Cobalt's 37 is a tough boat to write about. Should I talk about the interior finish, with its walnut cabinets, real granite, and pillowtop berths? Or I should focus on its engineering, describing the advantages of its water supply manifold, the fiberglassed and fastened hull-to-deck joint, and an electrical system that includes both active and passive isolation transformers? Maybe what's most important is the excitement delivered by the 37's performance-bred deep-V hull and big-block stern drive power? One thing's for sure: This is a great boat, no matter how you look at it.
The Power and the Glory
Grab the chromed control levers. Cobalt's 37 gets up and goes with seat-squishing momentum. To the sound of roaring big-blocks winding up, your wake streams aft in a foamy streak. Trim out the drives. The rev limiters chirp. You're doing 45 mph in a blink. Ahhh.
Now that you have that out of your system, pull back to 40 mph, about 4300 rpm. As my romp through swells and over wakes attests, you can cruise like this all day. Fuel burn is 52 gph at this fast cruise, netting you 0.74 mpg and a range of about 150 miles. If it gets rough, throttle back to 30 mph. As our performance chart shows, your fuel burn will decrease, but your efficiency remains about the same. The 37 can be run as fast as conditions warrant without paying much of a penalty in fuel.
The 37's narrow beam and sharp hull ensure minimal slamming. Handling is precise, with steerable, trimmable stern drive thrust combining with lots of lean but no slide from the boat. Because my tester was equipped with the Axius Premier ($28,289 including Digital Throttle and Shift, Vessel View LCD screen diagnostics, autopilot features, and auto yaw control) and joystick docking, shuttling into a tight slip was easy. For comparison, I also docked the boat conventionally. With the deep-V providing excellent lateral resistance and the low-slung profile not giving the wind much to take hold of, the 37 is handier than many cruisers in close quarters. The Seacore engine upgrade ($6,134) is a smart choice for coastal boaters.