The Cobia brand is often associated with value pricing, providing a quality boat at a comfortable price. So you’d expect that would generate strong survey scores in the value category, but it’s only part of the story. Cobia owners also proclaimed that their boats’ safety and durability rivaled that of more expensive models.
Cobia owners liked their boats’ performance, too. Here, cash is often saved by -horsepower shaved, but survey respondents with Cobia experience were more than satisfied with boat performance on and off plane.
Fishability? Those who fish Cobias praise them. And why not? The boats offer roomy, powerful livewells, deck plans that give crew plenty of working room, a helm station that protects skipper and crew from weather, and lots of space for electronics.
Some of the survey’s most revered brands had higher overall scores, with numbers big in a few areas but lower in others. Cobia earned consistent above-average respect by building boats that are fully featured, well designed and strong. On a 50-point scale, Cobia’s scores in all four categories fell within a 2.6-point spread — and all for a competitive price.
Cobia Boats calls the 344CC its new flagship, building on the stunning success of the Cobia 296. The double-stepped-hulled 344CC center-console boasts such fishing-friendly features as level decks and twin 41-gallon livewells, to which you can add pressurizing sea chests. Ready for success, two in-floor fish boxes are macerated to pump overboard. Rods store horizontally within the lockable console or topside in horizontal racks, in addition to vertical racks on the legs of an optional hardtop. A tackle center features sink, rigging area and tackle–storage drawers.
Smart family comfort -touches include a berth within the step-down console, as well as forward console seating. Adding the optional expedition cooler creates a forward-facing lounge. The task-friendly side tuna/dive door opens inward for easy dockside boarding.
The helm features Yamaha Command Link Plus displays and more storage drawers. You can also get the SeaStar Optimus 360 joystick control, and other upgrades, including a deluxe helm suite with dual 16-inch flush-mounted Simrad units and autopilot. Bilge-area access is easy through a large door with lift assist.
Twin Yamaha F-350s or triple F-300s complete a family-friendly boat that’s both efficient and fast, ready for big water and big fish.
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