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The R Series from Cobalt is the ultimate line of sport runabouts, designed with smooth, stylish lines to cast an aggressive stance in the water, and the nimble handling to perform, no matter the activity. This model is powered by a Volvo Penta V8 430 hp big block, the most powerful model in the range of marine petrol engines – delivering 14 per cent faster acceleration and providing 10 per cent better fuel economy than its predecessor.

There’s no better way to spend family time than on the water, and there’s no better family boat on the water than the Cobalt RB, the newest of the R Series. But what really makes the RB stand out is the added size. We didn’t just make it longer … we totally rethought and redesigned every aspect of the RB resulting in a deeper cockpit and more freeboard, a roomy, expansive interior, with both bow and cockpit larger both fore to aft, giving extra comfort for passengers and plenty of room for their things.

The RB also continues the Cobalt tradition of innovation, including the patent-pending E-Step – an optional electric version of the very popular swim step which lowers, at the touch of a button, well below the water’s surface for easy entry or exit. Either swim step version, manual or electric, functions as the perfect launching pad for water sports activity, or just a great place to hang out and chill.

The R8 dash and instrumentation glass cockpit is fitted with dual Garmin 743 multi-function displays, gloss black dash console, dash storage pocket with leather and stainless steel steering wheel, dual 12-volt outlets, illuminated switch panel and an R8 Entertainment System including iPod/USB/MP3 Port, stereo sound system with remote bluetooth and 6 speakers. All this running off a dual battery system with electronic circuit breaker protection.

The seating is impressive with an aft-facing rumble seat, passenger seat flip backrest system, sundeck convertible lounger, removable carpets, and a Del Mar helm captain’s chair. There is a head with marine ceramic toilet down below.

The Kevlar-reinforced hull which has graphics moulded-in gelcoat and stainless steel engine vents, boasts an integrated anchor locker, bow scuff plate, 4 fender clips, midship cleats, model designator LED light in transom and a ski pylon flip-down swim step in the swim platform.

Some of the great options are an electric helm seat, Mercury rudder indicator, wireless phone charger, a galley with sink, weighted throw pillows, a 35 L cooler, dinette table with teak accent, seagrass floor covering, rearview mirror, LED interior accent lighting, transom shower, and underwater lighting,

Other more impressive options that are externally fitted include a rear facing camera, wakeboard racks, electric folding bimini or rotating sunshade, cruise control-smart tow, fire extinguisher automatic system, trim tabs indicators, and a windlass.

These features and many more make the R8 truly THE next generation bowrider! Performance, luxury, comfort, innovation and room for more of everything.

Length Overall w/Swim Platform 8.48 m

Beam 2.59 m Fuel Capacity 302 L

Freshwater Capacity 38 L

Bridge Clearance w/o Bimini 1.57 m

Bridge Clearance w/arch 2.59 m

Draft Drive Up 0.46 m Drive Down 0.89 m

Dry Weight 2903 kg

Only from Cobalt



Published in print April-June 2022