Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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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