The 240 from Cobalt is clearly one of the higher quality boats in her class. With her performance and craftsmanship, Cobalt has made this 240 a model for mid-size bowriders
At the bow lies an anchor locker, rare for a bowrider. The waste pump-out is all the way forward and there are backing plates on the tow line.
In the bow area, recessed grab rails line the exterior, protected by bolster padding all the way around. The seating is ample and there are carpeted storage compartments underneath. Four drink holders and speakers ensure an enjoyable ride up front. The bow area can also be completely enclosed with a folding door.
Up at the helm, the padded bolster seat and tilt wheel gives you the option of sitting or standing. The windshield does a nice job of redirecting the wind even when you’re on your feet. The gauges are nicely grouped together and our test model was equipped with the MerCruiser SmartCraft system.
Moving amidships, an L-shaped lounge easily seats three adults and there is no shortage of drink holders or inset storage lockers. There is snap-in carpeting and a fiberglass platform can be pulled up from the floor to create a dinette. When you add the padded cushion, you have an impromptu sunpad. To starboard is a triangular storage/seating area that opens up to reveal an insulated, self-draining cooler. Cobalt offers an optional galley unit that can be featured here.
Leaving the cockpit towards the transom, you’ll find a centerline ski locker supported by gas-assisted struts.
At the transom, there is a trash receptacle and small storage compartment. In addition, Cobalt has implemented a “life jacket dryer;” an area that maximizes the heat from the engine. Cobalt also offers an optional extended swim platform, a feature on our test model, which gives extra room, a wet locker for your tow ropes, and a swim ladder.
Specs and Performance
This high-end sportboat measures in at 23 feet, 9 inches with a trailerable 8’6’’ beam. She weighs a lean 4,240 pounds and has a conservative 50-gallon fuel capacity.
The 240 delivered a top speed of 50.2 mph at 4750 rpm. Her best cruise was found at 3000 rpm, clocking a speed of 29.9 mph with a range of 170 miles. She hopped on plane after 4.5 seconds and it took her 7.2 seconds to reach 30 mph.
Cobalt has been building quality sportboats for years with exciting features and smart style. This is new 240 is sure to impress with her sleek design, spacious layout, and excellent turn of speed.
Cobalt 240 Bowrider Test Result Highlights
Top speed for the Cobalt 240 Bowrider is 50.2 mph (80.8 kph), burning 23.25 gallons per hour (gph) or 88 liters per hour (lph).
Best cruise for the Cobalt 240 Bowrider is 29.9 mph (48.1 kph), and the boat gets 3.78 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.61 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 170 miles (273.59 kilometers).
Tested power is 1 x 270-hp Volvo Penta 5.0L GXi.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels go to our Test Results section.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Cobalt 240 Bowrider Standard and Optional Equipment
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
= Standard = Optional
Cobalt 240 Bowrider Warranty
Cobalt 240 Bowrider Warranty Information
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