2018 Cobalt R5
Attention, perfectionists. This one is for you.by Sulthoni, on
No matter the activity of the day, the Cobalt R5 steps up to the plate bringing class and style. At first glance, its exterior profile will catch the eyes of all around. Sleek. Powerful. Aggressive. Notice the graphics – bold, vibrant. But let’s not be materialistic here. This legendary ride is worth noting: infectious. That is the word Cobalt would use – so infectious that with just one nudge of the wheel and a tight turn, you will be hooked to its smooth nature.
With all the luxury interior appointments that one would expect from a Cobalt, the inside speaks of timeless good taste. The transom is walk-thru, of course. The back-rest is convertible, and the space forward is wide and wider still, followed with yacht-esque wraparound seating. This seating configuration, by the way, belongs only to Cobalt in boats of the R5’s size. The twice-wide passenger seat forward makes the cockpit even more flexible in its service of a good time. A console door, elegant in its Makassar grain look and crafted vinyl, opens to a head larger above and all-around than any other boat in the class.
The helm gleams in hand craftsmanship, in oil rubbed ebony Makassar trim and duotone aluminum dash panels and switches of stainless steel and five-inch digital gauges with multi-function readouts and, over all, a form-fitted eyebrow in everlasting vinyl. The wheel wraps in leather: one of the most time-honored of Cobalt traditions, this masterpiece of a steering wheel. Cobalt owners have always insisted on comfort and convenience and accessibility — "ergonomics" to Cobalt designers — and so the R5’s armrests and footrests and controls and cupholders and every last little amenity aboard arrives with a form and a function just too ergo for words. And one more name to drop: the Rockford Fosgate stereo, optimized and ready, as Cobalt say, to crank.
2018 Cobalt R5
Swim Platform Functionality
Cobalt’s exclusive and patented swim step requires only two easy flips: down to use, back to stow.
Cobalt’s swim platforms are large, welcoming and safe, suspended just above the waterline for easy use in all water-born activities. Oversized, polished stainless steel tubing wraps every platform to protect the boat when docking. Cobalt’s exclusive and patented swim step requires only two easy flips: down to use, back to stow. The swim step makes boarding your Cobalt a breeze and provides a perfectly cool resting area. Illuminate the platform above or below the waterline with option choices to suit your desires.
Industry Firsts and Real-World
Cobalt was the first stern drive builder to feature the walk-thru transom.
Across five decades, Cobalt brought innovative functionality to the marketplace. Across five decades, other marine manufacturers have seen fit to copy the thoughtful design that has always defined Cobalt boats. Again this year, Cobalt will show an entire industry exactly the way to go.
• A Cobalt first: the integrated bow eye with a scuff plate for protection from trailer marks.
• Cobalt was the first stern drive builder to feature the walk-thru transom, today, all Cobalt models are equipped with either a single or dual aft passageway for easy boarding
• Stainless-steel adjustable poles to secure and tighten bimini tops with Cobalt innovative built-in turnbuckle — no fabric straps here
• Quick-release fender clips utilize stainless steel sockets for perfect placement and convenient deployment
• Cushioned storage lids with double-knuckled hinges to hold the lids open for easy access to the compartment below
• Cobalt often-imitated, never-duplicated flip-lip seat bolster – the captain sits high and comfortable, enjoying the full thrill of the ride
• A safer latch for the windshield walk-thru, holding the door securely open – yet another Cobalt first
• Perhaps the most imitated component of performance in the boating industry, Cobalt’s extended running surface for quicker planing, firm and true turns, minimized bow rise, and greater lift at the stern
Finely Detailed Interiors
Glance at any cockpit and witness the full effect of a Cobalt interior – straight, smooth, uniform, and very, very good looking.
The technical word is “interface,” those sensory exchanges between boat and owner, those points of contact so fundamental to the enjoyment of a day on the water, so critical to the determination of a boat’s long-term value. Glance at any cockpit and witness the full effect of a Cobalt interior – straight, smooth, uniform, and very, very good looking. Better yet, cruise a Cobalt at first opportunity for some meaningful, memorable interfacing of your own.
Start at the helm, where strength meets stylish strength. Rock-solid fiberglass substructure rides beneath upholstered good looks, as optional Ebony Macassar trim adorns the helm’s metal panels. The instrumentation and its mountings borrow from aircraft and jewelry designers alike. Stainless steel switch mechanisms are firm, sure, and sturdy.
Butter-soft and bull-strong, as tactile as they’re easy on the eye, always double-fastened with both adhesives and staples, and stitched with meticulous precision.
Cobalt upholstery involves the fingers. Butter-soft and bull-strong, as tactile as they’re easy on the eye, always double-fastened with both adhesives and staples, and stitched with meticulous precision. Underfoot, the carpet or optional Seagrass flooring is snap-down/snap-out, rubber-backed, backed again with skid resistant no-flex composite flooring under all, and heavy. Heavy far beyond any marine standard.
• Cobalt Glass Cockpit with Touch Screen Displays.
• Precision-sewn interior details.
• Double-needle stitching.
• Seats that convert to a sun lounge.
• Deep bow and cockpit seating.
• The warmth and feel of premium materials.
• A hand-crafted helm with detailed double-stitching.
• Ebony Macassar trim.
• Aircraft-inspired stainless switches.
• Honeycomb composite core integrated with flooring – optimized strength-to-weight ratio, with improved sound and vibration dampening.
Exceptional Methods of Construction
Reinforced with Kevlar and then strengthened again with Spraycore, the hull’s structure hardens into the critical component of the legendary Cobalt ride.
At Cobalt the hull means hand-work, with every layer rolled a by craftspeople who believe that yet one more careful pass just can’t hurt. And so the layers accumulate, eight altogether on the hull bottom and a full sixteen at the keel. Reinforced with Kevlar® and then strengthened again with Spraycore®, the hull’s structure hardens into the critical component of the legendary Cobalt ride.
The quality of the mold equals the quality of the finish, and so hand-waxing follows after every other part. Old finishes are reworked after every ten parts. No power buffers are allowed, and therefore no unsightly marks or patterns are left behind. And because time in the mold ensures integrity, flexible strength, and year-to-year dependability, the long hours spent in the molded matter even more. Every Cobalt hull cures and cures a while longer – well beyond normal industry standards.
No wood there, not in that all-important forcefield. No wood either in the polypropylene structural honeycomb of the floor.
Cobalt longevity is obvious, some of the reasons why less so. Invisible composites, hyperlight and hyperstrong, compose every Cobalt transom. No wood there, not in that all-important forcefield. No wood either in the polypropylene structural honeycomb of the floor. Nor in the all-fiberglass stringers where a methacrylate bonding compound adds lifelong permanence. No wood in the water-impervious roto-cast seat bases.
• Z-Thane™ strengthening, protective barrier coat in the hull – A Cobalt exclusive.
• Completely hand-laid hulls, reinforced with Kevlar™.
• Composite construction on all structural components.
• Cushioned lids with knuckled hinges for easy, open access to storage compartments large and larger still.
• Exceptional hardware, largely stainless, over-sized, over-strong.
• Graphics deep and strong in the gel coat.
• Integrated bow eye with a scuff plate for added protection.
• Hand-lamination, up to 16 alternating layers of fiberglass mat and woven roving.
Tops and Covers
Color-matched and custom-tailored, Cobalt bimini tops, enclosures and tonneau covers are made of a premium acrylic marine canvas.
Color-matched and custom-tailored, Cobalt bimini tops, enclosures and tonneau covers are made of a premium acrylic marine canvas. This material is extremely strong and fade-resistant, with superior water resistance. Yet it breathes, resisting rot and mildew.
Bimini tops setup rock solid with Cobalt’s easily adjustable stainless steel turnbuckle supports. Rigidity simply not found with the use of fabric straps.
The Premium Bimini Top with Easy-Fold stanchions (below) makes storing or trailing your boat with the top in a lower position a simple one-person operation.
|Length Overall w/Swim Platform||25’ 8’’ / 7.82 m|
|Beam||8’ 6’’ / 2.59 m|
|Interior Cockpit Width||95’’ / 2.41 m|
|Deadrise at Transom||21 degrees|
|Fuel Capacity||50 gal. / 189 L|
|Freshwater Capacity||10 gal. / 38 L|
|Bridge Clearance w/o Bimini||64’’ / 1.63 m|
|Bridge Clearance w/Bimini||91’’ / 2.31 m|
|Bridge Clearance w/Arch or Tower||98’’ / 2.49 m|
|Draft Drive Up||21’’ / 0.53 m|
|Draft Drive Down||37’’ / 0.94 m|
|Dry Weight||4880 lbs. / 2214 kg|
|Boat Certified Capacity||14 persons|
|Boat Certified Capacity w/gear||2250 lbs. / 1021 kg|
|R5 Volvo Penta||V8-300CE-G EVC DP - 300 hp (221 PkW)|
|V8-350CE-G EVC DP - 350 hp (261 Pkw)|
|V8-380CE EVC DP - 380 hp (283 PkW)|
|V8-430CE EVC DP - 430 hp (321 PkW)|
|R5 MerCruiser||6.2 L MPI ECT DTS-300 B3 - 300 hp (221 PkW)|
|6.2 L MPI ECT DTS-350 B3 - 350 hp (261 PkW)|
|8.2 Mag ECT DTS B3X - 380 hp (283 PkW)|
|8.2 Mag HO ECT DTS B3X - 430 hp (321 PkW)|
|R5 Engine Enhancements - Standard||DTS (Merc)|
|EVC w/PTA & Cruise (Volvo)|
|R5 Engine Enhancements - Optional||Active Trim, Merc (requires DTS)|
|Anti-Corrosion System (Vol 200-300hp, Mer-Alpha)|
|Tow Mode (Volvo EVC)|