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Draft (max): 2'11" (drive down)
Displacement (approx.): 12,300 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 22 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 8'10" with hardtop
Max Cabin Headroom: 4'9"
Fuel Capacity: 154 gal.
Max Horsepower: 720
Available Power: Twin MerCruiser or Volvo Penta sterndrives to 850 hp total; twin Volvo Penta diesel sterndrives to 860 hp total
But Cobalt’s engineers weren’t done with convertible seating, as we learned when we stepped into the bow. On the starboard side, there is a double-wide lounge equipped with a fold-down armrest that adds comfort along with a secure ride.
Belowdecks, I found a flat-panel TV and DVD player along with jacks for auxiliary and USB devices. The convertible berth is perfectly angled for watching the TV. Air conditioning and heat give four seasons comfort.
Now, all this luxury would just be another opulent place to sit if it weren’t for the high-performance design of the 336 hull wrapped around it and the easy-to-operate MerCruiser Axius ($26,915) or Volvo Penta 380 Joystick ($22,985) system that makes it perform. The joystick is worth the extra cash.
Joystick control systems in boats today are legendary for eliminating the fear factor in boaters graduating to larger, more luxurious rides. For any captain they make close-quarters maneuvers intuitively easy. To many new boaters reared on video games, the joystick makes boating as familiar as Xbox Grand Theft Auto.
Each system sports dual prop drives that give the boat a tremendous boost in midrange torque. That helps maintain slow planing speeds for tube riding or wakesurfing, should your pampered self long for a little adventure. With 22 degrees of deadrise cleaving waves and wakes, it’s at home whether on the Chesapeake or Lake of the Ozarks.
The Chaparral 327 SSX offers the joystick with the 380, but it’s packaged with the OceanX drive, making the base package with test power cost $268,252. The Chaparral comes within 1 inch of the Cobalt’s length but falls 7 inches short of its beam. Still, the Chaparral sports a berth and a full head, and the hardtop is standard.