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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Thursday, October 01, 2015

2016 Cobalt & Marker One Dealer Meeting Honors Top Dealers

 

Setting the record as the best-attended dealer meeting in Cobalt Boats history, more than 400 dealers and vendors gathered at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada to recap the previous model year and plan for 2016. 

The festivities kicked off with a welcome reception which included the debut of five new models. This was the second year Marker One made its introduction into the platform series category and now there are three models – soon to be four. Among other announcements, the host dealer – Boulder Boats – was awarded and recognized, as well the new boat introduction with a sneak peek at each model. The evening concluded with food and beverage atop of the hotel’s scenic bridge overlooking Lake Las Vegas, a private lake with an exclusive clientele. In addition, the top dealers and customer satisfaction awards were also commended for their accomplishments in 2015. 

Seminars and other breakout sessions followed the next few days including an invigorating speech by keynote speaker, Ryan Estis. Estis has been recognized as “one of the best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine. His presentation included Cobalt and Marker One brand specific details and enlightening “today” topics that left the crowd motivated and inspired for the upcoming season.

Also presented during the business meeting was a donation of more than $60,000.00 to the Folds of Honor Program. Cobalt and Marker One Boats donated the net proceeds from each flag pole set sold to the organization, which provides educational scholarships to the families of fallen soldiers. 

The awards ceremony night was emceed by Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Gavan Hunt. He was accompanied by Vegas impersonators Marilyn Monroe and the Rat Pack, which made for great entertainment all evening. 

The prestigious recognition of the outstanding service and total dedication to customer satisfaction by the Cobalt and Marker One dealers remains a key highlight to the company’s annual dealer event. “This is the ultimate award our dealer organization wants to receive and each award recipient works hard to earn it. Three of our five recipients had a perfect score of 100 determined by 40-75 surveys returned.  Cobalt has a world-class dealer organization who will not settle for anything less than perfection.  It is an honor to partner with them,” said Debbie Meigs, Customer Service Consultant. The World’s Largest Cobalt Dealer for the fourth year in a row went to Singleton Marine Group, Buford, Georgia.  And new this year was the addition of the Largest Single-Market Dealer which was awarded to the team at Village Marina in Osage Beach, Missouri. 

Also presented for the first time ever was the Marker One Largest Dealer award which also went to Village Marina. In addition, awards were presented to the following as top performers in the platform category; Rambo Marine of Hazel Green, Alabama and Parks Marina of Okoboji, Iowa. The Regional CSI award is a coveted award.  

Other top dealers recognized included: 

·         Most Improved CSI: Nautiser-Centro Nautico, Portugal

·         International CSI: BoatCity, The Netherlands

·         Northeast CSI: O’Hara Marine, Inc, Brookfield, CT

·         Southeast CSI: Rambo Marine, Hazel Green and Westover, AL

·         Western CSI: San Ramon Boat Center, Rocklin, CA

·         Central & Worldwide: Gordy’s Lakefront Marine, Lake Geneva, WI

·         Top International Dealer: Powerboats, Poland

·         Rookie of the Year: The Harbor, MO

 

Also announced were the Top 10 dealers, which are noted below.

·         Seattle Boat Co., Inc., Washington

·         Parks Marina, Iowa

·         Premier Marine, New Hampshire

·         Gordy’s Lakefront Marine, Wisconsin

·         Arrowhead Boat & Yacht Sales, Oklahoma

·         San Ramon Boat Center, California

·         Rambo Marine, Alabama

·         Boats By George, Inc., New York

·         The Boat House of Cape Coral, Florida 

For more information regarding the 2016 product line, head over to www.cobaltboats.com and www.markerone.com

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