2016 Fishing Boat Buyers Guide: Cobia Boats 277 CC

Settle in for fishing and family adventures that are big-boat fun but smaller-boat handy.

Cobia Boats
Quick specs. LOA: 27'7" Beam: 9'8" Fuel Capacity: 189 gal. Max HP: 500Courtesy of Cobia

What many boat buyers want is a good, solid boat at an affordable price. Cobia fans say its boats deliver that and more, and it competes with pricier brands.

Those with Cobia brand experience gave it ‘price’ ratings in the top handful of brands, with construction, fuel efficiency, speed and safety right behind — all marks of a sturdy boat at home on big water. But Cobia also scored highly for cockpit space, baitwells and fish wells — fishability features — and family-friendly aspects, such as ergonomics and storage.

In the 10 years Cobia has been part of Maverick Boat Company — where its stablemates include Maverick (skiff), Hewes (backcountry) and Pathfinder (bay) — the center-console specialist’s lineup and construction processes have both been revamped, marrying Cobia’s half-century tradition of building family-friendly boats to the best boat-making techniques of today.

Automated routing and CAD technology bring naval architects’ and designers’ plans to life precisely. All fasteners are either through-bolted, seated in screw-retention materials or both. Cobia makes their own wiring harnesses, specific to each boat. It uses double hose clamps on all plumbing and through-hulls of stainless steel, not plastic, which proudly points at fit and finish.

And does it all, as Cobia fans applaud, at a competitive price.

277 CC

Got one eye on a sassy 25-foot center console and the other on a massive 30-footer? Blink, then take a look at the Cobia 277 between them, with its big-water performance in an easier-to-handle package. Cobia is known for producing boats that please both anglers and families, and this one shares that flexibility.

The deluxe tackle station is all business. Under-gunnel storage keeps rods protected when not in use. Fishers will love the single-level cockpit for easy movement around the boat, rigging up or battling fish in blue water or bay. Padded coaming offers bracing for the fight. When the battle is won, oversize fish boxes with macerators are ready.

Come family time, the 277 CC has an electrically lifted hideaway bow table, a forward entry step-down console with china head, deluxe upholstered helm heats and fold-down rear bench seating. Fresh- and raw-water systems are standard.

Power options include a single F350 or twins of 150 to 250 hp. Several hull-color options, plus painted engine choices, are available. Add a fiberglass hardtop if you prefer, as well as electronics, and any steering and handling systems that suit you.

Then settle in for fishing and family adventures that are big-boat fun but smaller-boat handy.

More Info: cobiaboats.com