Monday, July 11, 2016

Go ahead, bring 'em all board the R30

 




There are many reasons we love the R30 - but here are the Top Ten:

  1. Sturdy flip-down arm rests in the bow 
  2. Hydraulic swim step - making a seamless, easy transition into the water
  3. Spacious cockpit with more than a foot of interior width
  4. Electronic Vessel Control from Volvo Penta
  5. Hand-stitched brow at the helm keeps glare off of electronics
  6. Stainless steel windshield 
  7. Passenger seating in cockpit offers adjustable backrests so guests can face forward or aft
  8. Sunpad has popup back rests for lounging
  9. Rattle free, sturdy arch
  10. Spacious, roomy head compartment for guests

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Innovative Features, Lifestyle | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Bowrider, Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, Neodesha, New Boat


Friday, June 10, 2016

Versatile Runabout Meets Althletic Surf Boat

 

Boating Magazine didn't just talk the talk, they walked the walk...on the R5 WSS Surf, that is!

Highlights:

  • Volvo Penta Forward Drive props are positioned well under the swim platform and transom
  • Samsung swiveling board racks and speakers
  • Zero Off speed control
  • Ballast controls
  • Flip-down swim step 
  • Adjustable back rest
  • Free Space Reclamation adds an extra foot interior width
  • Fiip down arm rests
  • Kicker Bluetooth media center

















See all the footage here

 

  Categories: Industry News, Innovative Features, Lifestyle, Watersports | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Bowrider, Lifestyle, Runabout, Watersports


Monday, May 16, 2016

Volvo Penta Next-Generation Gasoline Engines Named one of the Top Products of the Year

 

Cobalt Boats and Volvo Penta have decades of experience working together to not only improve the boating experience, but to also design innovative products, bringing creativity and quality to the forefront of the industry. We are pleased to share their newest product – the 5.3L 300 and 350 hp V8 gasoline sterndrive engine.














Boating Industry has named Volvo Penta’s Next Generation Gasoline Engine one of the Top Products of the Year.  You can read more about the 2016 winners in their May Issue.

These next-generation engines introduce fresh features that have never been available to the sterndrive market from any engine supplier. They are the first V8 marine gas engines combining the following technical advancements:

  • Common-rail direct fuel injection for better fuel economy and lower emissions
  • Lightweight all-aluminum block for industry-leading weight-to-horsepower ratio
  • Standard Freshwater cooling (FWC) for longer engine life in the marine environment
  • Variable Valve Timing (VVT) producing higher torque and acceleration across the full range of RPMs
  • Wideband oxygen sensors to accommodate blended fuels and fuel quality 

Again, Cobalt Boats would like to applaud Volvo Penta on their newest innovation, and for the many years of success and partnership. We are sure to see even more great things to come from this innovative company! 

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Innovative Features | Tags: Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats


Monday, May 02, 2016

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to navigate the new R30

 

The latest 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 space 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 a motorized swim step that lowers to just below the water's surface. Also astern, find a beach of a sunpad - large enough for four sun worshipers. And when it comes time to gather around for some good fun and conversation, make use of the convertible layout in the cockpit. Lounge the seats forward or aft, gather around the teak-adorned cockpit table, or convert the area into a couch oasis with filler cushions. 

The port side features a head compartment that doubles as a changing room. At the helm, captain will find the technology of our glass cockpit design intuitive and amazing - equipped with three Garmin touch screens that keep your route in view at all times. In addition, the available joystick control with its easy maneuverability and simple operation make docking a breeze. 

That's right, space AND technology without having to study rocket science. The R30 is luxuriously simple, not complicated like other imitators. The R30 embraces elegance and appeal – two prized possessions that only a Cobalt can offer.


 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Innovative Features | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Cruiser, Destination, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, Neodesha, New Boat, Runabout


Monday, April 18, 2016

New Owners of San Ramon Boat Center Take the Helm

 

San Ramon Boat Center (SRBC), a long time Cobalt dealership with stores in Rocklin, California and Lake Tahoe, recently announced the sale of the business to Scott Vanderbeek. Scott is a veteran automotive dealership owner with more than 30 years of experience in retail business.

San Ramon Boat Center has been a Cobalt dealer since 1971, when owner Frank Warn and Cobalt Founder Pack St. Clair met at the San Francisco Boat Show. Together, these two marine industry legends established Cobalt Boats as the recreational day-boat leader in Northern California and on Lake Tahoe. Throughout the long term relationship, SRBC has been the world’s largest Cobalt dealership 21 times. “Frank and the Warn family have been friends since our first meeting in 1971,” said Pack St. Clair in a statement. “It has been a successful and rewarding 45-year friendship, and we look forward to building on the rock-solid foundation for the next generation.”

Scott and his son, Jared will immediately be taking over the dealership.  Scott and Jared Vanderbeek have a great resume in the automotive industry with a focus on marketing and customer care. Scott was the President of Woodland Motors for the last 13 years. He previously owned Vanderbeek Motors for 19 years which he sold to AutoNation. The Vanderbeeks, who have been boaters on Lake Tahoe for almost 40 years, are eager to build on the successes and put their mark on the iconic dealership.  Cobalt is happy to welcome Scott and Jared to the Cobalt family. 

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Industry News | Tags: Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Neodesha


Thursday, April 07, 2016

Exciting New Items from Cobalt Sports!

 

Cobalt’s uncompromising quality and innovative concepts go far beyond the seductive beauty of the watercraft, they encompass the entire boating experience with an array of lifestyle apparel and accessories designed to give you everything you need for the way you live your life.

We’ve added new items to our website just in time for boating season. Our signature Men’s collection features Peter Millar, Under Armour and soon to come, Helly Hanson. Premium women’s polos and jackets are available in a variety of stylish colors. Even the children’s line has classic tees and fun styles.

The Cobalt Collection also features lots of new pristine accessories! The YETI Rambler is sure to be a best-seller – not to mention, the perfect accessory for those long summer days on the water. 










For those cooler evening rides, the new Cobalt Throw features soft knit fabric, embellished with the Cobalt Crest. The iPhone cell cover is hand-made of real wood right here in the good ole U-S-of-A. All of these fine accessories in the purest of designs, brought to you from the people who know boating the best.

So welcome aboard, achievers, in your thoughtful appreciation of timeless good taste and inspired functionality. We invite you to visit www.CobaltSports.com to outfit your Cobalt and crew with the latest in Cobalt signature apparel, gifts and accessories.

Use coupon code F489V0MT7F8 to redeem free shipping on your next order! 

 

  Categories: Accessories and Apparel, Lifestyle | Tags: Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Lifestyle


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!

             

              Categories: Boating Safety, Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Innovative Features, Lifestyle, Shows and Events, Tips and Hints, Videos | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Lifestyle


            Monday, July 01, 2013

            Cobalt’s Water Sports Series

             

            In these days of endless sun and perpetual youth, the water holds a particular attraction for the athletic and the less-inhibited among us.  Cobalt’s Water Sports Series (WSS) boats have been built for friends and families who enjoy each other at speed, in the air, occasionally upside-down.

            In addition to all the expected, all the traditional advantages of Cobalt design and manufacture – raw power, quickness to plane,  and stability in the turns, for example – the WSS boats bring along some special features sure to catch the practiced eye of  marine athletes and the good-hearted people who pull them around.

            Let’s begin with the unglamorous but utterly necessary: Cobalt wakeboard racks from industry pioneer Roswell stash up to four boards safely up, up and out of the way, preserving precious interior storage space. Proven Roswell design meshes maximized functionality with clean chromed lines in a package at once fashionable and efficient. Look for cast-aluminum tines machined to exceptionally close tolerances with a reinforcing backing plate and protective rubber gaskets mechanically positioned, all to ensure lifetime strength, lifetime ease of use.  A three-position swivel comes standard on all Cobalt racks for convenient loading and unloading of boards – no damaging drops, no more leaning out over the gunnels to retrieve a board.

            Okay.  Time to jump up and down.  Here comes the ski tower, ready to deliver the vertical lift necessary for airborne antics. Made of superstrong stainless-steel tubing (2” O.D.) all around – no aluminum whatsoever, the tower rises from backing plates structurally embedded in the fiberglass for rugged, durable, failsafe mounting. Welded grab handles emerge on each side. A bimini top creates generous headroom under a fully protective sunshade.

            Let the acrobatics begin.

            Accurate and consistent in its performance, easy and straightforward in its use, the Wakeboard Pro cruise control from PerfectPass helps even inexperienced drivers deliver smooth, predictable, essentially perfect rides to skiers and boarders. The Wakeboard Pro makes water sports more enjoyable, and simply so: just by preselecting a speed on the in-dash display and pulling the rider up as usual.  At the chosen speed, the Wakeboard Pro takes firm, precise control.

            And get this!

            A personalized screen shows riders’ names and preferred speeds, in addition to all the expected data from a digital speedometer and tach.

            And up, down, and all around the WSS boats mean that famous Cobalt ride.

            Do we hear applause astern?

             

              Categories: Cobalt Boats, Lifestyle, Watersports | Tags: Bowrider, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Wakeboard, Watersports


            Monday, June 10, 2013

            Build on, Neodesha.

             

            In the little Kansas town of Neodesha a huge sign hangs over the entrance to the Cobalt plant: “Through these doors walk the best boatbuilders in the world.” Simple statement of a complex fact.

            For owners of Cobalt boats the word “best” passes without contradiction.  Those proud owners’ confident assurance of Cobalt quality begins in the handiwork of their boats’ builders.  Key word: “builders”.  Not producers. Not assembly-line workers.  But builders – hands-on, personally engaged, personally responsible builders.  Craftspeople with demonstrated skills, an uncompromising ethic of work, and self-imposed standards of individual accountability.

            Cobalt is approaching fifty years of building boats in the classic tradition.  We’re a throwback of sorts, a company of the insistent belief that the very best work is done by hand.  Of course, we understand the role that the tools of a digital age can play in the production of boats of immediate service and enduring value.  Machines can produce. They can produce just fine.  And we take rich advantage of the accuracies, the exact replications, the measurements of performance that emerging technologies make possible.

            But only a knowledgeable, caring human being can build.

            So we persist in the daily pursuit of the unreachable -- the design, manufacture, and ongoing support of the perfect runabout, the ideal performance cruiser. With our dealers worldwide, we give our minds and hearts to the winning of the hearts and minds of our customers.

            And the results are these, tangible and unforgettable in a summer that lasts like laughter: the escaping ooohs and inescapable wows of sudden movement, a welcome if unasked amnesia, the cares of a workaday world whisked away in a nanosecond of spray, land-locked worries gone in the laughing thump to the chest that defines a good, good day.

            Build on, Neodesha.

             

              Categories: Cobalt Boats, Innovative Features | Tags: Boat Builders, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Luxury Boat, Neodesha


            Thursday, May 16, 2013

            Add An Arch To Your Cobalt Dreams

             

            You there at the marina, you on the beach absorbing a welcome sun, confess your fascination with arches.  Acknowledge the ooh-ah power of a marine arch, its implicit ability to turn heads and open jaws.

            Of course, we feel the same sort of excitement upon first glimpse of our forward-facing arch. It’s proving a spectacular, spectacularly popular add-on, forward-facing, strong in use, and so very easy to fold afterward. And of course, Cobalt seeks to make the choosing easy, the new arch available on a wide variety of our boats, optional for BR Series models stretching from the 200 to the 262, standard on the 24 and 26SDWSS boats.

            The engineered, so carefully planned benefit of the arch comes in the movement of the ski line to the boat’s highest point, at the top of the arch, where wakeboarders will find better pull all around, where beginning riders will find a much easier lift out of the water on those first, jittery, exhilarating seconds aboard a board. And tubers of the world, you will love . . . guaranteed . . . love being pulled from the tower because it makes for bigger air. The elation becomes yours, yours alone at the end of a rope leading to the best boats built in America.  Indeed, in the world.

            Good looking and then some, the arch adds adventurous style to, say, a 220, making it, for all the world to see, like a much larger craft. Bear in mind too that the arch brings along a bimini top as part of the package.

            And it folds. It folds. Easily, down to windshield height where storage becomes a non-issue. It will fold for your nine-year-old daughter, and then tomorrow at full mast it will take on the most rigorous boarding, the most difficult passage through rough water with not a bounce in sight.

            Of course, rock ‘n roll speakers and hold-tight board racks come along as additional options. Look forward now, please. Add an arch to the Cobalt cruising there in your boatly dreams.

             

              Categories: Innovative Features | Tags: Boat Builders, Boat Dealers, Cobalt Boats, Watersports


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