Cobia considers the 220 Dual Console the “do-it-all boat” for water fun enthusiasts who like to ski, fish and cruise. Serious anglers will find Cobia’s 220 Dual Console model a good platform from which to start with dedicated fishing options, and with enough creature comforts to make her an easier “sell” to the entire family. The sport and fish minded Cobia 220 Dual Console is designed to blend fishing and cruising features with a solid performing hull and dry ride in a multi-purpose family recreational pleasure boat.
The 220 is built on the same hull as Cobia’s popular and top-selling 217 CC model. Cobia is in its second year with the 220 DC model, and has plans to phase out its only other dual console model, an earlier 18' (5.5 m) model called the 180 DC.
The 220 Dual Console is offered with basic but adequate fishing features. Standard stainless steel clip-style rod holders are built into the gunwales, there are two rod holders and the boat's three cleats are pop-up. Another standard feature is the padded back bolster cushions covering the full sides of the cockpit area and wrapping around the bow seating as well.
The 220 may be equipped with an optional 25 gallon (94.6 L) livewell. An optional 7’’ (17.8 cm) Raymarine electronics package and 25 gallon (94.6 L) raw water washdown package are also available.
There is a good amount of storage for bags, gear and skis/wakeboards, and an optional ski tow bar that recesses neatly into the deck. To starboard is a 3-step boarding ladder and the port companion seatback rotates forward to make an aft-facing spotters seat. She has hydraulic steering standard, something some manufacturers include as an option. A towing pylon is optional.Those planning on towing sports will be glad to learn that the 220 Dual Console is equipped with a Yamaha 200XB outboard engine reaching plane in 3.8 seconds, according to the manufacturer.
There is a hinged door on the 25’’ (0.64 cm) high transom adjacent to a modest starboard stern step with an attached standard fold up, telescoping stainless steel swim ladder. The transom contains flush-mounted storage compartments with hinged access doors topside. In watersports or cruising mode these compartments can be used for towing gear, fenders, lines, PFDs, etc.
In fishing mode
the port transom storage compartment is the location for the optional livewell that includes plumbing and aeration.
The cockpit takes advantage of the boat's 8'6" (2.59 m) beam for both room and gunwale storage. Stainless steel rod holders are located in the aft section, and under are clips to store rods while underway. The beam also permits wide seats for both the skipper and the companion.
The cockpit layout transforms due to the standard padded fold-down stern bench seat aft, and the convertible portside passenger seat. This adjusts to a sun lounge facing aft with a fold-up leg extension, or performs as a side-by-side forward facing two-seater by simply adjusting the hinged back.
Moving forward, there is adequate foot, leg and seating room in the bow area. Padded bow seating, like cockpit seating is white and matches the padded back bolster cushions that run the course of the 220’s interior.Hinged bow anchor storage is found in the wide gunwale forward. A stainless steel grab rail surrounds the 220 Dual Console’s bow seating area just above the bolster cushions.
The builder has a fair amount of experience with performance hull design and, intended to maximize hull integrity. Foam injected into the hull reduces noise and also improves stress distribution, according to the builder.Cobia cites attention to quality details, such as building all its own engine harnesses in house and matching the gel coats between hulls and compartment lids. A spokesman for the company said that its screws are double reinforced in hinges and compartment covers, with integrated anchors in the components and in the hull or gunwales themselves.
Cobia offers a comprehensive, 100% transferrable warranty. Hull and deck are covered for 10 years under normal conditions. All steering, electrical, fuel delivery, controls, upholstery, canvas and other accessories are covered for 3 years of normal use.
Engine Description and Options
Cobia favors Yamaha outboard engines, which is not surprising since Yamaha owned Cobia before selling it to Maverick. 220 DC power choices include:• Yamaha F150XA• Yamaha F200XB• Yamaha F200XCA (includes electronic capabilities)A company spokesman says the 220 Dual Console "runs well" with the 150-hp. (111.9 kw) outboard. We have not tested the Cobia 220 Dual Console so can make no comment on her performance with this engine. Our testing of other boats in this size range indicates that the 150-hp engine should be able to do the job adaquately depending on how fast an owner wants to go and how much weight is aboard. With the 150 we would not be surprised with WOT speeds in the high 30s. The 200-hp engine should put her into the low or mid 40s.The boat is rated for 1,200 lbs. (544 kg) carrying capacity.
The base model Cobia 220 Dual Console is priced at $49,101 MSRP with the Yamaha 150XA engine, excluding options and trailer.Packaged with the Yamaha F200XB, the price is $52,953 and with the F200XCA engine, MSRP is $55,559.
Cost of Major Options
Optional features and equipment MSRPs are as follows:• White hull is standard; custom hull colors in two-tone or solid such as Ice Blue, Jet Black, Wheat, Marlin Blue, Seafrost Green and Sapphire Blue range in price between $570 and $855• Stereo with 4-speakers: $670• Hydraulic steering is standard; upgrade to hydraulic tilt steering: $184• Trim Tabs: $712• 2-tone cushion color upgrade: $214• White rub rail with stainless steel insert upgrade: $214• Freshwater washdown: $427• Automatic bilge pump: $284• Portable head: $212• 25 gallon (94.6 L) livewell and raw water washdown: $427• Compass: $112• Ski pylon: $712• Bimini top: $855• Tray and wiring for additional battery: $127• Battery charger with inlet: $284• 31 Series battery: $298• 7’’ (17.8cm) screen Raymarine electronics package: $2,284• Cobia tandem axle trailer: $5,507; spare tire: $297; aluminum wheels: $121 each
Cobia's parent company is Maverick, which also owns Hewes, a light-tackle boat designed for redfish, Pathfinder, which are coastal center console fishing boats up to 26’ 220 DC's value proposition as a dual-concept boat. Her dry weight (without engine) of 2,950 lbs. (1,338 kg) is not a particularly heavy boat considering how spacious she feels and the number of passengers she will take, putting her within reach of most standard size towing vehicles. There are not many dual consoles on the market and we would advise consumers in the market for one this size to give the Cobia 220 Dual Console a look-see.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!