Why is Cobia Different?

Built better than any boat in its class.

The Company

A product is only as good as the company that stands behind it. Started in 1985 with two molds bought for $12,000, Maverick Boat Group (MBG) has risen to be one of the most respected names in the marine industry. In addition to Cobia, acquired in 2005, MBG builds the Maverick, Hewes, and Pathfinder brands, each market leaders in their respective segments. The company motto is, “A quality company with quality people building quality products.”

MBG’s success has come from a history of continually exceeding customer’s expectations with a focus on quality and high performance boats designed by serious anglers and boating enthusiasts. This, combined with a drive for continuous improvement and the latest construction techniques, has generated a demand that has vaulted numerous models across all four brands to be top sellers in their categories.

As a company’s influence grows so should its social and corporate responsibilities. MBG leadership sits on the boards of numerous marine manufacturer and marine conservation associations and has had a direct impact on recent legislation protecting recreational anglers’ rights and promoting boater access. MBG is actively involved with the following conservation organizations: Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, Center for Sport Fishing Policy, and the Recreational Fishing Alliance. When we’re not designing and building the best boats for you, we’re insuring you have fish to fish for and the access to go chase them.

The Design

Spend any time on a new Cobia and you’ll see and feel a difference. It will become especially apparent after being on a competitive brand. Boating and fishing on a Cobia is just easier. That’s because Cobias excel by design. The distinction comes from starting with a goal for each new model meeting a unique set of peak performance criteria based upon that model’s intended usage. This results-first approach puts the user’s specific needs and wants above all else and leaves no room for compromise. From there we use our vast experience as serious anglers, avid boaters and craftsmen to work backwards into designs that deliver more productive, more comfortable and more enjoyable days on the water.

Take for example our smart deck layouts. Everything is located where it will be most commonly used and is operated with minimal effort. The decks are spacious and easy to get around with no trip hazards or awkward steps. Plenty of freeboard, but not too much, translates to open water security while still be able to work over the gunwales. Hand holds are out of the way but always within reach. The lids are lighter and lift-assisted. That means they’re safer, easier to operate and stay open when they are supposed to. Convertible parts like hideaway seats don’t require the strongest person in the family to operate them. You’ll have a tough time filling all the storage compartments, which have oversized openings and are truly dry. Helm layouts are intuitive, with all electrical displays within direct sight and all controls within arms reach from the deluxe helm seats. When it comes time for maintenance, you’ll appreciate all the easy access and labeled wires. It’s added attention to details like these, and many more, that translate to less hassle and more quality time on the water.

Having exceptional looks and functionality above the waterline is only part of what makes a day on the water in a Cobia so enjoyable. All Cobia hulls are naval architect-designed for peak running performance, comfort and efficiency. Fine, far-forward bow entries extend the running surfaces to utilize nearly the full length of the boat. This means that compared to other boats the same size, Cobias stay on top of the waves, smoothly slicing through them instead of falling into their troughs, which minimizes blunt impacts to the hull bottom and the jarring pounding common on hulls with shortened running surfaces. Large bow flares push the sliced waves out and away, limiting spillover into the cockpit and keeping those aboard dry. Finally, the variable deadrise hull designs break up the leftovers, diminishing the forces of the waves and cushioning their effects. All this creates a superior ride that is soft, relaxing and supremely fuel efficient. For proof, look at our running videos and performance bulletins and ask new Cobia customers how their boats perform. Real world results tell the best story.

The Construction

Ask Cobia owners what they like most about their boats and you’ll get a range of answers. You’ll likely hear about how solid their boat feels under their feet. Others will talk about how nice it is to own a boat that requires so little maintenance even after years of use. And some will tell you how safe they feel while onboard because they know that their boat and its systems are not going to let them down. No matter the answer, it will be rooted in the confidence that comes from knowing they own a superbly built product.

All Cobias are built to American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards, the highest in the industry. But we don’t stop there. Here are just a few of the extra steps we take before, during and after the build process to insure your Cobia will take your fishing and boating to new levels, safely and confidently.

  • 300 point quality assurance program conducted on every boat
  • 100% No Wood, No Rot construction
  • Engineer-designed lamination schedules
  • Inner- laminate metal or phenolic backing plates and screw retention material for all fastening points
  • Hoses double-clamped and reinforced with sealant
  • Premium fade resistant gelcoat
  • Pressure-tested, epoxy-coated aluminum fuel tanks
  • Bonded electrical systems (261CC and up)
  • Labeled, copper-tinned wiring harnesses built in-house custom to each order with pull chords
  • Seacock valves on all thru hulls below the water line
  • Fiberglass-encapsulated, reinforced closed-cell, thermoplastic polymer foam stringer systems
  • Hand-laid fiberglass construction with thermal barriers to maximize gelcoat cosmetics
  • 316 stainless steel hardware
  • Highest grade components
  • Finished bilge interiors
  • Fiberglass console interiors
  • Decks stiffened with carbon reinforced beams
  • Squish-molded lids with cored construction
  • Yamaha power matched components standard


Solid then. Exceptional now.

When Maverick Boat Group bought Cobia Boats in 2005, the goal was to do much more than further a 60 year brand history. From day one, the plan was to bring Cobia to a level in quality, design, and performance consistent with MBG’s legendary Maverick, Hewes and Pathfinder brands.

That started with changing how the boats were built, upgrading materials, and developing new models from the ground up with the latest design technology. Soon thereafter industry experts and members of the marine media took notice. Discerning boaters saw the changes, as well. By 2012, not a single one of the “old” Cobia models was being produced. New models like the 296 CC and later the 277 CC became top sellers in their segments and Cobia emerged as an industry leader in innovation and design.

Today, a new history continues to be forged for Cobia. It is a path being paved on an ever-evolving standard of excellence and a motivation to provide our customers a product that delivers the best possible experiences on the water. Come join us on this journey. You’ll be glad you did.

More Than Just a Great Boat Builder

Maverick Boat Group is a strong believer in taking care of the natural environment so that the next generation can experience what we love about being on the water. Over the years, Maverick has given millions in funding and support to various conservation organizations, including:

CCA Florida, Everglades Foundation, Center for Sportfishing Policy, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, TRCP

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