Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Cobalt Boats Premiers A40 at Miami Boat Show
Cobalt Boats recently attended the Miami Boat Show in Florida February 13-17, 2014, to premier the highly anticipated A40. The Miami Boat Show is recognized as the world’s premier boat show, with more 2,000 exhibitors spanning across three locations. Cobalt dealers and invited guests from across the globe traveled to the show to take part in the event.
The event provided the opportunity for participants to experience the exhilarating performance of the A40 and get behind the wheel for demonstration cruises throughout the show. The demos were led by Cobalt and Volvo Penta representatives, as the featured A40 was equipped with Volvo D6 Diesel stern drives.
Cobalt held a reception featuring an exclusive tasting of Cobalt Wine. The event was hosted by Pack St. Clair, Founder and Paxson St. Clair, CEO at the Marriot Biscayne Bay. “The A40 premier at the Miami Boat Show was an instant success,” said Gavan Hunt, VP of Sales and Marketing. “The A40’s agile performance and sleek, elegant profile spoke for itself. Our customers and dealer partners were very pleased with the premier. Our dealers have staked the claim that the A40 is the ultimate day boat, and the team at Cobalt is thrilled with the initial demands of this new model.”
The A40 is a sport yacht that combines the needs of luxury day boating with the demands for a weekend aboard. Below deck, the twin dual propeller gas or diesel stern drives provide instantaneous on plane times with speeds approaching 50 mph. The available Volvo joystick and Mercury Axius control pods allow for pinpoint docking accuracy.
The cockpit features a hydraulic swim platform, stainless trimmed hard top, convertible island sun pad, outdoor galley with fridge, and a profiled frameless style windshield. The technologically advanced helm features a Garmin glass cockpit with dual 12" touch screen GPS multi-function gauges providing intuitive response to the captain’s demands.
The A40 is a custom production model available through the Cobalt Dealer Network worldwide. The Cobalt A40 is now in production and has sold through July 2014. To learn more about this new model, visit the A40 webpage here.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Shows and Events, Videos | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boating Industry, Cuddy , Family Boating, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, New Boat, Runabout
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Awarded to Gordy's Boats Associate
It is with great pleasure and excitement that Cobalt Boats congratulates Rallee Whowell-Chupich from Gordy’s Boats, who was recognized for her lifelong commitment to customer care and excellence in the marine industry. The Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year award was presented to Whowell at the Marine Dealer Conference.
The award is in honor of the late Darlene Briggs, of Wayzata, Minn., who was admired for her tireless dedication to the marine industry. To honor her memory, the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year award was founded in 1987. It is presented annually to an outstanding woman who is actively involved in the marine industry at any level. It recognizes "long and devoted service, untiring commitment, and the advancement of women in the marine business."
Each woman who applies has to be nominated by either her dealership or affiliate. These nominated women are active in the marine industry either from manufacturing or retail, but also active in the industry and local community. Family and personal accomplishments are also of key importance.
Once nominated, the application is completed and submitted to the selection committee. The recipient is recognized at the Marine Dealer Conference at a luncheon and presented an award and a monetary gift for further education.
This is a highly sought after award for active women in the industry and Cobalt Boats congratulates Whowell on this monumental achievement. We would like to recognize that the award was passed from the 2012 Woman of the Year, Cobalt’s own Debbie Meigs. Debbie has been a loyal and amazing Cobalt associate for 40 years, and is a customer care specialist. Cobalt congratulates these women for being the best of the best, and we look forward to carrying on Cobalt’s tradition of excellence for many years to come.
Categories: Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Shows and Events | Tags: Boat Dealers
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Cobalt Boat Shows - Find One Near YouThe boat show season has ramped to cruising speed, and all of us at Cobalt could not be more eager to show you what’s in store for 2014. It’s going to be yet another record-setting year for Cobalt, and our boat shows are the perfect place start the year off right. This year’s iteration of shows are presenting again the robust, invigorating sights of the latest and greatest Cobalt models. Cobalt boat shows are a place of utter amazement as you gaze lovingly at the boat of your dreams. Not to mention, getting you psyched for boating season. Need another reason to join us? Our boat shows are the best place to experience the luxury of a Cobalt, and because they are mostly held "off season", the shows typically feature the best pricing of the year.
So what can you look forward to seeing at one of the Cobalt boat shows this year? The R3 and R7, along with the R5 WSS models will all be capturing their big, big share of oohs, aahs, and ah-hahs. The 220 again is proving to be Cobalt’s most popular model, and this year we have added a new 220S seating option with convertible port side seat/lounger. And with this Spring’s introduction of the A40, you won’t want to miss Cobalt’s launch of the ultimate day boat!
If you haven’t already visited a boat show, please consider dipping a toe in a very sudden summer. Go to cobaltboats.com or click this link (http://www.cobaltboats.com/support/calendar_of_events.html) for an event calendar to find a show nearest you.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Shows and Events | Tags: Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Lifestyle
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Cobalt Dealers Lead The Way at Boating Industry's Top 100 Boat Dealers
This past November, the Marine Retailers Association of America hosted the Marine Dealership Conference and Expo and Top 100 Award presentations in Orlando, Florida. Legendary Marine of Destin, Florida was named Dealer of the Year for the second year in a row qualifying Legendary to be inducted into the Boating Industry “Hall of Fame”. Their rapid growth and focus on constant improvement was noted as the dominant winning attribute by the award panel. This accomplishment marks the first time that a Cobalt dealer has been recognized as a Hall of Fame company.
In addition, Cobalt dealers were recognized throughout the night, partially due to the massive increases in market share and sales growth that Cobalt dealers have experienced. Gordy’s Lakefront Marine of Fontana, Wisconsin saw its standard-setting service department named the very best in North America for the second year in a row, and Gordy’s was also ranked as the #2 dealer in North America. Park’s Marina, Seattle Boat Company, and Strong’s Marine also ranked in the Top 10. Cobalt was the dominant boat builder in the Top 10 with the Top 2 rankings and 5 of the top 10 dealerships representing Cobalt. In addition, 18 dealers in the Top 100 are authorized Cobalt dealerships. The Darlene Briggs award for the woman of the year in the boating industry was presented to Rallee Whowell - Chupich, from Gordy’s Boats recognizing her lifelong commitment to customer care and excellence in the industry. Strong’s Marine received a special recognition for its Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Cobalt Boats congratulates these outstanding businesses and associates for their allegiance to the highest standards of integrity, knowledge of product, and willingness to go above and beyond in the service of today’s sophisticated customers.
Listed below are the Cobalt Dealerships recognized as Top 100 Dealers.
•Action Water Sports, Hudsonville, Michigan
Cobalt is proud to be associated with all of our fantastic dealers, and we are especially proud of these "Top 100" dealers for going the extra mile to achieve this prestigious recognition.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Shows and Events | Tags: Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Cobalt Hosts Ride and Drive Event During Dealer Conference
Cobalt Boats held a very successful “Ride and Drive” customer event at The Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg, FL on Sunday, September 8, 2013. During the event there were 14 Cobalt boats available to demonstrate, and participants were able to take the helm of the Cobalt model of their choice as they experienced the award winning Cobalt ride. Over 200 invited guests were some of the first to take a sneak peek at the new 2014 boat line, which includes the Water Sport Series, Cruisers, SD Series, A Series and the R3 and R7 Bowriders. This amazing display of 2014 models was showcased by official Cobalt representatives, along with a team of technicians from Mercury and Volvo. “The event was an amazing success. It was such a pleasure to share the Cobalt story with customers from around the country at a convenient and luxurious location” said Gavan Hunt, VP of Sales and Marketing at Cobalt.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Shows and Events | Tags: Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats
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