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Cobia 296/ Twin 300's. Talk me out of buying it!

Old 06-05-2019, 05:14 AM
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Default Cobia 296/ Twin 300's. Talk me out of buying it!

Our situation is changing a little bit as we have bought some deep water land with a dock, pier head and big floater that we will be building a house on in the next couple of years. We need a boat that's still got a lot of room, seating and storage. It still needs to ride well, fish well and be somewhat fast and efficient. The plan for the next couple of years will be to boat to our property thru the Intracoastal back and forth on certain weekends and stay in our 5th wheel there. It is about a 2 1/2 - 3 hr ride each way and we will generally take several adults and kids. We decided to sell the Jupiter because for one I didn't want to bottom paint it and two we wanted to put some money towards other things involving the land.

Long story short, there isn't much out there for sale right now but I did find an extremely clean, one owner 296 Cobia with low hrs on twin 300 Yamaha's. The boat has excellent electronics and comes with a new Ameratrail triple axle trailer. I love the looks of the boat and the interior is laid out well and would work for us. So my main question is will I be really disappointed in the ride and quality? I know it's not going to ride like a Seavee, Regulator or Jupiter. I don't want to sounds like an ass but when you get use to higher quality boats it may be hard to move down in overall quality and ride. Will the Cobia get us offshore on 2-3' days comfortably, get us thru the big choppy sounds/ harbors we have here comfortably and not rattle our teeth out and get us wet in the process? Would I be better off buying a smaller Contender, Jupiter, Bluewater, etc or will the bigger Cobia ride as well as a smaller, quality 3 piece boat? I appreciate any and all feedback!

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Old 06-05-2019, 05:41 AM
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Oh that boat in SC...hmmm yeah no that looks horrible. Not a nice boat at all. Hate the light blue paint. Horrible electronics package. You know those engines blow up at precisely 400 hours right so you can enjoy it for about 40 hours...no that's a terrible boat. It only has a 22° deadrise...Lift kept... you know you need to keep boats in the water right, you wouldn't park your car in the water so why park your boat on land. Rides like crap and looks like dog poo. I hope you haven't put a deposit on it.

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BTW took 2 seconds to find the boat...
Anyway wowzer. My favorite color hull... GORGEOUS boat. Just gorgeous all around.
Looks like a lot of tackle on board too. Does it convey. How about those downriggers.
I have no experience on a Cobia but damn that's a fine looking well equipped boat.
Good luck!!
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:44 AM
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Oh that boat in SC...hmmm yeah no that looks horrible. Not a nice boat at all. Hate the light blue paint. Horrible electronics package. You know those engines blow up at precisely 400 hours right so you can enjoy it for about 40 hours...no that's a terrible boat. It only has a 22° deadrise...Lift kept... you know you need to keep boats in the water right, you wouldn't park your car in the water so why park your boat on land. Rides like crap and looks like dog poo. I hope you haven't put a deposit on it.

(dialing phone frantically)
BTW took 2 seconds to find the boat...
Anyway wowzer. My favorite color hull... GORGEOUS boat. Just gorgeous all around.
Looks like a lot of tackle on board too. Does it convey. How about those downriggers.
I have no experience on a Cobia but damn that's a fine looking well equipped boat.
Good luck!!
J, thanks for the response but that's not the boat I'm looking at. I will do some research and find it though lol.
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:57 AM
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I have no experience on that particular hull.
I do have some hours on a cobia.
The fit and finish you are used to will definitely be lacking.
The ride quality will not be as good due to the Cobia being a lighter boat. You are trying to compare apples to apples when in reality it's apples to oranges.
With that said a Cobia is a great boat for it's class and price point. They typically are decent quality ride and are surely better than alot of production hulls out there. They are fuel efficient hulls and take chop and swell well. Your fishing days maybe a hair more limited as the lack of weight will beat you up on days your Jupiter would deal without issue. ICW sunset cruises in sloppy sounds, booze cruising and restaurant hopping are non-issue in the Cobia. They are decent boats all around. You will have to relearn what you and the boat are comfortable with heading offshore. That boat can take more than you will want to im sure. I think its good boat for your thought process, I just think you've been spoiled a bit on the other rides and it will take some getting used to but I don't think it's bad decision and you won't be nearly as disappointed as you think you may be.
The Cobia may surprise you in fact.
Either way I would definitely take her for a ride and get a feel for her as you may personally hate the boat.
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Old 06-05-2019, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Windham14 View Post
J, thanks for the response but that's not the boat I'm looking at. I will do some research and find it though lol.
YachtWorld 2015 2015 Cobia 296 Center Console located in Georgetown SC.

PRICE INCLUDES AMERATRAIL TRAILER! This is a super nice clean 2015 Cobia 296 Center Console. It is powered by twin Yamaha F300's that only have 359 hours on them. This is a one owner boat that has been serviced since new from the selling dealer. It has either been lift kept or stored on its custom AmeraTrail Trailer which is included in the asking price.

Electronics on the boat include: Custom Hull Color, Under Top Color, Powder Coat, Dual Livewells, Freshwater, Raw Water, Anchor Windlass, Deluxe Leaning Post, Bow Cushions, Electric Head with Macerator and Deck Pumpout, Outriggers, Down Riggers. Personal items shown in pictures do not convey including cooler.

Electronics on the boat include: Twin Garmin 7212 GPS, Depth with XM Weather and Radio.1kw Transducer, Fusion Stereo and Standard Horizon VHF Radio


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I did see that one J. It’s a little rough around the edges

MaddMac, those are my thoughts as well. Would love to hear some first hand experience from someone who has done something similar to what I’m doing. I will say that the boat I’m looking at has 460hrs on it and doesn’t have a hairline crack anywhere. No gelcoat issues at all. Not even around the interior in any location where a lot of more expensive boats would commonly have them. It seems to be holding up very well.
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My friend is selling his 2015 Pursuit C310 with twin F300 Yamahas, 300 hours, loaded, forward and aft seating, no bottom paint, not a scratch on it. 24 degree transom deadrise. It is at Blue Marlin Boats in Seaford NY. He is asking $175,000. He is tired of going out on it alone.
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Thanks but not interested in a Pursuit.

Anyone else with 296 experience?
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Old 06-05-2019, 04:06 PM
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Love mine, have 400 hours on it in less than 2 years. Have fished it 125 miles off in the gulf chasing red snapper, but my average run is about 45 miles one way. Has been to the keys twice and performed great. Can plane with full tabs at 20 mph. Best cruise is 1.9 from 30-35. Wiring is top notch.
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Originally Posted by WolpackVO View Post
Wiring is top notch.
honestly said no one ever about a mid tier production boat.....just because everything electric is working does not make wiring top notch....

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A bunch of 296 owners on the Cobia Facebook group. That’s the best place to ask. Most guys are honest with the performance.
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Originally Posted by sclancy View Post
honestly said no one ever about a mid tier production boat.....just because everything electric is working does not make wiring top notch....
Lol, it's all good though. I looked at the wiring and plumbing. Plumbing is great just like a Pathfinder. Wiring is good quality components but not ran as beautifully as most high end builders.
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Originally Posted by sclancy View Post
honestly said no one ever about a mid tier production boat.....just because everything electric is working does not make wiring top notch....
My brother works for a "top tier custom" boat builder and does wiring. If you could be a fly on the wall during a weekly meeting--pure comedy.
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Originally Posted by sclancy View Post
honestly said no one ever about a mid tier production boat.....just because everything electric is working does not make wiring top notch....
guess I need to be more specific. Wiring for a production boat is top notch, definitely better than some high end production boats such as whaler and regulator...
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Originally Posted by WolpackVO View Post
guess I need to be more specific. Wiring for a production boat is top notch, definitely better than some high end production boats such as whaler and regulator...
I would agree with this. I don't consider Whaler top tier by any means but they price them that way
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So what I want to know is... In TRUE 2-3' seas say at 6--8 seconds apart, is the boat going to run smooth? No slamming, no water over the sides, etc.
In 2' confused short chop will it ride thru it without any issues comfortably
In a following sea does it keep its chin up and run nicely or does it drop in between waves and throw water over the hardtop lol
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Originally Posted by MaddMac View Post
I have no experience on that particular hull.
I do have some hours on a cobia.
The fit and finish you are used to will definitely be lacking.
The ride quality will not be as good due to the Cobia being a lighter boat. You are trying to compare apples to apples when in reality it's apples to oranges.
With that said a Cobia is a great boat for it's class and price point. They typically are decent quality ride and are surely better than alot of production hulls out there. They are fuel efficient hulls and take chop and swell well. Your fishing days maybe a hair more limited as the lack of weight will beat you up on days your Jupiter would deal without issue. ICW sunset cruises in sloppy sounds, booze cruising and restaurant hopping are non-issue in the Cobia. They are decent boats all around. You will have to relearn what you and the boat are comfortable with heading offshore. That boat can take more than you will want to im sure. I think its good boat for your thought process, I just think you've been spoiled a bit on the other rides and it will take some getting used to but I don't think it's bad decision and you won't be nearly as disappointed as you think you may be.
The Cobia may surprise you in fact.
Either way I would definitely take her for a ride and get a feel for her as you may personally hate the boat.
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people get caught up on weight so much. A 30 foot cobia weighs right at the same weight of a 30 Jupiter.

the GW, BW and Regs seem to weigh more than most boats.
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Originally Posted by Windham14 View Post
So what I want to know is... In TRUE 2-3' seas say at 6--8 seconds apart, is the boat going to run smooth? No slamming, no water over the sides, etc.
In 2' confused short chop will it ride thru it without any issues comfortably
In a following sea does it keep its chin up and run nicely or does it drop in between waves and throw water over the hardtop lol
we out ran a cobia a few weeks ago in those same conditions in my 27 OB that appeared to be in the 29-32' range. not sure exactly on the model but it was pretty new looking. they were keeping up but every once in a while you'd see it slam pretty hard. I don't think you're going to be quite as happy with it coming from the south port, onslow bay, and the Jupiter. but, i'm far from an expert never been on the 296 before.
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Originally Posted by Windham14 View Post
So what I want to know is... In TRUE 2-3' seas say at 6--8 seconds apart, is the boat going to run smooth? No slamming, no water over the sides, etc.
In 2' confused short chop will it ride thru it without any issues comfortably
In a following sea does it keep its chin up and run nicely or does it drop in between waves and throw water over the hardtop lol
if been on a cobia 277 offshore in 3s was not even close to a regulator26, OB27, or even my kencraft 240, it wasn't bad either I dunno I thought it was nice decent fit n finish and seemed like a good boat, the 29 could be slightly better I think u will be disappointed why not get another onslow bay that boat is incredible
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Of course I will talk you into buying the boat!!! I love helping others spend their money!
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