The Cobalt R30 is a large luxury day boat with the room to fit a crowd and the amenities to entertain them. This Yacht Certified bowrider has a fantastic interior layout, made all the better by the extra room gained from Cobalt’s Free Space Reclamation build process. By shaving fiberglass off the hull and deck in the mold while maintaining full strength and structural integrity, Cobalt adds nearly a foot of interior width.
Bimini, arch or hardtop? There are plenty of choices for sun protection. A new sliding shade extends coverage farther aft. The main cockpit sports a plush transom bench that can seat four passengers, a jump seat behind the captain’s chair at the helm, and a double-wide bench in front of the port console that has a fore-and-aft-adjusting backrest. A Yeti cooler hides inside the fiberglass base. The head inside the port console is spacious and well appointed with a Corian countertop and houses a stainless-steel sink, a fiberglass sole with vinyl walls, and a porcelain pump-out toilet.
The bow cockpit has space to either side for passengers to fully recline with flip-up armrests that are sturdy enough to support the full weight of an adult male standing atop them. The anchor locker is easy to access and drains outboard, and the anchor smartly hides underneath the bow. Recessed stainless-steel grab rails provide safety up front without sacrificing any style points.
While at anchor, the aft sun pad provides another lounging point, and it features twin pop-up backrests. When it’s time to get in the water, the electrically actuated swim step can raise and lower into the water at the push of a button.
Though offered with a single engine, our test boat had twin Volvo Penta V8-300 sterndrives, which propelled the R30 to a near-60 mph top-end speed. We planed in 3.7 seconds and hit 30 mph in 6.5 seconds. Twin Duoprops (contra-rotating propsets) gave the R30 exceptional bite when making hardover turns at speed. The propsets also helped make docking a breeze.
*Helm features a “Glass Cockpit” design that eliminates gauges and replaces them with screens.
*Electrically actuated swim step makes entering the water and reboarding easy.
*Aft sun pad features two backrests that allow the loungers to sit or recline.
*Wrap-around windshield features a stainless-steel top.
How We Tested
Engines: Twin Volvo Penta V8-300s
Drive/Props: G-DP/F5 Duoprops
Gear Ratio: 2.14:1
Fuel Load: 75 gal.
Crew Weight: 360 lb.
$198,243 (with test power)
Cobalt Boats Neodesha, Kansas; 800-468-5764; cobaltboats.com