What She Wants
I want a boat we can bring the kids on, where they will be comfortable and have fun. This is a family platform, or a way to take friends out to have drinks and dinner and look at all the beautiful waterside houses. I don’t want to sit around all day watching my husband try to catch fish.
A wet bar with a sink, a counter and a cooler is important to me. I like having a place to put trash. I can live without an optional fridge, but putting one in would really sweeten the deal for me.
I want it to be comfortable with an adjustable seat so I can drive too. I need a stereo somewhere on board so we can play music, and I want a real windshield so we don’t get constantly blasted going fast
I want a Bimini or a hardtop, something that gives us shade on a really hot day. I don’t want our kids frying in the sun all day like little bacon wraps.
The boats with the best layout for families have sterndrives. I like that you can’t see the engine. Outboards are ugly.
The Swim Platform
I want a place the kids can sit when getting in and out of the water, with a really good ladder so they don’t have to climb over the side. We need a place for a tubing line and where we can board without stepping on the seats.
Don’t even think about showing me a boat without the option for a pump-out head; we girls don’t like going over the side. I don’t want a port-a-potty; the thought of cleaning one takes the fun out of a day on the water. We are not exhibitionists; we need a light and room to change in there.
I like big cleats that are easy for me to tie the line around. I like a side-boarding spot so it’s easy to step on and off at the dock, and I like plenty of handles to grab onto so we don’t fall under way.
I want a table where we can serve lunch, seats where we can all fit and drink holders. The sun pad insert is a must so I can lie out and catch rays.
I want an automatic anchor so I can drop and raise it with the push of a button if I’m sometimes using the boat alone.
Her Inspiration: Cobalt 242
Cobalt packs serious features into the 23-foot-11-inch by 8-foot-6-inch bowrider, with plush well-positioned seating, a rear-facing sun pad on the engine box and a standard extended swim platform. The Kevlar-reinforced hull features first-rate construction, and upgrades include a porcelain pump-out toilet. cobaltboats.com