Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boating Magazine Reviews Cobalt R3

 

It was a choppy day on Tampa Bay, but the R3 performed like a much larger craft! The team at Boating Magazine took the R3 for a test spin in stiff chop, but she undoubtedly performed in true Cobalt fashion. Able to really strut her stuff, the R3 reached just a wisk shy of 50 mph at wide-open throttle and showed off great midrange oomph, all while executing tight graceful turns at speed. We are not surprised, and are quite proud of the performance. Here are a few key notes about the Cobalt R3:
 
“What might surprise you is how much interior space the R3 has for a 24-foot boat with an 8-foot-6-inch beam,” reports the magazine. “Thanks to a build process Cobalt calls free space reclamation (FSR), that roominess is no optical illusion.” Cobalt is proud to deem this phrase one of our finest innovations. The hull and deck are shaped for a much more exacting fit. An extra foot of interior width is noticeable as you stroll through the cockpit with loads of free space.
 
Now on to the seating arrangements. “Cobalt adorns the R3 with seating that wraps around the transom and the port side. A double-width bench sits in front of the port console; its backrest adjusts to allow passengers to face forward or aft. There’s also a jump seat behind the plush captain’s chair,” says Boating Magazine.“All of the seats are covered with high-quality premium vinyl that looks sharp and is easy to clean due to a protective outer coating.” And we can’t forget to mention the backrest/chaise lounge on the transom which flips down to create a beach of a sun pad. Of course, the additional flip-up cushion creates a nice rumble seat as well, if you so choose an aft-facing arrangement. “The extended swim platform features Cobalt’s signature stainless-steel bumper rail for dockside protection. The flip-down fiberglass swim step is another Cobalt calling card, and it makes getting in and out of the water incredibly easy.”
 
And to wrap it all up, the guys at Boating Magazine took a seat in the bow area, really soaking it all in. “It has plush forward-facing backrests abutting either console, with recessed stainless-steel grab rails for safety. The backrest cushions lift up on gas-assist struts to reveal cavernous stowage in both consoles — another benefit of FSR. The consoles support a sturdy raked windshield with stainless-steel-topped frame.”
 
We have to say they did a great job hitting the hot spots of the R3, rating it amongst the best. The exclusive Cobalt features like the leather-wrapped steering wheel and hand-stitched vinyl eyebrow really set this model on top. From the massive stowage compartments to the wood-grain dash, the R3 deserves a good test every time she is tested. The rest of the story can be found here.
 
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  Categories: Industry News, Innovative Features | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Luxury Boat, New Boat


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cobalt Boats Brings You Product Updates for 2014

 

Cobalt Boats is excited to introduce the R3 and R7, sisterships of the widely popular R5. Let’s start with their physical descriptors that don’t leave much for the imagination. The R Models exterior profiles are sleek and low. The transom, platform design and aft sunpad are sculpted beautifully creating a smooth and sexy shear line. The sunpad backrest - convertible, and the rumble seat is simple and effective. Step aboard through the walk-through transom, and you’ll notice the cockpit has an interior beam measurement that is over a foot wider than any competitive runabout. This interior expansion, free space reclamation, is exactly what Cobalt’s new design creates. The wrap-around yacht style seating is widest of the mid-sized runabout category where only the R Models can deliver the expansive, luxurious yacht style seating arrangement. The attention to detail in the upholstery with the stitching is in perfect harmony. The design of the passenger seat provides a completely innovative convertibility to the cockpit. At the helm, the aluminum dash panels, stainless switches, and form-fitted vinyl eyebrow are all highlighted by the 5" digital gauges with multi-function displays. The Rockford Fosgate stereo with Bluetooth, provides fidelity that any audiophile will appreciate. It’s the leather wrapped wheel that allows you to nestle comfortably into the helm chair and utilize the perfectly placed armrest, and ergonomically positioned footrest. Everything fits, everything Cobalt.

Explore the pure simplicity, the unmatched craftsmanship that Cobalt delivers in this new series of sport boats. Discover wide open freedom; discover the Cobalt R series. The R3 and R7 join the R5 to make a complete series of boats that are unmatched in function and fashion.
 
And it doesn’t stop there. Cobalt is constantly making product improvements to enhance your boating experience. The new 220 S interior adds a convertible port side seat/lounger choice to our popular 220 model. The “Dagger Arch” is now available in White or Ebony Powder Coat, and there is a newly available electric actuated arch now available on the A Series, the SD Series, and many of the BR series. We have numerous other product enhancements to share with you, so stop by your Cobalt dealer showroom, or see us at a boat show for a thorough review.

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Innovative Features | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, New Boat


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


Friday, November 09, 2012

The Cobalt 336 Introduces Itself To The World

 

On the last weekend in October the Cobalt 336 said, “Hello, world.”

The introduction came at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on its fifty-third iteration. The show has become a cultural phenomenon representative of the Good Life in America with displays of apparel, electronics, fishing and diving equipment, jewelry, hats and caps, vacation destinations, exotic automobiles and, yes, artwork and real estate.  The show spreads over three million square feet of exhibit pace with a transportation network of bus shuttles, water taxis, and riverboats.

Easy to get lost amid all the hoopla, we suppose, easy to lose one’s marine identity among the runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and Trumpesque superyachts.  No problem for the 336 though, at anchor here among the planet’s various non-military floatables, no problem whatsoever. Because the 336 will mean so many different things to so many different owners, we saw the 336 assert itself in south Florida.

The 336 is, by turns, a cruiser, a bowrider, a dayboat, an overnighter, a well-mannered sportboat, and a flat-out jacked go-fast chest-thumper. Such diverse, entirely accurate describers come about because of the usual Cobalt abstractions, the qualities of design and construction that transform a boat into a very personalized dream machine. We speak of luxury and comfort and convenience and handling and ride and spaciousness and style and power. And, of course, these constructs arise from the details – the leathers of the cabin, the stainless arch and hardtop (optional), the panoramic side windows, the stainless steel of the windshield, a cabin at once snug and expansive, a sofa nine feet long, the heating and air-conditioning systems, the joystick controls, the shower seat in an enormous head compartment, the 27” LCD HD television and Blu-Ray player – all set in layback-and-loll room for a dozen old friends.

Some of the waves around the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show were man-made, and the new Cobalt 336 was responsible for more than its share.

You would have been proud.

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Innovative Features | Tags: Cobalt Boats, Cruiser, Cuddy , Luxury Boat, New Boat


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