Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Cobalt Dealers Raise $15,000 for Cancer During Dealer Conference
The Cobalt 5 K Fun Run is an annual Cobalt dealer meeting function started in 2006 by Cobalt associate George Muffick, the North Eastern Regional Sales Manager at Cobalt Boats. Since it’s inception, George has been the leader of the event helping it grow from 6 participants in 2006 to the 78 that participated this year (either Running, Walking, or Biking). You see, George is a cancer survivor, and this year he made a focused effort to involve the worldwide Cobalt dealers in a fund raiser. Cobalt dealers were tested by a rejuvenating 5 K Fun Run in the Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, FL running along the shores of Tampa Bay in the wee hours of the morning before the days agenda kicked off.
The Fun Run, which benefited the American Cancer Society, has been a dealer meeting event since 2006, but this was the first year to deem it a charitable cause, and the dealers responded to the fundraiser with very generous donations. Cobalt dealers accumulated over $15,000. 00 in a Calcutta auction which offered the sale of 17 - 4 person teams. The teams walked or ran the course for time, and the lowest cumulative time of the four man teams won the event. Dealers were allowed to purchase teams the night before the run at an exciting Calcutta, with an agreement to split 50%/50% the winnings with the cancer society.
After the event was over, and with an even more generous gesture, the winners donated their proceeds 100% to the Cancer Society. “The generosity of the Cobalt dealer group is simply amazing, and the fun run was absolutely a blast for all participants” says George Muffick. “The Fun Run has grown to become a fun and a competitive event with the lowest time being at the 20 minute mark for a 5K course, but even the walkers and bikers have fun because there are others at the same pace. It’s exciting to see our dealers continue to grow their emphasis on fitness throughout our dealer network, and each year at the fun run we get to see how they’ve improved.
Our dealers feel great physically because they challenge themselves to participate each year, and now they are benefitting others through their generosity towards the cancer society”. “It’s a winning combination!” In conjunction with the event, Cobalt held its annual dealer meeting conference at the Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida. The conference brought together dealers from across the globe to experience what’s in store for the upcoming 2014 model year.
The packed agenda featured a spectacular introduction of the new 2014 models aboard “Yacht Starship”, Florida’s largest dining yacht. Discussion centered on the new R Series introductions which included the R3, R5 and R7. In addition, the 2014 model year will showcase the new 220S, featuring innovative seating design. Dealers were also enlightened by the dynamic keynote speech from Sam Dantzler, who shared key insights on sales strategies and critical issues facing today’s recreational retailers.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Lifestyle | Tags: Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Lifestyle
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Zachary Lodder, son of Cobalt dealer Craig Lodder, Critques the New 2014 Cobalt R7Zachary Lodder, son of Cobalt dealer Craig Lodder, gives his review of driving the 2014 Cobalt R7 during the annual Dealer Meeting in St. Petersburg, FL.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Lifestyle, Tips and Hints, Videos | Tags: Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats
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, May 06, 2013
This Is The Summer Of Building Dreams
One of the revolving headlines now on the Cobalt website invites you to an in-home showing of a new video entitled “Building Dreams.” We underscore that invitation again here, asking that you gather the family for an enjoyable look at all the reasons why this coming summer will stand among your very best ever. In Building Dreams the people behind these boats emerge from the plant in Neodesha to explain the ingredients of Cobalt value, from design rationales to raw materials to manufacturing processes to quality-control methodologies. A happy blend of the technical, the historical, and the merely gorgeous, “Building Dreams” will show how fiberglass and stainless steel and leather and glass gather toward the greatness of a Cobalt, how a fundamental passion for boating can lead to more than forty years of marine imagination, to thousands upon thousands upon thousands of happy hours on the water for successive generations of Cobalt owners.
Pack St. Clair, Cobalt’s founder and guiding light, introduces the video, and you’ll find in Pack’s easy warmth and quiet confidence the basis of Cobalt’s refusal to compromise on these boats’ design or construction. Cobalt’s second generation of leaders speak to the continuation of the founding principles to every Cobalt in succeeding model years, as the design and manufacturing principles of large yachts come to the building of small runabouts.
The video offers you a personalized walk-through, bow to stern, of the best boatbuilders in the world going about their daily responsibilities. From the lamination schedule of the fiberglass to the composite miracle that is the transom to the Kevlar at critical points of boatly strength, you’ll come away with a rich understanding of why your Cobalt, with proper care and maintenance of course, will perform through a lifetime of comfort and performance. Look for fulsome discussion of Cobalt’s bill of materials, the more than 2500 individual parts which constitute a finished Cobalt. Line by line, the insistence comes on quality, quality and, later, more quality still. A number of long-time Cobalt associates -- and they are legion, generations of entire families working together here – speak to their jobs, day to day, asking always “the Pack question.” “Would Pack St. Clair approve? Would he buy off on the job I’ve just completed?’
Listen from title to credits for echoes of the Golden Rule. It’s all so simple really: friends building boats for friends to sell to friends.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Lifestyle, Videos | Tags: Boat Builders, Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Lifestyle, Neodesha
Monday, April 29, 2013
The First Person In Gets The Best Spot
We’ve discussed awards here before, the recognition that comes Cobalt’s way from time to time, and we report these awards with all appropriate humility. Whether from the marine industry for innovative design, or from J.D. Power and Associates for overall customer satisfaction, or from professional associations for the magnificent record of integrity and service compiled by our Cobalt dealers, these awards serve as a top-line reminder that we need to keep on keeping on. Fact is, each of the plaques and statuettes in our trophy case represents Cobalt’s refusal to move away from our founding principles. Fact is, we continue to operate on a business model not much different from, no less sophisticated than the Golden Rule itself.
One of our more recent recognitions comes from The Wichita Business Journal, the weekly chronicle of all things commercial and industrial in South Central Kansas, where Cobalt Boats was chosen one of the five winners of the newspaper’s Best in Business competition, which assessed the companies’ revenue growth, community involvement, product innovation, and marketing prowess. We quote a few statements from the article accompanying the announcement of Cobalt’s win.
“The corporate environment at Cobalt Boats in Neodesha can be felt even before you enter the building. Founder Pack St. Clair has strived to create a sense that no one job is more important than any other at the 45-year-old boat manufacturer. And it starts in the parking lot — where there is no assigned parking for any of the company’s 520 workers. ‘The first person in gets the best spot,” says CEO Paxson St. Clair. ‘That’s the attitude we have here. That culture that has been established here over the last 45 years has been the backbone of our success.’”
“Bill Wallisch, the company’s CFO, says, “If it’s not a quality product, it’s not going out.”
“I don’t think we could build Cobalt-quality products anywhere else (than Neodesha)” CEO Paxson St. Clair says. “This city has always been extremely supportive of us. It’s a great relationship.” That in turn helps Cobalt build great relationships with its customers, both existing and prospective.”
The best rules, like the best laws, are not particularly complicated. Thomas Jefferson said so. So do the people of Cobalt. Treat everyone alike: with kindness, respect, and a wide, wide-open sense of possibility.
All so very simple really.
And when the week’s work is done, when the last April boat has been built, the awards will take care of themselves.
Categories: Industry News, Lifestyle | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Luxury Boat
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