Boat Trader recently visited the Cobia/Maverick Boats Group factory in Saint Lucie, FL in order to to be the first to board a brand new Cobia 330 Dual Console boat that just came off the line. Reviewer Marilyn DeMartini joined Maverick Marketing Director Charlie Johnson to take audiences through this sparkling, family-friendly, modern fishing boat and get a bit more background about the vessel.
Cobia is a solid, respected boat brand that has been around since the 1950s, and was acquired by Maverick back in 2005. The company completely reinvigorated the Cobia line up from the ground up, and since 2012 every new Cobia has been based on a Maverick design that incorporate all of the latest design technology – and this 330 DC is no exception.
From the outset we can see a lot of thought and detail went into building this spacious dual console vessel that has been designed for family cruising as well as serious angling. A vacuum–infused, high performance hull along with luxurious amenities including a standard summer kitchen with sink, refrigerator and wine chiller make this boat a versatile, stable vessel for long day picnics and lounging in the sun.
The 330 DC has a large aft deck setup for both comfort and fishing. Johnson says., ”when you pull these chairs up…it is like a giant dance floor back here – tons of space, tons of fishing room”. There are plenty of rod holders and cup holders everywhere you turn, and the boat can of course be outfitted with outriggers. In-deck fish boxes and a dedicated reinforced storage box comes setup and ready for a Seakeeper installation if desired.
The model we boarded was rigged with Yamaha 300 HP outboards engines – but she can handle up to twin 425s – so the boat has some great power package options. Sturdy stainless steel hardware can be found throughout the vessel, with heavy duty hinges on the starboard side starboard dive door.
A large bait station in the aft deck has a big counter top either a great work area when fishing or for a nice picnic spread. There’s an insulated box below for either bait storage or to hold drinks on ice if you are cocktail cruising, along with a pullout fresh water shower head. The 330 DC has a 28-gallon livewell and 115 gallons of insulated fishboxes.
An impressive grill area has an outdoor refrigerator, tackle storage, wine cooler, optional outdoor sink with additional counter space. A robust T-Top with sturdy, powder-coated framework and elliptical piping covers a ton of space in the cockpit with an optional SureShade retractable awning that extends over the aft deck.
Don’t forget about the head! Innovative doors with pneumatic gas shocks open to an in-console wet head with nicely appointed stylish cabinetry, tons of cubby space, a china head, shower and sink with removable nozzle.
At the helm there’s a great layout with a premium captains chair and leaning post/bolsters, a stainless steel Edson steering wheel and available acrylic Affinity Dashboard, Garmin electronics and joystick controls.
A wrap around L-shape lounger gives passengers spacious seating options along the portside. Up front in the bow is a large v-style premium bow seating that converts to a sun pad with a removable, electronic/hydraulic table. There’s an anchor locker and a dedicated standard bow boarding ladder that stows neatly away in its compartment.
Bridge clearance w/ hard top: 104 in to fiberglass (no hardware above)
Cockpit square footage: 54.4 sq ft
Deadrise: 21 deg
Draft*: 26.5 in
Fuel capacity: 275 gal
LOA: 33 ft 06 in
Maximum HP: 850 hp
Transom height: 25 in twins
Weight (approx. w/ Twin 425XTO): 9,981 lbs
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