The decision to own a Cobalt is seldom made quickly, much less lightly. Across four decades of boat building we’ve discovered that our most prolific, most effective advertising comes across the years from current Cobalt owners. Their initial purchase processes long past, these Cobalt owners speak matter-of-factly about the enduring performance, the ongoing enjoyment of their boats, about months and years of happy use on birthdays and anniversaries, on anonymous Friday evenings with not one thing better to do. And always these owners, they speak about time.
Longevity remains the principal determinant of a boat’s ultimate value. In its ability to create fun season to season, to make in a splendid weekend’s windswept laughter a memory for a lifetime, a Cobalt will prove its worth ten thousand times over. We build these boats that way.
Here are fit and finish that will still command admiring attention after twenty years of carefree cruising, after uncounted afternoons in far-off, favorite coves. The gelcoat remains picture-perfect, the showroom grandeur of its flawless surfaces flawless still. The seats supportive and supple, their deep-down comfort encased in design and construction that have refused to compromise from the get-go. The handling still tight and responsive, the engine as gung-ho as on the day of delivery.
Cobalts age well because of the abiding strengths built in at their birth, such strengths as can arise only from steel, stainless steel, the raw material of constructive choice stem to stern in every Cobalt. Because stainless does not fade, does not weaken, it informs every rubrail, every handrail, every boarding ladder and motor box hinge, every functional adornment of the swim platform, every vent and scuff plate, every support for a bimini top, every windshield brace, each cast fitting that passes through the hull. Steel-strong but less-than-aluminum-light, Cobalt’s use of composites play their role too, especially at the transom, where unbending composite muscle (more than two inches thick!) absorbs all the loads and pressures, the forces in play there. Meanwhile, Cobalts have been structurally wood-free for years, with polypropylene honeycomb in the floors, all-fiberglass construction in stringers bonded with methacrylate compound.
Once the boat has been trailered home, the random surprises of the first springtime runs recorded on a teenaged daughter’s first real camera, a Cobalt owner necessarily forgets about the details of the boats’ construction, about the aesthetic niceties that perhaps swayed some purchase decision toward a watercraft built in Neodesha, Kansas. The implicit elegance of the leathered steering wheel becomes a simple example of easy habit. An immaculately carved turn whips a wakeboarder off toward Neptune as a matter of oft-repeated fact. And as no vibration, no noise whatsoever escapes that all-composite transom, no one seems to, no one needs to notice.
But in their heart of hearts, in the still, small places where the truly important stuff resides . . . after all these years . . . Cobalt owners smile.
And they remember. ...next
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