the best place to mount my transducer and one of the owners of the company is who I spoke with. Its your choice and either way you cant go wrong with these two brands.
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Gamefish is a nice boat. Not that the Cobia isn't but I think I'd take the Sea Hunt without thinking twice.
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Sea Hunt, both boats twin F150? Has a ton of storage and well laid out. A lot of options on the Cobia are standard on the Sea Hunt. For 14K more you could probably step up to the Gamefish 27.
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I had a similar choice in January And chose the Sea Hunt, I couldn't be happier.
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I'm kinda leaning towards the Sea Hunt too. I loved the Cobia but the SeaHunt really opened my eyes!
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I have had 3 SH boats and loved them all.I now have a 2013 BX 24 BR with a 300 on it.The ride for a bayboat is second to none and I get compliments everywere I go on the boat.That 25 gamefish is a great boat to.U can get it with a 300 or twin 150's which would be a sweet ride.I have been to the SH factory and its a huge place and met all the people.The customer service is great and they will stand by their product.For what u get and the price u pay its hard to beat a SH unless u want to spend a lot more for a little better finish work and details.
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If price was not a consideration, Cobia easily. Whether the Cobia is worth the extra money is a tougher decision.
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The cobia is nice but so is the Sea Hunt!
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The cobia is nice but so is the Sea Hunt!
Believe me, I am not knocking Sea Hunt. TheTriton 202 was a finalist in my own boat search. But I like the Cobia's better.

That said, I would not pay the extra $14k for the Cobia, unless I made considerably more money than I do now.
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I wrote this in another thread regarding my decision (234 vs. 237).

onefishron, there really is no comparison. While the Sea Hunt 234 is nothing to sneeze at, the Cobia 237 is a much nicer boat. It's a little longer, a little wider, and almost a thousand pounds heavier. It's a sturdy, extremely well-built offshore fishing machine that is very family friendly. The Sea Hunt 234 is an excellent family boat that's loaded with fishing features.

The major pluses of the Cobia are: size, weight, interior color, bow walk-through, helm design, and 21.5 degrees deadrise at the transom. The only thing I didn't like about the helm was that the throttle is mounted nearly horizontally.

The Cobia's folding transom seat is very well designed, and the fact that there's no exposed vinyl when it's closed is a nice touch for fishing. The bench seat on the Sea Hunt was a must for us (although I initially didn't want it). But it WILL get in the way when fishing. My father is elderly, and to my surprise, I can easily get him out on the water, and he wants to go. He will feel (and actually be) safe and secure with the depth and comfort of the bench seat. It's also great for kids.

The area in front of the console on the Sea Hunt is uncomfortably tight on floor space. The Cobia isn't. That's the major tradeoff with the Sea Hunt. However, without the cushions in place, it's a very functional casting platform that makes it feel a little more "open" and useable. I just wish it was a little wider, with a walk through.

I was not happy with the leaning post options from Cobia. The t-top was also comparatively flimsy. We cruise as much as we fish, so being able to specify the Gamefish seats was a huge selling point. Being a Carolina boy, the slightly broken shearline and bow flare of the Sea Hunt is very pleasing to my eye. I don't like the Robalo-esque bow of the Cobia, but it still looks good from the side.

Conversely, the anchor locker size and the cockpit drains suck on the Sea Hunt, and are superior on the Cobia.

End result: the pluses and minuses of both boats equaled us deciding as a family that we could not justify spending $13,000 more for the Cobia.
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My only gripe with Sea Hunt is no in floor fish boxes. Once they get on the ball and start putting them on the Gamefish Series I will probably step up into a 25 or 27.
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I had the same decision to make along with a few other brands as well. After going in and out of them all, we chose the cobia. Not only did I see the difference, I knew the sister boats (pathfinder/mavrick) are fantastic boats and have been for a long time now. I just did a build thread on my cobia that I get to pick up this Saturday. Check it out and I am sure if you have any questions, Skip at MBC could answer them for you. I put a link to the build below.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...217-build.html
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My only gripe with Sea Hunt is no in floor fish boxes. Once they get on the ball and start putting them on the Gamefish Series I will probably step up into a 25 or 27.
not my only SH gripe but by far the biggest
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I talked to the engineer at Sea Hunt a month ago.they are building a 30 gamefish with a front fishbox in the deck I beleive he said without the forward seating.It will be more of an all out fishing boat.it will be out in a month or so he said.I asked him why they dont build some of their boats with fish boxes in the decks.He said the maserators pumps are pain and nothing but trouble.thats why they havent messed with fish boxes in the deck yet.So keep an eye out for the new 30 gamefish.
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Cobia has nicer fit and finish in my opinion but the sea hunt is also nice. 14k is a lot of scratch. Tough call.
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I have been looking at the Sea Hunt Gamefish 25 and the Cobia 237, as they are about the same price and both can have the 300HP mounted on the back. You are getting a bigger boat with the Gamefish, but a little better finish and features on the Cobia 237. I really like the Everglades 230, but that is 20K more.
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