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Cobalt 220S

The Cobalt 220S is a versatile runabout with a quality build.

February 27, 2014
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Cobalt 220S

LOA: 22’10”
Beam: 8’6″
Dry Weight: 3,700 lb.
Seating/Weight Capacity: 12/1,695 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 59 gal.

Cobalt 220S

Cobalt 220S

Cobalt 220S

Cobalt 220S

Cobalt 220S

Cobalt 220S

Cobalt 220S

Cobalt 220S

We Say: With the Cobalt 220S you still get the performance that Cobalt is known for, and you get many big-boat amenities, in a package that has a more value-oriented price tag.

The “S” in the name designates a new cockpit layout alternative for 2014. The portside cockpit seating allows a passenger to face forward in front of the port console. Its backrest adjusts for a rear-facing lounge or a fully reclined sun pad. There’s a larger sun pad over the engine box and a transom walk-through to port that accesses the extended swim platform with stainless-steel piping and Cobalt’s signature flip-down swim step.

Our test boat featured the optional aluminum arch with a canvas Bimini shade. The arch can be completely lowered by hand for passing under bridges, trailering or storing the boat in a garage.

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On the water, the 220S accelerated to 50 mph, according to our GPS, plenty fast for a 22-foot boat. We carved graceful hard-over turns at 30 mph, a tribute to the 220’s stability and well-designed hull mated with a Duoprop sterndrive.

Who’d Want One: Boaters looking for a quality build in a smaller yet versatile runabout.

Another Choice: As of press time, Chaparral was offering a 226 SSi WT with a Volvo Penta 270 hp DP, normally $61,731, for $48,075. Check with your dealer.

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Bottom Line: $63,412 with test power; cobaltboats.com

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