Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Let’s Warm Things Up A Bit, Shall We?
Boat show season is wrapping up. All of us at Cobalt could not be more eager for the boating season ahead. But it's not too late to catch a show and score some great deals before summer is here.
We have been traveling the country and abroad to show you the very latest from our company. This year’s iteration of shows are presenting again the robust, invigorating sights of the latest and greatest Cobalt models, as well as the new Marker One Platform Series. And we can attest, Cobalt boat shows are a place of utter amazement. Our dealer network goes above and beyond just another booth with a few boats on display. We promise when you leave the boat show doors, you’ll be amped up for boating season, even in the chilly, winter weather.
Hit up a boat show now and you may even score better pricing during the “off season”! It’s the perfect time to start chatting with your Cobalt dealer and get psyched for boating season.
So what can you look forward to seeing at one of the Cobalt and Marker One boat shows? The all-new 220-S will be sure to bring in its own oohs and aahs. And of course the A40 will capture some eyes of those who seek magnificence. For those of you who are the fun seekers out there, be sure to catch the Marker One Platform Boat. You won’t want to miss its grand entrance this coming boating season!
If you haven’t already visited a boat show, please consider dipping a toe in a very sudden summer. Go to cobaltboats.com or markerone.com for an event calendar to find a show nearest you.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Innovative Features, Lifestyle, Shows and Events, Tips and Hints | Tags: Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Lifestyle
Saturday, July 14, 2012
A Cobalt Boater’s Dictionary
Your ownership of a Cobalt boat entitles you to use loud and often nautical terms of every stripe: those that have come fully into the vernacular — “learn the ropes,” for example – and those that remain damp and obscure — the onomatopoetic “garbling,” for example, “the illegal practice of mixing cargo with garbage.” No garbling around here. None whatsoever, as we invite you to talk the talk just as confidently as your Cobalt . . . er . . . walks the walk. Do be careful then, as nautical terms do sometimes make for unworkable metaphors.
- Anchor’s aweigh: Your cry to all aboard once the anchor has just cleared the bottom, signaling that you’re underway on a morning of absolute fun.
- Amidships: midway between the bow and stern of your Cobalt
- Astern: at the rear of your boat
- Ballast: a sophisticated set of tanks and their controls used to control buoyancy and stability on the Cobalt WSS boats
- Beam: the width of your Cobalt at its widest point
- Belay: to secure a rope by winding on a pin or cleat
- Bilge: the lower part of the inner hull, the deep-V hull that contributes so mightily to your Cobalt’s smooth, oh so smooth ride
- Binnacle: the case in which a compass is kept
- Brightwork: exposed polished metal on your Cobalt, pretty much everywhere on your Cobalt
- Buoy: a floating object of defined shape and color, anchored at a given position to serve as an aid to navigation, a floating object frequently struck by other boaters staring at your beautiful new Cobalt 243
- Chine: an angle on the hull, reversed on Cobalt hulls to enhance stability and strength
- Escutcheon: that area on the stern where you have lovingly displayed your Cobalt’s given name
- Freeboard: distance between the waterline and the gunwale on your Cobalt, a safe, eminently workable distance
- Gunwale: upper edge of your Cobalt’s side
- Handsomely: in a slow, even motion as in the retrieval of a line, as in “My, my, my. That Cobalt surely does leave the dock handsomely.”
- Keelhauling: maritime punishment in which the condemned sailor is dragged under the keel of a wooden ship, the barnacles doing their worst on the poor man; in fact, keelhauling simply will no longer work as a punishment for or deterrent to on-the-water misbehavior, such is the smooth perfection of the Cobalt hull
- Knot: a unit of speed – one nautical mile (1.1508 landlocked mile) per hour
- Land lubber: a person unfamiliar with being on the sea; also; a person unlucky enough to have never boarded a Cobalt
- Lanyard: a rope or line for fastening aboard your boat
- Larboard: the left side of a Cobalt, less common of course than portside, the counterpart of starboard, the right side of the boat
- Marina: a docking facility for boats and yachts, the scene of obvious and uncontrollable envy on the part of otherwise quite decent, quite lovable owners of boats manufactured somewhere other than Neodesha, Kansas
- Planing: when a fast-moving Cobalt skims over the water instead of pushing through it; the adverb/adjective pair most frequently attached to a Cobalt’s planning – “essentially instant”
- Scuttlebutt: a barrel with a hole from which sailors would drink; hence, a shipboard drinking fountain and therefore, in modern naval slang, “gossip”; a term now used almost exclusively at boat shows in the context of the Cobalt innovations about to be introduced for the new model year
- Skipper: the captain of the boat, as in “Skipper, are you truly this talented, or are you relying on the Livorsi engine controls, standard on all Cobalt twin-engine powertrains to dock your 303?”
- Transom: the transverse members of the boat’s construction at the stern, an aft wall of sorts to which the drive portion of the sterndrive is attached
- Windlass: a winch used to raise your boat’s anchor
Anchor’s aweigh fer sure, me hearties! And the scuttlebutt is that the skipper is just about to stand abeam and order an extra ration of grog for the entire ship’s company.
Categories: Lifestyle, Tips and Hints | Tags: Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, Saltwater
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