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Coming, a V-6 powered Cobalt Boat?

After a wildly successful launch of the first of the new “A” series Cobalt line.

Should Cobalt introduce a “C” series line for 2012?

Will the next Cobalt Boat look something like this?


If the “A’ is step up from a regular line Cobalt boat, should the “C” line be a step below the regular Cobalt line-up?

What should be the specs of the first model in such a boat?

Number One (and there is no number two). It should bring to the boating world a new value that says Cobalt and is a true Cobalt Boat, but at a savings.

How would this be accomplished?

It must weight less. Weight demands engine power to give the Cobalt standard of performance with a V-6 engine.

So,  make it lighter by shortening the boat somewhat. Changing to the beam measurement to less than 8’. Design into the mold the swim platform and any swim platform extentions. Cut back on amount of seating, as Cobalt seats are plush and that adds weight. A new approach to the engine room hatch for further weight savings.

Make it a sporty boat model with a less deep cockpit and hull.

Use a 30 gallon gas tank size.

Skip the separate anchor locker.

Use a Volvo SX drive for smooth, silky shifting like a Mercruiser Bravo I sterndrive or a Volvo duoprop outdrive.

Use a Volvo-Penta marinized Chevrolet V-6 engine for its low cost as it does not need marine exhaust manifolds with Cataliytic Converters inside those marine exhaust manifolds.

Seabuddy’s suggested specs for a V-6 powered Cobalt Boat: LOA of 20’2” using a updated version of the Cobalt boat hull first used from the later 1980s on. This is a great running boat with a V-6.  She has a deep V running bottom of 20 degrees. Its designers, Jim Wynne and Dan Bramhall, knew their stuff around fast, good handling, boat hulls for both the lakes and oceans. Figure on a Beam of 7’ 5” and a weight of 2,500 – 2,700 lbs.

Chaparral bowrider boat w/Volvo DuoProp sterndrive V-6

See this Helm layout and feel this bloster flip-up Captain chair for yourself

This boat has the most comfortable driver’s chair and top luxury helm area of any boat this size. It is top of the class in the mind of Chris Brown  –  seabuddy.

Compare it to any other under 20’ boat for style, function, and one that gives the Skipper a sense of command to other outdrive V-6 powered boats you are looking at.

In the Volvo Duo-Prop sterndrive, one gets a smooth shifting, quiet, quick to plane and gas fuel saving of the two propeller feature with a powerful V-6 that does not have to have any, let alone two, Catalytic Converters for 2010, except in California. These legal and functional issues saves an owner thousands at the time of purchase and every day the family is going boating on the water.

Nice walk - thur transom design adds alot to this 196 Chaparral

The LOA is 19’ 6” and the beam is a full 8’ for a good size cockpit that accommodate everybody. Weight is around 3,000 lbs, which calls for the V-6 higher Hp Volvo engine for good, all around performance with either a full load of folks or for all the water sports; wake boarding, skiing, tubing, and wake surfing.

Do not buy a good boat and then skimp on the sterndrive. Try a single prop drive and then a Duo-Prop drive and feel the difference for yourself, especially when comparing an Alpha I outdrive against a DuoProp sterndrive. The shifting is different, how the boat gets going is easy to feel in the seat of your pants, and the fuel burn at cruise is about 15 – 20% less. She is a slipper of gas – not a dollar drainer. It’s the way to go in the opinion of Chris Brown – seabuddy.

nicely finished sun pad for the ladies

Figure on WOT throttle speeds in the mid 40s to upper 40s range with a light load and still easily breaking 40 with more people on board.

walk-in makes boarding and water sports easy