Cobalt boats are not new on the scene; in fact, they have been setting the standard in quality, performance, and style for over fifty years. They revolutionized the look and features of modern runabout boats with their stern drive engines with walk-through transoms, well-appointed seating and interiors, classic look and superior handling. But with so many models of Cobalt boats available on the market today, it can be hard choosing which design is right for you. We sorted through the options to help you make your choice.

Why Buy A Cobalt Boat?

Simply put, Cobalt boats are the choice for boaters seeking quality, style, and performance. Every detail of the design, craftsmanship, and construction is the highest quality. Cobalt boats now come in a range of styles and sizes, whether it be the classic R3 23′ runabout, several new models designed specifically with water sports in mind, or the large and elegant A36, clocking in at almost 40 feet with all the modern features you would expect in a larger luxury yacht.

Of course, the reason we all want a boat is to get out on the water and enjoy the great outdoors, whether it be for water sports, family vacations, fishing, or just cruising around. But only Cobalt boats allow you to get out on the water with the highest standards of style, craftsmanship, safety, handling, and design.

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How We Reviewed

The following products were reviewed based on the following parameters:

What We Reviewed

  • Cobalt CS23 Surf
  • Cobalt A36
  • Cobalt R7
  • Cobalt A28
  • Cobalt R5
  • Cobalt 220S
  • Cobalt R3WSS
  • Cobalt R3
  • Cobalt CS22
  • Cobalt R3 Surf

1. COBALT CS23 SURF

Features 

The Surf edition of the CS23 has been fully modified from the original boat to make it the ultimate sport boat. The wake boarder’s dream, this boat has a computerized system to create the perfect wake and even switch whether it is on the port or starboard side of the stern. Multiple tow points, amazing handling, and a safe and accessible swim step make it perfect for water sports. Plenty of power from the Volvo Penta inboard and a sleek hull design mean it gets up on plane quickly and easily.

Warranty

Cobalt boats have one of the best transferable warranties in the industry that covers everything from bow to stern for 5 years, and many other parts and components for even longer. See https://cobaltboats.com/owner/warranty/

2. COBALT A36

Features 

The crown jewel of the Cobalt boat collection, the A36 compromises nothing to bring the highest quality pleasure boat that money can buy. Almost forty feet long (the length overall including the swim step is 39’6″), the A36 is ready to go anywhere you can dream of.The features and controls are second to none, with the most elegant and tasteful interior and cockpit. The ride is the smoothest and most stable of any Cobalt boat… like a Rolls Royce on the water!

Warranty

Cobalt boats have one of the best transferable warranties in the industry that covers everything from bow to stern for 5 years, and many other parts and components for even longer. See https://cobaltboats.com/owner/warranty/

3. COBALT R7

Features 

The R7 is in the classic runabout design that made Cobalt Boats famous but adds bow seating to go with a spacious open cockpit to make it a real party boat. The overall length is 27’6″, but with the open design and bow seating you could easily host a party with ten or more people. Get ready for good times on the water and bring the friends and family.

Warranty

Cobalt boats have one of the best transferable warranties in the industry that covers everything from bow to stern for 5 years, and many other parts and components for even longer. See https://cobaltboats.com/owner/warranty/

4. COBALT A28

Features 

The A28 is the classic example of the Cobalt A series. The timeless design looks great and performs on the water even better. The A28 and other A series boats come with a new fold down swim step design that is great for getting in and out of the water. The interior is stylish and elegant, the cockpit is roomy, and this boat can really move on the water.

Warranty

Cobalt boats have one of the best transferable warranties in the industry that covers everything from bow to stern for 5 years, and many other parts and components for even longer. See https://cobaltboats.com/owner/warranty/

5. COBALT R5

Features 

The R5 is the model for the person looking for the classic runabout look. The timeless lines of the runabout power boat are perfectly brought out in the R5’s design. The shape both conjures up the past, but also looks fast and powerful, and the ride is surprisingly smooth. The craftsmanship and design of the past meet the features and technology of the future, with the powerful inboard engine, modern controls and cockpit, and Rockford Fosgate sound system.

​ Warranty

Cobalt boats have one of the best transferable warranties in the industry that covers everything from bow to stern for 5 years, and many other parts and components for even longer.

6. COBALT 220S

Features 

Cobalt boats designed the 220S to be a little big boat, with all the versatility and space of a much larger boat packed into a 21′ boat. This boat can transform for a variety of uses, from cruising the lake to water skiing, and you will be amazed by how well designed and thought out all the on-deck features are. The top bridge is great for water sports, or attach a cover up top to bring shade and shelter to the spacious cockpit below. Your friends and family won’t believe how many features, how much fun, and how big of a party can be packed into a boat of this size.

​ Warranty

Cobalt boats have one of the best transferable warranties in the industry that covers everything from bow to stern for 5 years, and many other parts and components for even longer.

7. COBALT R3WSS

Features 

WSS stands for “water sports series,” and indeed this is another updated model of a Cobalt boats favorite, modified to be perfect for skiing, wakeboarding, or tubing. An aggressive hull shape and plenty of power give this design lots of speed and flexibility. The patented Cobalt swim step and transom seat are combined with a top bridge ingeniously designed to transport your skis and boards.

​ Warranty

Cobalt boats have one of the best transferable warranties in the industry that covers everything from bow to stern for 5 years, and many other parts and components for even longer.

8. COBALT R3

Features 

It shouldn’t really be possible for a 23′ runabout to be as rugged and spacious as the R3 is. And truly, there is no other 23′ boat on the market today that is. A full foot wider in the beam than your typical boat of this size, the R3 is remarkably roomy. The extra space makes for a cockpit and driver’s seat that is comfortable like no other. The seating is versatile and well spaced, making it easy to host friends while still keeping plenty of elbow room. In addition, the handling and performance are unbelievable for a boat of its size.

​ Warranty

Cobalt boats have one of the best transferable warranties in the industry that covers everything from bow to stern for 5 years, and many other parts and components for even longer.

9. COBALT CS22

Features 

The more basic runabout design, the CS22 is the classic 22-foot powerboat with all the features Cobalt Boats became famous for. The stern drive inboard with the walkthrough transom gives way to a well designed, efficiently planned cockpit. The power and handling of the CS22 are what you would expect of a boat made by Cobalt. The price tag is reasonable and reflects the fact that the CS22 is one of the more basic models in the catalog.

Warranty

Cobalt boats have one of the best transferable warranties in the industry that covers everything from bow to stern for 5 years, and many other parts and components for even longer. See https://cobaltboats.com/owner/warranty/

10. COBALT R3 SURF

Features 

The R3, reviewed above, is the beamy and spacious 23-foot runabout in the catalog. This model has been updated with all the options of a top-flight sports boat, making it the best of both worlds, a spacious cruiser with room to host family and friends, combined with the power and features of an excellent ski boat. If you want to take family trips on the lake without compromising space or comfort and still be able to get up to plane in no time while towing a skier or two, this is the model for you. All the control and handling of a watersports boat in a roomy 23 footer.

​ Warranty

Cobalt boats have one of the best transferable warranties in the industry that covers everything from bow to stern for 5 years, and many other parts and components for even longer.

​​​​The Verdict

Based on our research, it is really impossible to choose which of these ten Cobalt Boats is “best.” If you are looking for the best value and the least expensive way to get Cobalt Boats’ quality and get out on the lake, you may want to opt for the 220S. It is the most affordable option reviewed here and certainly seems like a bargain when you consider that you get all the craftsmanship and design of the Cobalt name at a fraction of the price of larger models.

Of course, if your family includes water sports enthusiasts, you are probably more likely to be looking at some models specifically designed or updated for skiing and wakeboarding. In that case, you should carefully compare the features and design of the CS23 Surf, the R3WSS, and the CS22. These models come with different price tags and styles, but any one of them will do a great job pulling your adrenaline junky behind you.

Last but not least, if you are in the market for luxury cruising, you will want to take a look at the A-Series boats. A28 and A36, both reviewed here, are both excellent options. Your choice will depend on how much you want to spend and just how much boat you need. Just remember to plan ahead for the future as many a sailor has wished for a bigger boat!

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