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Gain all the newest and finest technology is a styled and comfortable sporty center console. Optimus JOYSTICK with Sea Station, dual 7616 Garmins full suite including 424 XHD open array radar and AUTOPILOT, B164 transducer, Stars & Stripes blue hull with matching color underside hard top, side door with ladder, cabin. Fully detailed and serviced. Double-stepped hull with Triple white Yamaha F300 NCA propel you to 60+ MPH, 246 hours, Yamaha WARRANTY to Oct. 2024. Extensive standards plus spreader lights, outriggers, hydraulic bow table, full cushions, abundant storage, insulated boxes, seating and sun lounges, SS rub rail, powder coated rails, 3 seats at helm, 3 sided glass helm with vent plus full enclosure, forward facing backrests at bow, stereo with 8 speakers, 4 bank battery charger with AGM batteries, forward exhibition cooler, anchor windlass with remote, blue underwater lights.
Entertain a large crowd, hunt for gamefish local and distant. Cruise 40 knots at 4000 RPM, 1.25 MPG. Cruise 38.4 MPH at 3500 rpm for 1.4 MPG.
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The Cobia 344 CC blends high performance, luxury and fishing smarts into a stunning package that will impress everyone from the sunset cruiser to the serious tournament angler. The double-stepped hull is fast, yet responsive and easy to drive, and provides a stable platform while at anchor or drifting. A level floor stem to stern makes for sure- footed maneuverability throughout the boat and the 11’2” beam means plenty of space and walk-around room even with a full crowd onboard.
Though the 344CC is elegantly appointed with a console berth and dedicated seating for up to 13 passengers, it’s fully fish ready for the serious angler with below-deck hidden locking rod storage, twin 42-gallon baitwells with optional pressurizing pump box plumbing system and 2 huge macerated in-floor fishboxes. The tackle station has a covered sink and bait prepping area and enough storage space to accommodate rigs and terminal gear for everything from grouper to marlin. Plus, it’s designed to offer a comfortable rear facing perch for watching baits when trolling.
Additional smart touches include a standard bow table that electronically adjusts to create a huge sun lounge area or can be fully recessed into the floor for full bow access. An inward opening side door makes dockside boarding, disembarking for a dive or hauling aboard a big tuna safe and hassle free. The bilge is accessed through a large door that opens on demand via a heavy-duty electric ram and the main rigging and plumping is easily reached through the in-floor lazarette.
As with the rest of the 344 CC, the helm area is the perfect fusion of form and function. Independent convertible bolsters are spaced between an armrest console that has drink holders and a pocket contents box. The dash comes standard with Yamaha’s Command link upgrade display and Optimus electric power steering and can be enhanced with the optional master command suite that includes an acrylic infinity dash with twin 16” Simrad units, radar, C-zone electric switching and auto-pilot. Optimus joy stick control and integrated Fusion stereo options round out the latest in command and control offerings.
It is the latest addition to its center console fleet that includes seven sportfishers ranging from 20 to 34 feet. Ever since the Maverick Boating Group purchased and transformed Cobia’s boatbuilding operations a few years back, the change in the design, quality, construction and performance of Cobia boats has been dramatic and well-received by the boating public. I am seeing more of these new-wave Cobia boats at marinas and on the offshore fishing grounds than ever before, and from what I am hearing, their owners absolutely love them!
The new 344CC takes the efficiency of the center console sportfishing design to the next level with one of the most impressive layouts that I have come across in a mid-30s CC to date, blending high performance, luxury and fishing smarts into a solid, tournament-grade package. The double-stepped hull is fast, responsive and easy to drive, providing a stable platform while at anchor or drifting. A level floor from bow-to-transom makes for sure-footed maneuverability when bending the rods or bringing the big ones to boatside. The wide 11-foot-plus beam offers plenty of space and walk-around room even with a crowd onboard. I found the wiring harnesses, plumbing and electronics rigging on the Cobia 344CC to be extremely well-done and as neat and organized as some of the stuff that I have seen on semi-custom sportfishers costing five to 10 times more.
The cockpit aft of the leaning post/bait prep center measures 113 inches wide by 56 inches long (44 square feet) and the freeboard is perfect for fishing in heavy seas. It will keep both the crew and anglers safe with a sure and solid footing, offering 26 inches of cockpit depth aft, 29-1/2 inches amidships and 33-1/2 inches forward. Rodholders are not an afterthought on this sportfisher, with eight stainless steel gunwale-mount units and horizontal storage racks under each covering board. The 344CC is elegantly appointed with a roomy console berth and head area down under and dedicated seating for up to a dozen passengers. Serious anglers will appreciate the hidden below-deck locking rod storage, twin 42-gallon baitwells in the transom bulkhead (with optional pressurizing pump box plumbing system) and two huge 62-gallon macerated in-floor insulated fishboxes (69 inches long by 14 inches wide by 14 nches deep). An additional pair of in-deck storage boxes set forward of the fishboxes will accommodate additional gear. The tackle station offers a covered sink and bait prep area, with enough storage space to support myriad fishing pursuits. It also features a comfortable rear-facing perch for keeping an eye on the trolling baits. Additional standard features include a bow table that adjusts electronically to create a huge sun lounge area, or it can be fully recessed into the floor for complete unobstructed bow access when it’s time to fish, plus fresh and raw water washdown spigots set in the cockpit’s transom corners. An inward opening side door to starboard makes dockside boarding, diving or hauling aboard a big tuna safe and hassle free. The bilge is accessed through a large door that opens via a heavy-duty electric ram and the main rigging and plumbing is easily reached through the in-floor hatch.
RIDE LIKE THE WIND
Standard power on the Cobia 344CC is provided by a pair of Yamaha F350 four-stroke outboards, that offer a top speed of 59.3 mph at 6,100 rpm and an optimum cruising speed of 30.2 mph at 3,500 rpm, which according to recent Yamaha factory tests, produces 1.37 mpg efficiency. Bumping the electronic throttles up to 4-grand, she’ll scoot along at 34.2 mph at 26 gph, for a net of 1.32 mpg, which is decent for a 34-footer sporting twin V8s. If you have a need for more speed, she’ll hit 43.3 mph at 4,500 rpm, drinking almost 34 gph for 1.28-mpg efficiency. With a standard 320-gallon fuel tank, overnight canyon range is a definite can-do. The twin stepped hull and ideal 3-to-1 length-to-beam ratio allows this 34-footer to slice and dice the rough stuff and bridge the gap between short, choppy seas, producing a solid, smooth and dry ride.
Optional power for the Cobia 344CC is offered in the form of triple 4.2L Yamaha F300 V-6 four-strokes, which ups the top-speed to 67.9 mph at wide open throttle. Optimum cruising speed comes at a rather sedate 3,000 rpm, where the trips will hit 31.6 mph on the GPS at 21.1 gph, which translates to 1.5 mpg. Advancing the electronic throttles up to 3,500 and 4,000 rpm will generate 38.4 mph/1.4 mpg and 45.3 mph/1.25 mpg respectively. If this were my ride, I’d probably opt for the rigging simplicity of the twin V8s, which cleans things up dramatically both at the transom and the helm.
MORE FOR LESS
Competitive mid-30s go-fast center consoles can go for $75,000 to $100,000 more than the Cobia 344CC’s asking price, which is a very reasonable $222,583 outfitted with twin Yamaha F350 V8 four-stroke outboards. Are they worth it? Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you can be the judge - but I don’t see how the competitors can be asking that much more for their boats. I do know one thing for sure, the Cobia 344CC is an excellent offshore fishing machine, with built-in quality and an excellent fishing layout at a fair price that’s right down at sea level. If you are in the market to upgrade your ride, the Cobia 344CC or any of its smaller sister ships should definitely be on your short list. For more information, visit the website.
Length- 34 feet, 4 inches
Beam- 11 feet, 2 inches
Weight- 8,600 pounds (dry, without power)
Deadrise Aft- 21.6 degrees
Draft- 24 inches
Fuel Capacity- 320 gallons
Max HP- 900 horsepower (twin 350s or triple 300 outboards)
Cobia 344CC CHRIS LANDRY, UPDATED:JUN 16, 2017ORIGINAL:OCT 2, 2014
The Maverick Boat Co. has expanded its Cobia family/fishing center console fleet with a new flagship: the 344CC. The boat has it all — seating and storage, a big hardtop for weather protection and a healthy list of standard fishing features, in addition to options to outfit her like a tournament-ready machine.
“We think there is no better value for the dollar — a screamin’ deal,” says Charlie Johnson, marketing director for Maverick Boat Co., the Florida builder of the Pathfinder, Maverick, Hewes and Cobia brands. This big center console retails for $219,299 with twin Yamaha F350s or $250,294 with triple F300s.
The boat rides a stepped hull with high freeboard and is outfitted with functional seating and amenities for family outings, such as a table in the bow area and an optional cooler that’s incorporated into the forward console seating. U-shaped seating with dry storage underneath fills the bow, and the table, when not in use, lowers under electric power to become flush with the sole. At the stern, a flip-down transom bench seat can hold three adults. This seat pulls out and folds away in a snap, becoming flush in its stowed position with the forward side of the stern console, which holds twin live wells. A tuna/dive door is on the starboard side.
The console houses a head and a two-person berth that extends forward. Under the bunk is racked rod storage.
The 344CC I tested was powered with triple F300s. For such a large boat with 900 horses, the Cobia produced some relatively impressive numbers, getting about 1 mpg from 35 to 45 mph. She chomped through a 2- to 3-foot chop, and even with five guys on board there was plenty of room to move about. The boat got up on plane with just the port and center engines, as well as just the starboard and center. In fact, two engines pushed the boat to a top end of 41 mph — good “get home” power if an engine fails.
Notable options include a live well pump box, $2,142; hardtop, $12,142; outriggers, $2,847; and the forward “Exhibition Cooler,” $1,275.
LOA: 34 feet, 4 inches
BEAM: 11 feet, 2 inches
HULL DISPLACEMENT: 8,600 pounds (dry)
HULL TYPE: double-stepped deep-vee
DRAFT: 24 inches
POWER: twin Yamaha F350s, triple F300s
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 21.6 degrees
SPEED: 68 mph top, 40 mph cruise
TANKAGE: 320 gallons fuel, 25 gallons water, 6 gallons waste