The Cobra Marauder is a pure performance fishing kayak from every angle and offers excellent initial and secondary stability as well as a super silent hull design for stealth paddling around easily spooked fish. The Marauder features ample rocker providing maneuverability and smooth paddling as well as stability during surf launches and landings, yet the keel design and tracking channels in the hull make for excellent tracking. Add to that a large user friendly deck design with self-draining foot-wells, forward and rear flush mounted rod holders. ‘Quick drain’ scupper holes provide for fast draining in choppy seas.
I've been out ocean fishing on my Marauder many times now and couldn't be happier. No matter what the swell is like the kayak feels very stable. I've hooked large fighting fish and no matter how much the fish fights and lunges, I never feel at risk of tipping over.
I purchased wheels that slip into the Scuppers and the kayak slides easily into my landcruiser so no need for any assistance. I fish 3-4 km off shore by myself and I probably wouldn't do it if I wasn't 100% confident in my kayak. Would recommend the Marauder to anyone serious about kayak fishing!
Good reliable kayak, very sea worthy, it is built like a tank. Today was my first day using it. The pros are, its safe it wont sink, doesn't rock around much, very stable, lots of storage space, good in rough conditions. It tracks well with a rudder.
But the cons are, it feels slow and it is really heavy to lift. But in saying that I like it, and I'm going to keep it. I feel it was good value for money.
I got the basic model and added storage to suit me. I won't use a trolley that uses the scupper holes, I use a nicely padded strap-underneath, mid-point, then she manoeuvres fine up to the water's edge. I can lift her onto the roof-rack alone but two people make that a much easier task. Don't forget to fit buoyancy bags for sea use!
The Marauder sits well in choppy waters with no unsettled feelings whatsoever. Speed wise its comparable to the Tarpon 140, but feels more stable to me. My only concern is the footwell space. With the large rectangular hatch (which gives great access to the hull BTW) between my legs, there doesn't appear to be much room for my size 12's on either side. Once I got in and paddled for a bit I found this to be much less a concern than I thought with no ankle rubbing etc to be found.
Overall this is the boat I have been wanting for years. Easy to rig, and the perfect combo of speed and stability. Excellent job Cobra. I just wish the tales of it being discontinued were false. I'm sure glad I got my hands on this one. I'm not letting go.
It does have some hull slap which I didn't expect having read some online reviews to the contrary, but not as bad as a Tourer which is notorious for that. Foot wells are a little narrow but that has been solved with the new upgraded model that still has the same hull design. The other reviewers mentioned it's a heavy carry and that is true, the side handles don't seem balanced.
Despite the few negatives I mentioned, I think I'll be very satisfied with this kayak and it will do what I need to get me out in bigger water for bigger fish. The speed is very decent and doesn't take much effort.
Weakness: this boat is as solid (and heavy!) as a tank. I can’t carry it more than a dozen or so feet without putting it down. I’m used to throwing my 12’ Pungo over a shoulder and carrying it 100+ yards to the water. With this boat you must park close to the water or have help with it. Turning is not the best, but it’s not awful either.
I have not been fishing with this boat, but I can imagine it would be very good for that because of its stability. There is also a small hatch right in front of the seat which is very convenient to put small gadgets or snacks. There’s tons of room for gear and the specs say it handles nearly 500lbs. I got mine with the high back seat (which installs and removes very easily), the "A" hatch in the front and the small "o" hatch in front of the seat. The large "A" hatch provides excellent access to the cargo space below deck. I am able to store several paddles and life jackets in the space. I do not however have a hatch in the rear and I believe it could be very valuable to have.