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

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Brief Summary

The 272 seems to be following quickly in the tracks of its bigger sister the 343. Handling, speed, and thrill factors all seem to be in line.

Key Features

  • 10 Year Hull/Deck Warranty
  • 5 Year Powertrain Warranty
  • Composite Transom
  • Fiberglass Stringer System
  • Kevlar Reinforced Hull
  • Ignition Safety Switch
  • High-Back Captain's Chair(s) with Pocket
  • Extended Swim Platform with Wet Locker
  • Porta Potti
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 26' 8''
    Beam 8' 6''
    Dry Weight 4,700 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 22''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 22 deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 82'' w/ ski tower
    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 1x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 Mag MPI
    1 x 320-hp MerCruiser 6.2 MX MPI Bravo I
    1 x 425-hp MerCruiser 496 Mag HO Bravo I
    1 x 280-hp Volvo 5.7 Gi SX
    1 x 420-hp Volvo Penta 8.1 GXi DP

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    650 4.5 3.9 1.2 3.9 3.4 244 212 69
    1000 6.5 5.6 2.0 3.2 2.8 203 177 76
    1500 9.2 8.0 3.7 2.5 2.2 159 138 72
    2000 14.8 12.9 6.2 2.4 2.1 152 132 77
    2500 25.9 22.5 8.1 3.2 2.8 201 175 79
    3000 32.3 28.0 11.0 3.0 2.6 186 161 82
    3500 39.9 34.7 14.6 2.7 2.4 173 150 84
    4000 45.7 39.7 19.8 2.3 2.0 146 122 87
    4500 51.1 44.4 28.2 1.8 1.6 114 99 89
    4650 52.2 45.4 29.9 1.8 1.5 110 96 90
    650 212 393 7.20 4.54 1.65 69
    1000 177 327 10.50 7.57 1.37 76
    1500 138 256 14.80 14.01 1.07 72
    2000 132 245 23.80 23.47 1.02 77
    2500 175 323 41.70 30.66 1.36 79
    3000 161 299 52.00 41.64 1.25 82
    3500 150 278 64.20 55.27 1.16 84
    4000 122 235 73.50 74.95 0.98 87
    4500 99 183 82.20 106.75 0.77 89
    4650 96 177 84.00 113.18 0.74 90

    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 4.2 sec.
    0 to 30 6.8 sec.
    Ratio 1.81:1
    Props 24-inch pitch
    Load 2 pers, 1/2 fuel, no water, min. gear
    Climate 65 deg., 60% humid., wind: 10 knots; seas: 1-2 feet

    Cobalt 272 Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    Tested By Capt. Bob SmithThis year Cobalt is releasing a new model to the lineup. The 272 seems to be following quickly in the tracks of its bigger sister the 343. Handling, speed and thrill factors seem to be in line and the amenities include a cuddy for getting out of the sun or putting the little ones down for an afternoon nap.Cockpit FeaturesCobalt uses gas assist shocks on just about everything that opens on this boat, even the anchor/swim ladder locker up front. The swim ladder is shaped to wrap over the bow and reach all the way to the water. Six people can fit in the bow seating without a shoe horn. Pull the fillers out and a few can have even more space. Each side has grab rails and cup holders and there is even a removable trash bin up front. Easy care snap in carpet makes clean up a snap. Under the carpet up front is a large storage area. The storage space under the helm makes the life jacket kit seem small. A flip over windshield with positive catch along with a bi-fold door keeps the chilly air out of the cockpit in the fall and early spring.In the cockpit, the center floor storage space is large enough for skis and other large boards or lots of small stuff. Bucket seats have hefty stainless steel grab bars and a chart pocket in the back. The seats have swivel and slide adjustments so the companion rider can watch the skier or both can face the friends in conversation at anchor. My test boat had something many of us can appreciate, it had adjustable lumbar support. The line between luxury cars and boats continues to blur. At the ControlsThe helm has a three spoke wood wheel and the instrument panel has wood accents. This isn’t the faux wood most builders are using, it is the real deal. All the switches have circuit breakers and they are backed up by main breakers in the back. This is just one more example of Cobalt doing much more than is required. A stereo remote and digital air/water temperature and depth gauges round out the neatly appointed helm station.Seating Abounds The seating in the cockpit wraps all the way from the helm to the companion seat. Don’t get too worried about where the drinks are going to rest for the crowd, there are twelve of them arranged around the boat and they are all stainless steel. The ones in the back even have a light so they are easy to find in the dark. The seat bottoms are double hinged to keep them where they belong and ours had an inflator for the water toys in the back along with the battery switches and fire extinguisher.Time to RelaxThe sun pad doubles as the engine hatch which is electrically operated on two rams and two monster hinges, stainless steel, of course. Why, because it is a Cobalt! Cobalt uses a rubber gasket around the lip of the lid and rubber bumpers on the corners for good fit and to eliminate the fiberglass to fiberglass rubbing noise many boats have. The sun pad has an adjustable headrest that can be angled or dropped to lengthen it. The ski tow post is stowable and it is easy to pop up and lock into place. This gives you optimum height for the tow ropes. The bottom of the post even has a drain so it doesn’t drip on the engine, it goes into the bilge. The stern platform has a wrap-around stainless bumper to protect against dock strikes and on the starboard side you have a dandy swim ladder with wide step.SpecsCobalt’s all new 272 is 26’8” in length overall and has an 8’6” beam. With her drive up, she commands 22” draft and with the drive down she commands 39” draft. Bridge clearance with the beefy stainless steel ski tower is 82”. Her dry weight is only 4,700lbs, less than the 250 or 255! She carries 70 gallons of fuel and 10 gallons of fresh water. Got more than a few friends who want to come along? The 272 is Yacht certified. She delivers a smooth dry ride and has 34” freeboard forward and 21” aft.Ride and PerformanceWhen we took the 272 out on the lake, we had two people on board with ½ a tank of fuel and attacked the 1-2 foot chop from a building afternoon storm. It didn’t matter to this boat she took on the waves and didn’t let them slow her down. We found her best cruise speed at 2500rpms which is 25.9mph burning 8.1gph. At cruise you can expect to get about 237 miles on a full tank of fuel. When you push the throttles to wide open, you find you are running at 4650rpms and 52.2mph and a fuel burn of 29.9gph. Sound levels were within expected levels with 69dBa at idle, 79dBa at cruise and 90 at wide open throttle. She is on plane in just 4.2 seconds and at thirty miles per hour in 6.8 seconds. Our test model had a 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG sterndrive installed. Cobalt offers multiple engine options for you to drive off to your favorite destination. If you’re ready for the thrill of your life and want to do it in style, the brand new 272 is ready and waiting for you.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Cobalt 272 is 52.2 mph (84 kph), burning 29.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 113.17 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Cobalt 272 is 25.9 mph (41.7 kph), and the boat gets 3.19 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.36 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 201 miles (323.48 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 Standard
    Swim Platform 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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