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Old 02-26-2006, 06:02 PM
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Went over it at one of the recent shows. Looks great. Id put Ilmors or Yanmars in it though. definetly a nice family friendly cruiser. id love one for intercoastal cruises. more room for more people.
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I've got first hand info for you. I've driven it with 496 HO Mags & it is very easy & super stable to drive. Paxson (son of the Cobalt co. owner) has one on Grand Lake with 600's & it will run in the low low 80's. Needs very little trim and responds well to what you want it to do.
You can't go wrong with a Cobalt. I think they are the nicest boats out there in terms of build quality & support.
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I've got first hand info for you. I've driven it with 496 HO Mags & it is very easy & super stable to drive. Paxson (son of the Cobalt co. owner) has one on Grand Lake with 600's & it will run in the low low 80's. Needs very little trim and responds well to what you want it to do.
You can't go wrong with a Cobalt. I think they are the nicest boats out there in terms of build quality & support.
Thank you for the info. I am going for a test ride on one next month but it will have the 496s in it. The dealer says the boat is a very safe ride and it will not lose it ass end no matter how tight of a turn you make. All the comments seem to be very positive. I was worried I would get slammed asking about a boat on OSO that does not do 100 plus mph. I am wondering if the 525s will be enough or should I go with the 600s. I am leaning towards the 600s since I know I will want the most speed I can possibly get out of it. I am just hoping that the 600s are as reliable as the 525s. I was told that the 525 boat is doing high 70s. I am hoping that the 600 boat down here in the salt water will do closer to 84-85 mph. Thanks Mike
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Old 02-26-2006, 08:18 PM
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Just curious I don't know about Cobalt and I am not against it but weren't you the guy asking about the Donzi zr38 with ilmors? If not sorry wrong guy. If so what happened to wanting one? And have you thought about putting the ilmors in the cobalt if your heart is set on it?
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Old 02-26-2006, 09:40 PM
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A 343 w/600 will run in salt water @ 82-86 mph closer to 82 overall I would recommend 1 w/600s and speed-masters w/low water pickups due to the high x dim. we have 1 in the field w/600s and several w/496 ho motors they run 68 .. very stable boat (kind of like a living room on steroids) and the cockpit seating is a Huge selling point! any other asst glad to help.
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Base Pricing from the website.....

sounds like you were quoted a decent price !!!

Twin 496 Mag MPI Bravo 1 375 php (280 PkW) $229,244
Twin 496 Mag HO Bravo 1 X 425 php (317 PkW) $242,289
Twin 496 Mag HO Bravo 1 XR 425 php (317 PkW) $249,311
Twin 525 HP EFI Bravo 1 XR 500 php (373 PkW) $309,260
Twin 600 SCi Bravo One XR 575 php $345,739
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Just curious I don't know about Cobalt and I am not against it but weren't you the guy asking about the Donzi zr38 with ilmors? If not sorry wrong guy. If so what happened to wanting one? And have you thought about putting the ilmors in the cobalt if your heart is set on it?
Yes that was me. I still like the Donzi zr with Ilmors, but I showed it to the wife at the Gasparilla boat parade and she did not care for it. The "cockpit is way to small", and no shade coverage. I have not asked about putting Ilmors in the cobalt. I don't think they will do it but I will see what they say when I speak to them next. My heart is not set on anything yet, still in the looking phase right now.

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A 343 w/600 will run in salt water @ 82-86 mph closer to 82 overall I would recommend 1 w/600s and speed-masters w/low water pickups due to the high x dim. we have 1 in the field w/600s and several w/496 ho motors they run 68 .. very stable boat (kind of like a living room on steroids) and the cockpit seating is a Huge selling point! any other asst glad to help.
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So it is an honest put 6 people in and always break 80?
Can the boat be ordered with the low water pickups from the factory or is it something the dealer would have to do? Thanks for you feed back.
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http://cobaltboats.com/model_line/343/intro343.php
This will involve 1 second of your time to click this link to their website. If you go to www.cobaltboats.com/media you can check out some photos of it if you click on the 343.
I don't know how to post pictures on here from a website.
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