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
Monday, July 01, 2013
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
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
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
Monday, May 06, 2013
One of the revolving headlines now on the Cobalt website invites you to an in-home showing of a new video entitled “Building Dreams.” We underscore that invitation again here, asking that you gather the family for an enjoyable look at all the reasons why this coming summer will stand among your very best ever. In Building Dreams the people behind these boats emerge from the plant in Neodesha to explain the ingredients of Cobalt value, from design rationales to raw materials to manufacturing processes to quality-control methodologies. A happy blend of the technical, the historical, and the merely gorgeous, “Building Dreams” will show how fiberglass and stainless steel and leather and glass gather toward the greatness of a Cobalt, how a fundamental passion for boating can lead to more than forty years of marine imagination, to thousands upon thousands upon thousands of happy hours on the water for successive generations of Cobalt owners.
Pack St. Clair, Cobalt’s founder and guiding light, introduces the video, and you’ll find in Pack’s easy warmth and quiet confidence the basis of Cobalt’s refusal to compromise on these boats’ design or construction. Cobalt’s second generation of leaders speak to the continuation of the founding principles to every Cobalt in succeeding model years, as the design and manufacturing principles of large yachts come to the building of small runabouts.
The video offers you a personalized walk-through, bow to stern, of the best boatbuilders in the world going about their daily responsibilities. From the lamination schedule of the fiberglass to the composite miracle that is the transom to the Kevlar at critical points of boatly strength, you’ll come away with a rich understanding of why your Cobalt, with proper care and maintenance of course, will perform through a lifetime of comfort and performance. Look for fulsome discussion of Cobalt’s bill of materials, the more than 2500 individual parts which constitute a finished Cobalt. Line by line, the insistence comes on quality, quality and, later, more quality still. A number of long-time Cobalt associates -- and they are legion, generations of entire families working together here – speak to their jobs, day to day, asking always “the Pack question.” “Would Pack St. Clair approve? Would he buy off on the job I’ve just completed?’
Listen from title to credits for echoes of the Golden Rule. It’s all so simple really: friends building boats for friends to sell to friends.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Lifestyle, Videos | Tags: Boat Builders, Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Neodesha
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