Cobalt 263
(w/ 1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG)

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If it’s space and overnighting capabilities you’re after then you’ll have to take a closer look at this sleek-looking sportboat. The 263 offers something special for both the new and veteran boater looking to own a unique ride on the water.

Key Features

  • Double helm seat
  • Large V-berth for overnighting
  • Removable table with filler cushion
  • Galley unit in cabin
  • Porti-Potti
  • 10-year hull warranty
  • 5-year powertrain warranty

Specifications

Cobalt 263 Specifications
Length Overall 26' 8'' Dry Weight 4,700 lbs.
Beam 8' 6'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 3'' (max) Fuel Cap 70 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 22 deg. Water Cap 10 gal.
Max Headroom N/A Bridge Clearance 4' 9''
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Cobalt 263 Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power 1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG
Opt. Power 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 Mag MPI Alpha
1 x 320-hp MerCruiser 6.2 MX MPI Bravo 3
1 x 425-hp MerCruiser 496 Mag HO Bravo 3
1 x 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 Gi SX
1 x 420-hp Volvo Penta 8.1 GXi DP

Cobalt 263 Photo Gallery

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A great family boat to use all day on the water.

The 263 has nimble handling. She is a yacht certified cuddy cabin that is built solid enough to serve you for many years to come.

Plenty of seating for family and guests.

The cockpit has room to entertain your friends in comfort. You will find plenty of space for storage throughout the boat.

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Flip up bolsters help provide a better view.

The dash features wood accents, wide helm bench and European instruments. A remote for the stereo is right at hand as well as the stainless paddle switches that are all circuit breaker protected.

Large swim platform for all your water activities.

The stern is roomy with a nice concealed swim ladder, optional transom shower, optional transom tilt switch and removable ski pylon. There is even a wet locker that can double as a swim platform cool

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Get out of the sun and relax for the afternoon.

When you feel like taking a break from the sun tanning you'll feel right at home in this roomy V-berth that easily converts into a double berth for overnighting.

Prepare your snacks at this counter.

The galley on the 263 features a small sink, cabinets, and single cooktop.

Cobalt 263 Captain's Report

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin was a beautiful setting for testing Cobalt’s newest line of pleasure craft. Temperatures were Florida like but lacked the humidity. Don’t get me wrong, it was still pretty hot and we did sweat a lot, but it was a nice place to work.

Cobalt builds their boats at the meeting of the rivers in Neodesha (Nee-oh-de-shay), Kansas. The Osage named the area because it was were the waters met. Well, there must be something special in the water there because they do build a great boat and have one of the best attitudes I have experienced in a long time. They claim they are customer oriented, which I have heard many times before, but they proved they were serious. Bret Chilcott, Director of Marketing, was constantly making sure we had everything we needed and keeping us supplied with cold water. As a customer, I am sure you will be treated royally.

The 263 is an example of how they build a boat that meets the needs of entertainment space and overnight needs in less than 27 feet. It felt much larger, yet was nimble handling. She is a yacht certified cuddy cabin that is built solid enough to serve you for many years to come.

I got in a day early and got the chance to run this one two days in a row, in two very different conditions. The first day was full of heavy wake from what seemed like over a thousand boats trying to get in one more dance before the summer got away. It also was a day of limited speed that kept me from seeing how she was at top end. The second day we were unlimited and with nearly calm seas. In rough lake waters she handled pretty good and gave a good dry ride. She turns fast enough to give a skier a fine time or a tuber a thrill ride. When we checked her out at top end, she was very nimble and turned quickly with little hesitation or cavitation.

She has so many features that it is not practical to list them all here, but I did enjoy walking through this boat. The stern is roomy with a nice concealed swim ladder, optional transom shower, optional transom tilt switch and removable ski pylon. There is even a wet locker that can double as a swim platform cooler. The cockpit is beautiful with wood accents on the dash, wide helm bench and European instruments. A remote for the stereo is right at hand as well as the stainless paddle switches that are all circuit breaker protected. Seats were all comfortable, but I could use more padding (or maybe less on me). The cockpit has room to entertain your friends in comfort. You will find plenty of space for storage throughout the boat. In the galley is a porta-potti, small galley, hanging locker and room to stretch out for a snooze or to let the kids play out of the sun. There are plenty more features throughout this sweet ride, so be sure and check out the video when you have three minutes.

The 263 is a comfortable cuddy cabin cruiser at 26’ 8” in length and a true trailerable beam of 8’6”. She weighs 4,700 lbs with a 22-degree deadrise and a draft of 39 inches with the drive down, or 22” with the drive up. She carries 70 gallons of fuel in her tank and can carry 10 gallons of fresh water. Her engine package is a full page of options from Mercury and Volvo including Mercury’s 500 EFI and Volvo’s 8.1GXi. As you can see, you can make her a beefy boat capable of holding her water with the big bad boys out there.

She starts out pretty quiet with only 79 dBa for sound levels and got up to 99 dBa at top end. We managed to top out around 4,500 rpms which delivered 51.8 mph. At top end you can expect to be burning 45 gph or get about 116 miles between tanks. She really seemed to be happy cruising at about 2500 rpms. Cruise sound levels were 90 dBa, a bit louder than I would have liked at cruise speed, but her fuel burn was only 8 gph. She could happily cruise 190 miles between fill ups at this speed. She hops up to plane in only 4.2 seconds and was passing 30 mph in just 7.2 seconds.

The 263 packs a lot of space for fun and the power to deliver it within her 26’8”. She makes a great family boat for a long day on the water or even quick overnight. There is certainly more than you would usually expect on a trailerable cuddy cabin, but Cobalt seems to always give you more than you expect of everything.

By Capt. Bob Smith

Test Captain

Cobalt 263 Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Cobalt 263 is 51.8 mph (83.4 kph), burning 28.00 gallons per hour (gph) or 105.98 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Cobalt 263 is 24.1 mph (38.8 kph), and the boat gets 3.01 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.28 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 190 miles (305.78 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Cobalt 263 Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Head: Portable Standard
Power Steering Standard
Trim Tabs Optional
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Optional
Swim Platform Optional
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Optional
Canvas
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Cobalt 263 Warranty

Cobalt 263 Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years 10-Year
Transferable Yes
Extendable No
Link http://www.cobaltboats.com/info/warranty.html
Deck Warranty
Years 10-Years
Transferable 10-Year transferable protection
Extendable No
Link http://www.cobaltboats.com/info/warranty.html
Engine Warranty
Years 5-Year
Extendable No
Link http://www.cobaltboats.com/info/warranty.html
Powertrain Warranty
Years 5-Year
Transferable 5-Year transferable protection
Link http://www.cobaltboats.com/info/warranty.html
Gelcoat Warranty
Years 2-Year
Transferable 2-Year transferable protection
Link http://www.cobaltboats.com/info/warranty.html
Accessories Warranty
Years 1-2 Year
Transferable Yes
Link http://www.cobaltboats.com/info/warranty.html
Certifications
NMMA Certification Yes

Cobalt 263 Price

Cobalt 263 Price
Pricing Range $83,166.00
Price as Tested $93,703.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.


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