Cobalt Stories

  • Cobalt R5 owners and friends
    Many Cobalt owners get started with other powerboat brands and ‘ladder up’ to Cobalt. Not John Haynes, who jumped right in with his first boat, a Cobalt 230. “When I was a kid, my family had a small boat powered by a 5 or 10-hp. Evinrude outboard motor, but I don’t consider that to be a day boat,” he explained. His wife, Ala, was less generous, calling it “a rowboat with a motor,” but either
  • Perks' Great Loop completion party
    Where most Cobalt owners use their boats for rest and relaxation, Doug Perks also sees his A40 as a great vehicle for adventure. And his adventures, while many, have only just begun. The former CEO of Eclipse, Inc., a third generation family business that manufactured industrial heating components such as gas burners, Doug grew up sailing on Lake Geneva, WI, where his family had a home. An avid boater, he started out with other powerboat
  • While the Cobalt brand has many fans, August Munneke must be one of its youngest. Not an owner himself, August has nevertheless spent a great deal of his recreational time on board his grandfather’s Cobalt, and when the family discussion turned to planning his 4th birthday party, his immediate request was to have a cake with a Cobalt theme.   “We make it a point to pay special attention to the things our children express
  • Rob Moller began seriously considering boat ownership when he moved into a lake house back in 2001. Living in Florida, Rob and his wife, Pat, thought that being on the water would be an ideal way to enjoy time with friends and family, so he added a boat dock with davits to his property and then promptly got back to his busy life, working as a financial planner and enjoying his other hobbies, which included
  • Cobalt owner Todd Hyde has been a boater almost all his life. “My parents had a Chris-Craft when I was born, and they used to say I could swim before I could walk,” Todd recalled. “By the mid-1980s, I’d started a business and was boating on Lake Panorama, IA, the state’s only constant-level body of water,” he noted. That was the beginning of Todd’s quest for the ideal boat, limited by the fact that the