Cobalt R7: R is for Righteous

The new Cobalt R7 takes runabouts to a whole new level.

30th October 2013.
By Brett Becker

Recently Cobalt Boats rolled out the Cobalt R5, and now for 2014, the R7 makes its debut. As you might have guessed from the headline, it’s, well… righteous.

cobalt r7 running

Cobalt has had no shortage of new models these past few years. The R7 is the latest.

Like the R5, the R7 eschews the current trend toward pickle-fork or wide bow designs and offers up plenty of room with a traditional bow. Cobalt accomplishes that by keeping the bow area as wide as possible as far forward as possible, and by using the narrow space at the very front of the boat for an anchor locker. That keeps the forward-most bolster nice and wide, too.

The bow area also feels plenty spacious due to its seating arrangement. To the starboard side Cobalt uses a little jump seat, with a filler cushion that converts it to a lounge. However, the seat offers bow passengers a place where they can enjoy the breeze and the best view yet still keep their feet on the deck. For those who prefer to lie in repose, they can sit to starboard where there’s a traditional bow lounge. Both seats feature gently angled back rests for exceptional ergonomics, and folding armrests. And because it’s a Cobalt, those armrests are through-bolted in place.

cobalt R7 bowrider

The blade-style windshield Cobalt chose for the R7 not only looks good, it boosts cockpit space.

In the cockpit, Cobalt’s blade-style windshield is key to the spaciousness of the interior—not that the cockpit needs any help. Its design creates less of an intrusion into the interior space than traditional wraparound glass. That, in turn, creates 95 inches of interior beam space in boat with 102 inches of overall beam. That spaciousness opens up all aspects of the cockpit.

Specifications
Length 27’6″
Beam 8’6″
Draft 3’1″
Deadrise 21 degrees
Displacement NA
Fuel capacity 77 gal.
Water capacity 10 gal.

The observer seat, which is wide enough for two adults, features a backrest that flips forward to create a rear-facing lounge. It’s also wide enough for two, but only one of the passengers can put his or her feet up.

The rear bench backrest has the same design cue, with a folding backrest for facing forward or aft. When facing aft, the sunpad is wide enough for two and looks over a swim platform covered with Sof-Track mat.

Cobalt designers reimagined the swim platform with its innovative swim step, which functions much the same way a “swim out” does on an in-ground swimming pool. The swim step swings up, out, and down to create a comfortable underwater platform.

“The swim step has been a huge hit,” said Cobalt Vice President of Sales and Marketing Gavin Hunt. “Once you have a boat with that swim step, you could not imagine having a boat with a ladder anymore. Ladders have always been an encumbrance on boats, but this is just a fantastic tool to put skis on, everything.”

Standard power is a 320-horsepower Volvo Penta 5.7-liter V8 with a DuoProp drive. With base power and the dual-propeller drive, the R7 planes easily and is a snap to maneuver around the docks. Base MSRP for the R7 is $115,850.

For more information, visit Cobalt Boats.

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Brett Becker

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Brett Becker is a freelance writer and photographer who has covered the marine industry for 15 years. In addition to covering the ski boat and runabout markets for Boats.com, he regularly writes and shoots for BoatTrader.com. Based in Ventura, Calif., Becker holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in mass communication from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

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