Cobia 240 CC

A ver­sa­tile 24-foot cen­ter-con­sole with se­ri­ous fisha­bil­ity and sur­pris­ing com­fort and range.

Saltwater Sportsman - - Fishability - By Alex Suescun

COBIA, A LEAD­ING BRAND UN­DER THE UM­BRELLA OF THE MAV­ER­ICK BOAT GROUP, RE­CENTLY ADDED AN­OTHER WIN­NER TO ITS LINE OF POP­U­LAR CEN­TER-CON­SOLES, THE 240 CC, A MODEL DE­SIGNED FOR THOSE IN­TENT ON CHAS­ING GAME FISH WHER­EVER THEY MAY ROAM.

A real dou­ble-threat boat, this 24-footer boasts a 17-inch draft that en­ables an­glers to ven­ture into shal­low bays, while the deep-v and 21.5-de­gree dead­rise on the proven Cobia hull help it con­quer a mod­er­ate chop and treat the skip­per and crew to a com­fort­able run to and from their fa­vorite off­shore fish­ing grounds.

Con­struc­tion is 100 per­cent com­pos­ite for max­i­mum rigid­ity and min­i­mum weight. For dura­bil­ity and peak per­for­mance, the hard­ware is 316-grade stain­less steel and wiring is cop­per­tinned. And for a more re­fined look and eas­ier clean­ing, all com­part­ments and hatches are fin­ished in­side and out.

The deck lay­out blends form and pur­pose with a wide-open cock­pit, level floor from bow to stern, gen­er­ous stor­age and am­ple seat­ing.

At the bow, the ded­i­cated an­chor locker of­fers room for plenty of rode, and it can be rigged with an op­tional shoot-through and wind­lass to drop and re­trieve the hook with the touch of a but­ton and keep out de­bris. Sym­met­ri­cal, el­e­vated com­part­ments, both in­su­lated and with over­board drains and cush­ions, are bridged to cre­ate U-shaped seat­ing up front, with re­cessed grab rails for safety and coam­ing pads for back­rests. Op­tional fold­away back­rests turn the bow seats into twin loungers.

A large in-floor com­part­ment with the di­men­sions to stash boat fend­ers, an­chor buoys, or other large, wet items sits be­tween the bow seat­ing and the for­ward con­sole seat, with a cooler in­te­grated into a door that swings open to port to en­ter the step-down head

com­part­ment in­side the con­sole. Along with a ma­rine toi­let, the head also in­cludes a sink with fresh­wa­ter faucet/ pullout shower, a mir­ror, and stor­age for toi­letries and such.

Our test boat came rigged with the op­tional hard­top — with a sturdy pow­der-coated alu­minum frame, and fore and aft stor­age over­head for ad­di­tional elec­tron­ics or gear — de­signed as an ex­ten­sion of the con­sole.

A three-sided wind­shield with wiper and elec­tric vent shields the skip­per from the el­e­ments at the helm, where the dash ac­com­mo­dates dual 12-inch dis­plays, or a larger sin­gle unit, above the stan­dard switch panel, leav­ing enough real es­tate for a mul­ti­func­tion gauge, plus flush-mounted VHF ra­dio, twin cup hold­ers, glove box, a nook to stow away mo­bile de­vices and other valu­ables, and a ma­rine com­pass on top.

A com­fort­able dou­ble-bol­stered helm seat sports flip-down arm­rests and al­lows for driv­ing while stand­ing. It’s nes­tled into a fiber­glass mod­ule with

a fold­away footrest in the front and sub­stan­tial tackle stor­age be­hind. Just aft, a pair of 33-gal­lon in-floor fish boxes (with op­tional mac­er­a­tor pump-out) par­al­lel the gun­wales, mak­ing it easy to put fish on ice with­out in­ter­rupt­ing the cock­pit ac­tion.

Aft seat­ing — a fold­away bench on the tran­som that seats two com­fort­ably — sits off-cen­ter to star­board to ac­com­mo­date a 28-gal­lon livewell with clear lid to port, leav­ing space for a tran­som door in the cor­ner to ac­cess the swim plat­form with tele­scop­ing board­ing lad­der. Folded up, the aft seat al­lows you to lift part of the tran­som bulk­head, which serves as an over­size hatch to the bilge.

Typ­i­cal of Cobia boats, the 240 CC sup­ple­ments the stan­dard four rod hold­ers on the cov­er­ing boards with hor­i­zon­tal racks for two more out­fits and a gaff or boat hook on each gun­wale, as well as five up­right and two slanted king­fish-style rod tubes welded on the hard­top frame, and ad­di­tional flush-mounted hold­ers to port and star­board.

Coam­ing bol­sters in the cock­pit, USB ports and cup hold­ers through­out, and re­cessed trim tabs round out this well-equipped cen­ter-con­sole.

Pow­ered by twin Yamaha F150s, the 24-footer jumped on plane with­out squat­ting and reached 30 mph in an av­er­age of 8.1 sec­onds. Top speed at wide-open throt­tle was 51 mph, and eas­ing the con­trols back, the Cobia re­mained on plane at 2,900 rpm, do­ing 19 mph, an ideal pace for scout­ing bay grass flats or weed lines in blue wa­ter.

Both the turn­ing ra­dius and ma­neu­ver­abil­ity were ex­cel­lent, and the boat ex­e­cuted all turns at vary­ing speeds and in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions with ease and the de­sired pre­dictabil­ity. Not sat­is­fied to test the boat’s ride in the 2-foot chop out­side Florida’s Lake Worth in­let, we sought pass­ing boats and tack­led their 3- and 4-foot wakes, a trial that earned the Cobia yet an­other thumbs up.

With all the ac­cou­ter­ments of a top fish­ing boat and loaded with ameni­ties usu­ally re­served for larger mod­els, the Cobia 240 CC is a top choice for any­one equally de­voted to the pur­suit of game fish as to mak­ing mem­o­ries with the fam­ily on the wa­ter.

1 Op­tional back­rests turn bow seats with in­su­lated stor­age into lounges.2 The con­sole ac­com­mo­dates up to two 12-inch MFDS, a dig­i­tal gauge, switches, stereo and more. 3 An aft bench with re­mov­able back­rest stows away for fish­ing.

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