Author: Alan Jones
Once we left the protected cove on Lake Lanier, one of Georgia’s largest lakes, and headed into open water where it was choppier than a karate tournament, the Cobalt 242 WSS was in its element. We trimmed down a little, to take advantage of the 45-degree entry and its extended running surface that ends in a 21-degree deadrise at the transom, and we bridged the waves for a level, comfortable ride.
But since it’s a Watersports Series model, the more-pressing question was: Could it make a wake? Yep. Trimmed up and cruising at 20 mph, it plowed up a nice mid-size wakeboarding wake without resorting to ballast, thanks to its 4,600-pound heft. Since we were spinning the Volvo Penta Duoprop system, both sides of the wake were good. Drop down to 10 mph, add some trim tab on one side and surf’s up, man. At 30 mph, the wake lays down nicely for slaloming, and with the optional GPS-based Perfect Pass cruise control, holding your speed steady is set-it-and-forget-it easy. For a more extreme awakening, load it up with optional ballast tanks. The standard flip-down Switchblade Tower comes complete with board racks and a Bimini top. Perhaps its signature watersports option is the Flip-Down Swim Step, which makes it easy to board or to relax semi-submerged while at anchor.
We were packing the optional 400 hp Volvo Penta 8.1L V-8, which got the 25-foot, 11-inch long (including swim platform) Cobalt on plane quickly, with little bowrise, in 3.4 seconds. We reached 30 mph in 9.3 seconds and blazed to 53.2 mph, a speed you won’t see with an inboard or V-drive ski boat. Cranking it into a hard turn was a smooth and sure experience.
Fit and finish are top of the line, and the stylish interior with special WSS piping and monograms shows it off well. At the helm, the dash is hand-stitched dark leather that doesn’t reflect onto the tall, effective Euro-styled Blade windshield. A port-side lounge integrates well with the stern sunpad that has a three-position backrest. And with a behind-the-driver settee along with sit-forward bowrider seats, there’s room aboard for 13 watersports fans. An extensive options list allows you to customize it to the extreme.