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Cobia 262 CC Fishability Test

This talented center-console is an ideal ride for anglers looking for flexibility.

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Cobia 262 in the blue ocean
With twin Yamaha 200s, the Cobia burns 19.1 gph while cruising just under 40 mph. Courtesy Cobia Boats

Overview

As the dimensions of many center-console boats grow to rival those of big-game battlewagons, it’s reassuring to know that top builders like Cobia haven’t forgotten about those for whom the ultimate choice is a family-friendly fishing boat, easy to trailer and store, and well-suited for a variety of situations.

Cobia 262 CC bow seating
Bow seating includes storage underneath and foldaway backrests. Alex Suescun

Fishability

Onboard rod stowage includes 12 holders flush-mounted on the covering boards and transom, horizontal racks for three rods on each gunwale, plus optional rocket launchers for five rods on the hardtop and four behind the helm seats. Angled kingfish-style holders on the hardtop frame are also an available option, as are additional flush-mounted holders on both covering boards.

A tackle center with aft-facing storage ­drawers and tackle trays, leaving 83 square feet of room for anglers in the cockpit, where an oval 29-gallon transom livewell with a clear lid and dual ­45-gallon in-floor fish boxes (macerated as an option) fill all the prerequisites for a ­successful day of fishing.

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Should you coax a trophy-­size pelagic or bottomfish boatside, the integrated swim platform and the transom door to port let you slide it easily into the cockpit. The freeboard gradually slopes aft, where 25-inch gunwales negate the need for a long gaff or landing net to reach the water

Cobia 262 helm
The dash has space for dual 9-inch MFDs and much more. Alex Suescun

Amenities

Wraparound bow seating includes foldaway backrests and dry storage. A locker at the bow stows the anchor and rode, and a large in-floor compartment accepts bucket, fenders, and wet gear.

The console boasts improved storage and walk-around space, as well as an integrated windshield frame and a step-in head compartment. A built-in console seat incorporates a 52-quart cooler.

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The business side of the console offers cup holders, glove box, integrated footrest;, and mounting surface for two 9-inch MFDs, switches, VHF radio and engine monitoring display.

An optional full-height, three-sided windshield with a wiper and vent that, combined with the optional fiberglass hardtop, shelters the helm from the elements. A pair of captain’s chairs with contoured backrests, flip-up bolsters and pull-down armrests provide seating at the helm.

Cobia 262 CC livewell
An oval 29-gallon livewell with clear lid and calming blue interior rests on the transom to port. Alex Suescun

Handling & Running

Potential owners who intend to cruise with family or friends, run-and-gun for dolphin and other pelagics, or do both will be glad to know that when turning 3,500 rpm, the boat cruises at 30.7 mph while sipping only 11.6 gph.

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As for maneuverability, the 26-footer is a champ. It performs all turns smoothly, and with the desired aplomb and minimal effort from the skipper. Taking on large wakes at different angles and speeds always produced minimal impact, and neither the integrity of the vessel nor the comfort and safety of the crew were ever in question.

Performance

We took the 262 CC out for a spin near Fort Pierce Inlet in Florida, where it showed its agility and pep. The twin Yamaha F200s evidently provided plenty of juice because the Cobia quickly jumped on plane, sprinted from zero to 30 mph in under 9 seconds, and repeatedly topped 53 mph at wide-open throttle. The high bow incorporates the necessary flare to knock down spray as the boat cuts through the waves.

RPMMPHGPH
3,50030.711.6
4,00036.913.4
4,50039.619.1
5,00045.930.3
5,80053.539.1

Test Conditions

  • Weather:Sunny, 88 degrees
  • Location: Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Wind: Southeast 11 mph Sea State: 1-foot chop Test Load: Three adults, 80 gallons of fuel

Specifications

Length:26’1″
Beam:9’3″
Draft:17″
Deadrise:21.5 degrees
Fuel:161 gal.
Weight:5,555 lb.
Max HP:400
Price:$123,088 w/ twin Yamaha F150s (2022)

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