The Cobia 256CC is designed for anglers, more often than not, wanting to head offshore rather than staying in protected waters. She’s built from the keel up for that task with a deep-V variable deadrise hull. She offers 360-degrees of fishing with wraparound bolsters, an unencumbered deck and recessed fittings on the caprails. Cobia adds cushions in the hopes of making her carry the “family friendly” catchphrase, but unless the family is into fishing, few center consoles will really be such. Of course, she can still pull skiers or a tube along in a pinch. So, family friendly? To some degree, depending on the family.
All Pull-up Cleats and Recessed Bow Rail.
Designed to provide a clean caprail all the way around the boat to eliminate the snags standard cleats can cause. •
Yamaha Fuel/Water Separator.
A major cause of breakdowns offshore is water in the fuel. These filters separate any water before it gets to the engine. (Plus, they’re very easily accessible in a dedicated compartment at the transom.)•
Stainless Rub Rail.
It’s cheaper to add a PVC rubrail but that’s not how Cobia does things.•
Cockpit Insulated Fishboxes.
Each is 80-gallon (303 L) to chill the kill and keep it chilled all the way back to the dock. •
28-gallon (106 L) Livewell.
To keep the bait fresh, every boat needs one. •
6 Flush-mounted Rod Holders.
Where most others have four rod holders in the rear gunwales, Cobia installs two more so anglers can create a larger spread.
When Maverick took over the Cobia brand in 2005, a metamorphosis took place. Much like the butterfly emerging from the pupa stage. Now they not only fish well, but very much look the part to keep up with the dock-envy set. Like all the newer Cobias, the 256 is a completely new design and she is indeed a fishing machine. But with so many other 25’ (7.62 m) CCs on the market, virtually all with the same basic equipment and function, styling played an important role in the emergence of the revitalized Cobia 256CC.
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 doesn’t skimp on details: For example the livewell pumps have sea cocks , and are easy to reach and replace. They’re wired with Deutsch waterproof connectors that snap apart; carry a spare pump and replacement takes just a few minutes – a simple (and safe) job that can save the bait should a pump fail.
All thru-hulls are stainless steel
, with ball valves and double-clamped hoses that are reinforced with sealant . Hoses under the waterline should always be double clamped, but some builders fail to do so. Smart owners operate all thru-hull valves frequently to discover any incipient freeze-ups before the valve actually needs to be shut off. Every 256 is tank-tested in the factory to ensure all systems are go before it’s loaded on the truck. This seems like a basic procedure, but many builders never test their boats before they go out the door.
The Numbers Game
Doing a side-by-side comparison with other 25’ (7.62 m) center consoles is a bit problematic as there aren’t many of them. The size range generally skips right over from 24-26’ so that makes an interesting selling point right there. If we were to compare this 25’6” (7.77 m) boat with 26 footers we do find some apples-to-apples comparisons.
– Most boats in class stick to the range between a trailerable 8’6” (2.59 m) and 9’6” (2.89 m). The 8’10” (2.69 m) beam of the Cobia 256CC falls relatively in the center of the range. Naturally, the larger boats are more expensive.
– Here the range runs from 3,900 lbs. to 4,600 lbs. (1,769 kg to 2,087 kg). The 256CC is well positioned at the light end of the range, meaning the tow vehicle does not have to be so large, and she should get far better fuel economy than the heavier boats in class.
Options to Consider
Of course every builder includes options that let an owner dial in equipment for an individual application. Cobia is no exception.
The standard engine is a single Yamaha F250UCA with a base price of $75,853. Options include a single 300 or 350 Yamaha or up to twins from 150 to 200-hp.
Cobia offers five different choices beyond the pale and stale white. All can be in the form of trim, bottom or all solid topsides and 20 different color schemes are available using 6 different colors.
Steering and Handling:
We would definitely go with the Yamaha Command Link display. It eliminates the need for multiple gauges that clutter up a panel and replaces them all with one that allows selecting the information wanted. We would also add the power assist steering as we typically run 50+ miles offshore on a good trip. Coming back that distance while wrestling through a following sea can take its toll on the arms and wrists.
are standard but indicators are optional. We are used to running boats without indicators, but we prefer them. It all depends on the size of one's purse and organizing priorities.
No self respecting center console would show its face offshore without a T-top. We’d like to see the Weblon version included as standard and an upgrade to the hardtop, but both are optional here. Add spreader lights, an electronics box and even powder coat for the supports.
Here’s the most important aspect as this is primarily a fishing boat, regardless of what the marketing department says. And different kinds of fishing requires different options. The fishboxes are standard, but not the macerators for pumping out so that’s a must-have. Other options include a kite rod holder, outriggers for the T-top, a helm seat tackle station and a leaning post tackle station.
The 256CC is designed to be used. At the transom she features a center mounted 28 gallon (106 L) livewell with a cutting surface and rod holders. Under the transom is access to the equipment space where the pumps and all thru-hull fittings are located. All of this remains accessible behind the flip-up bench seat.
The leaning post
can be upgraded, and includes plenty of storage for gear, including rods. We noticed dedicated storage for tackle trays, tackle drawers and a sturdy stainless handrail allows working while underway. In the deck are two 80-gallon insulated fishboxes and optional macerators are available.
features a port mounted helm and a large wrap-around windshield. Naturally Cobia left plenty of room for mounting electronics and offers 7, 9, and 12” screens. (The leaning post can be upgraded, and includes plenty of storage for gear, including rods.) We noticed dedicated storage for tackle trays and drawers and a sturdy stainless handrail allows working while underway and rod holders are welded on, so go ahead and grab one in a pinch.
Forward there’s a standard cooler beneath the console seat. A storage compartment is in the deck between the V-seats that of course include even more storage. An optional fiberglass filler piece converts the entire bow into an elevated casting deck.
We have not tested the Cobia 256CC so can make no empirical comment on its performance or handling. However, we can pass along what Yamaha techs have published. With twin 150s turning 13-3/4 x 19 props the WOT speed ranged from 50.7 mph to 51.0 mph at 5900 rpms, depending on the model of the engines and the boat's test weight.
depending on which hole position the engine was mounted, as well as the engines themselves. With F150 TXs in mounting height hole #2, best cruise was found to be at 3500 rpm where the boat went 27.2 mph, getting 2.64 mpg.With twin F150XA engines in mounting hole #1, the boat scored her best cruise speed at 3000 rpms, going 21.5 mph and getting 2.65 mph, only slightly better on a mpg basis as she produced at 3500 rpm where she went 28.1 mph, getting 2.63 mpg. Props were the same with both engines and the reported total weight of the tested boat was only 46 lbs. (14.02 kg.), with this boat being heavier.
With a single Yamaha 350-hp
outboard the Cobia 256CC's tested weight was 5,657 lbs. (2,571 kgs.), 283 lbs. (128.6 kg.) less than the lightest twin 150 test weight. Here, WOT was found to be 52.0 mph at 6000 rpms, according to the Yamaha techs. Best cruise ranged between 22.6 mph and 28.3 mph, getting from 2.83 to 2.78 mpg. On this rig the prop was 16-1/4 x 19.
With a reasonable base price of $75,853, the Cobia 256 CC is a contender for offshore fishermen to take seriously in this size range. By supplying the basics as standards, Cobia has left it up to the consumer to carefully decide what is and is not needed for his application. Theoretically this will allow a boater to purchase just as much boat as is needed and no more.
Back to Basics.
We have suggest above a number of options that keen anglers may want to consider, but they are not the only people in the market for this type of boat. Many people who live along the coast or on a branch of the ICW may want a boat for casual cruising after a hard day of work. For them the T-top, sophisticated electronics, and all the rest of it may not be necessary. Further, should one's mission change, virtually all of the options can be added later in the aftermarket. There is no need to pile them on when buying "just in case."
It seems that the Yamaha engine testers have pretty much nailed the 256 CC for those who want to hit a top speed of 50 mph, again, something that not everyone needs or wants. For those who can be happy with a top speed in the 40s and a cruising speed in the low 20s, smaller engines should be considered. We think it is noteworthy that Cobia offers this boat with a Yamaha F250 as standard, and we think for many people that will be the most economical way to go while still having good performance.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!