Cobalt entered the tow boat market briefly in the late 1990s with a direct-drive model aimed at watersports-minded buyers. It was a simple boat, with no towing tower, ballast system or underwater wake-enhancement devices, but it had all the trappings of traditional Cobalt: ostrich-skin-like seating surfaces, French-stitched dashboard vinyl and a certain richness not found in other tow boats of the day.
Cobalt no longer offers a direct-drive model, but the company recognizes what buyers expect from a watersports-oriented boat, and poured all that knowledge into its new 232WSS. And in typical Cobalt fashion, the 232WSS probably will exceed a few expectations along the way.
For example, the towing tower not only offers a color-matched canvas sunshade, but board racks on either side, which swing in so you can stow or retrieve your favorite board without having to hang over the side. The tower also comes fitted with LED cockpit lighting and comes prewired to accommodate optional tower speakers and spot lights.
Cobalt has long been known for its distinctive-if not restrained-gelcoat graphics, but the 232WSS goes a bit bolder to reflect the tastes of watersports-minded buyers. Buyers can choose any combination of colors the company offers, with racy new WSS graphics and a black-chrome Cobalt badge. The boat also comes standard with a fiberglass extended swim platform with its own ladder.
Up front, the 232 WSS features a richly appointed bow area, with reclined backrests that open to reveal large stowage compartments. In addition, the grab rails are recessed so they don't spoil the boat's profile. Cobalt thought to include a pair of cleats, speakers aimed toward bow occupants, and a genuine anchor locker. The boat also comes with a wind dam between the cowl areas to shield cockpit passengers from the wind, which, when combined with a closed windshield, can let you go boating earlier in the spring and later into the fall.
One of Cobalt's strongest suits always has been its cockpit design, which certainly won't disappoint discriminating buyers on the 232. Naturally, the boat features French stitching on the dashboard and the color-coordinated piping on the upholstery, but it also comes with new black powder-coated instrument and glove-box panels. The instrument panel is accented with brushed-aluminum gauge bezels, and a black-leather and polished-stainless steering wheel. Seating areas include two swivel buckets, an L-shape lounge with ample stowage underneath, a generous sunpad flanked on the starboard side by a walk-through to the swim platform. Base retail price is $70,887 with a Volvo Penta 5.0 Gxi engine.
The boat is a bit of a departure for Cobalt, but there is no mistaking who built it. The company might not build direct-drive inboards anymore, but the 232 WSS is a watersports-oriented runabout that should be around for years to come. For more information, visit www.cobaltboats.com.
Max draft: 36"
Deadrise: 21 degrees
Weight: 4,165 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 50 gal.