Making the Grade

Cobalt's A36 is a big bowrider that easily transitions to an overnighter.

Cobalt Boats is well known for its trailerable bowriders and watersports boats, but the Kansas-based builder doesn’t limit itself to boats smaller than 30 feet. Its A40 is a coupe with serious weekending chops, its R35 takes bowriding to just less than 35 feet, and now its A36 stretches the possibilities past 35 feet in the form of a crossover yacht that mixes open-bow dayboating with enclosed-cabin weekending in a boat that starts with a hand-laid, Kevlar-reinforced hull. And there’s a full head too.

The swim platform makes boarding easy, but it also makes swimming a no-brainer, since it’s hydraulically controlled and can lower into the water. At the transom is a sunpad that converts to seating. The head sections of the pads angle for full lounging, but they also go past 90 degrees to serve as backrests for the forward-facing bench seat, which is part of a large L-shaped settee that hugs the portside bulwark.

Opposite the settee is an outdoor galley unit that contains a grill, a sink, a refrigerator and storage. A TV pops up from a unit outboard of the galley. Forward of the galley is the helm, which features a doublewide seat, a Garmin glass cockpit with twin MFDs and system controls. To starboard is a companion doublewide seat. Up steps between the consoles is the bow seating, and overhead, a sunroof opens to keep things airy.

At the base of the steps to below is a sofa that runs forward to a V-berth. The head is opposite.

Power selections are from Volvo Penta and come in twin 380 and 430 hp sterndrive packages, and the base price of the A36 with the twin 380s is $406,087. A joystick is optional.

If it’s a group for the day or a couple for the weekend, the Cobalt A36
was designed to fit the activity.
Cobalt Boats, cobaltboats.com

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