Bucking Tradition–Cobalt 23SC

After 50 years of sterndrives, Cobalt adds outboard power, and the 23SC is the result.

 

 

Fifty years ago, in 1968, a new company in Kansas named Cobalt started building sterndrive-powered boats, and that’s all they built … until last year. For its semi-centennial, Cobalt Boats is celebrating with the unveiling of the 23SC.

Outboard-powered boats are red hot right now, especially in coastal areas, because of their ability to navigate shallower water and trim the engine totally out of the water when at rest, so Cobalt is getting on board. Despite the foray into the outboard game, Cobalt designers successfully integrated their classic sense of style and unabashed level of luxury into the 23SC.

Despite being an outboard model, the 23SC has an especially large swim platform that extends to either side of the outboard. One must-have option is the integrated Flip-Down Swim Step ($890), which allows two- or four-legged passengers to board easily or just relax while sitting in the water. The versatile seating arrangement uses a reversible stern seatback to allow riders to lounge facing rearward on the sunpad or facing forward when running. The portside lounge also uses a flip-flop backrest. Its deckboat layout carries the beam far forward and creates a huge amount of passenger space up front, where optional filler cushions ($615) create a bow playpen. A large port console head compartment comes with a portable toilet.

The helm features a glass cockpit look. Standard dual Garmin 7607 displays are set into a dash that’s double-stitched to continue the elegant theme carried through the boat. Buyers can equip the 23SC with a choice of Mercury or Yamaha power in 225, 250 and 300 hp models. With a Mercury Verado 225, MSRP is $86,425.

Cobalt Boats, cobaltboats.com

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