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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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, 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.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Innovative Features, Watersports | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Luxury Boat, New Boat, Wakeboard, Watersports
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
Friday, January 22, 2016
Uncompromising quality and innovation: The Cobalt CS3
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
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