Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Zachary Lodder, son of Cobalt dealer Craig Lodder, Critques the New 2014 Cobalt R7

 Zachary 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.


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Friday, August 23, 2013

Relax, You Have a Cobalt Warranty


Pour yourself a nice glass of tea. Feeling comfortable? Good.

We're about to build your confidence in your Cobalt, in its ongoing ability to serve you and your family for a generation and more. Riding there with you across a chop that your Cobalt turns into glass come the skill and the conscientiousness of the best boat-builders in the world. Imagine them there with you: big Tim in fiberglass layup, the perfectionist Aubrey over in upholstery, the relentless Ms. Deborah watching quality-control at every step of your boat’s construction. While they were crafting you a boat, our associates in Neodesha have also built you an umbrella, the best and broadest insurance of quality in the industry, a warranty that stretches a full decade into your family’s best days together.

You have the St. Clair family standing squarely behind your Cobalt, just as you may rest assured of the integrity of Cobalt’s top managers and the skills of the hands-on, good-hearted, oh so capable doers on the Cobalt dealer team. You may relax.

The Cobalt warranty stands alone, out there on the horizon where no other marine manufacturer dares to cruise: ten-year protection on the hull and deck structure; five years on the engine, the drive, the electrical and fuel systems, the controls and instrumentation, the electronics, and every accessory stem to stern; three years of protection on the gelcoat, upholstery and canvas, and every component made by Cobalt.

Maybe you know this. Maybe your appreciation of the Cobalt warranty is rich and full.

Then again, maybe you don’t know the full story. Did you know that the warranty also covers $100 worth of towing, dockside assistance, pick-up and delivery of your Cobalt, or hoist and lift-out if you wish? Are you happily aware that, on every covered repair, we’re going to take care of taxes, shop supplies, lubricants, coolants, filters, spark plugs, hoses, clamps, belts, tuning of the engine and, as necessary, lake or sea trials? Did you know that you can transfer the warranty on your Cobalt to a new owner with the easy completion of a short form? We trust that we’ve given you some comfort. Your Cobalt is waiting, and you haven’t a single, solitary worry in the world.


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Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Cobalt Boater’s Dictionary


Your ownership of a Cobalt boat entitles you to use loud and often nautical terms of every stripe: those that have come fully into the vernacular — “learn the ropes,” for example – and those that remain damp and obscure — the onomatopoetic “garbling,” for example,  “the illegal practice of mixing cargo with garbage.” No garbling around here.  None whatsoever, as we invite you to talk the talk just as confidently as your Cobalt  . . . er  . . . walks the walk.  Do be careful then, as nautical terms do sometimes make for unworkable metaphors.

  • Anchor’s aweigh: Your cry to all aboard once the anchor has just cleared the bottom, signaling that you’re underway on a morning of absolute fun.
  • Amidships: midway between the bow and stern of your Cobalt
  • Astern: at the rear of your boat
  • Ballast: a sophisticated set of tanks and their controls used to control buoyancy and stability on the Cobalt WSS boats
  • Beam: the width of your Cobalt at its widest point
  • Belay: to secure a rope by winding on a pin or cleat
  • Bilge: the lower part of the inner hull, the deep-V hull that contributes so mightily to your Cobalt’s smooth, oh so smooth ride
  • Binnacle: the case in which a compass is kept
  • Brightwork: exposed polished metal on your Cobalt, pretty much everywhere on your Cobalt
  • Buoy: a floating object of defined shape and color, anchored at a given position to serve as an aid to navigation, a floating object frequently struck by other boaters staring at your beautiful new Cobalt 243
  • Chine: an angle on the hull, reversed on Cobalt hulls to enhance stability and  strength
  • Escutcheon: that area on the stern where you have lovingly displayed your Cobalt’s given name
  • Freeboard: distance between the waterline and the gunwale on your Cobalt, a safe, eminently workable distance
  • Gunwale: upper edge of your Cobalt’s side
  • Handsomely: in a slow, even motion as in the retrieval of a line, as in “My, my, my. That Cobalt surely does leave the dock handsomely.”
  • Keelhauling: maritime punishment in which the condemned sailor is dragged under the keel of a wooden ship, the barnacles doing their worst on the poor man; in fact, keelhauling simply will no longer work as a punishment for or deterrent to on-the-water misbehavior, such is the smooth perfection of the Cobalt hull
  • Knot: a unit of speed – one nautical mile (1.1508 landlocked mile) per hour
  • Land lubber: a person unfamiliar with being on the sea; also; a person unlucky enough to have never boarded a Cobalt
  • Lanyard: a rope or line for fastening aboard your boat
  • Larboard: the left side of a Cobalt, less common of course than portside, the counterpart of starboard, the right side of the boat
  • Marina: a docking facility for boats and yachts, the scene of obvious and uncontrollable envy on the part of otherwise quite decent, quite lovable owners of boats manufactured somewhere other than Neodesha, Kansas
  • Planing: when a fast-moving Cobalt skims over the water instead of pushing through it; the adverb/adjective pair most frequently attached to a Cobalt’s planning – “essentially instant”
  • Scuttlebutt: a barrel with a hole from which sailors would drink; hence, a shipboard drinking fountain and therefore, in modern naval slang, “gossip”; a term now used almost exclusively at boat shows in the context of the Cobalt innovations about to be introduced for the new model year
  • Skipper: the captain of the boat, as in “Skipper, are you truly this talented, or are you relying on the Livorsi engine controls, standard on all Cobalt twin-engine powertrains to dock your 303?”
  • Transom: the transverse members of the boat’s construction at the stern, an aft wall of sorts to which the drive portion of the sterndrive is attached
  • Windlass: a winch used to raise your boat’s anchor

Anchor’s aweigh fer sure, me hearties!  And the scuttlebutt is that the skipper is just about to stand abeam and order an extra ration of grog for the entire ship’s company.


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