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, 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


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.

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Innovative Features, Lifestyle, Shows and Events, Watersports | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Bowrider, Cobalt Boats, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, Neodesha, New Boat, Wakeboard, Watersports


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


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