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Cobalt 252

True champion, play it right.

June 29, 2007
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Some boat companies achieve the perception of luxury through marketing (think of Grey Poupon ads). Some companies, like Cobalt, build a boat of such quality that it speaks for itself. The new Cobalt 252 is such a boat, a runabout with the meat to support the mustard.

Start with the way the 252 is laid up in the mold-high-quality vinylester resin and chines reinforced with Kevlar. Then the hull-to-deck joint features a backing strip for extra bite and support. The gel coat on my test boat looked flawless-no surprise.

The 252 performs at a high level on the water, too. It exceeded the 50-mph mark with test power and always felt dialed in throughout the rpm range. What’s more, even hitting other wakes at high speeds, nothing rattled. I could execute lock-to-lock turns at 30 mph with no slippage or ass-end blowouts. The 252 proved its worth for towing or going slow in rough water, holding plane at 14 mph and just 2000 rpm.

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At the helm, the standard black leather steering wheel never obstructs the gauges from any tilt position, and there’s a comfortable spot for your elbow to rest when working the throttle. The stainless-steel switches on the dash all have LED lights and are clearly labeled. I liked the recess to the right of the wheel, a little insert with felt padding to hold your phone, keys, or whatever in place.

The in-sole ski locker, located in the walkthrough between the main and bow cockpits, has enough space to stow all your water toys. The double-finished hatch lifts on two gas-assisted struts. The transom seating backrest adjusts for aft-facing seating or reclines to create a sunlounge. Stainless-steel cupholders are strategically placed throughout the boat, as are six speakers. The removable ski pylon and extended swim platform with a wraparound stainless-steel rail should cover all in-water activities. What’s missing? The cockpit wetbar that other competitors offer standard.

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