Cobalt Boat with new Merc inboard outboard

What a joy to be on Biscayne Bay in South Florida in a first on-water test of the new 8.2 Mercruiser engine with its inboard outboard drive. And, in a boat that re-set the standard for open bay and ocean going bow riding comfort with sport boat handling once one is behind the helm, in control.

See this Cobalt boat and Merc inboard outboard for yourself here…

or, here from 3/25 – 3/28 at the Marina Del Ray Cobalt booth…

ask for Patrick, in either case.

More about the Cobalt boat and Mercury Marine engine and inboard outboard test on the next page.

First impression pier side? It’s a deep, luxurious cockpit with a dance floor size cockpit sole. Then my eye takes in the sheer level of Cobalt finish, Cobalt detailing, and Cobalt’s  new, top-shelf, design on how to enjoy boating in an open inboard outboard bow rider. Funny, how the pillows on the seating catches my eye and instantly announces that I am in for a unique experience.

First impression out on the water? This is not a lake boat. Its at home on the ocean and the open sections of a big Bay like Biscayne.


As a passenger, one notes the soft ride, good, the deep vee hull, the high level of luxury and how this boat delivers a top level boating experience.

As the driver, seabuddy noted a different experience. This boat performs! Carve turns, rush to plane, and blow my hair back speed. And then one really sees the helm treatment. It’s a wow for understated top finish luxury in design, details, and choice of materials. It is not glitter city as some other sister bow riders are. Its fine design in this Cobalt.

In this test, the boat touched 50 mph GPS. Other tests suggest that there is a little more still there. Go with twin 8.2s and add another 12 mph to these figures.


LOA 30’ 2”

Interior cockpit beam 8’ 8”

Boat beam 9’ 5”

Dry weight 7,350 lbs.

Bridge clearance, just under 8’

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