Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cobalt Boats & Marker One Launch Five New Models for 2016


Making their debut at the 2016 dealer meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada this September, Cobalt and Marker One introduced five new models – a record number of new boats introduced by the company in any one year. The Hilton Lake Las Vegas hosted more than 400 dealer and vendor participants all eager to experience the new boats. The 2016 product line takes innovation to the extreme level with superior construction, exclusive new styling, and inimitable performance and handling. 

The Cobalt A40, in the hard-top version, made its introduction in2015 and has made big waves in the performance day boat sector. New for 2016 is the A40 Coupe with a sleek windshield and integrated top design. The 12' beam houses roominess for the entire crew, all while they enjoy the luxury that surrounds them. The Coupe features impeccable slim-line styling with a navigation equipment shelf, sliding sunroof, and a retractable sure shade integrated into the design. This new model provides Cobalt customers the freedom of choice when it comes to the style of day boating they prefer: the open air feel of the hard top or the comfortable convertibility of the coupe.

The newest addition to Cobalt’s award-winning line of bowriders is the all-new R30 – a luxurious open-bow day boat designed with “Free Space Reclamation”, Cobalt’s exclusive technique for cockpit maximization. Elegant and expansive seating options combine with its endless storage spaces to provide the legendary ride that Cobalt is famous for. The largest of the BR Series, the R30 also features an electric actuated swim step astern along with a beach of a sunpad – large enough for four sun worshipers. The port side features a head compartment that doubles as a changing room. At the helm, the captain will find the glass cockpit design provides a birds-eye-view for a safe and enjoyable day on the water – equipped with Garmin screens that keep your systems and route in view at all times.

Cobalt’s R5 Water Sports Series Surf boat featuring the FWD drive from Volvo Penta was a huge hit at the meeting. Cobalt and Volvo sponsored the SURF SHACK and provided surfing lessons to over 125 participants during the launch of this new product. The WSS Surf features a patent-pending surf control system – which

automatically tunes the boat’s attitude to the optimal surf configuration. The R5 WSS Surf combines all the advantages of a sterndrive coupled with the wake-making capabilities of a forward drive.

The wake out back is fully customizable providing smooth transitions and a wide push zone. Jumping on plane instantly, the R5 WSS Surf features the same smooth, comfortable, quiet ride that Cobalt owners have demanded since 1968.

The 2016 Cobalt CS3 is making its debut as the newest boat in the Gateway Series. Measuring over 23 feet and perfectly priced – the CS3 features a completely new hull and deck design. Innovation married with new interior styling will catch the eyes of younger boaters looking to step into a Cobalt. The CS3 features an island sunpad with port and starboard walk-throughs at the transom. Don’t think you can afford a Cobalt? This boat is the perfect stepping stone into that boating arena – and will be especially appealing to those who do not wish to compromise luxury or performance.

Marker One Platform Series launched in to the pontoon market with two fiberglass decked models in 2015 – the M25 and M27. This year, the ML4 will add to the line featuring a popular L-shaped seating layout, new exterior and interior styling, and a new aggressive price point. Its elegant styling and broad selection of features will have luxury pontoon seekers taking notes. The fiberglass liner combined with unique fiberglass hull sides will make this model a contender in this popular segment. Engine choices of Mercury, Yamaha, or Evinrude provide the freedom to choose. Couple that with the electric swim step and exciting gel coat color options and the ML4 is destined to be the buzz at this year’s boat shows!

For more information on these new models along with a complete list of boats, go to and


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

No Shortcuts in 2015


The 2015 model year has already kicked off to a great start. Cobalt Boats has introduced the highly anticipated R7 Water Sports Series (WSS) as well as a new S-interior option for the 200. These exciting debuts made their appearance at the 2015 Dealer Meeting held in the fall.

The R7 WSS is every watersports enthusiast’s dream. Standing fully prepared to fulfill demands of wakeboarding, wakeskating, or any and all watersport activities, this package exhibits outstanding athleticism and style. “This boat is the perfect combination of stern drive excellence and a water-sport towing machine,” says Gavan Hunt, VP of Sales and Marketing. The addition of the R7 to the WSS series makes a great addition to our product offering, the tremendous interior beam synced with the WSS package will undoubtedly become an industry benchmark.

This ultimate bowrider sports new exterior graphics and a unique R model arch with billet wakeboard racks. The WSS-specific trim throughout the upholstery and dash, provides an aggressive look to the cockpit. As with any of Cobalt’s WSS sport boats, the new R7 WSS is showcased by the chrome WSS badge at the transom. A feature that provides a custom highlight, worthy of gloat. “The R7 WSS has already surpassed our initial projections. We can’t wait to see more from this industry-leading boat.”

Encompassing style, convenience and comfort, the 200-S interior is also new to the 2015 lineup. This versatile seating arrangement combines an oversized layout with amazing performance. The passenger seat can be positioned in a traditional, forward-facing manner, then quickly and easily flipped down, transforming the cockpit into a massive arena-style seating arrangement. “In addition, the 200-S includes an in-floor ski locker for convenient storage, which is also an added bonus” Hunt adds. And to top it off, the 200-S interior utilizes every square inch of space, maximizing your ability to bring aboard every necessity for a fun day on the water. 


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Monday, July 01, 2013

Cobalt’s Water Sports Series


In these days of endless sun and perpetual youth, the water holds a particular attraction for the athletic and the less-inhibited among us.  Cobalt’s Water Sports Series (WSS) boats have been built for friends and families who enjoy each other at speed, in the air, occasionally upside-down.

In addition to all the expected, all the traditional advantages of Cobalt design and manufacture – raw power, quickness to plane,  and stability in the turns, for example – the WSS boats bring along some special features sure to catch the practiced eye of  marine athletes and the good-hearted people who pull them around.

Let’s begin with the unglamorous but utterly necessary: Cobalt wakeboard racks from industry pioneer Roswell stash up to four boards safely up, up and out of the way, preserving precious interior storage space. Proven Roswell design meshes maximized functionality with clean chromed lines in a package at once fashionable and efficient. Look for cast-aluminum tines machined to exceptionally close tolerances with a reinforcing backing plate and protective rubber gaskets mechanically positioned, all to ensure lifetime strength, lifetime ease of use.  A three-position swivel comes standard on all Cobalt racks for convenient loading and unloading of boards – no damaging drops, no more leaning out over the gunnels to retrieve a board.

Okay.  Time to jump up and down.  Here comes the ski tower, ready to deliver the vertical lift necessary for airborne antics. Made of superstrong stainless-steel tubing (2” O.D.) all around – no aluminum whatsoever, the tower rises from backing plates structurally embedded in the fiberglass for rugged, durable, failsafe mounting. Welded grab handles emerge on each side. A bimini top creates generous headroom under a fully protective sunshade.

Let the acrobatics begin.

Accurate and consistent in its performance, easy and straightforward in its use, the Wakeboard Pro cruise control from PerfectPass helps even inexperienced drivers deliver smooth, predictable, essentially perfect rides to skiers and boarders. The Wakeboard Pro makes water sports more enjoyable, and simply so: just by preselecting a speed on the in-dash display and pulling the rider up as usual.  At the chosen speed, the Wakeboard Pro takes firm, precise control.

And get this!

A personalized screen shows riders’ names and preferred speeds, in addition to all the expected data from a digital speedometer and tach.

And up, down, and all around the WSS boats mean that famous Cobalt ride.

Do we hear applause astern?


  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Lifestyle, Watersports | Tags: Bowrider, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Wakeboard, Watersports

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Cobalt Ride


As the years go by, we hear time and many times again that the most memorable, and therefore the most critical, component of the Cobalt Experience is The Ride. You sit in the bow of a 220. You captain a 232. You relax rather completely on the lounge of a 276. And you notice almost nothing.  No discomfiting thump as your Cobalt comes on plane. No unpleasant bouncing about at cruise.No slip and slide in the turns.

And no component of the Cobalt Ride matters more, contributes more, than the extended running surface, an abstract sort of deal if ever there were one.  The marine engineering says that a boat’s ride smooths and stabilizes as more of the hull maintains contact with the water at speed. Existential, the effects of this contact.

The hull’s surface forces against the water – Cobalt fiberglass touching gulf and lake and river at cruising speed.  And the results are unmistakable: quicker planning, firmer and truer turns, minimized bow rise, more lift astern and, when combined with the deep-V shape of the prototypical Cobalt hull, comfort and security so nearly perfect that . . . well . . . let’s tear across the bay again.

Just to feel The Ride once more.


  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Innovative Features, Lifestyle, Watersports | Tags: Boat Builders, Boat Dealers, Cobalt Boats, Luxury Boat

Monday, February 13, 2012

Cobalt Innovation


United States Patents do not belong to those terrified by paperwork.  The application process calls for a black-and-white welter of forms, abstracts, descriptions, claims, amendments and, in some cases, appeals. We’re protecting intellectual property here, folks, and there are lawyers involved.  A peculiar set of attorneys, odd in their wanting to wade knee-deep into the minutiae of what belongs to whom for how long and why.

So it comes with some pomp, some legal precedence, this Cobalt swim step and its patent. As is with so many great ideas – gravity, yeast, the hula-hoop – the Cobalt swim step operates as a beautiful simplicity, its form matched honestly to its function. Kiddos with inflatable wings pushing their pudgy little deltoids right up into the sunlight can scamper in and out of the water with natural-born ease and public safety, thanks to this step, this lift and soft drop, this elegant contraption of electropolished stainless steel deploying – and then retracting to its hiding place –in the splash of a cannonballer’s fun. We’re talking seconds here, folks.

As with so many other Cobalt innovations, other Cobalt creations of an industry’s standard, there will come imitators. From the bow scuff-plate to the backing on siderails to the flip-lip captain’s seat, Cobalt design has been copied and copied again by would-be competitors. And they will most certainly now be investigating the nuts-and-bolts of the swim step, eager to adapt it for their own borrowed use.  But not for seven years or so.  Not if this federal government of ours has anything to say about this particular little deal.


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