There’s undeniable romance in the mahogany inboard runabouts of the 1940s and ‘50s, but their modern counterparts from top-quality builders like Cobalt Boats are undeniably faster, more efficient, cleaner and more durable. Modern design systems, materials, and construction techniques allow seaworthy bottom shapes, flowing lines above water, and amenities that weren’t possible to produce 60 years ago. Case in point: Cobalt’s new A28.
This is a big, strong, seaworthy bowrider, at the top of the range that can run with a single engine (a big-block V8 from Volvo Penta or MerCruiser). Her deep-V hull is light but strong, thanks to sophisticated composite construction, and the company’s attention to mold and lamination quality means each hull faithfully reproduces the shapes drawn by the design team. The big engines deliver top speeds around 50 mph, with efficient cruising speeds in the 20s, 30s and even low 40s.
Cobalt’s designers have plenty of training and on-the-water experience with their families, and they listen carefully to owners. All 3 attributes allow them to produce amenities that really fit their customers’ needs. One example on the A28 is a sturdy cockpit table that folds precisely out of the way into the portside settee. A second is an optional extension for the swim platform that lowers into the water hydraulically for ease of boarding ($6,260). A third is a pair of sturdy seat backs that allow passengers to lounge or sit facing forward or backward on the port settee and the sunpad.
The A28 is an instant classic that should still be turning heads many years from now.
- LOA: 28’ 6”
- Beam: 8’ 6”
- Draft: 3’ 3” (drive down)
- Displacement: 5,460 lbs.
- Transom Deadrise: 21˚
- Fuel: 90 gals.
- Headroom (head): 3’ 6”
- Max power: 430 hp
- Base price: $127,198 w/ 400-hp Volvo Penta 8.1 GiC DP I/O
- Cobalt Boats
- Neodesha, KS