Friday, November 21, 2014

Cobalt Dealers lead the way at Boating Industry’s Top 100 Boat Dealers in North America

 Boating Industry announced the 10th annual list of Top 100 dealers in North America in Orlando last week. The black-tie event brought in dealers from across the country in anticipation for the most prestigious dealer awards in the industry. Cobalt Boats is proud to announce that Gordy’s Lakefront Marine in Fontana, Wisconsin was selected as the number one dealer in North America. 

A composition of financial performance and growth, dedication to customer service and creative marketing strategy make Gordy’s an industry leader in today’s market. “Their commitment to Cobalt Boats is unwavering and they continue to play a leadership role in our dealer network,” says Gavan Hunt, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The team at Gordy’s consistently ‘Wows’ their customers with 100% customer satisfaction. Their winning attitude and phenomenal team spirit drive success in everything they do.” 

Team Gordy’s, along with all the other Cobalt dealers who received awards, were treated to a pre-gala toast which included Cobalt wine. In addition to the award, each dealer was presented with an engraved Cobalt wine bottle to celebrate their accomplishments. A special celebratory flyover was also arranged for the team at Gordy’s in recognition of their hard work and achievements this year. 

Cobalt Boats would also like to applaud several other dealers who were recognized at the Top 100 event. In the Top 10, five Cobalt dealers were awarded honors, which included #3 Singleton, #5 Seattle Boat Company, #6 Parks Marina and #7 Strong’s Marine. Rounding out the Top 20, Cobalt dealers awarded included #15 Hagadone Marine Group and #17 Action Water Sports. In addition, Legendary Marine, the 2012 and 2013 Dealer of the Year, was inducted into the Top 100 Hall of Fame.

Below are the remaining Cobalt dealerships recognized as Top 100 dealers.

Boat Town, Austin, Texas

Candlewood East Marina, Brookfield, Conn.

Causeway Marine Sales, Manahawkin, N.J.

Cleveland Boat Center, Cleveland, Tenn.

Futrell Marine, Nashville, Ark.

Hoffmaster’s Marina, Woodbridge, Va.

Lake Viking Marine, Gallatin, Mo.

Lodder’s Marine, Fairfield, Ohio

Marine Sales of Pickwick & Kentuckiana, Counce, Tenn.

Paris Marine, Selwyn, Ontario

Rambo Marine, Hazel Green, Ala.

Rayburns Marine, Kelowna, British Columbia

Slalom Shop Boats & Yachts, Lewisville, Texas

Starboard Marinas/The Harbor, Branson, Mo.

The Boat Shop, Tafton, Pa.

To see a full list of the award recipients, go to http://www.boatingindustry.com/top-100/top-100-dealers/. 

Congratulations to all the dealers from the Cobalt family in Neodesha and thank you for what you do to make our company successful!

 

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


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cobalt unveils Marker One pontoon, honors top dealers


 

More than 400 Cobalt Boats dealer participants from across the US, Canada, and other International locations traveled to The Chateau on the Lake Resort and Spa on Table Rock Lake in Missouri as the company unveiled its 2015 boats, including its entry into the pontoon market, the Marker One.

“We are fortunate to have almost 100% attendance from our dealer partners and we appreciate them taking a few days out of their schedules to attend our meeting,” said Paxson St. Clair, CEO of Cobalt Boats. “We would like to thank our host, The Harbor Marina. The Harbor owns multiple marinas on Table Rock Lake including the Chateau Marina providing a perfect venue for Cobalt. This year we welcomed not only a huge percentage of our domestic dealers, but were pleased to have dealers from Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Latin America. The meeting was the world premiere of three new Cobalt models and two new Marker One Platform Series models. Our dealer partners are enthusiastic about the prospects of the upcoming selling season including the addition of the Marker One brand.”

See below for a video on the Marker One.

Cobalt also recognized its top dealers with several awards.

The Top Ten awards are based on a combination of the CSI score and annual sales volume. The World’s Largest Cobalt Dealer and the number one spot in the Top Ten Dealer awards, for the third year in a row, went to Singleton Marine Group, Buford, Georgia. Singleton Marine Group is a family owned business and has been a Cobalt dealer since the 1996 model year.

The remaining Top Ten Dealer awards:

  • Arrowhead Yacht Club & Boats Sales
  • Parks Marina
  • Gordy’s Marina
  • Premier Marine
  • Village Marina
  • Boats by George
  • Seattle Boat Company
  • Slalom Shop
  • Walker’s Point Marina

Cobalt recognized SportBas from Chile as the Top International Dealer worldwide.

Also honored were the Customer Satisfaction Award recipients. Independent of sales volume and based solely on CSI scores, dealers must achieve a Net Promoter Score of 75 percent or above, out of a possible 100, in the last quarter of the model year. Cobalt recognized 72 percent of the dealer organization, 28 of which maintained a perfect score of 100.

Each year a single dealership receives an award which represents a special effort to ensure customer satisfaction and as a result, increases their CSI score. The 2014 Most Improved CSI Award was presented to Boulder Boats in Las Vegas, NV.

The top CSI honors for the Central Sales Region was also the Worldwide CSI Award winner achieving a 100% score for the second year in a row. This award was presented to Gordy’s Lakefront Marina, Lake Geneva, WI.

The Western Region CSI honors went to David’s Sport Center in Oklahoma City, OK.

The South Eastern Region CSI Award was presented to Rambo Marine, Hazel Green, AL.

The North Eastern CSI Award was presented to Modern Marine, Nashville, TN.

The Regional CSI Award for International dealers went to Boote Pfister in Germany.

Rookie of the Year Award is given to the first year dealer with top ranking sales. The 2014 award was awarded to Top Notch Marine, Pompano Beach, Florida.

 

  Categories: Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Shows and Events | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cobalt Boats Premiers A40 at Miami Boat Show

 

Cobalt Boats recently attended the Miami Boat Show in Florida February 13-17, 2014, to premier the highly anticipated A40. The Miami Boat Show is recognized as the world’s premier boat show, with more 2,000 exhibitors spanning across three locations. Cobalt dealers and invited guests from across the globe traveled to the show to take part in the event. 

 

The event provided the opportunity for participants to experience the exhilarating performance of the A40 and get behind the wheel for demonstration cruises throughout the show. The demos were led by Cobalt and Volvo Penta representatives, as the featured A40 was equipped with Volvo D6 Diesel stern drives.

Cobalt held a reception featuring an exclusive tasting of Cobalt Wine. The event was hosted by Pack St. Clair, Founder and Paxson St. Clair, CEO at the Marriot Biscayne Bay. “The A40 premier at the Miami Boat Show was an instant success,” said Gavan Hunt, VP of Sales and Marketing. “The A40’s agile performance and sleek, elegant profile spoke for itself. Our customers and dealer partners were very pleased with the premier. Our dealers have staked the claim that the A40 is the ultimate day boat, and the team at Cobalt is thrilled with the initial demands of this new model.”  

The A40 is a sport yacht that combines the needs of luxury day boating with the demands for a weekend aboard. Below deck, the twin dual propeller gas or diesel stern drives provide instantaneous on plane times with speeds approaching 50 mph. The available Volvo joystick and Mercury Axius control pods allow for pinpoint docking accuracy.

The cockpit features a hydraulic swim platform, stainless trimmed hard top, convertible island sun pad, outdoor galley with fridge, and a profiled frameless style windshield. The technologically advanced helm features a Garmin glass cockpit with dual 12" touch screen GPS multi-function gauges providing intuitive response to the captain’s demands.
Austrian free-range leather, granite countertops, rich wood grains, and panoramic windows adorn the cabin. In addition to luxury, the A40 is constructed with a durable fiberglass stringer grid system and composite transom inset with a full fiberglass inner-liner.

The A40 is a custom production model available through the Cobalt Dealer Network worldwide. The Cobalt A40 is now in production and has sold through July 2014. To learn more about this new model, visit the A40 webpage here.

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Shows and Events, Videos | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boating Industry, Cuddy , Family Boating, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, New Boat, Runabout


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Your Best Weekends

 

In no way reasonable do I pretend that the looming, if warm and well-lit, interior of an exhibition hall can reproduce the joys of your favorite cove. But you can visit the arena nearest you in these latter, all-important days of America’s boat-show season, and you can check out the new Cobalts on display there.  Yes you can.

In every way reasonable I argue that those few precious hours in the company of these boats will remind you that a new Cobalt can become a place set apart in space and time, even under the domed concrete ceiling of a trade show.  Even there, with the popcorn smell and the undertones of a thousand conversations, a new Cobalt will incline you toward a state of mind that says, “Let’s slow down here. Let’s sit and enjoy each other’s company a while longer.”  Yes, you should.

And then you can come to the point of this particular afternoon, and you can take a hard, work-manly look at the Cobalt models for 2012, four of them brand new to the line. You might then dig around in the Cobalt of your choice.  You might look at the stitching of the upholstery. You might run your hand along the gleaming finish of a perfect gelcoat.  You might open some storage bins, and notice their the fit and finish of a boat that’s way, way more than meets the casual eye. You might decide that right here is a boat ready to take you down to the sea in style, safety, dependability, and obvious comfort.  Yes, you might.

So here’s the deal. Make the sea level rise.  Roll up your pants, and visit a boat show near you. You deserve an up-close and very personal look-see with some new friends from a Cobalt dealership near you.

Yes, you do.

 

  Categories: Shows and Events | Tags: Destination, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, New Boat


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