Cobalt R7WSS – Quimby's Cruising Guide
It seems like now more than ever new boats are reflecting contemporary automotive design — the deluxe styling, intuitive technology, custom packages and special editions. The Cobalt R7WSS could be a poster child for the movement; imagine the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe in watercraft form, ready to go from the road to the track, or in this case from the lake to the wakeboard circuit.

Much like that Cadillac model, which is based on the sophisticated ATS Coupe but taken to more dynamic levels in the V-Series, this new Cobalt starts as the refined R7 bowrider but gains high-flying athleticism as part of the Water Sports Series (WSS).

Introduced last year, the almost 28-foot-long R7 is big, luxurious and versatile. Cobalt used a technique it calls free space reclamation (FRS) to maximize roominess in the bow and cockpit. Both areas are noticeably larger than on comparable craft, and both are adorned with expansive seating that wraps the inside of the boat.

The doublewide perch at the port console has a backrest that slides fore and aft, so passengers can face either direction. Likewise, the backrest of the transom bench pivots to create a sun pad lounger, and a second adjustable backrest nearby makes a loveseat overlooking the water. Other comforts include a head compartment with Porta-Potti, flip-down step at the swim platform and available bimini top.

The standard Cobalt R7 is indulgent and functional, an all-around great platform for confident and enjoyable day-boating. And then there’s the R7WSS, which offers all of the above plus a number of attractive premium features, including eye-catching hull graphics, chrome WSS hull badge and emblem, color-matched cockpit styling, Sof-Trac swim platform mat, and a precision tower for an elevated tow point and more pop off the wake for riders.

Specifically, the tower is constructed of heavy gauge anodized aluminum and stainless steel, so it’s professional-grade strong. Two board racks swing inboard for easy access, and an integrated bimini top provides the shade you need for a full day on the water. Add optional tower lights, a driver’s rear-view mirror and directional stereo speakers for even more style points.

Exclusive to the WSS is champagne vinyl complimented by color-matched piping. The dash panel is finished in a carbon tone for a sporty touch; top it off with Garmin electronics and an upgraded sound system with remote.

Standard power aboard the R7WSS is a 300-horsepower MerCruiser 350 Mag MPI ECT B3, with engine choices ranging up to 430-horepower options from MerCruiser and Volvo Penta. With flexibility when you need it, power when you demand it and eye-catching good looks when you want it, which is all the time, the R7WSS is sure to deliver thrills day in and day out.

Cobalt R7WSS

Length overall: 27’6”
Beam: 8’6”
Draft (drive up): 1’9”
Dry weight: 5,600 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 77 gals.
Water capacity: 10 gals.
Base price: $129,310

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