As I get the opportunity to test many boats throughout the year, one thing I see all too often is manufacturers that don’t spend enough time on the water using their own products. If they did, switches would be easier to see and systems would have better access. Along these same lines some boat builders use anti-skid as more of a design pattern instead of its intended use of a secure place to step.
Fuel in boats going into winter storage needs to be stabilized. However, in order to ensure peak performance in the spring, you need to do much more than just stabilize the fuel. In addition to preventing gum and debris formation, fuel must also be protected against moisture and octane loss.
The large forward casting deck has an anchor locker, two dry storage compartments and a round live baitwell. The flat area to port accepts a trolling motor and it’s pre-wired. The forward mounted fuel tank helps to offset the weight of the outboard motor and gives the hull a shallower draft.
The low sheer and sleek looks of this bay boat match its high-speed performance. The forward casting deck is recessed which provides a nice toe kick. Twin rod lockers, which can handle up to a 10-foot rod, flank an anchor locker and dry storage compartments.
The Cobia 261CC is a perfect combination of offshore capability and a trailerable size. Twin 150 hp outboards give you plenty of performance, the 21.5-degree deadrise flattens the seas and the huge cockpit will accommodate several anglers, a group of divers or the neighbors for an afternoon cruise.
Sometimes bigger is just better and that certainly applies when looking for an offshore center console. Add to the 45-foot length, a catamaran stepped, tunnel-hull and you have a boat that has no boundaries on when and where to fish.