Co­bia 320 CC

A BOLD OFF­SHORE PER­FORMER FOR AVID AN­GLERS AND THEIR FAM­I­LIES.

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FFrom bot­tom­fish­ing wrecks and reefs to blue­wa­ter trolling, long-range fishing trips, or coastal cruis­ing with your spouse and kids, Co­bia’s new 32-foot cen­ter con­sole em­phat­i­cally fills the bill.

LENGTH: 32'0"

BEAM: 10'3"

WEIGHT: 7,324 lb. plus power

DRAFT: 23"

FUEL: 275 gal.

PRICE: $205,455 w/ twin Yamaha F300s

DEADRISE: 21.5 de­grees

MAX HP: 700

CO­BIA BOAT COM­PANY: co­bi­aboats.com

A seam­less merger of con­ve­nience, style and se­ri­ous an­gling fea­tures, the 320 CC is built and out­fit­ted to take on big-wa­ter chal­lenges — even fishing tour­na­ments — and also meet the needs of crew mem­bers who pre­fer a more ca­sual ap­proach to boat­ing and fishing. While its clean lines and clas­sic styling con­trib­ute to the ap­peal, it’s the roomy, well-planned lay­out and the wealth of ameni­ties, both fishing-re­lated and oth­er­wise, that are bound to raise eyebrows.

A hatch in the bow con­ceals a ded­i­cated an­chor locker com­plete with wind­lass and is part of an el­e­vated plat­form (where the cov­er­ing boards meet) large enough to serve as a perch from which to cast-net bait when con­di­tions al­low. Above-deck com­part­ments to port and star­board pro­vide bow seat­ing for four to six peo­ple. A filler plank that butts against the for­ward bulk­head com­pletes the U-shaped cush­ioned seat­ing with am­ple stor­age un­der­neath. A re­cessed grab rail traces the con­tour of the bowseat­ing back­rests, which in­clude two sep­a­rate end sec­tions that turn to face for­ward for loung­ing. And when it’s time for lunch or drinks, a ta­ble with fiber­glass top that re­sides in the deck rises at the touch of a but­ton.

The for­ward seat of the cen­ter con­sole ac­com­mo­dates two, houses a 72-quart cooler be­neath, and is in­te­grated into the front fas­cia, which swings open to a spa­cious step-down head com­part­ment with 6 feet 2 inches of height clear­ance, con­ve­niently ap­pointed with an elec­tric ma­rine toi­let with mac­er­a­tor, van­ity, Co­rian counter, sink, fresh­wa­ter faucet/ pull-out shower, closet with hang­ers, and stor­age cab­i­net. A large in-deck com­part­ment in front of the con­sole stows fend­ers, buoys, cast nets and other wet gear.

The helm side of the con­sole in­cor­po­rates a drop-in elec­tron­ics pod with di­men­sions to hold dual 16-inch mul­ti­func­tion dis­plays, plus dig­i­tal gauges, a VHF ra­dio, stereo, and full ar­ray of switches and con­trol el­e­ments. A few inches be­low, the tilt steer­ing wheel and throt­tle con­trol are per­fectly sit­u­ated for easy reach and un­ob­structed view of the MFDS, while a stor­age cubby and a glove com­part­ment keep cell­phones and valu­ables safe and at arm’s length. An op­tional in­te­grated wind­shield pro­tects the skip­per and a com­pan­ion from rain and spray, while a pair of comfy helm chairs with flip-up bol­sters and arm- and footrests en­able driv­ing while ei­ther sit­ting or stand­ing. Said chairs and the rest of the up­hol­stery are avail­able in three op­tional color pack­ages, in­clud­ing a cus­tom tri-color pack­age with ele­gant Bent­ley-style stitch­ing.

Be­hind the helm seats, a tack­lestor­age cen­ter com­plete with a bait-prep area and sink faces the roomy cock­pit.

A fiber­glass hard­top with alu­minum frame keeps the stor­age cen­ter, helm and for­ward con­sole seat in the shade, and fea­tures an in­te­grated elec­tron­ics box, stor­age, and LED light­ing fore and aft. A five-rod rocket launcher and ad­di­tional rod hold­ers on the frame, in­clud­ing a pair an­gled for trolling king­fish-style, are among the many avail­able op­tions. In ad­di­tion, 11 flush­mounted rod hold­ers sit prop­erly spaced along the cov­er­ing boards, and a hor­i­zon­tal rack un­der the port­side gun­wale tacks ad­di­tional rod stor­age.

Stor­age ca­pac­ity for live bait and the catch is also gen­er­ous. Twin 55-gal­lon mac­er­ated fish boxes sit be­low deck in the cock­pit, and a pair of 35-gal­lon livewells, in­su­lated and pres­sur­ized, on the tran­som dou­ble the bait sup­ply or en­able you to carry two types of live bait. Clear lids make it easy to keep tabs on the bait through­out the day, and the sea chest sup­ply­ing the in­take en­sures a con­stant flow of sea­wa­ter.

A tran­som bench for two af­fords seat­ing in the rear. It eas­ily folds away when fishing, and the en­tire mod­ule that it folds into lifts elec­tron­i­cally for in­stant, un­hin­dered ac­cess to the bilge and the livewell hoses and wiring. Raw- and fresh­wa­ter wash­downs rest out of the way in op­po­site cock­pit cor­ners, be­low coam­ing bol­sters; toe rails lend sta­bil­ity and lever­age to an­glers coax­ing fish up from the depths; and an in­ward-open­ing side door to star­board sim­pli­fies board­ing and load­ing at the dock, go­ing for a swim, or boat­ing a heavy catch.

Calm seas with the oc­ca­sional slowrolling swell met us af­ter clear­ing the jet­ties at Fort Pierce In­let, Florida, and

we soon con­firmed that, when it comes to per­for­mance, the 320 CC doesn’t dis­ap­point. Pow­ered by a pair of Yamaha F300s, re­peated take­offs were quick, with no no­tice­able lag time, and the boat av­er­aged 7.5 sec­onds to ac­cel­er­ate from zero to 30 mph. Top speed was more than ad­e­quate: 54.5 mph while turn­ing 5,800 rpm, and ma­neu­ver­abil­ity at dif­fer­ent speeds was off the chart. I also slammed the out­boards in re­verse for good mea­sure, and the Co­bia promptly turned to both port and star­board with­out pro­nounced prop torque or tak­ing on wa­ter.

Any se­ri­ous off­shore an­gler would be thrilled to own the Co­bia 320 CC, and the am­ple seat­ing, stor­age and com­forts are sure to get a thumbs up from the en­tire fam­ily.

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