Joystick inboard outboard Volvo stern drive comes to Cobalt Boats

Now you can have – Joystick – the talk of the marina bars and all the Boat Shows in a gas powered inboard outboard set-up from Volvo in selected Cobalt Boats. Volvo invented marine joystick and brought it to Diesel boats with their IPS. Joystick is the best thing to come along in boating since Bertram boats popularized the deep vee hull in the early 1960s.

After five minutes of practice, you control your Joystick boat better than a 20 year veteran boater can. Wind, drift, and current conditions are all conquered by the Joystick “brain” in the system aboard your Cobalt. Just push the joystick in the direction that you want your boat to go and it does. The Joystick uses the drives and throttles to take your boat; right, left, forward, backward at a creeping pace or faster. You control the pace and direction your boat goes via the Volvo Joystick, not the steering wheel.

Now Cobalt boats and Volvo bring this technology in 2010 to inboard outboards (or stern drive, or I/O). First boat model up for Cobalt Boats is their 302 Bow Rider.

The Cobalt boats 302 is a 48 mph or better, 31’ 9” LOA luxury, deep vee (22 degree)  bow rider for big salt water Bays, the Ocean, or huge, open lakes of the USA. Each one of Cobalt’s 302 models have so much attention given to them that it is a six week or more build time per bow rider.

Each boat comes with a head and a galley, double wide helm seat and a ballroom-sized dance hall for the main boat cockpit.


Twin engines are standard, Gel Coated graphics are standard, an 800 Watt stereo Amp is standard, 5 full years warrantee coverage of tuliped valves, detonation, heat engine failures plus the stuff the other brands may cover in their written warrantee, 10 Years on the hull and deck, 5 years for the accessory coverage, fiberglass stringers are standard, a composite reinforced floor is standard. Much of what is standard on a Cobalt Boats 302 is not offered and not available on others boats at any price.

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