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


 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Innovative Features, Lifestyle | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Bowrider, Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, Neodesha, New Boat


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

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Innovative Features, Lifestyle | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Builders, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, Neodesha, New Boat


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! 

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Lifestyle | Tags: Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Destination, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Neodesha


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

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Shows and Events | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Bowrider, Cobalt Boats, Cruiser, Cuddy , Luxury Boat, Neodesha, New Boat, Runabout, Watersports


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 www.cobaltboats.com and www.markerone.com.

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Shows and Events, Watersports | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Bowrider, Cobalt Boats, Cruiser, Cuddy , Family Boating, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, Neodesha, New Boat, Runabout, Wakeboard, Watersports


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"We never aimed to be the biggest boat company, just the best."

 

It all starts with Founder, Pack St. Clair’s vision – “We never aimed to be the biggest boat company, just the best.” From there, his team of exceptional leaders has created an essence, a passion that is felt as soon as you walk through the doors at Cobalt Boats. A passion that motivates our boat builders not only to come to work each day, but to take pride in hand craftsmanship, a trait not necessarily taught, but instilled in the people. In their eyes, the same people who mold our hulls and gelcoat boats are just as essential as the leaders themselves.

As individuals, these leaders have exceptional traits that include the obvious skills like hard work ethic and integrity. But what makes this group exceptional is the driving force behind what we do every day. To be an industry leader, it takes more than just being good at building boats. To be a front-runner in this industry, it takes innovation, constant research and the power to execute a quality product. This team does just that – continuously revolutionizing the boating world, investing in the “what else can we do”, and enlisting in a team of experts, not only in the behind the computers, but walking the floors of our facility, too. 

As a result, Cobalt Boats has manifested new innovations that have lured the industry into a different way of thinking. Marker One, one of the company’s innovations, is a platform style boat – an entirely new market. Boat builders and experts took note as the platform boat debuted, and now has the industry thinking creatively about what we typically call “pontoon” boats. Marker One Platform Series embarks on an original idea and has since evolved as the new benchmark for luxury boating. It took this group of leaders to make it all come together – the diligence, research, the re-do’s and un-do’s. Marker One is a success not only because the product is unique, but also because of the people behind it.

And it should not go unmentioned that there are several other product innovations steaming behind this group. This year alone, Cobalt and Marker One will launch eight models. Not just one or two boats that stem from the same lineup, but innovative designs, unheard of for most boat manufacturers.

The worldwide dealer network and team at Cobalt Boats and Marker One have undoubtedly been a catalyst, driving the entire industry to think boldly, get creative and re-energize the market. Cobalt Boats became a leader in the industry not solely because the boats are great, but also because of the team and associates behind the product. It is because of the passion behind the product that makes this company great. The faces on every associate reflect that of our leaders; it’s our DNA.


 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Innovative Features, Lifestyle | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Builders, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, Neodesha


Saturday, August 01, 2015

The Ultimate Day Boat: A Review of the Cobalt A40

 

We can't say enough good things about our Cobalt flagship - the A40. A culmination of the finest craftsmanship married with the most luxurious amenities, the Cobalt A40 has received its fair share of gloats. However, our friends at Boat Dealers in Canada recently took the A40 on a ride, and it proved to be even more jaw-dropping than we described. Read more here.


 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Innovative Features | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boating Industry, Cruiser, Cuddy , Family Boating, Luxury Boat, New Boat, Watersports


Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Cobalt Boats Named Hole-In-One Sponsor of the Digital Ally Open

 

Digital Ally Inc. and the Digital Ally Open are proud to welcome Cobalt Boats as the Hole-in-One Sponsors for the 2015 Digital Ally Open. “We’re happy to have a nationally recognized and quality brand associated with the Tournament.” Remarked Stanton E. Ross, Chairman & CEO of Digital Ally, Inc. 

Cobalt Boats and Lake Viking Marine will sponsor a new 2016 Cobalt as a hole-in-one prize for amateurs and professionals to compete to win during tournament week. The contest will begin Wednesday for amateurs with the official Web.com Tour Pro-Am and continue with the professionals Thursday-Sunday.

“We’re pleased to partner with the Web.com Tour, Digital Ally, Children’s Mercy and our local Kansas City area dealer, Lake Viking Marine.” Said Clark Boone, Central Region Sales Manager for Cobalt Boats. “Being a Kansas family business since 1968, we felt this partnership fits our marketing strategies perfectly here in the Mid-West.” added Boone. Cobalt Boats has 650 associates building approximately 2,000 boats annually ranging from 20-40 feet, right here in Kansas. "The Kansas City Crusaders and the Digital Ally Open are proud to partner with Cobalt Boats, a Kansas company that shares the vision of giving back to the community and to First Responders. Our pro-am participants and Web.com Tour professionals are also beyond thrilled at the opportunity to win a brand new boat!"  Stated Kelly Eddy, Executive Director of the Kansas City Crusaders and Digital Ally Open. 

“We want our efforts to impact every First Responder out there, even those who protect and serve our lakes and waterways.” Ross commented. “We’re very lucky to have a partner that shares in the value of charitable work not only nationally, but also locally.” Cobalt Boats willsponsor a charity toy drive benefiting Children’s Mercy throughout tournament week. Boone explained, “Our Boat Load of Toys for Children’s Mercy at the entrance of the event is another great way for the community to come together for a great cause.” Attendees will be able to contribute by donating toys all week, on-site at the Digital Ally Open entrance. 

The 2015 Digital Ally Open will be held August 3rd - 9th at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. More information can be found at www.DigitalAllyOpen.org.

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Lifestyle, Shows and Events | Tags: Boat Builders, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Lifestyle, Neodesha


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


Monday, June 10, 2013

Build on, Neodesha.

 

In the little Kansas town of Neodesha a huge sign hangs over the entrance to the Cobalt plant: “Through these doors walk the best boatbuilders in the world.” Simple statement of a complex fact.

For owners of Cobalt boats the word “best” passes without contradiction.  Those proud owners’ confident assurance of Cobalt quality begins in the handiwork of their boats’ builders.  Key word: “builders”.  Not producers. Not assembly-line workers.  But builders – hands-on, personally engaged, personally responsible builders.  Craftspeople with demonstrated skills, an uncompromising ethic of work, and self-imposed standards of individual accountability.

Cobalt is approaching fifty years of building boats in the classic tradition.  We’re a throwback of sorts, a company of the insistent belief that the very best work is done by hand.  Of course, we understand the role that the tools of a digital age can play in the production of boats of immediate service and enduring value.  Machines can produce. They can produce just fine.  And we take rich advantage of the accuracies, the exact replications, the measurements of performance that emerging technologies make possible.

But only a knowledgeable, caring human being can build.

So we persist in the daily pursuit of the unreachable -- the design, manufacture, and ongoing support of the perfect runabout, the ideal performance cruiser. With our dealers worldwide, we give our minds and hearts to the winning of the hearts and minds of our customers.

And the results are these, tangible and unforgettable in a summer that lasts like laughter: the escaping ooohs and inescapable wows of sudden movement, a welcome if unasked amnesia, the cares of a workaday world whisked away in a nanosecond of spray, land-locked worries gone in the laughing thump to the chest that defines a good, good day.

Build on, Neodesha.

 

  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Innovative Features | Tags: Boat Builders, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Luxury Boat, Neodesha


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