Cobia 237 SE (2010-)
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Cobia 237 SE (2010-)
Cobia 237 SE (2010-)
Who said, “Less is more”? The architect Mies van der Rohe usually gets the credit, but it’s really a line from an 1855 Robert Browning poem, Andrea del Sarto. (Who says BoatTEST.com isn’t educational?) We don’t know if either of those guys liked to fish – Browning was probably some iambic-pentameter pansy -- but if they did, they’d have loved Cobia’s 237 SE. It’s a back-to-basics center-console fishboat that’s comes complete with almost everything you need to head offshore and wet a line. Lots of boats do that, right? But most of them load you down with lots of extra stuff you don’t need – fancy stuff, maybe stuff meant to appeal to your wife so she’ll let you write the check, or maybe just stuff to help justify a premium price. Only trouble is, not only does your wife not fish, but she doesn’t do maintenance, either, so you end up fixing all the frilly stuff you don’t need in the first place.

Key Features

  • Waterproof Deutsch electrical connectors
  • Courtesy lights
  • Leaning post with backrest & rodholders
  • Livewell with plumbing (28 gal)
  • Insulated fishbox (2, 40 gal)
  • Saltwater washdown
  • T-top
  • Boarding ladder
  • Oyster White hull
  • Hydraulic steering

Specifications

Cobia 237 SE (2010-) Specifications
Length Overall 23' 6''
7.16 m
Dry Weight 3,500 lbs.
1,587 L
Beam 8' 9''
2.7 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 17''
0.43 m
Fuel Cap 129 gal.
488 L
Deadrise/Transom 21.5 deg. Water Cap none
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance N/A
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

Cobia 237 SE (2010-) Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power 1 x 225-hp Yamaha F225X
2 x 115-hp Yamaha F115X

Cobia 237 SE (2010-) Line Drawing

Cobia 237 SE (2010-) Captain's Report

Cobia 237 SE

What’s wrong with this picture? Basically, nothing. Cobia’s bare-bones 237 SE is all the boat you need for serious fishing. Even better, there’s no unnecessary stuff to give you trouble and beg for maintenance. What’s not to like?

Cobia’s SE series comprises five boats from 19’4” to 25’6” in length, all targeted primarily at fishermen and attractively priced. Base price of the 237 SE is $41,339 with a single Yamaha F225 outboard – plenty of power for this roughly 4,000-lb. boat. (Weight without power is 3,500 lbs.) Twin Yamaha F115Xs are optional, but why? More expensive, more maintenance, more weight, more fuel burn -- and modern OBs, especially Yamahas, are reliable enough that you don’t need to carry a spare unless you’re heading beyond Sea Tow range, in our opinion.

The base price includes everything you need, even the T-top with rod holders. Saltwater washdown is standard, freshwater optional. A portable head is also an option; wonder where it goes? Finally, there’s a rear-seat option that perches atop the transom. And that’s it -- we’ve covered all the options, so if you’re short of time, you can stop reading here.

Cobia 237 SE

Uncomplicated beauty and sheer simplicity can mean bliss on the water.

The Back Story

Cobia launched its first boat in 1959. Those were crazy days in the pleasure boat world, with all kinds of funky boats on the market. It was the age of the Tri-Hull: Several builders designed square-bowed arks that rode on three hulls – they were called “cathedral” hulls. They were stable but they could pound your spine into a lifetime annuity for your chiropractor.

The theory was that at speed each outside hull would deflect water up between itself and the centre hull, creating a cushion of spray that made the boat ride nice and smooth. It was just different enough from the Boston Whaler hull not to incite legal action from that company, but did it work? Well, do you see many tri-hulls today?

One of Cobia’s first boats was a tri-hull, but the company succeeded anyway, going on over the next half-century to build a ton of really nice boats, albeit with only one hull. For several summers during the Age of Aquarius, one of them, a 17-footer powered by a 55-hp three-cylinder Johnson OB, survived the youthful assaults of this writer and his friends – certainly a testament to any vessel.

Cobia 237 SE

A clean layout makes for an efficient fishboat. The 237 SE has wide walkarounds, plenty of rod stowage, big fish boxes and a live well. Add your tackle and electronics and go fishing.

Maverick Boats

Today Cobia is owned by the Maverick Boat Company (www.mbcboats.com), also builders of Maverick, Hewes and Pathfinder boats. Founded in 1984 by two fish-crazy brothers, Scott and Troy Deal, Maverick started out building flats boats. In five years, the Deals acquired another flats-boat builder, Hewes. Ask anybody who fishes with a fly rod in one hand and a boat pole in the other about Maverick or Hewes, and he’ll tell you they are the best flats boats around. But they’re not much good in a chop; for that, the Deals started building Pathfinder bay boats in 1998, adhering to the same standards of quality and durability of the earlier boats.

Finally, in 2005, the brothers bought Cobia.

New World for Cobia

Rather than shoehorn the Cobia production lines into their existing plant, the Deals built a 39-acre facility in Marion, NC, to manufacture a redesigned and improved Cobia lineup. (Maverick’s original plant is in Ft. Pierce, FL.) Cobias, and all Maverick boats, are built to ABYC standards and are NMMA certified. Every boat is tank-tested in the factory to ensure all systems are go before it’s loaded on the truck. If you want to see for yourself how your Cobia is built, the factory runs tours every Friday at 2 p.m. Reservations are required; call (772) 465-0631.

Cobia 237 SE

Nothing makes a fisherman happier than an expanse of plain fiberglass at the helm, because it means plenty of room to install electronics. There’s room on the 237 SE’s console for a multifunction unit, fishfinder, VHF, whatever you want. A radar scanner and antennas can live on the T-top. If only the throttle were mounted on the horizontal.

At the Helm

The heart of any center-console fishboat is the helm. The Cobia 237 SE is set up with hydraulic steering and a set of analog gauges, all protected from the sun by a T-top. But serious fisherman will drool over what’s not there: Most of the helm area is plain fiberglass, lots of square inches begging to be filled with electronics. Installing a multifunction display combining plotter, fishfinder and radar would leave room for a VHF and maybe a second fishfinder, all flush-mounted. It’s nice to leave the multi unit set to plotter, or maybe split between plotter and radar on days of poor visibility, while watching the bottom on a standalone fishfinder that provides a more detailed picture of what’s happening under the boat.

Antennas and scanner can be mounted on the T-top, which also includes a four-rig rocket launcher.

Fishy Things

More rod holders live in the leaning-post backrest, which also creates an ersatz helm seat; we suspect most skippers will use the leaning post as a leaning post most of the time: It’s more comfortable when running offshore, even though the 237 SE’s 21.5 degrees of deadrise will produce a relatively soft ride. Nevertheless, a boat this size can be lively at 30 mph in a chop (top speed should be over 40 mph; note that we didn’t test this boat, so that’s only an estimate); standing will be the preferred position unless you have a spine of iron. There’s another seat on the forward side of the console, and a 72-qt. cooler inside.

Cobia 237 SE

Look closely and you’ll see a wraparound grab rail, very handy when fishing in choppy water. It doesn’t get in the way like a conventional bow rail would, either. A nice touch from builders who are also fish-aholics. The console seat has a cushion and backrest.

Rod and Fish Stowage

The 237 SE includes under-gunwale rod stowage as standard. While you’re not using them to fish, your rigs have to live somewhere, and under the gunwale is a good spot: They’re out of the way, won’t get stepped on and are hidden from prying eyes of dockside scoundrels while you’re eating lunch at a waterfront dive. There are also four flush-mount rod holders in the gunwale, as you’d expect, for active rigs. The rocket launchers in the T-top and backrest together provide eight rod holders; add the under-gunwale stowage and you’ve got plenty of room for way more rigs than you probably need.

Until it ends up on a hook, your bait can keep swimming in a 28-gallon live well, also standard. Should you get lucky, stow your catch in a pair of 40-gallon insulated fish boxes. When not fishing, they make excellent drink coolers. There’s more stowage for PFDs, tackle boxes and other necessaries in lockers under the bow seats, inside the console, etc. The anchor locker is shaped so the only thing that will fit in there is an anchor; it will be quick to deploy when needed.

Cobia 237 SE

An optional backrest creates a pseudo-seat on the 237 SE’s transom. Doesn’t look all that secure to us, but it might be okay for watching lines while drifting, or eating lunch at anchor.

Construction

All Cobias are built with first-quality resins and fabrics, hand-laid and finished with high-gloss gelcoat. No surprises there – fishing-boat builders tend to produce strong, durable hulls. But Cobia takes it a little further, with a strainer on the live-well intake and easy-to-replace pumps: They are accessible and wired with Deutsch waterproof connectors that snap apart; carry a spare pump and replacement takes just a few minutes. Cobia uses Deutsch waterproof connectors on all its wiring, and builds all wiring harnesses in-house.

All through-hulls have ball valves and double-clamped hoses. Traditionalists might prefer proper seacocks, which can be disassembled for cleaning and lubrication, but a good quality ball valve built for marine use will do the trick, too. Smart owners operate all through-hull valves frequently to discover any incipient freeze-ups before the valve’s actually needed. And you know that every through-hull should have a tapered wooden plug wired to it for emergencies, don’t you?

The leaning post and T-top are fastened with stainless-steel screws tapped into aluminum backing plates; ditto lid hinges and other highly stressed fittings. All hardware is stainless steel. Cobia even goes so far as to plumb drains from rod holders and pull-up cleats into the bilge, so you won’t have annoying water stains in the cockpit. Now that’s quality. Less may be more, but when it comes to details like that, more is really more. But one last question: Can anyone at Cobia write a decent poem?



Standard and Optional Equipment

Cobia 237 SE (2010-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
Head: Portable Optional
Washdown: Fresh Water Optional
Washdown: Raw Water Standard
Exterior Features
Swim Ladder Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Cobia 237 SE (2010-) Warranty

Cobia 237 SE (2010-) 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.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

Cobia 237 SE (2010-) Price

Cobia 237 SE (2010-) Price
Pricing Range $41,339.00
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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