Friday, April 01, 2016

Best Boating Apps for 2016

 



The time is near – boating season in all its glory will soon be the topic of your weekends, vacations and reunions. If you’re new to the boating world, or just looking to freshen up your boating knowledge, here are the 10 best boating apps, rated by Discover Boating.

If you are looking to add some new boating apps to your tablet or smartphone, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best boating apps to help you navigate, plan, share and socialize on the water this year:

1. Navionics Boating – GPS

Time and time again, when we speak to boaters and ask them what GPS app they’re using, Navionics Boating is the answer. Navionics is free to download and offers in-app purchases for charts and other upgrades, such as autorouting. Navionics Boating is available for both iOS and Android devices.

2. NOAA SuperRes Radar HD (iOS) or RadarScope (Android)

    In order to enjoy the day safely on the water, a close eye must be kept on the weather. If you’re on iOS, in our experience the best radar app is NOAA’s SuperRes Radar. It has very hi-resolution and incredible accuracy. If you are on an Android device, RadarScope is just as good and accesses the same data. These apps are not only good for boating, but just great to have any time you want to see what kind of weather is rolling in.

    3. Windfinder

    Ideal for sailors, kitesurfers, windsurfers and more, this app allows you to see the wind, waves and weather across the globe in real time. Windfinder is available for free (iOS andAndroid), or you can purchase the ad-free pro version (iOS and Android).

    4. USA Tides

    If you boat and/or fish in saltwater, having the latest marine tide information at your fingertips is invaluable. USA Tides is available for both iOS and Android and displays tide information for all stations in the US.

    5. Animated Knots

      Animated Knots by Grog is a broad teaching and reference tool for boaters and other hobbyists. With step-by-step instructions and, you guessed it, frame-by-frame animations, this app teaches you to tie knots at your own pace. For five dollars, you really can’t go wrong. You can download this app for iOS or Android.

      6. FishingScout

      A great resource and social app for anglers. The app allows you to upload photos of your latest catch, describe the conditions of how you caught it, study other locations where fish were caught, add friends, view their photos and more. Available for free on both iOS andAndroid.

      7. Dockwa

        The Dockwa app allows boaters to view marinas in their location, select a destination and request a slip or mooring, all from their mobile device. Once the marina approves the reservation, payment is processed seamlessly through the app. Dockwa hopes to be theOpentable of boating. Check out Dockwa on iOS or Android.

        8. Swell Advantage

        Swell Advantage is a social boating app that lets you see where your family and friends are out on the water, including where they are headed and their speed. Custom notifications inform you when family and friends get on the water. It’s free for iOS andAndroid (beta).

        9. Boatrax

          Boatrax lets you keep detailed records of your boat while capturing and sharing your moments with family and friends. You can share your location and photos with friends and the boating community. You can pick up Boatrax for both iOS and Android.

          10. Camera app

            Last but certainly not least, make sure you use your camera app to document all your boating adventures this year and share it with us on Facebook and Instagram!

             

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            Tuesday, March 01, 2016

            Boatdealers.ca reviews the new Cobalt Surf

             










            The Toronto International Boat Show was a huge success for Cobalt Boats! Matt and his team from Boatdealers.ca 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.

             

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            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!

             

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            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

             

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            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.

             

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