|Has anyone seen these boats? They have a comparison stern drive vs inboard on the website. |
Can it be any truth to this?
|I got my popcorn ready....|
|They are one of the best teak surfing boats out there |
All kidding aside, I think Cobalt's are the nicest I/O out there! Their build quality are up there with major inboard makers.
|I sell Cobalt and I think it is funnier than hell that they put that crap on there website. It humors me every time I see it.|
|Gorgeous boats but one thing I hate about stern drives is they always seem to do the dual captains up front rather than wrap around which costs a few seats. |
The funny thing about these comparisons is you never really see the reverse where and inboard is trying to say it's just as good as a stern drive...hmmm wonder why?
|Great boats for riding SkySki behind when it's choppy out. Nice wake & a very steady pull..... like many I/Os with adjustable trim & trim tabs can give you. |
A friend of mine down in SoCal has an X-Star & an older 24' Cobalt with a tower on it. They ride on the Parker Strip a lot where conditions can be really good or really bad. Depending on what the conditions are like, they use the appropriate boat. Their Cobalt is like a 2005, has maybe 1000 lbs of ballast, trim tabs & the trimmable outdrive. If water conditions are crap, he can load it up with people, and give a rock solid steady pull to anyone who can handle it. A foil rider can ride above the chop & not be effected very much, especially if the tower & handle are steady. But I doubt many boarders have the knees to handle those conditions.
|You can put as much lipstick as you want on a pig...at the end of the day, it's still a pig.|
|Cobalt is absolutely the finest runabout out there . That being said if you want a boat that goes,fast handles a chop and is very user friendly with a great interior layout Cobalt is the boat for you. If you are interested in water sports go with an inboard or v drive. They are made to pull NO io will compete with an inboard. |
You cant surf or barefoot with a io. I owned one years ago I will never go back. If you want something that compares with Cobalt look at a
Nautique 210 and 230 SANTE they share the same high build quality.
|Sweet boat...Cobalts rule!!! At least last time I looked in my driveway...|
|Cobalts may compare with Nautique in build quality, but they do not even begin to compare in ride quality when conditions get rough. Not even close. |
(Message edited by bill_airjunky on July 14, 2009)
|Bill are you saying Colbalt or Nautique rides better in rough conditions?|
|If you HAD to get an I/O it wouldn't be as bad if it was a Cobalt, very nice boats. |
I think we'd all take a Malibu, MC, Tige or Nautique anyday over that though.
still good boats.
|Bill is right. Cobalts ride MUCH better than Nautiques when the water gets rough.|
|I'm saying the Cobalt will ride better in the rough. It just has too many ways to defeat it, deep V hull, trim tabs, adjustable outdrive, & ballast. The end result is a stable handle when it's rough out. Any v-drive is going to bounce around a bit over the waves, which makes the tower move, which makes the handle move. So when I go up for a back roll with a tight line, and the boat moves over the waves, it can either yanks me out the front or go dead so I have no tight line to make adjustments with & land upright. |
The Nautiques are great compared to all the other inboards, but I just think the I/Os have a lot more ways to beat the rough water. That said the I/Os don't have as good a wake because they don't respond to the weight in the same way as the v-drives. I'm just saying the Cobalt would be a really stable rough water ride. And about the only type of rider that can handle the rough water is a foil rider, either stand up or sit down.
I agree with you and tj.I have always said if I ever get out of my tow boat and want a cruiser I would buy a Colbalt.
|As an owner of both a cobalt and a vdrive, I can say there is a reason we park the cobalt and board off the back of it with the Vdrive. Its a great boat for what it does best. Cruising,and rough water ride. |
(Message edited by psudy on July 20, 2009)
|Might not be my first choice, but I wouldn't turn down a set behind one. Can't figure out why they still have a co-captain chair layout for a watersport series, but I digress.|