Monday, February 08, 2016

The Cobalt Boat Show Experience

 

It’s cold. It’s snowy. Cabin fever has us all eager for warm sunshine, waterborne activities and high speed turns. Unfortunately for most of us, winter is here for a few more weeks. But even during the off season, boating can still be top of mind! We call it “Boat Show Heaven” – the small window of time where it is perfectly normal to spend countless hours in a ginormous convention center full of gorgeous watercrafts, sipping on cocktails and dreaming of your first (or next) boat! Speaking of dreamland, Cobalt Boats prides itself on not just building anotherboat, but your dream boat! At a boat show you can expect to find just that – dream boats, ready and willing to take you far, far away from this gloomy state we call winter. There, you’ll find an unmatched display of our best models coupled with a dealer network that will go above and beyond to ensure you have the ultimate experience from start to finish. Here are our top five reasons why you should bundle up, grab the kiddos and start thinking warm thoughts!

1. Our boat display will “wow” you!

It’s all about the details – from ambient lighting to lush carpet rollouts, the Cobalt display embraces both luxury and comfort. We should also add that our dealers make it a point to ensure easy maneuverability among the boats, allowing you to move swiftly from model to model.  Our clean, platform-style display provides a better view inside the boat, too!


2. Technology, baby!

Cobalt is a trendsetter when it comes to innovation. At our boat shows expect to see the latest trends and most up-to-date technology aboard any of our models. One of our favorite features is the Joystick Control System which provides effortless docking! This intuitive maneuvering through a joystick makes operation a breeze for the novice or seasoned boater. Expect also to see our newest engine options like the new FWD Drive from Volvo, along with other drive trains to explore!

3. Knowledge is key!

Our dealers are certified and trained to answer all of your boating questions. Having trouble deciding between models? Brands? Upgrades? Bring a list of questions to a boat show and ask away. Cobalt dealers will provide you with the all of the answers you need to make the best decision.

4. The time is now!

Experts alike will agree – boat show season is the best time to buy a boat. Cobalt dealers offer phenomenal pricing so take advantage by browsing various models and discussing opportunities with your representative..

5.  Customize it!

Another great feature of a Cobalt boat show is the ability to sit down and discuss key features that are important to you. Our Design Your Dream tool is a fun and easy way to customize your very own boat. Get ideas by browsing the models at the show, then sit down with a Cobalt representative to walk through building and pricing your very own dream Cobalt!

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Monday, February 01, 2016

Cobalt Top 10: Boating Destinations

 

It’s almost that time of year – vacation planning, summer outings and family reunions. For most of us, this means packing a cooler and heading for the great outdoors. And boating just happens to be one of the most sought-after vacation activities! We’d have to agree – it is one of the best ways to kick back, relax and enjoy the finer things in life. So as we anticipate warmer weather and the sand beneath our toes, we invite you to review some of our top boating destinations, brought to you by the guys who know it the best! Now let’s get to planning those fun-filled, wind-in-your-hair water excursions, Cobalt style!

In no particular order:

1. Lake Arrowhead, California

Dealer: Inland Boat Center

Considered one of the best kept secrets on the West Coast, Lake Arrowhead is as stunningly beautiful as she is wildly adventurous. With countless outdoor features that fulfill every adrenaline seekers’ fantasy, Lake Arrowhead never ceases to amaze. This is Mother Nature at her finest.  



2. Sarasota, Florida

Dealer: Sara Bay Marina

Strolling down the southwestern coast of the sunny state, this Floridian hot spot encompasses several barrier islands between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Here you’ll find placid waters, exciting waterfronts and beautiful islands all for your boating enjoyment!



3. Lake Powell, Arizona

Dealer: Boulder Boats

This destination is every boating enthusiasts’ dream! Gorgeous views, calm coves, fishing and big-day boating, this world-famous lake is a playground for everything on the water. Nested in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, boaters travel near and far to dip a toe in these crisp, cool waters. Make sure to read up on the historical comings of this great lake, too!


4. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Dealer: Village Marina

Offering boaters more than 1,000 miles of shore, you won’t have any trouble finding your own oasis on this lake. This sought-after vacation spot has a great variety of water fun for the entire family. From fishing to boating to camping, this lake attracts all ages for those seeking the great outdoors.



5. Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Dealer: Hagadone Marine Group

There’s no denying the beauty of this popular boating destination. Gorgeous beaches, wildlife attractions and crystal clear waters bring in boaters each year to bask in the beauty of these scenic views. While afloat, you even may be able to catch a glimpse of a bald eagle, a popular hobby of many of the locals.



6. Lake Tahoe, California

Dealer: San Ramon

Outdoor adventures and jaw-dropping scenery make this well-known destination a hot spot for avid boaters. Lake Tahoe is the biggest alpine lake in the U.S. and is one of the nation’s deepest! Spend time cruising the crystal waters or rest idle for a blissful retreat, no matter the occasion, Lake Tahoe always exceeds your expectations.



7. Okoboji, Iowa

Dealer: Parks Marina

Attracting those wildlife-seekers, this spring-fed lake is especially popular for families looking for outdoor fun. West Okoboji Lake is one of the most beautiful of the Iowa Great Lakes, with a breathtaking hue and impeccable depth. Welcome, watersport lovers, this lake is for you too.



8. Destin, Florida

Dealer: Legendary Marine

Locals and visitors alike, this spot attracts everything that encompasses fun in the sun. Water adventures and big-day boating are all on the to-do lists of those seeking crystal clear waters and sandy beaches. The excursions are endless, the boating is unmatched. You won’t want to miss these one-of-a-kind sunsets afloat either!


9. Lake George, New York

Dealer: Boats by George

This lake beckons travelers to come and stay awhile. Enjoy this ultimate destination hot spot by gasping in its beauty – in all four seasons! Even Thomas Jefferson himself wrote that this was the most beautiful water he had ever seen. Created by glaciers, this boater’s dreamland is clear, deep and well-marked. Who wouldn’t want to cruise over such a sparkling surface?


10. Glen Lake, Michigan

Dealer: Glen Craft Marina

Located in a spectacular setting of wooded rolling sand hills just east of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Lake is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the Great Lakes region. Remarkably clear waters, purity and lack of large waves make it a popular lake for boaters to relax and enjoy the great outdoors.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Uncompromising quality and innovation: The Cobalt CS3 

 

The crew from Power Boating Canada recently took a spin in the new Cobalt CS3. This model stood up to the test and passed with flying colors. Read more about their take on why this "American Dream" boat is now any Canadian's dream boat, too. 

http://powerboating.dgtlpub.com/?i=3818


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Friday, October 30, 2015

Marker One Introduces new products and appoints New Dealers for 2016 Model Year

 

Marker One Platform Series, recently introduced in summer 2014, has been making big waves in the North American boating industry throughout the 2015 model year. Marker One is a luxurious fiberglass decked platform style boat designed and engineered with Cobalt’s passion for excellence. This lineage of state-of-the-art craftsmanship and engineering excellence have already positioned Marker One as the benchmark of premium platform boating. The 2016 model year brings the introduction of two new models, the ML4 and the ML2, available with multiple interior configurations and power choices. “By broadening our product lines bandwidth, we will increase the opportunities available to our dealer network” said Gavan Hunt, V.P. Sales and Marketing. “We plan to duplicate the promise of product and service excellence that have made Cobalt the number one selling sterndrive from 20' – 40'.”






Platform boating enthusiasts can now experience the luxurious Marker One difference through an established dealer network in over 70 authorized sales and service locations across North America. We are proud to announce our newest dealer partners:

1.       Beacon Marine, Sister Bay, WI
2.       Bill’s Marine Inc., Portsmouth, VA
3.       Boat Shop, Tafton, PA
4.       Boating Center, Crestwood, KY
5.       Boulder Boats, Henderson, NV
6.       C&C Boat Works, Crosslake, MN
7.       Coralville Lake Marine, Iowa City, IA
8.       Futrell Marine, Heber Springs, AR
9.       Futrell Marine, Hot Springs, AR
10.   Futrell Marine, Nashville, AR
11.   Lake Viking Marine, Gallatin, MO
12.   Main Channel Marina, Syracuse, IN
13.   Nunmaker Boat Sales, Covington, LA
14.   Sara Bay Marina LLC, Sarasota, FL
15.   Shady Creek Marina, El Dorado, KS
16.   The Harbor, Branson, MO
17.   Traveland RV & Marine, Kennewick, WA
18.   Travis Marine, Knoxville, TN

For a Marker One dealer nearest you, please see our locator tool found at www.markerone.com

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Monday, October 26, 2015

#TakeADay

 

The NMMA staff had the opportunity to attend a Project Time Off forum event in New York this September, hearing from business leaders like Randi Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Zuckerberg Media and Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post, learning best practices for reaching new audiences with messages about the importance of time off and recreational activity. 



For instance, did you know:
  • 90% of workers believe time off helps them relax and recharge
  • 85% of workers say time off makes them happier
  • 77% of kids report feeling no stress when their parents take time off to spend time with them
  • 61% of kids want to spend quality time with parents during vacation
If we’re talking about economics, the numbers don’t lie: recreational activities stand to gain $6.7 billion if U.S. employees take their earned time off — and that only includes recreation while traveling, and doesn’t account for people who may buy or rent boats with their time off locally. That is a large piece of the pie that the boating industry could enjoy if U.S. employees took advantage of their earned time off.

Creating a work culture that is encouraging of using vacation time can go a long way toward keeping employees happy, and keeping them in their jobs, something HR leaders acknowledge. The cost of replacing an employee and the time it takes to train a new one is worth considering.

We in the boating industry know that the water is the perfect venue for time with friends, family and children. The latest research on kids and families tells us we’re right.

We'll be using the hashtag #TakeADay on our social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter so please join us by sending your boating pics! 

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