As a Fish-n-Dive owner, I have a strong basis of comparison. At 31" this boat is very stable! In fact when you sit side saddle the boat sits level in the water. You won't see that in a lot of 14 footers. I also found that I could move around in the boat with the same amount of confidence as I do in my FnD.
Ride and Speed
Although I didn't clock it, the boat started very quick. It was effortless paddling, to say the least. When I dug real hard this thing took off like a rocket! This boat is a rocket ship to say the least. Nice long glide too.
This boat is distinctly Cobra. The big rocker and reverse chine, in conjuntion with the large and numerous scuppers, including two in the seat, provided for a very dry experience. I'm sure this boat will do very well paddling into those pesky 20mph headwinds that seem to always show up when you have to paddle across the bay a couple miles at the end of a long day. And I can't wait to see how she handles the 3-5 second sets at High Island.
This boat should have been named the "Rig Runner."
This Mariner has a big A hatch up front, a large rectangular hatch and an O hatch. The Cobra hatches are as water tight as any I've ever seen. You can load this boat with equipment. Since this is an XF version there are rod holders everywhere. Great boat for live baiting or drifting.
If you're looking for a stealth machine, this is it. I couldn't tell of any hull slap whatsoever when I paddled into the 10mph headwind.
I really like the cockpit placement in this boat. You're not sitting so far away from the bow that you can't get a rod tip around the front when you really have to.
The Mariner is in full production right now and will soon be invading Texas! This boat raises the bar.