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
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.
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
entire crew, all
while they enjoy the luxury that
surrounds them. The
impeccable slim-line styling with a
equipment shelf, sliding sunroof, and
a retractable sure shade integrated
the design. This new model
provides Cobalt customers
the freedom of choice when
comes to the style of day boating they prefer: the open air
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!
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, 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
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Let’s Warm Things Up A Bit, Shall We?
Boat show season is wrapping up. All of us at Cobalt could not be more eager for the boating season ahead. But it's not too late to catch a show and score some great deals before summer is here.
We have been traveling the country and abroad to show you the very latest from our company. This year’s iteration of shows are presenting again the robust, invigorating sights of the latest and greatest Cobalt models, as well as the new Marker One Platform Series. And we can attest, Cobalt boat shows are a place of utter amazement. Our dealer network goes above and beyond just another booth with a few boats on display. We promise when you leave the boat show doors, you’ll be amped up for boating season, even in the chilly, winter weather.
Hit up a boat show now and you may even score better pricing during the “off season”! It’s the perfect time to start chatting with your Cobalt dealer and get psyched for boating season.
So what can you look forward to seeing at one of the Cobalt and Marker One boat shows? The all-new 220-S will be sure to bring in its own oohs and aahs. And of course the A40 will capture some eyes of those who seek magnificence. For those of you who are the fun seekers out there, be sure to catch the Marker One Platform Boat. You won’t want to miss its grand entrance this coming boating season!
If you haven’t already visited a boat show, please consider dipping a toe in a very sudden summer. Go to cobaltboats.com or markerone.com for an event calendar to find a show nearest you.
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Industry News, Innovative Features, Lifestyle, Shows and Events, Tips and Hints | Tags: Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats, Family Boating, Lifestyle
Friday, November 21, 2014
Cobalt Dealers lead the way at Boating Industry’s Top 100 Boat Dealers in North America
Boating Industry announced the 10th annual list of Top 100 dealers in North America in Orlando last week. The black-tie event brought in dealers from across the country in anticipation for the most prestigious dealer awards in the industry. Cobalt Boats is proud to announce that Gordy’s Lakefront Marine in Fontana, Wisconsin was selected as the number one dealer in North America.
A composition of financial performance and growth, dedication to customer service and creative marketing strategy make Gordy’s an industry leader in today’s market. “Their commitment to Cobalt Boats is unwavering and they continue to play a leadership role in our dealer network,” says Gavan Hunt, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The team at Gordy’s consistently ‘Wows’ their customers with 100% customer satisfaction. Their winning attitude and phenomenal team spirit drive success in everything they do.”
Team Gordy’s, along with all the other Cobalt dealers who received awards, were treated to a pre-gala toast which included Cobalt wine. In addition to the award, each dealer was presented with an engraved Cobalt wine bottle to celebrate their accomplishments. A special celebratory flyover was also arranged for the team at Gordy’s in recognition of their hard work and achievements this year.
Cobalt Boats would also like to applaud several other dealers who were recognized at the Top 100 event. In the Top 10, five Cobalt dealers were awarded honors, which included #3 Singleton, #5 Seattle Boat Company, #6 Parks Marina and #7 Strong’s Marine. Rounding out the Top 20, Cobalt dealers awarded included #15 Hagadone Marine Group and #17 Action Water Sports. In addition, Legendary Marine, the 2012 and 2013 Dealer of the Year, was inducted into the Top 100 Hall of Fame.
Below are the remaining Cobalt dealerships recognized as Top 100 dealers.
Boat Town, Austin, Texas
Candlewood East Marina, Brookfield, Conn.
Causeway Marine Sales, Manahawkin, N.J.
Cleveland Boat Center, Cleveland, Tenn.
Futrell Marine, Nashville, Ark.
Hoffmaster’s Marina, Woodbridge, Va.
Lake Viking Marine, Gallatin, Mo.
Lodder’s Marine, Fairfield, Ohio
Marine Sales of Pickwick & Kentuckiana, Counce, Tenn.
Paris Marine, Selwyn, Ontario
Rambo Marine, Hazel Green, Ala.
Rayburns Marine, Kelowna, British Columbia
Slalom Shop Boats & Yachts, Lewisville, Texas
Starboard Marinas/The Harbor, Branson, Mo.
The Boat Shop, Tafton, Pa.
To see a full list of the award recipients, go to http://www.boatingindustry.com/top-100/top-100-dealers/.
Congratulations to all the dealers from the Cobalt family in Neodesha and thank you for what you do to make our company successful!
Categories: Cobalt Boats, Dealer Partners, Industry News, Shows and Events | Tags: Award Winning Boat, Boat Dealers, Boating Industry, Cobalt Boats
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