Friday, April 01, 2016

Best Boating Apps for 2016

 



The time is near – boating season in all its glory will soon be the topic of your weekends, vacations and reunions. If you’re new to the boating world, or just looking to freshen up your boating knowledge, here are the 10 best boating apps, rated by Discover Boating.

If you are looking to add some new boating apps to your tablet or smartphone, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best boating apps to help you navigate, plan, share and socialize on the water this year:

1. Navionics Boating – GPS

Time and time again, when we speak to boaters and ask them what GPS app they’re using, Navionics Boating is the answer. Navionics is free to download and offers in-app purchases for charts and other upgrades, such as autorouting. Navionics Boating is available for both iOS and Android devices.

2. NOAA SuperRes Radar HD (iOS) or RadarScope (Android)

    In order to enjoy the day safely on the water, a close eye must be kept on the weather. If you’re on iOS, in our experience the best radar app is NOAA’s SuperRes Radar. It has very hi-resolution and incredible accuracy. If you are on an Android device, RadarScope is just as good and accesses the same data. These apps are not only good for boating, but just great to have any time you want to see what kind of weather is rolling in.

    3. Windfinder

    Ideal for sailors, kitesurfers, windsurfers and more, this app allows you to see the wind, waves and weather across the globe in real time. Windfinder is available for free (iOS andAndroid), or you can purchase the ad-free pro version (iOS and Android).

    4. USA Tides

    If you boat and/or fish in saltwater, having the latest marine tide information at your fingertips is invaluable. USA Tides is available for both iOS and Android and displays tide information for all stations in the US.

    5. Animated Knots

      Animated Knots by Grog is a broad teaching and reference tool for boaters and other hobbyists. With step-by-step instructions and, you guessed it, frame-by-frame animations, this app teaches you to tie knots at your own pace. For five dollars, you really can’t go wrong. You can download this app for iOS or Android.

      6. FishingScout

      A great resource and social app for anglers. The app allows you to upload photos of your latest catch, describe the conditions of how you caught it, study other locations where fish were caught, add friends, view their photos and more. Available for free on both iOS andAndroid.

      7. Dockwa

        The Dockwa app allows boaters to view marinas in their location, select a destination and request a slip or mooring, all from their mobile device. Once the marina approves the reservation, payment is processed seamlessly through the app. Dockwa hopes to be theOpentable of boating. Check out Dockwa on iOS or Android.

        8. Swell Advantage

        Swell Advantage is a social boating app that lets you see where your family and friends are out on the water, including where they are headed and their speed. Custom notifications inform you when family and friends get on the water. It’s free for iOS andAndroid (beta).

        9. Boatrax

          Boatrax lets you keep detailed records of your boat while capturing and sharing your moments with family and friends. You can share your location and photos with friends and the boating community. You can pick up Boatrax for both iOS and Android.

          10. Camera app

            Last but certainly not least, make sure you use your camera app to document all your boating adventures this year and share it with us on Facebook and Instagram!

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            Monday, March 21, 2016

            The Skinny On Our Newest Surf Boat

             

            If you haven't already seen our newest surf boat, then you're missing out! Everyone is raving about the newest game-changer and we couldn't be more thrilled with its reviews.

            Boating Magazine recently took her for a spin, and here's what they had to say:

            "Cobalt has been outfitting its R Series of runabouts for water-sports duty in its WSS line, which stands for Water Sports Series. The new Volvo Penta Forward Drive has allowed Cobalt to carry that forward — literally — to create the R5WSS Surf, a sterndrive boat you can surf behind. How? It’s all about that Volvo Penta Forward Drive.

            In building the Forward Drive, Volvo Penta borrowed from its IPS technology, which places the props forward rather than aft of the gear case. In this construction, the propellers actually pull the boat rather than push it through the water. By placing the propellers in front of the drive, Volvo moved the props 21 inches farther forward in the water so that they are safely tucked under the extended swim platform and away from the surfer. This is essential in wakesurfing because the rider surfs the wave tight to the boat, sometimes within inches of the swim platform.

            The R5WSS Surf has other amenities to make it surfable as part of its exclusive wakesurf system. It includes custom-built tabs and Zero Off GPS speed control, which can set the speed to create the desired wake. The wakesurf computer lets the driver fill the ballast tanks to port, center and starboard to sculpt the wake with the push of a button. There’s even a performance-mode button; press it to get on plane and go, even with 2,000 pounds of ballast in the tanks. The sport arch features Samson swiveling board racks to hold the quiver and stereo speakers to blast the tunes. Everything can be controlled by the media center at the helm. The Surf package also adds custom graphics and interior accents.

            The Forward Drive makes surfing possible, but it doesn’t compromise performance. When it’s time to get up and go, the R5WSS Surf is still a sporty runabout, climbing onto plane in 4.2 seconds, hitting 30 mph in 9.6 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 46 mph. Overall, Cobalt engineers have developed a safe, efficient and surfable ride.

            High Points
            *Zero Off GPS speed control lets the driver set the boat to optimal surf speeds, typically between 10 to 12 mph.
            *Push-button ballast controls fill the port, centerline and starboard ballast tanks to set to the surfer’s liking.
            *Volvo Penta Forward Drive provides a wakesurf platform with adjustable thrust to fine tune your wake.

            Watch the video here

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            Tuesday, March 01, 2016

            Boatdealers.ca reviews the new Cobalt Surf

             










            The Toronto International Boat Show was a huge success for Cobalt Boats! Matt and his team from Boatdealers.ca were able to take a look at the new R5 WSS Surf boat while scoping out the latest at the TIBS. Check out their review here, and the YouTube walkaround here

            So, what's so great about our newest model? Thanks to the new Volvo Forward Facing Drive, we took the outdrive and tucked it up under the boat, similliar to that of an inboard, which makes it safe to surf behind! And the new surf boat isn't just about wake sports either - this model is also the perfect day boat - perfect for cruising. See more features here

            See the full photo gallery here.

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            Monday, February 08, 2016

            The Cobalt Boat Show Experience

             

            It’s cold. It’s snowy. Cabin fever has us all eager for warm sunshine, waterborne activities and high speed turns. Unfortunately for most of us, winter is here for a few more weeks. But even during the off season, boating can still be top of mind! We call it “Boat Show Heaven” – the small window of time where it is perfectly normal to spend countless hours in a ginormous convention center full of gorgeous watercrafts, sipping on cocktails and dreaming of your first (or next) boat! Speaking of dreamland, Cobalt Boats prides itself on not just building anotherboat, but your dream boat! At a boat show you can expect to find just that – dream boats, ready and willing to take you far, far away from this gloomy state we call winter. There, you’ll find an unmatched display of our best models coupled with a dealer network that will go above and beyond to ensure you have the ultimate experience from start to finish. Here are our top five reasons why you should bundle up, grab the kiddos and start thinking warm thoughts!

            1. Our boat display will “wow” you!

            It’s all about the details – from ambient lighting to lush carpet rollouts, the Cobalt display embraces both luxury and comfort. We should also add that our dealers make it a point to ensure easy maneuverability among the boats, allowing you to move swiftly from model to model.  Our clean, platform-style display provides a better view inside the boat, too!


            2. Technology, baby!

            Cobalt is a trendsetter when it comes to innovation. At our boat shows expect to see the latest trends and most up-to-date technology aboard any of our models. One of our favorite features is the Joystick Control System which provides effortless docking! This intuitive maneuvering through a joystick makes operation a breeze for the novice or seasoned boater. Expect also to see our newest engine options like the new FWD Drive from Volvo, along with other drive trains to explore!

            3. Knowledge is key!

            Our dealers are certified and trained to answer all of your boating questions. Having trouble deciding between models? Brands? Upgrades? Bring a list of questions to a boat show and ask away. Cobalt dealers will provide you with the all of the answers you need to make the best decision.

            4. The time is now!

            Experts alike will agree – boat show season is the best time to buy a boat. Cobalt dealers offer phenomenal pricing so take advantage by browsing various models and discussing opportunities with your representative..

            5.  Customize it!

            Another great feature of a Cobalt boat show is the ability to sit down and discuss key features that are important to you. Our Design Your Dream tool is a fun and easy way to customize your very own boat. Get ideas by browsing the models at the show, then sit down with a Cobalt representative to walk through building and pricing your very own dream Cobalt!

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            Monday, February 01, 2016

            Cobalt Top 10: Boating Destinations

             

            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.

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