We’ve seen a slew of new models from Cobia lately, ranging from the diminutive Cobia 201 Center Console to the chunky Cobia 296 Center Console. But Cobia doesn’t build center consoles alone, and another new model they launched this year is the 22 Dual Console.
Why should a builder known first and foremost for fishing boats come out with a DC model? Dual consoles have become extremely popular in the past few years, because these days, people need a boat that can handle multi-tasking just as effectively as we do at work and at home. And the DC design is ideal for multipurpose use. Anglers will like the gunwale-mounted rodholders, the 25-gallon livewell in the transom, the raw water washdown, and the fold-away transom bench seat that clears the cockpit for casting. Watersports enthusiasts will enjoy the tow pylon, the huge in-deck wakeboard and waterski locker, and the built-in cooler under the port lounge.
More about that lounge: It’s a pretty nifty design feat, with the cooler inside, a swing-back seat, and an flip-up extension which turns it from a seat into a full-length lounge. It’s not as form-fitting as some, but it’s a great way to fulfill multiple needs with a single unit. Added bonus: Cobia used beefy hardware for all the hinges, arms, and moving parts, and it’ll hold up over the long haul. Another feature that users of all types will appreciate is the passenger’s console head compartment. It’s fully linered and finished inside, though it would be even better if an opening port were added.
One surprise feature of the 22 DC is this boat’s efficiency. With a single F200 Yamaha four-stroke outboard dialed back to 3500 rpm, this rig’s most efficient cruising range, it gets better than four MPG while running at 23 MPH. While that mileage is impressive, I’m betting most of us would get closer to 3.5 MPG—because running the boat at a 31.8 MPH clip is a whole lot more fun. Jam the throttle down to the dash, and the 22 DC will jump up to 44.3 MPH.
|Fuel capacity||89 gal.|
Part of the reason why multi-tasking has become so important in modern America is because—hey, let’s face it—the economy still hasn’t recovered and many of us are expected to do twice the work in half the time. That makes it twice as important for you to get the most bang for your buck, and in this regard, the Cobia 22 DC stands out yet again. Base price is a hair under $50,000, and in today’s market, that significantly under-cuts most competitors. The Everglades 230 DC, for example, costs about twice as much.
|Test conditions: Seas calm, winds 0 – 5 knots, 2 POB|
|Power||Single Yamaha F200 four-stroke outboard swinging a 14.5″ x 15″ three-bladed SS prop.|
Is the dual console design the best pick for you? That’s a question only you can answer. But if “yes” pops into your head and the 22’ size range is about right for your needs, you’ll want to have a look at the Cobia before signing on any dotted lines—for multiple reasons.
For more information, visit Cobia Boats.