Bow Scuff Plate
The Experience finds first expression in the purposeful, self-guided work of the people who build Cobalts, people who know these boats at their elemental heart: in the skeins of a wiring harness, in the seams of an individually sewn seat cushion, in the gleaming of a windshield set for the very long haul. The Cobalt associates who came to work this morning discovered again in the most personal and immediate terms the meaning of this company’s time-honored insistence that we “compromise nothing.”
They pour over a set of vendor specifications a third time. They run their fingers more lightly still over a fiberglass lay-up already checked and checked again. They ask once more, “If this boat were mine, would I be satisfied?”
For years Cobalt has been creating new models without detailed drawings. Every new Cobalt model begins with hand tools, the most basic building materials, and a brand-spanking set of bright ideas. Predetermined specifications only in generalities, amid ongoing, reverse-gear research into the real thing. In the practical, inevitable steps of actually building a prototype, a new Cobalt’s uniqueness emerges.
It’s worth noting that, amid Cobalt innovations model-year to model-year, the standards of Cobalt design have become, well, standard. As an entire industry begins to imitate them, the physical parameters of the Cobalt Experience assert themselves. None more so than the Cobalt ride, and the principal determinant of that existential strength, the extended running surface. This elongated surface forces more of the hull into continuous contact with the water at cruising speeds. The result: quicker planing, firmer and truer turns, minimized bow rise, more lift astern, and when combined with the deep V-shape of the Cobalt hull and its reversed chines, a ride so nearly ideal that annual tweaks have become beside the point.
Other absolutes of Cobalt design define the Experience in ways both subtle and otherwise. It was Cobalt who introduced the by-now-assumed convenience and accessibility of the walk-thru transom in smaller vessels. Cobalt who first devised the flip-lip seat, first imagined the flexible comfort of a multi-tasking chair. Cobalt who first saw the wisdom of adding muscle and bone to the most vulnerable areas in a boat’s design – at the bow, for instance, where the now-legendary Cobalt scuff plate stands guard, or deep down in the fiberglass behind every bolt, every screw of hardware attachment, or at the windshield where stainless steel everywhere stands up to the peculiar stresses there.
Handiwork must never be hurried.
Preoccupied with one’s job done as no one else can do it, Cobaltcrafts people simply refuse to rush what they do best. The construction of the hull, for example, where eight distinct layers accumulate along the hull bottom, and a full sixteen at the keel, reinforced with Kevlar®, and sidewalls toughened with Spraycore®, as the hull hardens into the structural basis of the Experience. Extra time-in-mold guarantees the hull’s integrity, its strong and flexible year-to-year dependability, and so every Cobalt hull cures longer, far longer, than any industry average might suggest. And because a hull’s finish is no better than the mold which created it, Cobalt molds admit no visible imperfections, a hard hand-waxing following every second use, a complete rework following every tenth use. A small Cobalt secret here: no power buffers permitted; they leave behind unsightly marks. Rather, hand-rubbing, repeated and extended hand-rubbing, the ten-thousandth swipe of a polishing rag leads off toward smooth, impossibly smooth perfection. ...next
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