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, November 12, 2012

Cobalt Dealers Dominate Boating Industry’s Top 100 Boat Dealers in North America

 

Legendary Marine of Destin, Florida was named Dealer of the Year for its rapid growth and thoughtful investments in marketing, education, and service.  This accomplishment marks the first time that a Cobalt dealer has been recognized at the top Position in the Top 100.

In addition, Cobalt dealers were recognized throughout the night, partially due to the massive increases in market share and sales growth that Cobalt dealers have experienced.  Action Water Sports won special recognition for its website, ranked best among all North American dealerships, as did Parks Marina of Okoboji, Iowa for the quality of its customer events.  Gordy’s Lakefront Marine of Fontana, Wisconsin saw its all-important service department named the very best in North America.

Cobalt Boats congratulates these outstanding businesses for their allegiance to the highest standards of integrity, knowledge of product, and willingness to go above and beyond in the service of ever more sophisticated customers.  Altogether, Cobalt dealerships accounted for a full twenty percent of the Top 100. Listed below are the Cobalt Dealerships recognized as Top 100 Dealers.

  • Action Water Sports, Hudsonville, Mich.
  • The Boat Shop, Tafton, Pa.
  • Boat Town, Austin, Texas
  • Candlewood East Marina, Brookfield, Conn.
  • Causeway Marine, Manahawkin, N.J.
  • Cleveland Boat Center, Cleveland, Tenn.
  • Gordy’s Lakefront Marine, Fontana, Wisc.
  • Hagadone Marine Group, Couer d’Alene, Idaho
  • Hoffmaster’s Marina, Woodbridge, Va.
  • Lake Viking Marine, Gallatin, Mo.
  • Legendary Marine, Destin, Fla.
  • Lodder’s Marine, Fairfield, Ohio
  • Marine Sales of Pickwick, Counce, Tenn.
  • Paris Marine, Peterborough, Ontario
  • Parks Marina, Okoboji, Iowa
  • Rambo Marine, Hazel Green, Ala.
  • Rayburns Marine World, Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Seattle Boat Company, Seattle
  • Singleton Marine Group, Buford, Ga.
  • Strong’s Marine, Mattituck, N.Y.


 

  Categories: Dealer Partners, Industry News | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats


Tuesday, July 03, 2012

A Visit To Lake Norman

 

Lake Norman stretches for more than 30 miles, with a surface area of 32,500 acres and a shoreline of more than 520 miles, earning thereby its nickname of the “Inland Sea.”  Located just north of Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Norman has become a favorite of boaters throughout the southeastern United States, both for weekend excursions and for extended vacations in which enjoyment of a new Cobalt comes amid other splendid leisure opportunities, both urban and rural. The mountains and the coast wait just a short drive away, in opposite directions of course.

Photo Courtesy of Lake Communities

Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville are the nearest North Carolina Communities, each with big-name hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns, most of the former located just off I-77, 20 minutes from Charlotte.  Please be advised, however, that lake-front rentals remain scarce and difficult to obtain. The temperatures on Lake Norman – this unprecedented early season heat notwithstanding — will float in the upper 80s this summer. Oddly, July is the wettest month in the region.
But enough of these dry facts. Enough, we say!

Let’s turn quickly to what might be. As you cruise the main channel of Lake Norman and you notice another Cobalt keeping pace several boat-lengths over, you might want to look a bit closer at the captain across the way. Because Charlotte is ground-zero of the cultural phenomenon that is NASCAR, there is a concrete possibility that a car-driver very comfortable at 200 miles per hour will be more than comfortable driving a Cobalt at 55. You do not want to race on Lake Norman!  Despite the lake’s lack of a speed limit, a North Carolina Class B misdemeanor waits for recklessness of any sort. And besides who back home will believe that you shut down Joe Gibbs Racing?  A strict no-wake policy applies around all man-made structures.

It’s also quite possible that you will see perched atop a buoy a bird you believe to be an eagle.  It’s not. It’s an osprey.
It’s somewhat possible that you will see a marine creature of huge bulk with significant dentition. And scales. Green scales, reportedly. With, as we say, many, many teeth.  That would be Normie.  Normie, the Lake Norman Monster.  With, of course, a website: www.lakenormanmoster.com. And coloring books for children, the more contrarian of whom may color Normie’s scales purple.

And, by all means, drop in to say hello to Mark Kale, general manager, at Lake Norman Marina, your Cobalt dealer, at 6965 Highway 150 East, just over nine miles west of I-77, three miles east of Highway 16. (704-483-5546).

Normie can wait.

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Lifestyle | Tags: Cobalt Boats, Destination, Family Boating, Lifestyle


Thursday, May 03, 2012

Dare to Dream of A Cobalt

 

It never, ever hurts to dream.  To dream huge, fine, and faraway.  And so today’s cruise to fantasyland involves land belonging to three different countries – Germany, Austria, and Switzerland – about 250 miles of shoreline surrounding Lake Constance. The Swiss Alps jut above, stunning in their vistadom, the ideal backdrop for life to be lived for a time on a Cobalt of European extraction, one of the cuddies in the line probably, a 273 let’s say, the 273 an amalgam of luxury, utility, convenience, comfort, and performance that speaks to the needs of essentially every owner, its broad beam welcoming to you, your traveling companions, and the sunset about to explode in this old, old part of Western civilization, where reconstructed dwellings from the Stone and Bronze Ages wait ashore.

As do other beacons of culture when you leave your Cobalt for a day trip to the vineyards, quite odd museums, historic town squares, ornate churches, and – yes, Virginia — castles surrounding Lake Constance. Maybe you’ll slip into Friedrichshafen, Germany, the city which gave the world the zeppelin, the cigar-shaped hot-air balloon invented there by old Count Ferdinand von Z. himself. Or maybe you’ll listen to /Tosca/ performed on the Constance-borne floating stage at the town of Bergenz in Austria. A lake festival in Arbon, Switzerland in June culminates in a massive fireworks display like unto that a few days later on the Grand Lake of the Cherokees. The German town of Konstanz gave the lake its name and its principal picnic item, Muenster so outrageously good that an accompanying wine is routinely forgotten.

Angling is prolific, and the lake serves up several species of incredibly edible fish, varieties of perch, pike, and trout at the top of the list – staples of the restaurants in every shore-town.  Perfect beaches, both sand and pebble, punctuate the lake, made picturesque not just by the sleek Mediterranean lines of your luxury Cobalt boat, but also by the frequent regattas and sailing competitions throughout the summer months.

As the third largest lake in Europe, and the biggest lake in the region of the Black Forest, Constance is popular, and then some.  By no means overcrowded, the area is nonetheless aflutter with leisure activity of every sort, and you’ll share Lake Constance with laughing, friendly people – locals and tourists alike – all attuned to a healthful outdoor lifestyle.

Please be advised that a license, easily enough obtained, is required to captain a Cobalt on the lake. For additional information about a dreamy vacation centered around a pre-alpine lake of pristine beauty with German airships overhead, you simply cannot find more informed, more helpful people than the happy folks at our Cobalt dealerships: Brunnert-Grimm AG Espen 9, CH-8274 Gottlieben Tel 0041 71 669 11 77 Fax 0041 71 669 15 56

info@brunnert-grimm.ch  www.brunnter-grimm.ch  or Boote Pfister GmbH Wahlweg 6, D-97525 Schwebheim, Tel.: +49 (0)9723 9371-0, Fax: +49 (0)9723 9371-21 jpfister@bootepfister.de   www.bootepfister.de

 

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