Monday, February 01, 2016
It’s almost that time of year – vacation planning, summer outings and family reunions. For most of us, this means packing a cooler and heading for the great outdoors. And boating just happens to be one of the most sought-after vacation activities! We’d have to agree – it is one of the best ways to kick back, relax and enjoy the finer things in life. So as we anticipate warmer weather and the sand beneath our toes, we invite you to review some of our top boating destinations, brought to you by the guys who know it the best! Now let’s get to planning those fun-filled, wind-in-your-hair water excursions, Cobalt style!
In no particular order:
1. Lake Arrowhead, California
Dealer: Inland Boat Center
Considered one of the best kept secrets on the West Coast, Lake Arrowhead is as stunningly beautiful as she is wildly adventurous. With countless outdoor features that fulfill every adrenaline seekers’ fantasy, Lake Arrowhead never ceases to amaze. This is Mother Nature at her finest.
2. Sarasota, Florida
Dealer: Sara Bay Marina
Strolling down the southwestern coast of the sunny state, this Floridian hot spot encompasses several barrier islands between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Here you’ll find placid waters, exciting waterfronts and beautiful islands all for your boating enjoyment!
3. Lake Powell, Arizona
Dealer: Boulder Boats
This destination is every boating enthusiasts’ dream! Gorgeous views, calm coves, fishing and big-day boating, this world-famous lake is a playground for everything on the water. Nested in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, boaters travel near and far to dip a toe in these crisp, cool waters. Make sure to read up on the historical comings of this great lake, too!
4. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Dealer: Village Marina
Offering boaters more than 1,000 miles of shore, you won’t have any trouble finding your own oasis on this lake. This sought-after vacation spot has a great variety of water fun for the entire family. From fishing to boating to camping, this lake attracts all ages for those seeking the great outdoors.
5. Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Dealer: Hagadone Marine Group
There’s no denying the beauty of this popular boating destination. Gorgeous beaches, wildlife attractions and crystal clear waters bring in boaters each year to bask in the beauty of these scenic views. While afloat, you even may be able to catch a glimpse of a bald eagle, a popular hobby of many of the locals.
6. Lake Tahoe, California
Dealer: San Ramon
Outdoor adventures and jaw-dropping scenery make this well-known destination a hot spot for avid boaters. Lake Tahoe is the biggest alpine lake in the U.S. and is one of the nation’s deepest! Spend time cruising the crystal waters or rest idle for a blissful retreat, no matter the occasion, Lake Tahoe always exceeds your expectations.
7. Okoboji, Iowa
Dealer: Parks Marina
Attracting those wildlife-seekers, this spring-fed lake is especially popular for families looking for outdoor fun. West Okoboji Lake is one of the most beautiful of the Iowa Great Lakes, with a breathtaking hue and impeccable depth. Welcome, watersport lovers, this lake is for you too.
8. Destin, Florida
Dealer: Legendary Marine
Locals and visitors alike, this spot attracts everything that encompasses fun in the sun. Water adventures and big-day boating are all on the to-do lists of those seeking crystal clear waters and sandy beaches. The excursions are endless, the boating is unmatched. You won’t want to miss these one-of-a-kind sunsets afloat either!
9. Lake George, New York
Dealer: Boats by George
This lake beckons travelers to come and stay awhile. Enjoy this ultimate destination hot spot by gasping in its beauty – in all four seasons! Even Thomas Jefferson himself wrote that this was the most beautiful water he had ever seen. Created by glaciers, this boater’s dreamland is clear, deep and well-marked. Who wouldn’t want to cruise over such a sparkling surface?
10. Glen Lake, Michigan
Dealer: Glen Craft Marina
Located in a spectacular setting of wooded rolling sand hills just east of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Lake is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the Great Lakes region. Remarkably clear waters, purity and lack of large waves make it a popular lake for boaters to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Lifestyle | Tags: Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Destination, Family Boating, Lifestyle
Friday, January 22, 2016
The crew from Power Boating Canada recently took a spin in the new Cobalt CS3. This model stood up to the test and passed with flying colors. Read more about their take on why this "American Dream" boat is now any Canadian's dream boat, too.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Innovative Features, Lifestyle | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Bowrider, Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, Neodesha, New Boat
Friday, October 30, 2015
Marker One Platform Series, recently introduced in summer 2014, has been making big waves in the North American boating industry throughout the 2015 model year. Marker One is a luxurious fiberglass decked platform style boat designed and engineered with Cobalt’s passion for excellence. This lineage of state-of-the-art craftsmanship and engineering excellence have already positioned Marker One as the benchmark of premium platform boating. The 2016 model year brings the introduction of two new models, the ML4 and the ML2, available with multiple interior configurations and power choices. “By broadening our product lines bandwidth, we will increase the opportunities available to our dealer network” said Gavan Hunt, V.P. Sales and Marketing. “We plan to duplicate the promise of product and service excellence that have made Cobalt the number one selling sterndrive from 20' – 40'.”
Platform boating enthusiasts can now experience the luxurious Marker One difference through an established dealer network in over 70 authorized sales and service locations across North America. We are proud to announce our newest dealer partners:
Beacon Marine, Sister Bay, WI
For a Marker One dealer nearest you, please see our locator tool found at www.markerone.com.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Innovative Features, Lifestyle | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Builders, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, Neodesha, New Boat
Monday, October 26, 2015
The NMMA staff had the opportunity to attend a Project Time Off forum event in New York this September, hearing from business leaders like Randi Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Zuckerberg Media and Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post, learning best practices for reaching new audiences with messages about the importance of time off and recreational activity.
For instance, did you know:
Creating a work culture that is encouraging of using vacation time can go a long way toward keeping employees happy, and keeping them in their jobs, something HR leaders acknowledge. The cost of replacing an employee and the time it takes to train a new one is worth considering.
We in the boating industry know that the water is the perfect venue for time with friends, family and children. The latest research on kids and families tells us we’re right.
We'll be using the hashtag #TakeADay on our social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter so please join us by sending your boating pics!
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Lifestyle | Tags: Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Destination, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Neodesha
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Setting the record as the best-attended dealer meeting in Cobalt Boats history, more than 400 dealers and vendors gathered at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada to recap the previous model year and plan for 2016.
The festivities kicked off with a welcome reception which included the debut of five new models. This was the second year Marker One made its introduction into the platform series category and now there are three models – soon to be four. Among other announcements, the host dealer – Boulder Boats – was awarded and recognized, as well the new boat introduction with a sneak peek at each model. The evening concluded with food and beverage atop of the hotel’s scenic bridge overlooking Lake Las Vegas, a private lake with an exclusive clientele. In addition, the top dealers and customer satisfaction awards were also commended for their accomplishments in 2015.
Seminars and other breakout sessions followed the next few days including an invigorating speech by keynote speaker, Ryan Estis. Estis has been recognized as “one of the best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine. His presentation included Cobalt and Marker One brand specific details and enlightening “today” topics that left the crowd motivated and inspired for the upcoming season.
Also presented during the business meeting was a donation of more than $60,000.00 to the Folds of Honor Program. Cobalt and Marker One Boats donated the net proceeds from each flag pole set sold to the organization, which provides educational scholarships to the families of fallen soldiers.
The awards ceremony night was emceed by Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Gavan Hunt. He was accompanied by Vegas impersonators Marilyn Monroe and the Rat Pack, which made for great entertainment all evening.
The prestigious recognition of the outstanding service and total dedication to customer satisfaction by the Cobalt and Marker One dealers remains a key highlight to the company’s annual dealer event. “This is the ultimate award our dealer organization wants to receive and each award recipient works hard to earn it. Three of our five recipients had a perfect score of 100 determined by 40-75 surveys returned. Cobalt has a world-class dealer organization who will not settle for anything less than perfection. It is an honor to partner with them,” said Debbie Meigs, Customer Service Consultant. The World’s Largest Cobalt Dealer for the fourth year in a row went to Singleton Marine Group, Buford, Georgia. And new this year was the addition of the Largest Single-Market Dealer which was awarded to the team at Village Marina in Osage Beach, Missouri.
Also presented for the first time ever was the Marker One Largest Dealer award which also went to Village Marina. In addition, awards were presented to the following as top performers in the platform category; Rambo Marine of Hazel Green, Alabama and Parks Marina of Okoboji, Iowa. The Regional CSI award is a coveted award.
Other top dealers recognized included:
· Most Improved CSI: Nautiser-Centro Nautico, Portugal
· International CSI: BoatCity, The Netherlands
· Northeast CSI: O’Hara Marine, Inc, Brookfield, CT
· Southeast CSI: Rambo Marine, Hazel Green and Westover, AL
· Western CSI: San Ramon Boat Center, Rocklin, CA
· Central & Worldwide: Gordy’s Lakefront Marine, Lake Geneva, WI
· Top International Dealer: Powerboats, Poland
· Rookie of the Year: The Harbor, MO
Also announced were the Top 10 dealers, which are noted below.
· Seattle Boat Co., Inc., Washington
· Parks Marina, Iowa
· Premier Marine, New Hampshire
· Gordy’s Lakefront Marine, Wisconsin
· Arrowhead Boat & Yacht Sales, Oklahoma
· San Ramon Boat Center, California
· Rambo Marine, Alabama
· Boats By George, Inc., New York
· The Boat House of Cape Coral, Florida
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Shows and Events | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Bowrider, Cobalt Boats, Cruiser, Cuddy , Luxury Boat, Neodesha, New Boat, Runabout, Watersports
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Making their debut at the 2016 dealer meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada this September, Cobalt and Marker One introduced five new models – a record number of new boats introduced by the company in any one year. The Hilton Lake Las Vegas hosted more than 400 dealer and vendor participants all eager to experience the new boats. The 2016 product line takes innovation to the extreme level with superior construction, exclusive new styling, and inimitable performance and handling.
A40, in the hard-top version, made its introduction in2015 and has made big waves in the performance day boat sector. New for 2016 is the A40 Coupe with
a sleek windshield and integrated top design. The
12' beam houses roominess for
entire crew, all
while they enjoy the luxury that
surrounds them. The
impeccable slim-line styling with a
equipment shelf, sliding sunroof, and
a retractable sure shade integrated
the design. This new model
provides Cobalt customers
the freedom of choice when
comes to the style of day boating they prefer: the open air
of the hard top or the comfortable
convertibility of the coupe.
The newest addition to Cobalt’s award-winning line of bowriders is the all-new R30 – a luxurious open-bow day boat designed with “Free Space Reclamation”, Cobalt’s exclusive technique for cockpit maximization. Elegant and expansive seating options combine with its endless storage spaces to provide the legendary ride that Cobalt is famous for. The largest of the BR Series, the R30 also features an electric actuated swim step astern along with a beach of a sunpad – large enough for four sun worshipers. The port side features a head compartment that doubles as a changing room. At the helm, the captain will find the glass cockpit design provides a birds-eye-view for a safe and enjoyable day on the water – equipped with Garmin screens that keep your systems and route in view at all times.
Cobalt’s R5 Water Sports Series Surf boat featuring the FWD drive from Volvo Penta was a huge hit at the meeting. Cobalt and Volvo sponsored the SURF SHACK and provided surfing lessons to over 125 participants during the launch of this new product. The WSS Surf features a patent-pending surf control system – which
automatically tunes the boat’s attitude to the optimal surf configuration. The R5 WSS Surf combines all the advantages of a sterndrive coupled with the wake-making capabilities of a forward drive.
The wake out back is fully customizable providing smooth transitions and a wide push zone. Jumping on plane instantly, the R5 WSS Surf features the same smooth, comfortable, quiet ride that Cobalt owners have demanded since 1968.
The 2016 Cobalt CS3 is making its debut as the newest boat in the Gateway Series. Measuring over 23 feet and perfectly priced – the CS3 features a completely new hull and deck design. Innovation married with new interior styling will catch the eyes of younger boaters looking to step into a Cobalt. The CS3 features an island sunpad with port and starboard walk-throughs at the transom. Don’t think you can afford a Cobalt? This boat is the perfect stepping stone into that boating arena – and will be especially appealing to those who do not wish to compromise luxury or performance.
Marker One Platform Series launched in to the pontoon market with two fiberglass decked models in 2015 – the M25 and M27. This year, the ML4 will add to the line featuring a popular L-shaped seating layout, new exterior and interior styling, and a new aggressive price point. Its elegant styling and broad selection of features will have luxury pontoon seekers taking notes. The fiberglass liner combined with unique fiberglass hull sides will make this model a contender in this popular segment. Engine choices of Mercury, Yamaha, or Evinrude provide the freedom to choose. Couple that with the electric swim step and exciting gel coat color options and the ML4 is destined to be the buzz at this year’s boat shows!
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Shows and Events, Watersports | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Bowrider, Cobalt Boats, Cruiser, Cuddy , Family Boating, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, Neodesha, New Boat, Runabout, Wakeboard, Watersports
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
It all starts with Founder, Pack St. Clair’s vision – “We never aimed to be the biggest boat company, just the best.” From there, his team of exceptional leaders has created an essence, a passion that is felt as soon as you walk through the doors at Cobalt Boats. A passion that motivates our boat builders not only to come to work each day, but to take pride in hand craftsmanship, a trait not necessarily taught, but instilled in the people. In their eyes, the same people who mold our hulls and gelcoat boats are just as essential as the leaders themselves.
As individuals, these leaders have exceptional traits that include the obvious skills like hard work ethic and integrity. But what makes this group exceptional is the driving force behind what we do every day. To be an industry leader, it takes more than just being good at building boats. To be a front-runner in this industry, it takes innovation, constant research and the power to execute a quality product. This team does just that – continuously revolutionizing the boating world, investing in the “what else can we do”, and enlisting in a team of experts, not only in the behind the computers, but walking the floors of our facility, too.
As a result, Cobalt Boats has manifested new innovations that have lured the industry into a different way of thinking. Marker One, one of the company’s innovations, is a platform style boat – an entirely new market. Boat builders and experts took note as the platform boat debuted, and now has the industry thinking creatively about what we typically call “pontoon” boats. Marker One Platform Series embarks on an original idea and has since evolved as the new benchmark for luxury boating. It took this group of leaders to make it all come together – the diligence, research, the re-do’s and un-do’s. Marker One is a success not only because the product is unique, but also because of the people behind it.
And it should not go unmentioned that there are several other product innovations steaming behind this group. This year alone, Cobalt and Marker One will launch eight models. Not just one or two boats that stem from the same lineup, but innovative designs, unheard of for most boat manufacturers.
The worldwide dealer network and team at Cobalt Boats and Marker One have undoubtedly been a catalyst, driving the entire industry to think boldly, get creative and re-energize the market. Cobalt Boats became a leader in the industry not solely because the boats are great, but also because of the team and associates behind the product. It is because of the passion behind the product that makes this company great. The faces on every associate reflect that of our leaders; it’s our DNA.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Innovative Features, Lifestyle | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Builders, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, Neodesha
Saturday, August 01, 2015
We can't say enough good things about our Cobalt flagship - the A40. A culmination of the finest craftsmanship married with the most luxurious amenities, the Cobalt A40 has received its fair share of gloats. However, our friends at Boat Dealers in Canada recently took the A40 on a ride, and it proved to be even more jaw-dropping than we described. Read more here.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Innovative Features | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boating Industry, Cruiser, Cuddy , Family Boating, Luxury Boat, New Boat, Watersports
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Digital Ally Inc. and the Digital Ally Open are proud to welcome Cobalt Boats as the Hole-in-One Sponsors for the 2015 Digital Ally Open. “We’re happy to have a nationally recognized and quality brand associated with the Tournament.” Remarked Stanton E. Ross, Chairman & CEO of Digital Ally, Inc.
Cobalt Boats and Lake Viking Marine will sponsor a new 2016 Cobalt as a hole-in-one prize for amateurs and professionals to compete to win during tournament week. The contest will begin Wednesday for amateurs with the official Web.com Tour Pro-Am and continue with the professionals Thursday-Sunday.
“We’re pleased to partner with the Web.com Tour, Digital Ally, Children’s Mercy and our local Kansas City area dealer, Lake Viking Marine.” Said Clark Boone, Central Region Sales Manager for Cobalt Boats. “Being a Kansas family business since 1968, we felt this partnership fits our marketing strategies perfectly here in the Mid-West.” added Boone. Cobalt Boats has 650 associates building approximately 2,000 boats annually ranging from 20-40 feet, right here in Kansas. "The Kansas City Crusaders and the Digital Ally Open are proud to partner with Cobalt Boats, a Kansas company that shares the vision of giving back to the community and to First Responders. Our pro-am participants and Web.com Tour professionals are also beyond thrilled at the opportunity to win a brand new boat!" Stated Kelly Eddy, Executive Director of the Kansas City Crusaders and Digital Ally Open.
“We want our efforts to impact every First Responder out there, even those who protect and serve our lakes and waterways.” Ross commented. “We’re very lucky to have a partner that shares in the value of charitable work not only nationally, but also locally.” Cobalt Boats willsponsor a charity toy drive benefiting Children’s Mercy throughout tournament week. Boone explained, “Our Boat Load of Toys for Children’s Mercy at the entrance of the event is another great way for the community to come together for a great cause.” Attendees will be able to contribute by donating toys all week, on-site at the Digital Ally Open entrance.
The 2015 Digital Ally Open will be held August 3rd - 9th at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. More information can be found at www.DigitalAllyOpen.org.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Lifestyle, Shows and Events | Tags: Boat Builders, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Lifestyle, Neodesha
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Cobalt Boats is proud to welcome Terry Clark of Independence, Kansas as company President. Terry was formerly with Textron Aviation, recently formed by the merger of Cessna and Beech Aircraft. Terry has 25 years of experience in leadership in top-performing manufacturing, sales and service operations in the aviation industry and 10 years of experience in the machining, metal forming and tooling industry. Terry’s experience with performance management systems, productivity maximization, and systems and logistics excellence will further enhance Cobalt’s leadership team.
During his tenure in the aviation industry, Clark held positions of increasing responsibility to include General Manager of Beech’s Salina facility, General Manager of Cessna’s Columbus, Georgia facility, General Manager of Cessna’s Independence, Kansas, facility and President of CitationAir based out of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Mr. Clark is an active commercial/instrument pilot and resides in Independence with his wife Patti. Their children include daughter Jennifer, of Woodland Park, Colorado, son Ryan, from Tulsa, Oklahoma and their son Ben who works in Independence, Kansas. Terry is also the grandfather of three granddaughters and one grandson. Clark enjoys flying and refurbishing his 1953 Cessna 180 and 1945 J3 Cub from his grass runway near Independence.
On behalf of Cobalt Boats, please share our enthusiasm by welcoming Terry Clark to the family.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Customer Service, Industry News | Tags: Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Lifestyle, Neodesha
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