2018 Cobalt R7
Fashion meet function.by Sulthoni, on
It is all here. The Cobalt R7 embodies the same highly appointed upholstery, maximized cockpit breadth, seating versatility. This list goes on and on, but the R7 deserves even more gloat, for she is the ultimate bowrider. Hold on, let’s get this party started.
The bow area, spacious. Thanks to a term Cobalt has deemed “Free Space Reclamation”, this interior expansion is exactly what Cobalt’s build process creates. It is most noticeable in the cockpit, which is adorned with seating that wraps around the transom and the port side. The cockpit, expansive. The convertibility of the seating configuration, ingenious. The elongated port side seating gives the R7 room for the crew – and with the yacht-style seating, there are many ways to ship-shape the conversation. With the extended length also comes a phenomenal increase in storage area. Bring it on board, and there is a compartmentalized place to stow it away.
And the ride, it is a legendary one. So legendary that it placed Cobalt #1 in ride comfort. Opulent luxury combined with incredible value. The R7 hits the mark with the perfect combination of both. The truth is, Cobalt is the solution when it comes to big water day boating. The R7 reaffirms that truth.
2018 Cobalt R7
Swim Platform Functionality
The swim step makes boarding your Cobalt a breeze and provides a perfectly cool resting area.
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
Today, all Cobalt models are equipped with either a single or dual aft passageway for easy boarding.
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 in flooring – optimized strength-to-weight ratio, with improved sound and vibration dampening
Exceptional Methods of Construction
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 mold 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 gelcoat
• Integrated bow eye with a scuffplate for added protection
• Hand-lamination, up to 16 alternating layers of fiberglass mat and woven roving
Tops and Covers
Bimini tops setup rock solid with Cobalt’s easily adjustable stainless steel turn-buckle supports.
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 turn-buckle supports. Rigidity simply not found with the use of fabric straps.
The Premium Bimini Top with Easy-Fold stanchions (below) make storing or trailing your boat with the top in a lower position a simple one-person operation.
|Length Overall w/Swim Platform||27’ 6’’ / 8.38 m|
|Beam||8’ 6’’ / 2.59 m|
|Interior Cockpit Width||95’’ / 2.41 m|
|Deadrise at Transom||21 degrees|
|Fuel Capacity||77 gal. / 291 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||5600 lbs. / 2540 kg|
|Boat Certified Capacity||Yacht Certified|
|Boat Certified Capacity w/gear||Yacht Certified|