The Gist: The 327 Cuddy runs on the latest iteration of Intrepid’s vaunted transverse step hull, which now features twin keel vents, a lower motor bracket “bucket” location and other refinements intended to accommodate larger and heavier outboards while retaining the efficiency and ride for which the brand’s boats have been heralded. Standard seating aboard the 327 accommodates a crowd. The forward lounge seats six easily and allows four to sprawl; backrests provide for reclining while facing either forward or aft.
Lasting Impression: Service access and fit and finish are all top notch.
The Gist: This boat epitomizes classic style and construction. Echoing the body styling of a first-generation Corvette, the A28’s deep topsides flutes taper aft, terminating at stainless-steel engine vents. Below these, protective quarter guards at the transom, where bumping a piling is most likely, narrow in width and decrease in height as they run forward: Sort of a high-profile boot stripe, these protect, yet won’t chafe or peel.
Lasting Impression: Cobalt’s execution of the folding, multi-use seats and tables is the best we’ve seen.