Monday, May 16, 2016

Volvo Penta Next-Generation Gasoline Engines Named one of the Top Products of the Year


Cobalt Boats and Volvo Penta have decades of experience working together to not only improve the boating experience, but to also design innovative products, bringing creativity and quality to the forefront of the industry. We are pleased to share their newest product – the 5.3L 300 and 350 hp V8 gasoline sterndrive engine.

Boating Industry has named Volvo Penta’s Next Generation Gasoline Engine one of the Top Products of the Year.  You can read more about the 2016 winners in their May Issue.

These next-generation engines introduce fresh features that have never been available to the sterndrive market from any engine supplier. They are the first V8 marine gas engines combining the following technical advancements:

  • Common-rail direct fuel injection for better fuel economy and lower emissions
  • Lightweight all-aluminum block for industry-leading weight-to-horsepower ratio
  • Standard Freshwater cooling (FWC) for longer engine life in the marine environment
  • Variable Valve Timing (VVT) producing higher torque and acceleration across the full range of RPMs
  • Wideband oxygen sensors to accommodate blended fuels and fuel quality 

Again, Cobalt Boats would like to applaud Volvo Penta on their newest innovation, and for the many years of success and partnership. We are sure to see even more great things to come from this innovative company! 


  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Innovative Features | Tags: Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats

Monday, April 18, 2016

New Owners of San Ramon Boat Center Take the Helm


San Ramon Boat Center (SRBC), a long time Cobalt dealership with stores in Rocklin, California and Lake Tahoe, recently announced the sale of the business to Scott Vanderbeek. Scott is a veteran automotive dealership owner with more than 30 years of experience in retail business.

San Ramon Boat Center has been a Cobalt dealer since 1971, when owner Frank Warn and Cobalt Founder Pack St. Clair met at the San Francisco Boat Show. Together, these two marine industry legends established Cobalt Boats as the recreational day-boat leader in Northern California and on Lake Tahoe. Throughout the long term relationship, SRBC has been the world’s largest Cobalt dealership 21 times. “Frank and the Warn family have been friends since our first meeting in 1971,” said Pack St. Clair in a statement. “It has been a successful and rewarding 45-year friendship, and we look forward to building on the rock-solid foundation for the next generation.”

Scott and his son, Jared will immediately be taking over the dealership.  Scott and Jared Vanderbeek have a great resume in the automotive industry with a focus on marketing and customer care. Scott was the President of Woodland Motors for the last 13 years. He previously owned Vanderbeek Motors for 19 years which he sold to AutoNation. The Vanderbeeks, who have been boaters on Lake Tahoe for almost 40 years, are eager to build on the successes and put their mark on the iconic dealership.  Cobalt is happy to welcome Scott and Jared to the Cobalt family. 


  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Industry News | Tags: Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Neodesha

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 reviews the new Cobalt Surf


The Toronto International Boat Show was a huge success for Cobalt Boats! Matt and his team from were able to take a look at the new R5 WSS Surf boat while scoping out the latest at the TIBS. Check out their review here, and the YouTube walkaround here

So, what's so great about our newest model? Thanks to the new Volvo Forward Facing Drive, we took the outdrive and tucked it up under the boat, similliar to that of an inboard, which makes it safe to surf behind! And the new surf boat isn't just about wake sports either - this model is also the perfect day boat - perfect for cruising. See more features here

See the full photo gallery here.


  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Innovative Features, Lifestyle, Shows and Events, Watersports | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Bowrider, Cobalt Boats, Lifestyle, Luxury Boat, Neodesha, New Boat, Wakeboard, Watersports

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!


  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Customer Service, Dealer Partners, Shows and Events | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Builders, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Lifestyle

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.


  Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Lifestyle | Tags: Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Destination, Family Boating, Lifestyle

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