296 Center Console
Length w/ Pulpit:
Introduced in 2012 as Cobias flagship model, the 296 Center Console is a competitively priced fishing platform whose level deck layout provides secure footing from bow to stern. Recessed bow rails extend back to the helm area, and the Cobias high freeboard results in an unusually deep and secure cockpit for a boat this size. Also notable is the roomy step-down head compartment (with forward entry) of the 296 where an electric head, two opening ports, sink, and hand-held shower are standard. Split forward seats are a plusthey make it easy to get around in the bow area. Both helm seats have drop-down bolsters, and the dash has space for two big-screen video displays. Fishing features include two 28-gallon recirculating livewells in the transom, a pair of big in-deck fish boxes in the cockpit sole, leaning post with tackle storage, gunnel rod holders (8), and under-gunnel rod storage. A fold-out transom seat, cockpit coaming pads, trim tabs, fresh and raw-water washdowns, and pull-up cleats are standard. The deluxe hardtop (optional) has outriggers, an electronics box, and three rod holders on each aft leg. Yamaha 250hp outboards deliver a top speed of 45+ knots.
Overview Updated version of earlier Cobia 274 Center Console (200102) offers improved deck layout, better range, redesigned helm.
Features Standard fishing amenities include oval 42-gallon transom livewell, in-deck fishboxes (2), leaning post, rear cutting boards (2), cockpit bolsters, raw-water washdown, transom door, bow casting deck. Console head compartment has opening port for ventilation.
Comments Cockpit toerail is a plus. Rear seat must be removed to use livewell.
Performance Max 40 knots with 200hp outboards.