New Boat: Cobia 261 Center Console
By Tom Richardson on May 24, 2016
Cobia’s brand-new 261CC is a second-generation hard-core center console fishing boat that’s also family-friendly.
The folks who design and build boats for Cobia and its sister brands spend a lot of time on the water, they listen to their customers, and they sweat the details. No wonder the 261 CC offers a pair of forward-facing bow lounges, a forward-entry into a capacious head with china toilet, and a wide stern seat with backrest.
But the seats go away when it’s time to head offshore, where Cobia’s attention to design and construction help the 261 CC eat up seas. Handholds are in all the right places, there is secure stowage for all gear and catch, the hardtop mounts outriggers and a rocket launcher, and the transom holds a live well carefully designed to keep baits healthy.
Back at the dock, it’s easy to check plumbing and through-hulls inside the electrically articulated vertical hatch that holds the transom seat. Twin Yamaha 200s provide efficient cruise at 3000-4500 rpm (20-35 mph), with a top speed in the 50s.
- Length 26′ 1″
- Beam 9′ 3″
- Draft 17″ (engines up)
- Weight 4,200 lbs.
- Deadrise 21.5º
- Fuel 161 gals.
- Base price $102,542
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