Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The R6 and R8 are the new generation additions to Cobalt’s five models in its SC Outboard Series. They both ride on Cobalt’s new hull design created specifically for outboard power. he R6 Outboard, at twenty-five feet, five inches LOA is available with your choice of single Mercury Verado or Yamaha XCA four stroke outboards in 250, 300, or 350 horsepower.
Cobalt actually offers three R6 models: the R6 Sterndrive, the R6 Surf, and this R6 Outboard model. All three of course feature Cobalt’s all fiberglass and composite construction, including the transom, and with Kevlar reinforcement in the hull. The interior bowrider floorplans from the helm forward are mostly similar in all three iterations. Floorplans vary from the middle of the cockpit aft.
Aside from the smooth, perhaps classy conservative high freeboard exterior lines of the R6 Outboard, one of the first features your eyes will focus on is the helm. A broad expanse of custom stitched composite helm eyebrow provides excellent protection and shading for the standard equipment dual flush-mount seven-inch Garmin 742 Plus Glass Cockpit screens. Together they provide all instrumentation, diagnostics, and navigation. No more analog gauges. Once you get used to the new technology you will never want to return to the old ways.
A depth and water temperature readout as well as an hour meter are included. The Garmin screens are set into a gloss black dash console which also houses the single row of ergonomically placed stainless steel DC switches on an easily deciphered illuminated switch panel. Also on the dash is the remote control for the standard Harmon AM/FM Bluetooth compatible stereo with iPod/USB/MP3 port and six speakers.
A high-back, form-fitting, swivel, adjustable Del Mar Captain’s chair with flip-up forward bolster faces a thick-rimmed upscale tilting steering wheel. Opposite the helm on the passenger side, a molded door provides access to the head/change room built into the passenger console. A porta potti is standard. Built into the head door is a lockable glove box.
A double-wide passenger seat with adjustable backrest provides forward facing seating or aft-facing lounging along the port side. This portside lounge transitions into a double-wide transom bench seat with an adjustable backrest which converts this seat into an aft-facing cozy double-wide sundeck. Aft of the helm chair, the starboard side seating/lounging mirrors that of the port side.
Cockpit storage on the R6 Outboard is plentiful. Huge storage compartments are found within each of the transom sundeck lounges. More is found within the portside lounge and passenger seat. An amazing total of four in-floor storage compartments are provided including a long one beneath the windshield suitable for watersports accessories.
Beneath the starboard side lounge seat is dedicated storage for the standard extra-large 34 liter hard-side portable cooler. Snap-in cockpit carpet is standard. A center walk-thru between the two transom sundecks leads to the full-width, ample size swim platform, on the starboard side of which is Cobalt’s proprietary flip-down below the water swim step. A stainless steel protective rail surrounds this platform. A removable ski-tow pylon is standard.
A standard bow walk-thru door leads to the bow seating area with a portside L-shaped lounging/seating area stretching across the bow to a single forward facing seat on the face of the helm console. Behind this seat is a huge storage compartment within the helm console. A pair of console-mounted flip-up armrests are provided. Storage is also provided beneath all other seating with a dedicated anchor locker up front.
You have your choice of four interior upholstery colour combinations as well as, hang on, ten exterior gelcoat colour choices in each of four hull sections; hull side, boot stripe, swim platform, and hull bottom!
As with all Cobalt models, there is an extensive list of optional equipment to allow you to personalize your R6 Outboard. For weather protection in canvas there are two bimini choices plus bow and cockpit covers and a mooring cover. You may also want the very practical portable bow and/or aft shade sails. Instead of canvas, you may choose a sport tower with sunshade or a manual or electric folding arch with bimini or rotating sunshade. To these towers you can add three different brands/styles of wakeboard racks.
For electronics, you may upgrade the standard seven-inch Garmin Glass Cockpit to dual ten-inch screens. XM Satellite Weather is available as is a wireless phone charger with holder. You may upgrade the sound to a Premium or Platinum system with added speakers and covers plus arch speakers. Add a transom stereo remote or perhaps a Satellite Radio System.
Other major considerations may include Sea Grass or Sof-Trac Matting, trim tabs with indicators, anchor windlass, docking lights, storage compartment lighting, underwater lights, transom shower, an electric porcelain head, vanity with sink in the head compartment, dinette table, center bow filler cushion, interior LED accent lighting, white engine cover, and a battery charger.
You might also want an air compressor, electric helm seat, port side swim platform boarding ladder, swim platform lighting, four weighted pillows, a wood interior accent package, soft-sided cooler, SS foot tread at the helm, rear view mirror, tool kit, and a flagpole among a few other options.
Cobalt’s R6 Outboard ticks all the boxes for a versatile, roomy, comfortable, upscale family-oriented bowrider.
|Dry weight:||5,300 lbs||2,404 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||80 US gal||302 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury Verado, Yamaha XCA Outboard|