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Cobalt 222
(w/ 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG)

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Brief Summary

More than just an update of the popular Cobalt 220 bowrider, the 222 is an all new boat. With an incredible choice of 26 possible engine options, the 222 has an engine package for everyone plus a whole lot more.

Key Features

  • Black leather steering wheel
  • AM-FM CD with 6 speakers
  • Bow scuff plate, stainless steel
  • Extended swim platform, with ladder
  • High-back captain's chair with pocket
  • Removable bow & cockpit carpet
  • 10 year hull/deck warranty
  • 5 year powertrain warranty
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 24' 6'' w/ ext. swim platform
    Beam 8' 6''
    Dry Weight 4,640 lbs. w/ big block engine
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 36''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 21 deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 7' 6'' w/ ski tower
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 50 gal.
    Water Capacity 10 gal.
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    650 3.6 3.1 1.0 3.7 3.3 168 146 66
    1000 5.5 4.8 1.6 3.6 3.1 160 139 70
    1500 7.6 6.6 2.6 3.0 2.6 133 116 73
    2000 9.4 8.1 4.4 2.2 1.9 97 84 77
    2500 17.1 14.8 5.7 3.0 2.6 136 118 79
    3000 24.3 21.1 6.8 3.6 3.1 161 140 80
    3500 30.3 26.3 9.1 3.3 2.9 150 131 82
    4000 36.1 31.4 12.0 3.0 2.6 135 118 85
    4500 40.9 35.5 15.5 2.6 2.3 119 103 88
    5000 46.4 40.3 20.7 2.2 2.0 101 88 92
    5200 48.7 42.3 22.9 2.1 1.9 96 83 95
    650 146 270 5.80 3.79 1.59 66
    1000 139 257 8.90 6.06 1.51 70
    1500 116 214 12.20 9.84 1.26 73
    2000 84 156 15.10 16.66 0.91 77
    2500 118 219 27.50 21.58 1.28 79
    3000 140 259 39.10 25.74 1.52 80
    3500 131 241 48.80 34.45 1.42 82
    4000 118 217 58.10 45.42 1.28 85
    4500 103 192 65.80 58.67 1.12 88
    5000 88 163 74.70 78.36 0.95 92
    5200 83 154 78.40 86.69 0.91 95

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.7 sec.
    0 to 30 6.4 sec.
    Ratio 2.2 : 1
    Props Bravo III SS 3-blade 24'' pitch
    Load 3 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, minimal gear
    Climate Temp: 78 deg., humid: 75%, wind: 15 knots, seas: calm

    Cobalt 222 Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    More Than Just a Whole New LookBy Capt. Vince DanielloWhile Cobalt’s 222 and 220 bowriders are separated by only a few inches on a tape measure, there are significant differences between these boats. This point was driven home by Alex Barry, Cobalt’s Western Regional Manager, when I asked what had changed from the company’s venerable 220 to the new 222 as we walked through the boat. “Everything,” he said. “It’s an entirely new boat.” Still, I continued to try to compare and contrast the two bowriders until Barry finally said, “To tell you what is the same between the two boats, I’d have to say these two seats, the helm seat and the companion seat. Everything else is new. The styling, the lines, the layout, even the hull is brand new.”Looking at the brochure it is clear that the 222 is not just a revamped 220. But still, they are similar, in size at least. So what are the main differences? The most obvious is the layout. The new 222 is configured with a starboard-side walkthrough (compared to the 220’s centerline access from the cockpit to the swim platform). This provides the 222 with a single, wide sun pad and L-shaped seating inside the cockpit. The walkthrough deck is also lower on the 222 than on the 220, since it runs alongside, not over, the engine. A step on the swim platform and another in the cockpit make the short transition up to the walkthrough easy, but therein lays the secret to the 222. Because the walkthrough on the 220 is higher, it required another full-beam “step” at the back of the twin sun pads. The lower walkthrough of the 222 doesn’t need that extra step, so it gains a couple of feet of cockpit space. (It also helps that the new boat is six inches longer.)At the BowUp in the bow, not much has changed in terms of seating, though there are a few notable behind the scenes changes from the 220 to the new 222. For example, gone are the port and starboard fender lockers just ahead of the windshield, and storage accessed through seat bottoms. Instead, the 222 features two huge storage compartments, with seat bottoms and backs formed into one unit and hinged at the top to allow remarkable access and lots of room for large, bulky items. Most storage compartments throughout the boat are finished inside, insulated, and fitted with drains, allowing flexibility in choosing which are used for iced drinks versus gear, and also making cleanup easier. Seat bottoms are fitted with double-folding hinges, allowing easy access to the compartments beneath and keeping seat cushions exactly where they belong without snaps or Velcro. As with all Cobalts, the 222 includes plenty of stainless steel drink holders and grab rails and lots of nooks and crannies for small items. Updated FeaturesWhile keeping the company’s distinctive features, Cobalt has given the boat new lines, a new windshield, and also updated its look. For instance, the helm still includes Faria gauges inscribed with Cobalt’s logo, but now set in an entirely new dash. The optional rosewood and mahogany steering wheel, or the graphite and leather of our test boat are not new, but the chrome accent strip beneath the gauges is, with stainless steel push-button switches set into this strip giving the dash a clean, uncluttered look. The space saved by relocating the switches also allowed Cobalt to shrink the helm console and round its corners, more in keeping with today’s sense of style. Across from the helm, the glove box conceals a stereo receiver, and also includes a 12-volt outlet, MP3 input jack, and room for a few portable electronics is in keeping with today’s electronic lifestyle. New HullBelow the water, the 222’s new hull includes more “hook” in the reversed chine, meaning the outermost strake in the hull’s bottom slopes noticeably back down toward the water before merging with the hull sides. This captures more water when running, providing more lift for better performance and acceleration, and also knocks down spray for a dryer ride. The reversed chine also bites into the water in tight turns, keeping the boat on track during aggressive maneuvers. Power and PerformanceEngine choices are similar between the 222 and 220, with 26 options from both MerCruiser and Volvo from 260 to 425 horsepower. Our test boat’s 300 horsepower MerCruiser 350 Mag engine and Bravo III sterndrive put us on plane in 3.7 seconds and accelerated through 30 miles-per-hour in 6.4 seconds, ending at a top speed of 48.7 miles-per-hour at 5200 RPM. Our most economical cruise was at 3000 RPM, making 24.3 miles-per-hour and traveling 3.57 miles per gallon of gasoline.I suspect most people will prefer the layout and features of the new 222, though the 220 has been a popular boat for many years. If you’re on the new boat and find yourself overcome by nostalgia for the older model, check out the helm and passenger seat—they haven’t changed.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Cobalt 222 is 48.7 mph (78.4 kph), burning 22.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 86.68 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Cobalt 222 is 24.3 mph (39.1 kph), and the boat gets 3.57 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.52 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 161 miles (259.1 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional


    CD Stereo Standard
    Power Steering Standard
    Trim Tabs Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional
    Transom Shower Optional


    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional


    Hull Warranty
    Deck Warranty
    Transferable Extendable
    10-Year 10-Year transferable protection No
    Engine Warranty
    5-Year No
    Powertrain Warranty
    5-Year transferable protection
    Gelcoat Warranty
    2-Year transferable protection
    Accessories Warranty
    1-2 Year Yes
    ISO Certification NMMA Certification Yes
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