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Cobalt 262
(w/ 1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG)

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Brief Summary

This bowrider offers something special for the family looking to get away for a day of cruising. She features a great layout with the type of space and features not usually found on many runabouts.

Key Features

  • 10-year hull/deck warranty
  • Galley unit with 10-gallon sink
  • Porta-Potti concealed in portside console
  • Concealed boarding ladder
  • Removable ski pylon
  • Helm with bolster seat for better visibility
  • AM-FM CD stereo
  • Removable bow & cockpit carpet


  • Flip-up bolsters could use more cushioning
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 26' 8''
    Beam 8' 6''
    Dry Weight 4,700 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 3' 3'' (max)
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 22 deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance 4' 9''
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 70 gal.
    Water Capacity 10 gal.
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    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

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG
    Opt. Power 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI
    1 x 320-hp MerCruiser 6.2 MX MPI
    1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 Mag MPI
    1 x 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 Gi SX
    1 x 375-hp Volvo Penta 8.1 Gi DP

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 4.5 3.9 1.4 3.3 2.9 208 181 68
    1000 6.7 5.8 2.1 3.2 2.8 201 175 70
    1500 9.1 7.9 4.0 2.3 2.0 144 126 75
    2000 14.9 13.0 6.7 2.2 2.0 141 123 77
    2500 25.6 22.3 8.0 3.2 2.8 202 175 84
    3000 31.3 27.2 10.5 3.0 2.6 188 163 89
    3500 40.9 35.5 14.4 2.9 2.5 179 156 89
    4000 45.7 39.7 21.9 2.1 1.8 131 114 96
    4500 50.9 44.3 27.7 1.8 1.6 116 101 98
    600 181 335 7.20 5.11 1.40 68
    1000 175 323 10.80 7.95 1.36 70
    1500 126 232 14.60 14.95 0.97 75
    2000 123 227 24.00 25.17 0.95 77
    2500 175 325 41.20 30.28 1.36 84
    3000 163 303 50.40 39.75 1.27 89
    3500 156 288 65.80 54.32 1.21 89
    4000 114 211 73.50 82.90 0.88 96
    4500 101 187 81.90 104.86 0.78 98

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 4.3 sec.
    0 to 30 6.8 sec.
    Ratio 1.81 :1
    Props 24 ss
    Load 2 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, min. gear
    Climate 75 deg., 57% humid.; wind: 5-7 knots; seas: 1' chop

    Cobalt 262 Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    Looking for a luxury day boat without compromise? Cobalt has an entry with few competitors. Starting with bold design cues and legendary Cobalt quality, the 262 is in a class all by herself. For instance, a radically styled radar arch with integrated, retractable sunshade is available. This new option has become very popular with consumers and adds a wild, futuristic look to the 262. With a centerline length of 26 feet, 8 inches overall and a typical beam of 8 feet 6 inches, the 262 has plenty of room for entertaining your family and friends. Her all-composite construction weighs in at 4,700 pounds, and provides a solid, yet subtle ride. Gasoline stern drive propulsion options are available from either MerCruiser or Volvo Penta, or you can choose the efficiency of diesel power from Yanmar. Because this is a single engine configuration, I strongly suggest opting for drive units that utilize dual, counter-rotating propellers. This feature eliminates torque bias, and makes backing down into your slip a breeze.As you board the 262, you will appreciate the large beam width swim platform and transom walk-thru located on the centerline. Small sun pads flank the walk-thru and conceal self-draining storage compartments beneath. Aft in the cockpit, you will find L-shaped settees to port and starboard. These have generous storage under the cushions, and are accompanied by drink holders. Like all the Cobalts we tested, the upholstery is first rate throughout. In a boat of this caliber though, I expected to see a small wet bar in the cockpit, but this would be at the expense of seating space.Moving forward to the helm and companion seating, we find the dash beautifully covered in leatherette and real Babinga wood inlays. Instrumentation is simple and straightforward, making it easy to read. An Italian steering wheel is comprised of wood and leather and has a tilt column for adjustability. Best of all, the Zero-effort throttle and shifter complete the first class helm. The companion side dash receives the same treatment with leatherette trim and Babinga wood covered glove box. Inside the glove box you’ll find the CD stereo system. Neatly camouflaged behind the port side dash is a head. The entire dash and foot rest double as a door, swinging out to reveal a small head and Porta Potti. What a slick idea! Both the seats at the helm are wide and comfortable, except for the flip-up bolsters, which were a bit thin and hard on one’s backend. One of the best places to enjoy the ride on the 262 is up front in the bowrider’s wrap-around seating. The seating incorporates chaise lounges on each side with concealed storage space under all the cushions. A removable table can be installed to convert the bow seating into a dining area for lunch or cocktails. When not in use, the table neatly stows into a slot under the starboard side chaise lounge. At the front of the bow is a deep anchor locker that is lined with rubber matting and is also self-draining.On the water, the 262 performed flawlessly. Equipped with a Mecruiser 496 Mag producing 375-horse power, this big bowrider got on plane in just over 4 seconds. We got to 30 miles per hour in just under 7 seconds and found acceleration to be good. Top speed was achieved at 50.9 miles per hour turning 4,500 rpm. Most surprising is the 262’s fuel economy. With a best cruise speed at 25.6 miles per hour at 2,500 rpm, the 3.2 miles per gallon burn rate provides a range of just over 200 miles. All these numbers mean that Cobalt has produced a very efficient hull design that will keep you smiling, even at the fuel dock.By Captain Ron SvobodaTest Captain

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Cobalt 262 is 50.9 mph (81.9 kph), burning 27.70 gallons per hour (gph) or 104.84 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Cobalt 262 is 25.6 mph (41.2 kph), and the boat gets 3.20 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.36 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 202 miles (325.09 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG.

    Standard and Optional Features


    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


    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional


    Hull Warranty
    Deck Warranty
    Transferable Extendable
    10-Years 10-Year transferable protection No
    Engine Warranty
    5-Year No
    Powertrain Warranty
    5-Year transferable protection
    Gelcoat Warranty
    2-Year transferable protection
    Accessories Warranty
    1-2 Year Yes
    ISO Certification NMMA Certification Yes
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