A small town with the Indian name Neodesha in the state of Kansas, according to official data, covers an area of exactly three square kilometers. It has a population of 3,000 people working in a factory... Cobalt Boatswhere famous boats of the same name are built. No wonder that the factory, where all workers are neighbors, has a family atmosphere. The factory itself was founded as a family business in 1968 and since then every customer of a Cobalt boat has been a part of this family. Cobalt boats are treated like living creatures and are as proud and happy for every new boat as their happy new owners.
There's something to be proud of. Cobalt boats have never been cheap, but this is the rare case when all the experts and
The newest addition to the company's range of cabin boats is the second generation model 323. This is a classic representative of the so-called cuddy - boats with a
Otherwise... Mirror-polished table wood, leather sofas, upholstered walls - the interior of the Cobalt 323 would be an honour for a superyacht. The wood in the cabin is real - hand-crafted cherry veneer. To the right of the entrance - a door to the bathroom, where the developers managed to fit a toilet, cosmetic table (!) with a mirror and a sink. The graceful decision - the tap in a sink is taken out of a nest and by easy movement of a hand turns to a shower head. To the left of the cabin is a small but well equipped galley with a microwave and fridge.
But no matter how beautiful the interior is, the lion's share of time on the water
The strength and durability of the body is another» Cobalt «dot. Up to seven layers of glass fabric are manually glued in it, and the most loaded places (cheekbones, joints, bulkheads) are reinforced with Kevlar «Dupont». Stringers and the boat floor are made of fiberglass with cellular filler, not plywood as usual - it is cheaper, but weighs more and is subject to rotting. The mighty transom section is additionally reinforced with Kevlar to reduce noise and vibration from motors.
The result of this effort is astounding. With two Volvo Penta 8.1 DP engines (420 hp each - the most powerful engine of nine possible), you can talk at a maximum speed of 90 km/h in the cockpit without raising your voice. Even on a good ripple through the bass of the engines and the hissing of the water not a single squeak - the hull is as if cut out of a solid steel billet.
It's a paradox, but
Published in YACHTS magazine #37.