With help from longtime Cobia dealer Homosassa Marine, I jumped aboard the 237 recently for a chilly shakedown cruise. After making our way down Florida's picturesque Crystal River and its numerous manatee zones, we throttled up into the open Gulf of Mexico. A stiff northern breeze greeted us, but the pocket center never skipped a beat. With its 8-foot-9-inch beam and variable deadrise hull, the 237 rides and performs like a much bigger craft. The sharp entry parted the chop like a honed fillet knife, while the bow flare deflected the gust-driven spray. The beamy hull transitions to 21.5 degrees at the transom for a soft, sure ride, but despite this aggressive angle, the boat is extremely stable. Even in hard beam-to seas, I couldn't duplicate the snap-roll that's common with some deep-V bottoms.