Here’s something you’ll rarely hear from a writer: Before you read this story, take a moment to look at the photographs. Really look at them. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Odds are good you’re stuck right where I am, which is where to begin. There is so much to the new 2014 Cobalt A40 that it’s difficult to find a starting point, because underneath everything going on with this new boat, lies the omnipresence of Cobalt’s usual subtlety.

A photo of the Cobalt A40 underway.

The Cobalt A40 blasts across the waves with a subtle elegance.

That seems like a good place to begin. Like so many Cobalts before, there is a subtleness to this boat that underlies its opulence. It has many details, but no more than necessary. It has flair, but not too much. And it has elegance, but nothing superfluous or showy.

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Introduced at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show, the A40 crosses over between a number of definitions. Because it does so many things, you could use it as a sport yacht, a day boat or even a — very — large runabout, and all those monikers could apply.

For instance, the cabin is fitted with elegant yet delightfully simple fixtures, from the faucet in the mini galley to the hatches, handles, and latches. They look good to the eye, feel solid to the touch, and yet exhibit aesthetic restraint.

A photo of the Cobalt A40's forward lounge.

A spacious forward lounge can be used as a dinette, or to sleep two comfortably by simply lowering the table and inserting a foam cushion.

The main cabin features a forward lounge with a dinette table that can be lowered to create a V-berth for relaxing, or as overnight sleeping quarters for two. There’s a pair of lounges that face inward in the aft cabin (situated under the bridge deck) than also can convert to sleep two.

The cabin sole is made of handsome dark wood inlaid with lighter wood accents, with doors and cabinetry to match. In the head, there’s no wood at all, just gleaming Arctic white surfaces, chrome fixtures, and a glass basin. As head compartments go, the one on the A40 is actually inviting, and it’s a big part of what qualifies this boat as a sport yacht.

A photo of the Cobalt A40's bridge deck.

The Cobalt A40's bridge deck is laid out with relaxing and lounging in mind.

On deck, the A40 shows off the features that qualify it as an excellent day boat. Equipped with a hard top and what Cobalt calls Sea Grass Sisal floor covering, the cockpit is patio-like in terms of its layout.

The starboard side mini galley conceals a sink, grill, and waste receptacle. When not in use, a heavy, strut-assisted cover can be lowered into place to create a spacious countertop. To port, there’s a J-shaped lounge. At the aft end of the cockpit, Cobalt rewards sunbathers with an ample sun pad, replete with split dual backrests that allow passengers to face forward or aft in reclined comfort.


There's room for two multi-function displays in the Cobalt A40's helm.

The walk-throughs to either side of the sun pad lead aft to an expansive swim platform equipped with Cobalt’s signature hydraulic swim step, which raises and lowers to provide easy access to and from the water. Speakers on the rear of the transom ensure that swimmers can hear the music, too. Those who prefer a bit of solitude can opt for the upholstered lounges on the foredeck, each of which comes with an angled backrest.
Deadrise20 degrees
Displacement19,926 lbs.
Fuel capacity225 gal (gas) 248 gal (diesel)

In the engine room, buyers have their choice of twin MerCruiser or Volvo Penta diesels (MerCruiser offers two engine models for the A40, while Volvo Penta has three), or gasoline engines from both manufacturers. The A40 cries out for diesel power due to its nearly 20,000 pounds of mass, and opting for diesel also gets you additional fuel capacity. Regardless of powertrain, the boat is fitted with dual-propeller drives, auto leveling tabs, and Cobalt’s proprietary extended running surface designAt the helm, the elegant simplicity continues, with a pair of 12-inch Garmin screens that display and control everything from navigation and tided charts to engine functions and radar data.

Equally difficult in writing a story about the A40, is knowing where to end it. I could go on and on. Maybe it’s just best if we close by taking in those photos one more time.

For more information, visit Cobalt Boats.